The following article appeared to day in Florida
Edwards: Americans should sacrifice their SUVs
August 29, 2007 07:46 EDT
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards told a labor group he would ask Americans to make a big sacrifice: their sport utility vehicles.The former North Carolina senator told a forum by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, yesterday he thinks Americans are willing to sacrifice.Edwards says Americans should be asked to drive more fuel efficient vehicles. He says he would ask them to give up SUVs.
Apparently the role of government has been forgotten in our Country. Can you imagine the Founding Fathers telling citizens not to use a certain type of horse because it gives off too much methane when it releases gas. Government’s role is first and foremost to provide security to our Nation. Government should have a military and a defense system. Government should provide laws to punish criminal acts of its citizens. The Government should make sure that our freedoms are not being trampled on by State and Local governments. The Government should only pass laws that protect the health, safety and welfare of its people.
It is not the role of Government to run our lives. It is not the role of Government to tell me I cannot worship in the church, temple or synagogue of my choice. It is not the role of Government to tell me I cannot engage in lawful activity because it “isn’t good for me.” It is not the role of Government to ask me to quit driving an SUV.
Senator Edwards, you use energy to cool and heat your 30,000 square foot home. You own a Chrysler Pacifica (although he says he uses his hybrid SUV more often). You bounce around the Country in a Private Jet sucking down gallons of fuel which places massive amounts of pollution into the air. And you know what I say to all of that? Good for you–you are an American, you can choose to engage in those activities and own those items if you can afford them. But sir—don’t you dare tell me what kind of car I should drive or what I should eat or where I should stand or what I should say.
The arrogance of the candidates we currently have running for President is shocking and frightening. I am looking for a candidate with some humility. Will that candidate please stand up? I agree with Senator Clinton that it does “take a village” but that village better not be made up of government agencies and officials because that is not a village–that is a communist regime.
Americans–freedom disappears one step at a time. All of a sudden you are at the end of the path and it is completely gone and you are standing there saying to yourself–“What happened? I thought this was a free society!” It is at that moment that a government official puts you in jail for disparaging the government.