December 1, 2010
Stan Collender–a very smart dude, but living in the past–doesn’t understand why “conservatives” are all for fiscal restraint and government efficiency, yet against red-light cameras and TSA body scanners. He thinks these “conservatives” are being inconsistent, because red-light cameras and TSA body scanners are automated devices that make it cheaper, easier, and more efficient to catch red-light runners and (for the sake of argument, but not really) prevent bombs from getting on planes, and thus a positive in terms of government fiscal prudence.
However, there is abolutely no inconsistency at all when you take account of the psychology that motivates current day “conservatives”, which is that of greedy petulant children. *They* should be completely unobstructed in pursuing their own ends without any government interference—-i.e., “freedom from tyranny”–and the government should lavish spending on *them*–i.e., “essential government services”. However, those they consider “others”, the poor, non-whites, foreigners, intellectuals, liberals, muslims, etc, should be subject to intense government scrutiny and control–i.e., “protecting our freedoms” and “keeping us safe” and “maintaining accountability”–and the government should spend nothing on them–i.e., “eliminating fraud and waste” and “shrinking government”.
This then explains exactly why these “conservatives” dislike red-light cameras and TSA body scanners: because they fail to discriminate in providing the “freedom from tyranny” that conservatives demand for themselves while still “protecting our freedoms” and “keeping us safe” and “maintaining accountability” in relation to the poor, non-whites, foreigners, intellectuals, liberals, muslims, etc. These devices are equal opportunity and fail to provide greedy white assholes the privileges they demand.
And this also explains exactly why “conservatives” drive themselves absolutely shitnuttes apoplectic about Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi traveling by privileged means that absolve them of having to deal with any TSA screening at all: Because those privileges are for supposed to be for the enjoyment of greedy white dude asshole Real Americans, and not some elitist liberal cunts.