So, we started with reserved parking spots for handicapped people, and who could argue with that, without seeming petty and mean?
Then we got signs like this one:
And who would be so cruel and callous as to pick on expectant mothers?
Then it was expanded to parents of small children.
I’m just wondering, what’s next? Parking for deaf people, who need to be closer because they can’t hear traffic (as I’m sure the argument will run)? Sexually-segregated parking for Muslims’ sensitivities?
Where do we draw the line, as a society? How many parking spaces will we let either governments and/or businesses choose to set aside, inconveniencing the rest of us? And why should all manner of people who previously had to make do with parking spaces as far away as the rest of us, suddenly get to have spots up close? Why?
Maybe the answer should have been to have said no in the first place, since liberals never met an envelope they didn’t want to push; a ‘mission’ that wouldn’t have future ‘mission creep’. Maybe we should have said to disabled advocates, “Tough shit; you can wheel your chair / walk on your crutches just as far away from the building as the last able-bodied parker; equal to them, without special privileges! The exercise will do you good!”
Like social stigmas against single motherhood, and previously a lack of government support for those in such a state, sometimes the best thing for society is to accept some level of unfairness, because in striving to eliminate certain injustices, one may easily inadvertently end up causing others.
Maybe we should remember this, the next time some progressive comes forward with an innovation that is proposed ostensibly in the interests of ‘fairness’ and ‘justice’, which only an ‘intolerant bigot’ could oppose, and ask ourselves if there could not perhaps be as-yet unforeseen consequences to their proposed changes. (Or for that matter, consequences foreseen and warned about by some, e.g. how gay marriage has led to increased calls by polygamists for legalization of their marriages, on the basis of the gay marriage precedent… Slippery slopes are real things.)
Just a thought.