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What about the children, after all?
And if that’s not alarming enough, consider the likely follow-up. Once all new cars are fitted with in-car speed nannies, the glassy eye of government will very likely turn its gaze upon older cars — especially older pre-computer cars, which can’t be electronically controlled because there is no on-board electronic controller. The old car hobby is already (justly) alarmed by recent changes in antique/classic car licensing and registration laws — which are making it harder and more expensive to keep an older car on the road.
In Virginia, for example, changes to the laws governing antique vehicle registration now empower police to conduct what amount to “roadside safety checks.” If the cop decides your antique vehicle doesn’t meet this or that jot or tittle of the law, he can seize your plates on the spot and have your antique vehicle towed to the impound lot — notwithstanding that most cops don’t have any specific knowledge of what is or isn’t “right” about decades-old vehicles.
Now the authorities have a new tool in their kit. A cudgel by which they cannot only beat speeders into submission — but which could very well be used to take older cars off the road forever. Consider yourself warned.
And remember to say “thanks, GM.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?