You may not have voted for it – but they intend to give it to you.
As part of what is styled the Biden Thing’s “infrastructure” plan – which has as much do with building new or repairing existing infrastructure as being “vaccinated” (as it is newly styled) has to do with being immunized – the federal government intends to mandate that every new car built by the 2026 model year and thereafter be equipped with an Off switch.
Of course it is being sold as another “safety” device – which by this late date ought to raise the alarm within the mind of any person not yet “vaccinated” into dullardness, because it means – as it always means – control wrested away from you in favor of them, i.e, the people who control the apparatus of government, which is the means by which we are controlled.
Ostensibly, it will only be those dangerous “drunk” drivers who are to be controlled – via passive alcohol detection equipment that works like the ignition interlocks courts sometimes require convicted drink drivers to have installed in their cars, so as to prevent them from driving drunk, again.
With the elephant in the bill being we’re all to be presumed “drunk” drivers from now on.
Which is something not new but merely fleshing out.
For decades – since the ‘80s – everyone who is driving has been presumed “drunk” as a matter of law, de facto.
The courts have decreed that the Fourth or Fifth Amendments do not apply when you are behind the wheel – or they might as well have. Because they have ruled you are obliged to stop whenever – and wherever – the government randomly sets up a “sobriety checkpoint,” at which you must prove your innocence without the least probable cause to suspect your guilt.
If you refuse to prove yourself innocent – as by performing roadside acrobatics or “blowing” into a Breathalyzer – you can and usually will be arrested on the spot. In several states, even if it is later established that you had not been drinking anything alcoholic prior to your arrest, your refusal to prove your innocence at the checkpoint – by waiving your Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights – is often sufficient all by itself to convict you of “drunk” driving or some other thing with equivalent penalties.
Sentence first – verdict after!
So it shouldn’t be surprising to find out that the checkpoint will soon be in your car, rather than by the side of the road.
That you will henceforth be obliged to prove your innocence every single time you get behind the wheel, in order to be allowed to drive at all.
If they can disable your car because the car thinks you’ve been drinking, they can also disable your car – the “your” really ought henceforth to be in air-fingers-quotes, to emphasize the etymological absurdity – for any reason at all.
They have the technology – as per the Six Million Dollar Man (now Six Billion, probably). The same technology – enmeshed and embedded in the impenetrable electronic guts of your next new government-mandated car – that turns itself Off because it thinks you are “drunk” can just as easily be turned off if they decide to not let you drive because you aren’t “vaccinated,” among an endless plethora of reasons for doing as they like with what might as well be their car, since they control it.
You just get to pay for it.
Former Rep. Bob Barr wrote a well-meant piece the other day lambasting the Biden Thing’s plans for what will shortly no longer be “your” car at all. But he fell into the usual trap that ensnares conservatives, by taking issue with the nuts and bolts rather than the thing, itself.
“The lack of ultimate control over one’s vehicle,” Barr wrote ” . . .presents numerous and extremely serious safety issues… for example, what if a driver is not drunk, but sleepy, and the car forces itself to the side of the road before the driver can find a safe place to pull over and rest?”
Well, yeah. But it misses the point – which is of a piece with “repeal and replace” Obamacare conservatives used to talk about doing. As opposed to repealing it – and stomping with both feet on its grave until the earth is tamped down several inches below ground level.
It is why Obamacare isn’t in its grave, where it belongs. And it is probably why something else will soon be in our cars, too.
America was a place in which the innocent not only had rights, they were presumed innocent until proved guilty. In a court, following due process of law. America is become a place where everyone is presumed guilty – of everything – from being a suppurating spreader of sickness to a dangerous “drunk” driver.
And pre-punished accordingly.
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