On the Road To A "Carless" Society
The takeover of GM is just one step toward the leftists' long-term goal - a "carless" society.
As Michael Moore says in his article, "Goodbye, GM," June 1, 08, "The things we call cars may have been fun to drive, but they are like a million daggers into the heart of Mother Nature. To continue to build them would only lead to the ruin of our species and much of the planet."
If this idea of a "carless" society seems incredible, then consider how unbelievable the things Obama is doing now would have been ten years ago. See Moore's entire article at this link: http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/message/index.php?id=248
Michael Moore continues by outlining several steps he would ask President Obama to implement. Below are three of those steps.
"Thus, as GM is 'reorganized' by the federal government and the bankruptcy court, here is the plan I am asking President Obama to implement for the good of the workers, the GM communities, and the nation as a whole... Number 1. Just as President Roosevelt did after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the President must tell the nation that we are at war and we must immediately convert our auto factories to factories that build mass transit vehicles and alternative energy devices…. The products built in the factories of GM, Ford and Chrysler are some of the greatest weapons of mass destruction responsible for global warming and the melting of our polar icecaps."
Number 4: "Initiate a program to
put light rail mass transit lines in all our large and medium-sized cities.
Build those trains in the GM factories. And hire local people everywhere to
install and run this system."
Number 5: "For people in rural areas not served by the train lines, have the GM plants produce energy efficient clean buses." [Can you imagine catching a bus in a rural area to go buy groceries, to buy parts to repair farm equipment, house repairs, for doctor appointments, etc. especially for the elderly]
Recently, May 17, 09, our Arkansas state paper, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, published an article taken from the New York Times entitled: "Residents of German district adopt car - free lifestyle" The first paragraph reads,
"Residents of this upscale community [Vauban] are suburban pioneers, going where few soccer moms or commuting executives have ever gone before: They have given up their car... Vauban, completed in 2006, is an example of a growing trend in Europe, the United States and elsewhere to separate suburban life from auto use, as a component of a movement called "smart planning."
The following quote from the article exemplifies the gist of the article:
"'When I had a car I was always tense. I'm much happier this way,' said Heidrun Walter, a media trainer and mother of two, as she walked verdant streets where the swish of bicycles and the chatter of wandering children drown out the occasional distant motor. http://www.nwanews.com/adg/National/259856/
Now just why would an Arkansas paper print such an article with such a positive slant? Even the word "car - free" in the headline indicates a positive slant to doing away with cars. Isn't it the beginning of preparing people for just this lifestyle of a "carless" society like leftists always do when they start their propaganda for a change they plan to implement? Remember a number of years ago when liberals started talking about the advantages of a nationalized health care, it was originally rejected with venom. Now it is so acceptable that people who oppose it are called radicals.
Taking over the auto makers will exponentially increase the price of cars. The government has never run anything efficiently. The new fuel - efficiency and tailpipe - emissions standards will drive auto prices even higher. Then the alternative fuels required will make driving a car so expensive that people will no longer be able to afford them.
We can then be like the third world
countries that all of us have dreamed about living in. And we won't be that mean
old country that uses more than our share of the world's energy. And Obama and
the leftists will no longer have to apologize to other countries for our
nation's indulgence. And no one in the other countries will be any better off.
We will just be reduced to their poverty as we burn up our food for alternate
fuel. And all that will be called PROGRESS.
Then who will help all those countries during their times of crisis as our mean old country has so many times for so many years?
Brummett Says Amen To A World Without Cars
(Somehow I never pictured Brummet advocating the Amish lifestyle)
I recently sent out an email entitled "Lefitists push for society without cars," quoting from a Michael Moore article and from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette and New York Times. John Brummet wrote an article in response to that email. Brummet used about one third of his article to attack the messenger, describing me and other conservatives in his typical liberal, genteel, unbiased, and tolerant manner as extreme, delusional, zany, right - wing, paranoid, fear - mongering, screeching, conspiratorial alarmists - for being concerned about the leftists' push to do away with our cars. Link to my article: http://www.wpaag.org/Obama%20 - %20Carless%20Society.htm
(By the way, John, in your world I am probably considered zany. But in my world, you are the zany one. And on this issue of doing away with our cars in the name of sustainable transportation and global warming, I believe I have at least 85% of the people in my corner.)
