Margaret Wente has a column in the Globe and Mail discussing our Canadian friends' attempt forcing electric cars on Canadians today. In the article she talks about how impossibly impractical electric cars are and how they will be so for some time now.
There's just one problem. The fantasy that electric cars are right around the corner doesn't survive even the most cursory reality check. As Dennis DesRosiers, a leading auto consultant, points out, consumers simply won't pay a $20,000 premium for a vehicle that doesn't go very far, isn't very convenient, and runs out of juice as soon as you turn on the air conditioner.
The article got me to thinking about why liberals are always trying to accomplish the impossible and dragging the rest of us with them in their illusionary fantasies. Other examples include: High speed rail, solar power, wind power, electric cars etc. What do all of these things have in common? Abject unmitigated Impracticality. None of these technologies are even remotely feasible and have no chance of ever replacing current cheaper more reliable technologies.
Now this is true no matter how many speeches the president gives about subsidizing creating millions of 'green' jobs. Further, you have to believe even he, and his other like minded liberals, know this to be true. So why, pray tell, do they insist upon spending billions of dollars on technologies they know are doomed to failure? I think the answer can be found in liberalism's core beliefs. Specifically, that America is not exceptional in the world. Shelby Steele puts it much better than I (emphasis mine):
Mr. Obama came of age in a bubble of post-'60s liberalism that conditioned him to be an adversary of American exceptionalism. In this liberalism America's exceptional status in the world follows from a bargain with the devil—an indulgence in militarism, racism, sexism, corporate greed, and environmental disregard as the means to a broad economic, military, and even cultural supremacy in the world. And therefore America's greatness is as much the fruit of evil as of a devotion to freedom.
Now back to the automobile as an example of this way of thinking. The Automobile industry was founded and developed over time to reflect the American culture. Think about the cars made in the 40's through the mid-70's. Big, bold, and gave the owner freedom to roam form sea to shining sea without regulation or interference from anyone. In the minds of liberals this way of thinking is simply unacceptable. They can't have individuals choosing to do exactly what they want to do, when they want to do it. And nothing exemplifies that notion of freedom better than the automobile.
It is my opinion that this is why they want to destroy the auto industry. Because by doing so, they destroy yet another building-block in America's exceptionalism.