The Trojan Car
With the dramatic rise in gas prices recently, the people in power (aka – those who caused the gas increase) are offering various solutions to the problem they created. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg suggested that we take the bus instead of driving our car. Joe Biden, and Kamala Harris have told the American people to buy an electric car to beat the high gas prices they created. So, they think if you can’t afford to pay $5 per gallon for gas, you can afford the buy a $60-$90 thousand electric car.
There are other reasons why they want you to drive an electric car. Their motive is always the same, control over the people. The most popular electric car on the market today is the Tesla. It has become a status symbol of the people who want to appear both affluent and woke. This electric car brand prides itself as being very user friendly with an interactive dashboard that is connected to car’s internal computer system. That single integrated computer system controls all of the car’s main functions, from battery charging to motor control to tuning the radio to finding the nearest charging station. The car would not drive without this computer system, and while it performs the vital functions of the car, the computer tracks and monitors everywhere you drive.
And once they are inside your car, they will control you, they will own you. Have we not been watching what big tech has been doing with our personal data over the last 10-15 years? Those companies know more about us than we do, and they use that information not to help us, but to control us. Does anyone believe that the reason why Jeff Bezos brought Alexa into your home was to make your life easier? Everything you do and say is being recorded and stored through Alexa, and will be used against you at some point in the future when it will benefit the powerful. So, does anyone believe that our private information that will be gathered by the Tesla internal computer system will not potentially be used against us, not just in criminal investigations, but in political witch hunts? At what point will private conversations in Tesla’s be turned over to authorities against political enemies.
If you don’t think that could ever happen in America, remember that big tech companies have been censoring political speech on social media for the last 5 years, not because the speech was criminal in nature, but because it challenged their narratives or threatened their power. The true story of Hunter Biden’s laptop which exposed Joe Biden’s many years of corruption was censored on every social media platform, not because the story was false, but precisely because it wasn’t false, it was absolutely true, but it hurt Biden and helped Trump.
Apple claimed it had strict privacy mechanisms designed to prevent the government and law enforcement from using private information on your iPhone to incriminate you when it refused to unlock the iPhone of a terrorist in the 2015 San Bernardino, California terrorist attack which killed 14 people and injured 22 more. In their defense of their position, Apple’s lawyers wrote:
“This is not about one isolated iPhone. Rather, this case is about the Department of Justice and the FBI seeking through the courts the dangerous power that Congress and the American people have withheld: the ability to force companies like Apple to undermine the basic security and privacy of interest of hundreds of millions of individuals around the globe. The government demands that Apple create a back door…”
In this instance, Apple protected the privacy of a terrorist who may have information on his phone concerning his terrorist network and possibly other future terrorist attacks under the guise that it is protecting the rights and privacy of all its customers. But when free speech Parler became the number one app downloaded on the App Store because it uniquely promised free-speech, without censorship, Apple took Parler off their App Store so no one could down load it, and Amazon eventually shut it down on its servers.
Apple claimed it blocked Parler because it was supposedly used to plan the events on January 6, but the evidence shows that the overwhelming majority of the planning for the Capital protest which devolved into a riot was done on Facebook and Twitter. But Facebook and Twitter were not removed from the App Store because Apple, Facebook and Twitter are of like totalitarian minds whereas Parler is about freedom of thought and expression.
There have been several January 6 rioters who were caught by police using iPhone and iCloud data which is supposed to be secured by Apple under their principle of protecting their clients’ privacy like they did with the terrorist. That’s how it works. If you hold certain political opinions, Apple, a stalwart of defending privacy, won’t protect your private information. So, Apple was willing to risk the lives of many people to stand on the Constitutional principle of the “right to privacy” which by law they are not obligated to uphold because they are a private company, but then they turn around and hand over private cell phone information on the Capital rioters, and shut down the freedom of speech of millions of people by blocking Parler, and justify doing all this using the exact same reasons they used to protect the terrorists – they are a private company.
As we have seen with Twitter and Facebook taking down political opinions that the left does not like, the powerful in our society want to use the very things we need to control what we say and do. And these big tech companies, after seizing control of the public forum, hide behind the fact that they are technically a private companies to justify their destruction of Constitutional principles within the public forum as they manipulate it seize more power for themselves and attack their political enemies.
Bank of America turned over thousands of private financial records of customers to the FBI of people who were in Washington, DC on January 6. They are using the private financial information of American citizens to control them. And in Canada, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau took it one step further; he shut down the bank accounts of the “Freedom Truckers” protesting in Ottawa. GoFundMe, also, blocked the dispersal of millions of dollars donated to support the truckers’ protest. But none of this was done against the BLM and Antifa rioters. It has become common practice for big tech, social media platforms and major corporations to ban certain customers from using of their products because they did not agree with their political views.
These companies, and the people on the left want to control everything we say, everything we think, and everything we hear, so it makes complete sense that they will want to extend that control through the automobiles we drive, by monitoring everywhere we go, and everything we say. So, when we are driving our electric cars which are connected by their internal computer systems to the main grid, the Federal Government or Elon Musk will be able to step in and deny us the energy we need to drive the car, or simply shut down the car all together because they don’t like our personal political opinions. Therefore, we won’t be able to drive to work, drive our kids to school, or drive to the grocery store to get the food we need, if we hold opinions that the government or some big tech oligarch does not approve of.
This is one of the main reasons why the people on the left are so much against the use of the internal combustion engines in automobiles. Gas powered car, more than anything in the history of this country, has given the American people freedom, the freedom to climb into their automobiles and drive wherever they want in this country without dealing with the TSA or big corporations. That freedom was only granted to the American people within the last 100 years. It used to be an arduous, months long journey for people living in the 19th century to travel from the East Coast to the West Coast, but now you can hop in to your car and get there in a few days. Our automobiles are our freedom. They are our mobility. And as much as anything, the government wants to take control of that freedom. The government wants to put everyone into electric cars that are monitored by a computer that’s connected to the grid that they control, so they will know where you are at all times, how much energy you consumed, and can shut you down when you deviate from their narrative.
Judd Garrett is a graduate from Princeton University, and a former NFL player, coach, and executive. He has been a contributor to the website Real Clear Politics. He has recently published his first novel, No Wind.