I am starting to get irritated with the left not putting their money where their mouths are. Some have alleged that conservatives are bashing the Volt, while liberals love it in name only- not buying any of them. I am starting to feel the assessment is accurate. Yes, I have watched as the conservatives have become more extreme and pushed more and more of us to the center. However, a friend of mine (after telling me my Volt would make Obama happy) told me I was even more conservative than he was. I have mentally fought this concept mostly because of the vocal idiots (think Fox News) and their inability to use reason. But lately a few things are churning in my mind.
I will say that the last several years have turned me into an environmentalist and had me picking up many ideas that have traditionally been the bastion of liberals. [For the record, I have called myself moderate for years]. I would have (previously) been repelled at the notion of being called a ‘treehugger’, as it harkened back to the days when eco-Nazis were spiking trees so that loggers would be injured while using chainsaws on them. Due to signing my name to some petition to rid us of coal, I now find myself receiving emails from the Sierra Club. It dawned on me a few months ago that I NEVER see endorsements for the Volt. I sent off a number of emails, all unanswered, to the organization telling them that I was done with their letter writing campaigns until I saw a drive to have the membership put its money where its collective mouth was. I really am sick of all the hearts and flowers, nuts and twigs, and sign waiving if these people are not going to actually live in the same society with me and start making MONETARY sacrifices to achieve their goals. I went to their web site and did a search for ‘Chevy Volt’. A whopping FIVE results were returned, with absolutely nothing recent.
Based on my reading here, I find moderates and conservatives, but unless I am missing something, the liberal mindset is severely under-represented in Chevy Volt ownership. Please take yourself back to an innocent date before 9/11/01, before terrorism ruined us forever and forced us to take sides with the Patriot Act, Gitmo and all the rest of modern day events that have cemented the conservative viewpoint with a deafening flag waiving (I am allowed to paint it this way, because I am a retired Naval Officer- so no offense should be taken). Go back to things like NAFTA, defense spending, labor unions, prayer in schools, etc that helped you find a bond with those of like mind. Then answer the above survey. If the results turn out the way I think they will, I hope you will start writing some letters of your own to the powers that be on the left and tell them that their righteousness is ‘as filthy rags’ without spending the money on the clean machines that will help them accomplish their goals. Yeah, I know some here have no ideological stand on this cool car, so you can let that be known in the survey, as well.
Edit: P.S. If hating gas is why you bought the Volt, ask yourself why you hate gas. If it is because gas is expensive or smelly, you get the 'none of the above option', but if you hate gas because it pollutes or comes from foreigners, you have definitely made an ideological choice.