For those of us—and your humble blogger is one—whose formative years were spent in abject worship of the great American cars of the mid-twentieth century, this column from the Wall Street Journal will resonate.
“How long before the midnight drag races return on dark and dusty roads?
“When Barack Obama announced that the government will use its fist to wave onto the highways of America cars that get 39 miles to a gallon of liquefied switch grass or something, he said, "Everybody wins."
“Everybody? What country has he been living in? This marks the end of the internal combustion engine as we knew it, and it is the way Americans have defined, designed and literally driven much of the nation's culture for as long as anyone can remember. Car culture is America's culture.
"Mr. Obama is fond of giving people iPods as gifts. I've got a playlist for Mr. Obama's iPod.
"Track 1: "Shut Down" by the Beach Boys. Clip: "Superstock Dodge is windin' out in low/But my fuel-injected Stingray's really startin' to go. To get the traction I'm ridin' the clutch/My pressure plate's burnin', this machine's too much."