The pain felt by the average American-- the high cost of household items, energy, gas, etc., is a pain not shared by the collectivist elites whose policies caused these problems. Our need to be free, to control our own destinies is in conflict with the elites' need for evermore power.
For Americans, driving means freedom. The ability to just pick up, and leave town almost at a whim, either for business or pleasure promotes independent thought and action. This is antithetical to the leftist way. For the socialists and other collectivists, travel outside of one's hometown is a privilege, not a right.
So, why are so many made to suffer for so little benefit to them? There are many reasons for sure-- foolish belief in Utopian schemes, lust for power, and greed on the part of the global elites. These people who occupy the top rungs of industry, academia, and politics are insulated from the effects of their questionable economic and environmental theories. They are not affected by inflation. They themselves will feel neither cold, heat, nor hunger in any amount that might make them uncomfortable. They are, in short, not us.
People are going hungry in Sri Lanka. Farmers in the Netherlands will be driven out of business. Europeans will freeze and Americans will sweat. Because their governments have decided to chase good ESG scores, instead of following best farming practices, people will go hungry and perhaps even starve this winter.
Contrary to what some have said, the Dobbs and West Virginia rulings are victories, not defeats for our democracy and our republic. They put these matters into the hands of the legislatures and the people where they can be debated and voted on. What's that thing called? You know-- where people get a say on how important issues are handled? Oh, yeah, it's called DEMOCRACY.
Happy Birthday America!
The Left has pressed and sadly, achieved a level of statism approaching economic fascism, causing supply shortages, rampant inflation, and an energy crisis. Yet despite this, America remains the greatest country the world has ever seen. Our Constitution has so far proven as a bulwark from the worst of the Left's progressive polices, even on occasion, rolling back their excesses.
We are a divided nation, but our Constitution is strong. It has allowed us to retain our God-given rights. It has not weakened but strengthened our democracy by returning issues that once were out of reach of the democratic process back into the domain of the people, subject to their will. Even the acute mismanagement we've faced of late can be resolved and overcome with the strength, perseverance, and commitment to first principles.
American Pride Month-- Because one day is not enough.