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What Conservatives Mean When They Talk About Government Overreach

What Conservatives Mean When They Talk About Government Overreach
by David Roberts of Vox
October 29, 2017

Before Donald Trump, GOP elite policymakers and intellectuals were in the grips of a comforting illusion: that their party was united around the principles of limited government and free markets. That is how the elite — with help from a compliant media — interpreted the Tea Party uprising that followed Obama’s election. Here were patriots devoted to reducing burdensome regulations and defending economic freedom. Post-Trump, this illusion has become untenable. Trump never paid lip service to conservative economic ideology. He doesn’t even possess the vocabulary, the catechisms that virtually every Republican candidate can recite by heart. He bypassed small-government ideology almost entirely in favor of white resentment. And Republicans, at least a plurality of them, embraced him for it.

"We’ve had this view that the voters were with us on conservatism — philosophical, economic conservatism," said conservative intellectual Avik Roy. "In reality, the gravitational center of the Republican Party is white nationalism."

This is evident from a New York Times story in 2016 on "rolling coal," which is the practice of modifying a truck’s diesel engine so that it spews thick, toxic black smoke. Some states, like New Jersey (and possibly Illinois, though not Colorado), are passing laws against it. Rolling coal seems to perfectly capture the inarticulate protest of angry white men. They feel disdained and overlooked and they will blow thick black smoke in your face until you pay attention. This is not some sturdy heartland tradition with which meddlesome elites want to interfere. Rolling coal is new; it just caught on a few years ago. It does not improve the performance of a truck. It has no practical application or pragmatic purpose of any kind. It is purely aggressive, a raw expression of defiance: I can pollute your air, for no reason, and no one can stop me.

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What Conservatives Mean When They Talk About Government Overreach


And now lawmakers are cracking down on it. But to diesel owners like Corey Blue of Roanoke, Ill., the very efforts to ban coal rolling represent the worst of government overreach and environmental activism. Will Guzzardi, a state representative who has proposed a $5,000 fine on anyone who removes or alters emissions equipment, received an email from Corey Blue, which said:

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"Your bill will not stop us! Why don’t you go live in Sweden and get the heck out of our country I will continue to roll coal anytime I feel like and fog your stupid eco-cars."

This sentiment symbolizes the core of the ethno-nationalist perspective, which is that the country’s social groups are locked in a zero-sum struggle for resources. Any government intervention that favors one group disfavors the others. Government and other institutions are either with you or against you. What FOX and talk radio have been teaching the right for decades is that native-born, working- and middle-class whites are locked in a zero-sum struggle with rising Others — minorities, immigrants, gays, coastal elitists, hippie environmentalists, etc. — and that the major institutions of the country have been coopted and are working on behalf of the Others. According to Rush Limbaugh:

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We live in two worlds. One world is a lie, where everything is run, dominated, and controlled by the left. The other world is where we are, and that’s where reality reigns supreme and we deal with it. And seldom do these two worlds ever overlap. The Four Corners of Deceit: government, academia, science, and media. Those institutions are now corrupt and exist by virtue of deceit. That’s how they promulgate themselves; it is how they prosper."

That is the right-wing media’s message, delivered with relentless consistency: Government has become an agent of the Others. That’s what ethno-nationalists mean when they talk about big government — not that government is exceeding some libertarian theorist’s notion of constitutional limits, but that government is on the wrong side, backing the wrong team. From an ethno-nationalist perspective, government overreach is when government tells people like me what to do. The proper role of government is to defend my rights and privileges against people like them.

After all, even the strictest libertarian acknowledges that the government has a policing role, to protect citizens from direct harm. What could be more direct harm than having unfiltered diesel smoke blown in your face? But to Corey Blue of Roanoke, Illinois, the government is not protecting anybody — it’s targeting people like him, punishing him on behalf of the liberals, dope smokers, and heathens who prefer "eco-cars." Blowing toxic black smoke into the air "anytime I feel like" is his way of showing that it’s still his America, that he can still do what he wants and doesn’t have to follow a bunch of namby-pamby rules imposed by liberal bureaucrats. He and other coal rollers may dress this sentiment up in the language of small government, but what they’re expressing is a long, long way from conservative economic philosophy.
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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2017, 08:21:11 am »

Correct me if I am wrong.. but "Coal Rolling" has nothing to do with coal, but is a stunt that some people do with DIESEL engines.   

I think it is done intentionally by some people to show off that they can blow a lot of smoke. 

I'm guessing here.. but I think that gasoline that is not fully burned emits a blue smoke, water vapor is white smoke, and oil that is not fully burned is black smoke. 
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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2017, 10:37:53 am »

"Rolling Coal" is all about diesel engines, but mostly older ones with less electronic controls.    You remove the particle filter and increase the fuel pumped in, plus retard the timing a bit. 

You see this in old-fashioned tractor pulls and semi-truck drag racing.   It's been banned in most events. 

Why has this become a "thing"?  Stupid.
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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2017, 10:44:31 am »

OK, I get it now.   

They are using it on SJW protesters. 
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2017, 12:51:38 pm »

OK, I get it now.   

They are using it on SJW protesters. 

Actually on them as in going to the events and driving? I'm down with that.
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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2017, 02:00:09 pm »

OK, I get it now.   

They are using it on SJW protesters. 

Vehicles are not my forte.. but I think this "coal rolling" (which has nothing to do with coal) would be similar to having a car with a hole in the muffler or no muffler. 

By the way... I know someone who has a 10 year old Toyota Prius.  The car displays the MPG on its computer display.  The car is a hybrid gasoline / electric car.  It gets an average of 41 mpg!   What amazes me is how can the batteries store enough electricity to power the car, and how can those batteries last for 10 years?   Try getting a #$%@ laptop battery to ever power your laptop more than 30 mins.. and after a year.. about 5 minutes! 
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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2017, 04:22:08 pm »

They drive by the protesters with the pedal down and the smoke just pours our covering the SJWs in a cloud of diesel smoke. 


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« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2017, 07:16:02 pm »

They drive by the protesters with the pedal down and the smoke just pours our covering the SJWs in a cloud of diesel smoke. 




Amateurs!   I would hire some roofers with a barrel of hot tar to park so that the SJWs were downwind..hehe
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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2017, 09:22:13 pm »

If they say so ??
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