That's right, I'm going to stir it up.
In another thread something along the lines of "I stopped in LCF and it was just as I suspected -- a bunch of lefties" was posted. I'm almost as lefty as it gets, so I resemble that remark. But choosing a bicycle over an automobile where appropriate seems very conservative and self-reliant to me. Seems that all of us lazy lefties looking for a government handout would be demanding free cars and subsidized gasoline for the masses. Riding a bicycle takes effort.
Or do I have it wrong? Is the real problem here that we lefties who choose bicycles, walking and public transit are simply too lazy to earn enough money to comfortably drive reliable automobiles AND buy food, shelter and all the other necessities?
My honest opinion is that most conservatives are anything but and are hypocritical. They could prove me wrong by embracing, you know, living conservatively. Perhaps in smaller homes and with fewer cars. Perhaps they could buy less foreign oil. I don't see many eager to do this. Do they not understand that better bicycle infrastructure means more poor people actually able to get to work and able to live within their means?
One of the many reasons that I use my bicycle as primary transportation (and a very cheap old car as secondary) is that I save money. I don't have to live so hand-to-mouth. If there is a hurricane or some other disaster that causes a gasoline shortage, I can still get around. I don't need a 5 or 10 year loan to buy a bicycle. I can even pay CASH for a REALLY *****IN' bicycle. How is this not conservative?