When You Ride Alone, You Ride With Osama
During World War II, there was a strong effort to get Americans on the home front to conserve. Selfish materialism was considered unpatriotic. One of the most interesting posters from this era promoted carpooling with the line: When You Ride Alone, You Ride With Hitler.
It’s a very unsubtle message and just one example of how much Americans were asked to sacrifice for the war effort. I have to ask, where is that spirit today? Why have we been asked to sacrifice so little in our day-to-day lives to help the war on terrorism? Wouldn’t a strong push to conserve gasoline be quite helpful in ending our nation’s dependency on foreign oil—a dependency just about everyone agrees has direct and negative effects on our security?
A move to energy independence isn’t going to be painless. We need to start making the sacrifices now so the transition will be easier later. But where are the calls for us to give up a little for the sake of the nation? We’re at war. We should start acting more like it.