Thursday, June 29, 2006

The Interstate System Turns 50: Pro or Con?

The Eisenhower interstate system is turning fifty, and a culture that loves the freedom of the road is rejoicing. Absurd Men Speak asks is there a darker side to all this.

Yes, the interstate system has connected all of us throughout this land in an unprecedented way. We can hop onto a paved road and without the bother of small towns, two lanes, and traffic lights be where ever we desire with great ease (unless traveling I-95), but wait...

It was the interstate system that in a decisive way made us a nation of automobile users. We could have taken the tax payers' money and put that into railroad construction instead. If we had done that would we be feeling the pinch of the unstable oil market. We could tell Venezuela to put it in their pipe and smoke it! This should appeal to any environmentalists reading the blog

Every small town in America lost because of the interstate system. Before, all the secondary roads ran through many small towns with their interesting attractions, cabins for rent, and diners to eat in. Now if you want to see the bed George Washington slept in you have to get off the interstate and drive ten miles. Who does that? This should appeal to any business folks reading the blog.

The interstate system destroyed our large cities as well. The interstate in some cases went right through neighborhoods displacing many and cutting off others. In other cases it just by-passed the city all together. If you want to know what has destroyed our great urban centers (a la Gary, IN - see previous post) look to the interstate system. This also contributed to the suburbs (need I say more). This should appeal to the liberals reading this blog.

Last but not least has any reader ever heard of how the interstate was devised to destroy the Catholic hold on the cities? You may laugh, but it sounds very reasonable to me. This should appeal to the Catholics who read the blog.

The point is the interstate system has changed the face of this nation. As for me I'll be riding the train to our major cities and stopping at the nearest church to pay a visit, and if I do drive I will be stopping in every little town for a bite to eat and to read an historical marker. I will not be sucked into the interstate conspiracy.


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