The reason the Left advances is because it never stop advancing.
This is of course a simple tautology – but no less trenchantly true for being so. If it is understood then it can be stopped.
An example unfolds in the case of the New Jersey man who placed a “for sale” ad online, in order to sell his truck. He disclosed the fact that it had been modified (not by him, apparently) to improve its power/mileage via what are known as “defeat” devices. As in emissions-defeat devices.
Now, before you erupt in outrage let’s add a few additional facts. The truck’s owner advertised the fact that the truck had “defeat” devices. He wasn’t, in other words, attempting to trick a prospective buyer into anything.
Just a truck – for sale.
In the past, the deal was that – once sold – the new owner might have to deal with returning the vehicle to “compliant” status, in order to get it past state-required emissions testing, in order to be able to register and plate the vehicle for use on public roads. In other words, the burden was on the buyer – as has always been the case in the absence of a formal warranty of some kind guaranteeing the vehicle’s soundness. There was also the prospect of a claim that could be made in the event of some knowing misrepresentation about the vehicle’s condition by the seller, though this has always been difficult to prove in court because it is hard to establish that – as an example – the seller knew the transmission was about to fail and didn’t disclose the fact to the prospective buyer.
Neither of these obtained in the case of the New Jersey man. Who was Hut! Hut! Hutted! – or at least, threatened with a Hut! Hut! Hutting! – merely for attempting to sell what no one disputes to be his legal property, to a willing buyer, who could (if he wished) restore the truck to “compliant” status if he wished to register and drive it. Perhaps he (the prospective buyer) didn’t want the truck for that. Perhaps he wanted to buy it – and fix it later. Perhaps he wanted the truck for its parts.
None of the foregoing being unlawful. The legality is that if the buyer (or the owner) wished to lawfully get or renew registration, the vehicle would need to be “compliant.”
Never mind that. As Lavrenti Beria – Stalin’s head of the secret police – is said to have put it: Show me the man and I will tell you the crime.
Mike Sebold – the owner of the 2008 Dodge Ram pickup in question – turned out to be the man. And the state of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection showed him the “crime.” Or rather, sent him a letter advising him that his truck had been “flagged” and that he would either have to get it out of the state of New Jersey or have it crushed.
“When the DEP becomes aware of such a sale or attempted sale, an appropriate enforcement action is issued to the seller or attempted seller, and the person is required to come into compliance with New Jersey regulations.”
Sebold eventually decided to crush his truck – resulting in the gratuitous throwing-away of a functional vehicle and all the “environmental” wastage attendant. Not to mention the loss of money suffered by Sebold as a result of what amounts to a taking by the state of New Jersey. The italicized word referring to the legal concept that when the state deprives a person of property via regulatory edict, it is obliged to compensate the ex-owner for the value taken by it from him.
A cursory look at the current retail value of an ’08 Ram 1500 is between approximately $6k on the low end and $13k on the high end, according to used vehicle pricing guides. That’s for the base version of this truck with the gas V6 – not with the much-more-valuable diesel engine that Sebold’s truck has.
Sebold is out-of-pocket for the former value of his now-crushed truck.
The good news is he managed to part out most of it before the remainder was taken to the crusher. The bad news is that the state of New Jersey’s Leftists – now synonymous with “the government” – were and are clearly cruising the used car classified to suss out “noncompliant” vehicles in order to threaten the old “Hut! Hut! Hut!” upon owners thereof.
The making-it-clear being how Leftists advance their Leftism. Just as their current leader made it clear, a couple of weeks ago – during his red-backlit harangue – that all who oppose Leftism are enemies of the state, though he styled it “our democracy.”
By which he meant the rule (and rules) of Leftism.
It is the brazenness of the unwanted touch. The pushy salesman who tries to get his foot in the door. Magnified by the power of the state. It must be beaten back, if further touching is unwanted. If we do not wish to find the pushy salesman in our homes, telling us how it’s going to be from now on.
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