A day doesn’t go by without at least one local community somewhere in America proposing to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to build a train or trolley line. President Obama has pledged to spend $53 billion dollars in future high-speed train development. His goal is to have rail available to 80% of Americans. The real question is why? What is up with the Left’s love affair with the train. Why do they dream of trolley cars in their sleep. Why do they insist on investing in choo choos when history has proven them to be nothing more than a money pit.
The answer is quite simple. To a progressive, it is all about control. People in trains are confined to their seat. They are forced to go where the tracks take them. People riding trains eventually assimilate into their surroundings and become programmed. It is this type of control that the Left depends on to stay relevent today. In their minds the car is a symbol of excess. They cannot control where that car goes and when it goes there. The car is not limited to a time table. An automobile encourages independent thought and personal responsibility, two things that the Left hates. In short Liberals love trains because it takes away from American Individualism.
The supporters of trains will tell you it is better for the environment. It is more efficient than other modes of transportation. If that is true then why did we stop using trolleys early in the 20th century? They will tell you that trains can serve a large amount of society because of their high rider capacity. If that is the case then why are the vast majority of them being built in downtown areas where on average 7% of city’s population lives and less than 5% of a city’s population works? Whatever excuse they want to use their real intent has become quite obvious, they want to control the masses. No thank you I prefer to drive my car, I want to be my own conductor.