Thursday, December 29, 2011

#363 / Leave The Driving To Us

Until I looked it up, I had no idea that the Greyhound Corporation began its operations in Hibbing, Minnesota (Bob Dylan's home town). If you believe what you read on the internet, that does seem to be the case.

I was looking up the Greyhound Corporation to find out the origins of its famous slogan, "leave the driving to us." The same internet site says that this slogan originated in 1956. That was just about the same time, actually, when the Interstate Highway System began to put an end to the idea of taking the bus to get across country, or even across town. Since the 1950's, Americans have always "driven themselves." In more ways than one, actually.

Politically speaking, the entire point of the American Revolution was to get the right to "drive ourselves." While I am all for bus transportation, as an alternative to the single-vehicle automobile, we do need to get back behind the wheel of our own democracy. Leaving the driving to "us," doesn't really mean "us," in the context of modern politics. Currently, the 1% are doing the driving. The 99% are being taken for a ride.

As you can see from the illustration, the bus seems to be heading right over a cliff.

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