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  •  very interesting thought (4+ / 0-)

    When people talk about the liberating effect of driving, they focus on the fact that you can decide where and when your journey starts and ends.  

    But they don't talk about the fact that during the journey, the government tells you what you can do, and that ain't much.-  You have to wear your seatbelt, you can't talk on the phone, you can't get some work done, you can't play with your kids, you can't eat, you can't drink.  

    Of course, people do these things anyway, and distracted drivers cause most accidents (our cars are really reliable).  But that's not even the driving, which is highly regulated.

    You have to drive on this lane, and stop when the government tells you, go when the government tells you, drive no faster (or slower) than the government lets you, etc.  

    Of course, people will say we need the rules of the road, because of safety.  Voilà! They've just made the argument for all government regulation.

    Conservatives need to realize that their Silent Moral Majority is neither silent, nor moral, nor a majority.

    by nominalize on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 06:26:29 AM PDT

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