My feelings on San Francisco and the people that live there as a whole aren’t that positive and the latest news out of “The City” (as the self-important populace likes to call it) makes me even less fond of it. The UN’s ridiculous Agenda 21 plan has reared its ugly head in that den of blind, liberal thought. Agenda 21, if you are not familiar is a set of standards for “global sustainability” by the new “global partnership” that governments are to create policy for on their own to achieve, which range from combating poverty and helping emerging countries economically to managing sewage waste. Basically, they want us all to be one big happy family, holding hands and singing kumbiah by the fire.
Many of the goals set would have devastating impact on personal liberty and economy, thus there is a large backlash against it from the libertarian community. One such goal is protecting the atmosphere, and while our national government can’t possibly pass laws that would require every American to install a GPS tracking device in their car (yet), local governments can. And they can tax for every mile driven. That is exactly what is being brought to the table in San Francisco. From CBS’s story:
Members of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments are scheduled to vote on Thursday on whether or not to authorize a study of the proposal. Under the plan, drivers would have to install trackers in their vehicle and officials would tax drivers for every mile they travel.
Obviously this is a blatant intrusion into personal privacy under the guise of protecting the environment and as we all know, once the government gets something in place, it becomes entrenched. Good luck getting that GPS back out of your car. The FBI isn’t allowed to place a GPS tracker in your car without a warrant or without your permission, but apparently a local Transportation Commission can. And that is how it will happen – locality by locality because people don’t pay attention in local matters anywhere near as much as national matters. This makes rolling out infringements on our liberties in increments far easier, municipality by municipality. There is no scope that is more important than any other whereas liberty is concerned – as evidenced here, the fight to protect our rights has to be fought on every level of government.