The other day, the Thing that’s trying to push us out of cars Tweeted (loathsome term suggestive of a giggling and none-too-bright 12-year-old girl) a photo of himself in his classic Corvette with the caption: Get in, folks. We’re building a better America.
Of a piece with the Thing’s insistence, a year ago, that those who took the drugs he pushes “aren’t going to get” COVID “if you have these vaccinations.” And that they are “95 percent effective.”
A much better America existed in 1967, the year Chevrolet built Biden’s Corvette. That year, Chevy built cars to meet the demands of the market, the people who put up their own money to buy what was built – and were free not to. As opposed to this year – when the entire car industry has been Sovietized and builds what government apparatchiks tell them to. And people are cattled-prodded into buying them – and made to subsidize them, even if they don’t buy them.
In ’67, Chevy was free to put styling – and it was some styling – ahead of “safety,” that cultish fixation on zero risk at whatever cost. In fact, it is just the excuse – as the “pandemic” was merely the excuse used to further objectives that had nothing to do with “health.”
It was possible, in that better time, to fit delicate but beatiful bumperettes to the Corvette. To put form ahead of function. Because it looked good – and that was all that mattered. If you didn’t like it, you were free to not buy it. To buy a “safer” – uglier – car, such as a Volvo, for instance.
These “5 MPH” bumpers were also heavy, adding several hundred pounds of deadweight to the car. That cost you every time you drove the car, which now used more gas – as well as more brakes (and tires) due to the increased kinetic energy and friction attending slowing it all down. Acceleration also suffered, as heavier cars are slower cars unless power is added to offset the weight – which results in more gas being burned, etc.
Oceans of fuel have been actually wasted over the decades; brake pads and tires, too. As opposed to the hyopthetical “safety” advantage of having several hundred pounds of deadweight hanging off the front and rear ends of all new cars, most of which were never in a major wreck where the ugly (and heavy) battering rams would maybe have made a difference.
It’s what Things do.
Chevy was able to design Biden’s Corvette with a carburetor – a simple fuel-mixing device that relied on no electronics to control it and which anyone with a screwdriver and basic tool set could tune and adjust himself. It had no catalytic converters or air bags – two of many reasons why this car and others like it were desirable then and very collectible now.
Joe clearly loves driving around in his carbureted, V8-powered, emissions-uncontrolled car, irrespective of its “carbon footprint.” He just doesn’t want you to do that. It is an elaboration of Leona Helmsley’s dictum that “only the little people” pay taxes.
Biden’s Corvette has low-back bucket seats without visibility-obscuring headrests, also mandated for “safety.” Joe can also rest his withered arm on the top of the door, because – in that better America – Chevy was not obliged to build up a structural steel bathtub around the occupants, as car-makers are these days.
Biden’s Corvette has wing-vent windows, which keep the car cool without need of AC. Or the cost of AC. This was common – in the better America that Biden has helped to un-build – because in those days it wasn’t cost-prohibitive for the the car companies to build cars a la carte. You picked from a menu of options – as opposed to a few “bundles” of “packages,” most of them just electronic gewgwas.
Cars were not one-size-fits-all nack in ’67, as they mostly are today. Because it was not necessary, in those days, to build each car exactly alike insofar as how it tested on government . . . tests. Adding (or deleting) AC adds (or subtracts) load and that can affect mileage and emissions, two things that weren’t issues in 1967.
That is one reason why all new vehicles have AC – and do not have wing-vent windows.
It is because of people like Biden that cars such as Biden’s are no longer available. Haven’t been available – for decades. 1973 was the last year one could buy a new car without apparatchik-mandated “5 MPH” bumpers. It wasn’t too much loger before the same apparatchiks mandated that all new cars be fitted with “passive” safety systems which at first meant those hateful automatic seat belts that wrapped around you as soon as you sat down and shortly thereafter meant air bags in every new car. It is because of air bags that new cars no longer offer the intricate/distinctive steering wheel designs that were – once – the centerpiece of cars such as Biden’s Corvette.
The Joker-leering Thing behind the wheel is unconcerned, for he has his and that is all that matters to Things such as this.
EeeeeeeVeeeeees for us. All the same, per the Things. Who drive what we’re told we mustn’t and soon won’t be allowed to.
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