This is normally the type of story I would leave for Mark or Jonny to comment on, but, in a Wall Street Journal piece about how, by insisting on stricter regulations regarding fuel efficiency, President Obama is driving the final nail into the coffin of American car culture, Daniel Henninger tries to use the fucking Boss against us, arguing, I guess, that in order to pull out of a town to win, the car in which one is doing the pulling out must be a giant, gas-guzzling douche-mobile.
Aside from small cars are really faggoty, Henninger’s argument is essentially this:
This marks the end of the internal combustion engine as we knew it, and it is the way Americans have defined, designed and literally driven much of the nation’s culture for as long as anyone can remember. Car culture is America’s culture.
And yes, hopefully this marks the end of the internal combustion engine as we knew it, because, the internal combustion engine as we knew it played a huge role in getting us into the mess we’re currently in—from an environmental perspective, of course, but also in terms of how the “bigger, better, faster” mentality that led us to develop these cars in the first place has come to define us around the world, as morons. He romanticizes cars from another era and has decided, frighteningly, that they are the greatest contributions to world culture the United States has ever made. It’s a crazy old-person argument, obviously, from a guy who wants to stunt progress because of his own silly nostalgia.
And again, he tried to use the Boss against us.