Arnold Schwarzenegger made news a few months back when he angrily denounced people who objected to being “locked down” like convicted criminals for health crimes they’d never committed. Not unlike millions of people in Arnold’s Austrian homeland who were treated similarly on account of the supposed threat to the health of the volk they presented.
Screw your freedoms, the aging bodybuilder growled.
It’s a sad thing – for those of us who made the mistake of admiring Arnold once-upon-a-time as a guy we were led to believe valued our freedom. As opposed to just his. He rode this image to stardom – and into the California governor’s mansion.
More evidence of Arnold’s posing cropped up a couple of days ago, when what’s left of the former Mr. Olympia blew through a red light and terminated a Toyota Prius . . . which he wasn’t driving.
Arnold was driving the anti-Prius, a GMC Yukon. It is currently the largest non-commercial vehicle sold by any car company. Many people like to drive big SUVs just like it, probably for many of the same reasons Arnold likes to drive his. They provide a sense of physical security no other type of vehicle can match and that is no small thing in a world coming unglued. They are powerful, which makes them capable – which makes them appealing.
All of that is perfectly natural and reflected in the fact that big SUVs are the most popular type of vehicle being made right now.
But don’t make the mistake of believing that because Arnold likes to drive a big SUV he supports our freedom to drive one, too.
If he did, he would not be using all his muscle to push “clean” and “green” alternatives . . . right down our throats. As governor, he signed into law numerous edicts that make such “alternatives” mandatory.
Big SUVs are for big and powerful people.
The rest of is should be driving cars like the Prius he terminated.
The unconsciousness shamelessness of people like this presents an interesting psychological study in the etiolation of a particular form of insanity which seems to attend becoming a celebrity – whether of the Hollywood or political-office-holder variety (Arnold being both).
They are in so deep they no longer see how far. Their talking points become reality, or its ersatz rhetorical equivalent. It’s the only plausible explanation for what would otherwise be clear evidence of mental derangement.
Either that – or someone has Polaroids of Arnold with a dachshund.
The psychological trick seems to be that by talking about how committed to being “green” they are, they come to believe they are in fact actually “green” . . . even if they’re driving around in a 5,500 pound V8-powered SUV that averages 17 MPG.
They do this without blinking, without shame. With the arrogant entitlement of the pathologically shameless. Just as they went “maskless” to dinner parties at restaurants closed to the unmasked who lacked the special exemption from the getting and giving of sickness that comes with political office and celebrity.
This is nothing new, as such. Pathological narcissism has been an affliction of humankind since the time of Adam in the Garden
What’s different is the lack of outrage when it manifests. People were disgusted, back in the ’80s, when Leona Helmsley blew off the taxes she didn’t feel obliged to pay as being the exclusive burden of “the little people,” as she styled them.
Today, it makes one a governor.
Gavin Newsome, for instance. He is a worthy heir to the title once held by Arnold. No doubt they both got their teeth capped by the same glamor dentist. But Arnold’s successor doesn’t drive a 5,500 pound V8 SUV that averages 17 MPG. He is driven around in one – attended by a fuhrerbegleitkommando of ancillary vehicles, to make sure he and his entourage can blow through red lights with impunity.
Just the same in DC, where the Biden Thing issues electrification decrees while exempting himself and high federal apparatchiks from having to abide by them. Special dispensation having been issued recently to ensure that a fleet of 5,500 pound V8 SUVs that average considerably less than 17 MPG (being heavily armored for the protection of the apparatchiks) will be available for them – for decades to come.
Screw your freedoms.
It’s the whole point of the thing, you see.
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