Stop signs and conservatives
My good friend, Paul Burton, who I consider the pre-eminent thinker of Eubank, called me with a thought that was so clear to me he didn’t even have to explain it.
Stop signs versus stop lights are the perfect symbols of the difference between conservatives and liberals.
Think about it for minute.
At a stop sign, everyone is responsible for what they, and those around them do. At a stop light, everyone who has a green light fully expects everyone else to stop for them. If there’s a wreck, it’s never the person who assumes the light was red’s fault. It’s that person who assumed they had the right to go through the light while everyone else waited for them.
At a stop sign, if a wreck occurs, it’s minimal and easily fixed. Assuming of course everyone had followed the rules and stopped. If there’s a wreck at a stop light, it can be very ugly, and expensive.
At a stop sign, if everyone follows the rules and does come to a complete stop, no one gets hurt. If someone ignores the rules, someone could get hurt as badly as if they had run a stop light. If someone stops at a green light, chances are they will get hurt a lot less than that person who ran through the stop sign.
At a stop sign, everyone has to acknowledge the other person is there and work out some order to get everyone through the stop. At a stop light, you have turn lights, stop lights, red lights, caution lights, and green lights. Your every move is dictated electronically. But, what you will never do is consult with anyone else over when to turn. Even if you have to sit there five solid minutes with no oncoming traffic.
At a stop sign, if no one is coming, you go. At a stop light, if no one is coming, you sit and wait for the light to tell you it’s OK to go now.
At a stop sign, if there’s an accident, it’s someone’s fault. There’s just no way out of it. At a stop light, everyone blames it on the light.
Lastly, nothing can go wrong with a stop sign. It’s either there, or not. If you rely completely on stop lights, and the power goes out……..