Saturday, September 17, 2005

Do As I Say, Not As I Do!

Sugar! I wanted to title this blog: SUVs For Me, But Not For Thee. Another Michelle Malkin trackbacker beat me to it!

Michelle Malkin picks up on Arianna Huffington being driven around in a Sierra Club hired SUV. Not just any SUV but the king of 'em a Chevy Suburban.

Michelle talked to a Sierra Club representative about this:
I interviewed Sierra Club national spokesman Eric Antebi by phone yesterday, who confirmed that the group sent the SUV. He blamed an "outside contractor," which he declined to name, for the rather dissonant choice of vehicle.

"It is ridiculous," Antebi admitted. "It's something we regret and we've learned our lesson."

Curious, I asked Antebi whether any of the staff at the Sierra Club headquarters owned and drove SUVs. He stumbled and said the group didn't keep track of who drove what. It's "a personal decision," he explained. "People drive different cars for different reasons." [emphasis added]

Well, um, exactly. Now, wouldn't it be nice if these anti-SUV green busybodies took the same attitude towards the rest of us and left our car choices alone?!
Source: Michelle Malkin - DRIVING MISS ARIANNA

I love the response to Michelle's query People drive different cars for different reasons. Why then do Sierra Club HQ staff members get a pass and not others? Can we say elitism?

A big part of leadership is example. If you expect those who work for you to work three days without sleep then you had better be ready to do the same yourself. If you work tirelessly to ban SUVs and to discourage people from buying and driving them then you had better not drive them yourself. If you recognize that you have a particular reason to drive a big vehicle then you have a lot of gall bashing others from driving those same big vehicles.

Go visit Michelle Malkin's website for the complete story and a photograph.