Are we being made to suffer intentionally?

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.

The U.S.: Less a “constitutional” republic then it was.

If the United States is to be restored to a fully-functioning constitutional republic in any manner short of civil war, than it will have to be from the ground up. It will take all of us, all of us who believe in the Constitution to fight in city halls, state houses, the halls of Congress, and in the court of public opinion to get our country back to the rule of law.

Time to decide what kind of people we want to be.

Nor is an alleged non-understanding or rejection of science on the part of conservatives and libertarians the problem. The problem is in the mandate itself, coming not with the consent of the governed, but from the governmental elite, who consider themselves our moral and intellectual betters. Most Americans it turns out, don't like to be ordered around.