Mack has an interesting post about an incident where somebody left their minivan running for over 60 minutes at WalMart. Lots has been said about this at his place and at MCB. But everybody (including Mack, interestingly) is ignoring the subtext of the post, and the conclusions drawn. He links to an article that lambasts “suburban sprawl”, suburbia, and suburbanites. Mack seems to agree with the original article.
The irony is so rich you could almost cut it with a knife.
I am a suburbanite. The suburban life is all I’ve ever known.
I have been reading about this subject for years. Now, the article Mack linked to was high-brow, and lacked some of the usual invective we see aimed toward suburbia and suburbanites. Yet the subtext is there for all to see:
Suburbanites are to the far left what illegal immigrants are to the far right.
- Instead of streaming across the border, we are spreading into the countryside.
- We are ruining the American (and world’s) way of life.
- Instead of the right complaining about 12 to a house, the left complains about 1 to a car.
- Both groups are described like spreading vermin.
- We (suburbanites) must turn aside from our own culture, and adopt the “right” culture to save America.
- The left looks down upon our stores, our restaurants, our entertainment, our purchases, our voting patterns. We need to be more like them, and then maybe we’ll be accepted.
- The left sees this country as their birthright, and “we” are taking it away, and must be stopped.
- We are generally unclean (driving SUVs) and make a mess of things (global warming).
- Instead of a wall, “smart planning”, restrictionist coding, etc are what’s advocated to keep “us” from advancing.
I was raised in suburbia. It’s all I’ve ever known. The commute, the multiplex, the mall, WalMart are all part of my “culture”. Many of the left consider themselves multiculturalists; we must accept others as they are, the argument goes, and not make anyone feel bad because they are different. Demands of assimilation are totally out of bounds.
I wish they’d apply their own standard to suburbanites. After all, our strength is our diversity.
Edited to Add: In no way do I wish to convey that Mack, personally, has made these arguments. This post is a refutation of many arguments I have heard through the years. Mack’s post just got me going. Except for being like, a liberal, Mack is an all-around cool dude. Sorry I gave the wrong impression