I apologize. This picture is legally required anytime a blogger quotes or even paraphrases Inigo Montoya.
Via Fred Clark, we see another example of wingnuts valiantly standing up against encroachments against their individual freedoms:
Across the country, activists with ties to the Tea Party are railing against all sorts of local and state efforts to control sprawl and conserve energy. They brand government action for things like expanding public transportation routes and preserving open space as part of a United Nations-led conspiracy to deny property rights and herd citizens toward cities.
They are showing up at planning meetings to denounce bike lanes on public streets and smart meters on home appliances — efforts they equate to a big-government blueprint against individual rights.
So let’s lay out a couple opposing scenarios here:
a) You can drive to work, take a bus/train, or ride a bicycle.
b) You pretty much have to drive to work.
a) With information available to you about your energy use, you can choose to use a shitton of energy ’cause you’re just a rich mofo like that and you enjoy cooling your house down to 55 degrees, or you can choose to budget your energy use because money or the environment or some hippie bullshit like that.
b) You can try to manage your energy use but you’re pretty much not going to find out how much you’ll be paying each month until after the fact.
What’s strange is that our wingnut friends are convinced that, in each of the pairs of options above, option B constitutes a greater level of individual freedom. This suggests that either they are very confused about what the word “freedom” means, or that they’re mendacious twits. Possibly a combination of the two.
It fits the pattern, of course – conservatives seem to feel very threatened by people who make different life choices or live different lifestyles. Just as every gay couple that gets married feels like an assault on their Jesus-approved heterosexual marriage, every cyclist they see riding down the street is an encroachment on their freedom to drive their car. For some reason. “Freedom to conform” appears to be the conservative canard*.
*This is the kind of thing conservatives frequently accuse liberals of, but contrary to the lurid wingnut fantasies, liberals aren’t actually trying to force anyone to ride bicycles or use CFLs. But wingnuts have always been masters of projection, after all.