THE PARADOX OF ROADS AND BRIDGES
March 21, 2009
We are told that the building of roads and bridges will “stimulate” the economy. Isn’t that something…? In America’s new five and six county “regions,” only one or two cities in these regions are slated to receive “development” or growth dollars according to the Grand Visions of the regional councils of appointed leaders. These new multi-county regions, and in all 50 states, tell us that development will not include money to build or maintain roads except for those in the one or two target regional hubs or cities.
Now, these designated multi-regional, multi-county hubs also mandate pedestrian walkways and bicycle paths to very purposefully discourage automobile travel. In fact, all multi-regional cities who receive stimulus dollars mandate the building of pedestrian and bicycle paths. Let us add to this equation, the failing auto industry, governmental leans on the failing auto industry, and the fact that jobless Americans cannot afford to drive nor insure automobiles. Let us also include the road removals in America’s rural and wilderness areas, which, of course also makes impossible travel and mobility. And we know where the eco-community stands on our use of filthy automobiles.
Clearly, we find another governmental paradox of dialectic proportions. Therefore, let us ponder road building in a new governmental era that prefers us not to drive, clearly limits and discourages mobility and tells us it is unconscionable to pollute with automobiles when obese Americans should be walking and biking our way to governmentally-imposed weight standards, or else charged with a personal pollution tax (carbon credits) to drive and only in designated and very limited areas.
Clearly, our days of the free and wonderful use of automobiles, specifically as a reflection of a very free society, are over. As with everything else, including the groceries, healthcare, and education, “highly limited” are the keywords of the New American way of controlled life. And still, the governmental answer to our (their) economy is “the building of roads and bridges.” Well, you can pretty much guarantee that this stimulus plan ties directly into the new international transportation system, the super-highway and rail systems which will primarily serve corporate and military interests.
We, however, won’t be served by these new transportation systems minus our forced-to-pay for high-speed rails which will be for the full purpose of transporting you and myself back and forth to our tax-generating, corporate-serving job or civilian service details. After all, universal service, I assume, means universal service. I don’t think it will be voluntary service but more like mandatory civilian labor.
One of the greatest expressions of freedom in America was our ability to travel, to move to other locations, to choose other jobs, and to drive into and through the country at will, to drive into the farmland, the wilderness areas — deep into the forest and to experience the beauty of the nation through the freedom of mobility. This freedom connected us to our nation as nothing else could — to experience its beauty, its natural diversity, and to meet and experience people all over our nation, their dialect, their cultures and arts, and to enjoy and cherish the joy of our multiculturalism, instead of the forced politics of government multiculturalism.
The nation was so much better prior to Washington D.C.’s takeover and governmental polluting of America. Now they tell us they can fix this country with more controls, more laws, more land confiscations, more oversight of people and property, more taxes, more national debt, and a homeland military. Don’t forget the Real (national) ID. I’m sure they hope you will forget.
One cannot help but wonder, when the world has experienced and continues to experience wars all over the planet, if it’s not America’s turn to keep the war economy wheels turning. Europe had their turn which made billionaires of many. The mid-east experiences their turn also creating billions in corporate rebuilding wealth. Asia has experienced their turn, which forced them into the industrial and technological business models. And now America, I fear, faces her turn to comply with something new and surely forced down her throat.
Roads and bridges? The curtailing of mobility? The failing auto industry to assist in the curtailing of mobility and yet we are to fix the economy with roads and bridges? You tell me what is wrong with this picture. You tell me why the government, and how “the world” owns our wilderness areas making us trespassers in our nation. The question we must ask is, to where do these roads and bridges lead?
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