Brummett, then in the typical double speak language of liberals, confirms the information in the article I wrote was indeed true. In his words: " Let me be candid: I know some liberals very well and these expressions of Michael Moore reflect exactly how they talk among themselves. They believe government policy can compel better and more responsible human behavior and force us, if that’s what it takes, to operate more co - operatively and efficiently [doing without cars]. They think cars are destructive to the earth both in what is required to run them and in what they emit." Link to Brummet's article http://arkansasnews.com/2009/06/06/world - without - cars - amen/
And why are we right wingers nutty for being alarmed about this matter? Because according to Brummett, "[T]hese kinds of things take time." So we need not worry. Brummet also says "[T]he only substantive advocacy I've see for doing away with American automobile travel on anything resembling a short term basis - - a fine if utopian idea, generally impractical and specifically out of the question - was an essay of typical agitprop by the liberal documentary filmmaker, Michael Moore."
Brummet describes all the liberal policies quite well in that statement, "utopian , impractical and out of the question" . But we are now seeing utopian, impractical, and out of the question policies being implemented en masse at every turn - using force and coercion - since the Democrats took control; so that is no longer anything new. The liberals have now shown their hand to the world, and all but the leftists are shocked. So referring to our conspiracy theories doesn't have quite the ring it did before the leftist started playing their hand. I have been thinking about writing about this push for a "carless" society for more than a year but didn't write on it for just that reason - that it might not be believable. But now it is.
And how can liberals talk about conservatives being fear mongers when the liberals are using the biggest fear tactic in history under the guise of sustainable development, sustainable transportation, smart growth transportation, and global warming in order to coerce people to yield to government control, higher taxes, and exorbitant increases in the price of energy?
And since Brummet is only aware (or so he says) of one substantive advocacy for the world without cars on a short term basis ( Michael Moore's article), let me provide some research on that matter. Some liberals may only be talking about a world without cars, but others are hard at work. Follow the links below (or google the words in bold in the former paragraph) and you will find numerous articles that show how rapidly the plan to do away with cars, which Michael Moore described in his essay, is being developed.
One need only look at Fayetteville Mayor's home page to see how close at hand this movement is. The Fayetteville Mayor has won international accolades for "discouraging sprawl and auto - dependency." Earning international praise means he has made some radical steps toward a society without cars. Of course, it is all hidden for now behind language most people don't understand, but Michael Moore laid it out in plain language in his article. Fayetteville Mayor's website: http://www.icleiusa.org/success-stories/cool-mayors/dan-coody-mayor-of-city-of-fayetteville/ Michael Moore's article: http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/message/index.php?id=248
* Links to numerous articles relating to a society without cars. http://www.smartgrowth.org/about/issues/resources.asp?resource=12&type=6
* Article: "Walking, parking, bikes, and rail in the post - automobile era"
* Title of book The post - automobile city: legal mechanisms to establish the pedestrian friendly city by James A. Kushner. http://vikat.pdx.edu/search/?searchtype=c&searcharg=KF5535+.K87+2004
"The Smart Growth Network is a partnership between the EPA [United
States Environmental Protection Agency] and a number of nonprofit,
public, and governmental organizations working together to raise public
awareness and promote smart growth principles. In its popular first volume of
the manual Getting to Smart Growth, released in 2001 (a second volume was
released in 2003), the Smart Growth Network
suggested that towns should return to the designs of
the early twentieth century. In those earlier times, land uses were more
integrated, enabling people to walk to the corner store, to work, or to school.
Today, such uses are more often placed so far apart they can only be reached by
car. Numerous communities have sought to reverse this trend.
* “Three things change people’s behavior at the societal level,” says Rees. “One is price; more good has been done by high energy prices about moving us towards thinking about sustainability than all the policy that any government anywhere has implemented in the last 10 years. Higher energy prices create real behavioral change.” http://ethisphere.com/2020-global-sustainability-centers/ Note: Many leftists are celebrating the higher gas prices and are not concerned in the least that alternate fuel will cost so much. It will only enhance their chances to move faster toward doing away with our cars and saving Mother Earth.
* "GUIDING PRINCIPLES for Sustainable Transportation. Concentrate on urban growth, limit sprawl. This would reduce demand especially for automobile trips. http://www.gdrc.org/uem/sustran/sustran-principles.html
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