“History,” said Henry Ford, is “bunk.”
What he meant by that is that the “history” they teach in government schools is largely “bunk.” It is either false outright – as for example the charactertization that the attempt made by the eleven states of the Sothern Confederacy to form their own nation the was somehow a “civil war.”
Or it is maliciously omitfull – as for example any factual explanation of the role played by private banking interests (for their own interests) in the formation of what is styled the “Fed,” or Federal Reserve Sysem.
For similar reasons, most kids need driver re-education.
What is taught in government schools and proselytized by the DMV as regards driving is also largely bunk. It is chiefly a blinkered obsession with rules, most of them arbitary and almost all of them lacking context while demanding universal and rigid obedience.
Some examples include:
You must always come to a complete stop because a red octagonal sign stands vigil at an intersection. It does not matter that there is often no reason (other than sign-obedience) to stop entirely because it is plainly evident there is no cross-traffic and there may be good reason not to, such as avoiding pointless loss of momentum and the waste of fuel (and brake pads) that attends losing it and regaining it.
It is also ironic, as regards the above, that the governmental obsession with fuel efficiency has led to practically every new car being fitted with a device that stops the engine whenever the car stops moving – yet it is considered a punishable offense to fail to completely stop at every stop sign, which wastes fuel – irrespective of any need (other than sign-obedience) to do so.
You must always signal when leaving the road or changing lanes, even if yours is the only car on the road and thus signaling amounts to the same thing as waving “hello” at people who aren’t there, like the Biden Thing. Many new cars are also fitted with obnoxious devices that force you to signal repeatedly before the signal turns off. This makes a sensible person inclined to avoid signaling altogether – especially when there is no reason to, other than rule-obedience.
You must always hew to the speed limit, whatever it is and wherever it is, irrespective of other factors such as getting around a vehicle ahead of you piloted by a “vaccine”-addled driver who is piloting his vehicle well below the speed limit. If you cannot pass him without “speeding” then you must not pass. Put another way, the only lawful pass is the unsafe one that keeps you in the opposing lane much longer than necessary, thereby increasing the chances you won’t make it back into your lane before oncoming traffic is in the same lane you’re still in.
Curiously, it is de facto the “law” that one ought to always “speed” – just a little bit – so as to avoid over-scrutiny by the armed government workers who enforce the speed limits. To drive no faster – per the actual law – is to stand out from the crowd, which is given tacit license by the enforcers of the speed limit to drive five or so MPH faster than whatever the speed limit is and so most do. This leaves those who don’t looking like the young antelope that isn’t keeping up with the herd. As in the animal kingdom, the antelope-on-wheels that doesn’t keep up is the one most likely to find itself prey. The safest policy – insofar as avoiding AGW predators – is to drive just slightly faster than the speed limit, along with everyone else.
Even if it is technically – legally – “speeding.”
Speaking of the law – or rather, its enforcers – another thing not generally told new drivers is that it is not “the law” that one must always obey the directions of a law-enforcement officer, who isn’t “the law” personified and so whatever-he-says goes. You are not legally required to answer his questions regarding such things as where you’re headed and why. Nor whether you’ve been “drinking,” either. Such questions are investigations – and you have the right to not be compelled to witness against yourself. You are not obliged to roll down your window any more than necessary to slip through the crack your licence and insurance paperwork (and even that much may not be legally required if you show the AGW your license and insurance by holding it up against the glass such that the AGW can see and read it).
Given how little actual law law-enforcers often know, it is very sound policy to know as much law, insofar as your legal obligations, as possible.
A few other Untaught Truths:
Acceleration with alacrity is often far safer than the passive-glacial acceleration taught by government-approved driving instructors and sermonized as gospel by the DMV. This is not always true, of course. But it is often true. As for example when pulling out from a side street into a busy road with traffic that is bearing down upon you with alactrity.
It is far safer to hit the gas than be hit, from behind.
Similarly, it is safer to get off the road quickly when turning off the road – rather than slowing down to an almost-stop in the road before you begin your turn off the road.
These are just a few of the things not taught by government driving schools that ought to be part of the education of anyone who truly wants to know how to drive – as oposed to how to obey. Just the same as anyone wanting to know the true history of what wasn’t the “Civil War” and how the “Fed” came to be will need to seek the truth outside of the government miseducation system.
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