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Miller: Driver Optional

By Duane Miller

Driver …  optional, is the goal of a new law in California.  Written with the help of Google, Inc., a new law signed by Governor Jerry Brown,  approves a self-driving prototype for use on California highways.  Google has modified a Toyota Prius by adding video cameras, laser equipment, radar sensors, and a failsafe mechanism that allows the driver to assume control by grabbing the steering wheel or hitting the brakes.

It is believed that, in a few years, driverless cars will make California highways safer and reduce accidents due to driver inattention dramatically.  When he signed the new law, Governor Brown said, “Anybody who gets into a car and finds the car driving itself is going to be skittish at first, but they will get over it.”  His words got me thinking.

Driver Judgment

DWI is an offense that can cost one their privilege to drive.  A drunk has demonstrated atrocious judgment and as a driver has proven he or she cannot be trusted to make good decisions regarding personal safety or that of the public.  Drunks have proven that they are more interested in the immediate “party” than in the long-term consequences they may cause.  Drunks need driverless cars; they will be safer.

If a driver allows the car to run out of gas, he will never reach his destination and his ability and judgment will be seriously questioned.  Such a driver needs, not only a driverless car, but one that can make rational decisions for him.  No driver can blame any other driver if his vehicle runs out of fuel.  After all, he’s the current driver.

Speeding is a serious offense for a driver.  Speeding shows a disregard for public and personal safety.  Speeding, when repeated, will cost a driver financially and perhaps even his license.  A speeder is an unsafe driver and should be taken off the road.

One need not be an engineer to be a driver.  Fortunately, driver skills do not include manufacturing or re-manufacturing the vehicle in order to travel to a destination.  If they did, most of us would be walking.

The Federal Government considers itself America’s driver.  As driver, it gives us its full attention and declares that we could not get where we want to go without it, but government’s driving record is suspect, at best.

Drunk with power, Government does not consider the pain and long-term consequences of its decisions.  Invariably, laws that are well-intended have consequences that were not anticipated.  The euphoria of the moment in “winning” or “passing” legislation overrides the seriousness of the consequences.  Case in point?  Nancy Pelosi, “…we have to pass the Bill so that you can find out what is in it.”  Spoken like an out-of-control party-girl,  DWI and deserving to lose the license to drive.

As driver of the economy, government has incurred debt that is so high that if it was to be paid at the rate of $1.00 per second, it would take over 500,000 years to pay it off…and that is only if it incurred no more debt from this moment.  America has run out money, out of gas, and blaming a predecessor doesn’t solve the problem and won’t get us to our destination.

Under the current “driver,” the debt has increased by over $64,000 per taxpayer.  Warnings of impending doom if spending isn’t slowed have gone completely unheeded.  A driver who speeds and does it despite warnings can expect to lose his license.  ‘Nuff said!

Being a driver does not entail designing and building a personal car.  Driving and engineering are distinctly different.  Government is now mandating what size soda we purchase, restricting the class fundraiser from using the traditional chocolate bar, pitting one American against another based on “class” in order to gain or retain power, killing babies at a rate unheard of in human history, and redefining the term “family.”  Americans don’t need a bureaucrat to drive (read that, MEDDLE) our personal decisions for us.

A Driverless America

What Washington needs is to test-drive a driverless America; an America where government’s  hands are not on the steering wheel, its feet are not on the pedals, its vision, attention, and “skill” is limited or totally removed.  Government is unnecessary for the successful navigation of life for most Americans.  We want to be our own driver.

I know that a driverless America is a scary proposition for liberals, bureaucrats, and Washington-addicts.  But, to paraphrase Governor Brown, “Anybody who sees American freedom and ingenuity and finds out government has not created it is going to be skittish at first, but they will get over it.”

Until then, we will have to settle for being the designated driver!!


Duane Miller is COO of The Proud Americans.

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  1. longscoutComment by longscout
    September 29, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    And they always said we were going to be ridden out of town on rails!

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  2. copakemanComment by copakeman
    September 29, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    california always comes up with great new innovative ways of doing things (super high speed rail line to nowhere). i have 3 questions ?

    will it be legal for me to text while i am in the drivers seat and not driving ?

    wiil it be legal for me to make a cell phone call while i am in the drivers seat and not driving

    will my benovelent friend jerry brown use this new fangled invention ?

    inquiring minds want know

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  3. singermannComment by singermann
    September 29, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    Can I drink and be driven? What about making out with my girlfriend while being driven?

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  4. smthnsmllsnthewhthowsmstbobaaaamaComment by smthnsmllsnthewhthowsmstbobaaaama
    September 29, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

    Won’t hackers have fun with that! I will never crawl behind the wheel of a machine that is controlled by a board and linked into a Global Position Satellite in any way. It is horrifying that so many people want an electronic world and are willing to lose their freedom to think for themselves. Sure, just let computers do it all for them and leave all decisions up to someone or something else. No thank you! They can keep their world because, in the end, it will be one of the many worst mistakes man ever made.

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  5. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    September 29, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

    Pssengers boarding a plane at Ohare via the jetway..
    As they enter the plane, the announcement:
    Please take your seats, and then the music. A few moments later, the announcement, and the music repeats.

    The doors close, the engines start, the airplane taxis, the announcement changes:

    Ladies and gentlemen, you are now on the world’s first fully automated airplane. There is no crew on board. Your meals will be served automatically at your seats. This airplane has been fully tested for three years, and just remember,

    Nothing can go wrong, .. go wrong, …go wrong…

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    • canada3dayerComment by canada3dayer
      October 1, 2012 @ 12:56 am

      “open the pod bay doors, Hal…”

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    • amkfluteComment by amkflute
      October 1, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

      Anyone remember the movie “Westworld”?

      Creepy robotic Yul Brenner ahead!

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  6. Eagle OneComment by Eagle One
    September 29, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

    I for one will never drive in California again. The reasoning given in this article for driver-less vehicles is asinine at best.
    It sounds exactly like something governor moon beam would latch on to.

    The idiocy of it all is beyond description.

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    • way2coolComment by way2cool
      September 30, 2012 @ 10:49 am

      I have a name for that vehicle…Suicide by Remote

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    • canada3dayerComment by canada3dayer
      October 1, 2012 @ 12:55 am

      well, it’s like Johnny Carson said on one of his last shows. Robin Williams was a guest, they were talking about Clinton’s claiming to have tried marijuana but he didn’t inhale. Carson said, “yeah and Jerry Brown never EXHALED!”. Robin Williams about fell out of the chair on that one.

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  7. cfhardersonComment by cfharderson
    September 30, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    The streets, county roads, and highways are becoming more dangerous every day because of the drivers that in too much of a hurry or have educed reflexes because of fatigue, alcohol, drug use, etc. I know the woman in Omaha NE should have been driving more defensively so that she was not injured by the garbage truck when its driver did not stop at the STOP SIGN.

    You hypocrites, you demand that you have personal freedoms. Along with those freedoms are your responsibilities. I don’t know my reaction to the following scenario. When I enter my destination and my proposed arrival time into my car’s navigational computer system, it tells me that I can not get there in time legally. Do I disable the system so that I can speed to make my appointment on time? Or do I do the responsible thing and phone ahead to inform others of my delay and make necessary arrangements. Next time I will start earlier.

    Don’t use your lack of accepting your responsibility as an excuse for demanding your freedoms. Your freedoms extend around you until they impact the freedom of others around you !

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