I've been mulling this over for quite a while, and I think it's time to put these thoughts out there and see if I can get other fair-minded folks to back me up on this. I'll have to admit it's not something that'll be easy to adjust to, but I think that, in the end, you'll thank me.
On average, every year airline travel kills 1,000 people. Every year. Now, statistics about deaths per passenger or per passenger-mile are used to try to mitigate this, but if one of those 1,000 people is someone you know -- friend, family, or perhaps yourself -- it doesn't matter how many others didn't die. Those are 1,000 people that aren't going to be landing at an airport near you ever again. Consider this; that's 1/3 of a 9-11-type terrorist attack every year. Where's the uproar about that?
And even if you cravenly choose to brush this aside, let's not forget the death traps that are automobiles. On an average year, these instruments of death cause 40,000 - 50,000 deaths! Every year! Osama bin Laden doesn't have to kill us infidels with planes; he can just wait for Detroit to do it for him.
Given the immense human cost of these modes of transportation, I think that any sober individual would agree that these statistics prove that air flight and driving should be outlawed, or at least a moratorium put on their use until such time as they can be made completely harmless to man and beast alike.
This isn't, or shouldn't be, a Democrat/Republican, liberal/conservative thing. All Americans have life, and losing it should be avoided at all costs. Even one death is too much if we truly value the safety of our people, especially our children. Children are usually put into these instruments of death without a say in the matter, and so we must speak for them. Ban transportation for the children.
This may adversely affect our culture, our economy, and our competitiveness in the world market, but again, what is one life worth? Environmentalists seek to save endangered animals; what about the endangered humans?
In conclusion, instead of moving around so much, we should stay still. Still, baby, still!
In other news today, with the oil spill from the BP rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico ,which killed 11, heading for land, many on the Left are calling for a stop to off-shore drilling. Some are invoking an accident from 21 years ago to buttress their point, and asking for at least a moratorium on new drilling. Perfection, apparently, has not yet been reached.
Doug Payton blogs at Considerettes.