I, like so many others that I know, enjoy watching Super Bowl commercials. Although most are forgettable, there are always one or two that stick in my mind. This year, Audi’s “Green Police” was the most memorable and controversial of the day. It has captured the attention of many conservatives like Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Senator Obenshain, and fellow bloggers such as SWAC Girl, and Virginia Virtucon. I suppose if you didn’t watch the game (or was using the bathroom during the commercial), you should see it for yourself. For the record, for those who don’t know, the theme for the commercial is a rewording of the song “Dream Police” by Cheap Trick.
In a recent email, the Attorney General calls the spot, “eco-funny…or not-so-funny”. As Senator Obenshain puts it, the ad “would be funny if had been a little more farfetched”. In recent years environmentalists have been getting more and more vocal and they are now relying on the government to enact their agenda. From cap and trade, to the upcoming banning of incandescent light bulbs, to the regulation of thermostats in new homes in California, the green movement continues to flex their political muscles. No longer simply content to “live in harmony with mother nature and her creatures”, some have become increasing radical, forcing their neighbors to adopt their lifestyles choices as well. Such tactics mirror the fascist movements of the 1930s, and, like it’s historical predecessor, I fear that a police force designated to enforce this code of ethics can’t be too far behind. Going through a person’s trash and spying on their activities in their own homes and yards without a warrant is not only an invasion of privacy, it is a clear indication of a police state, not a free society. Although my critics will declare me to be an alarmist, without any safeguards, we will one day have a green police. It will happen, and it will happen within our lifetimes.
Although Audi might think differently, after watching this ad, all I can say is “green has never felt so wrong”.
Update: For those who thought the green police commercial was “all in good fun”, two bills concerning plastic bag use have recently come up in the House of Delegates in Richmond. The first, by Delegate Adam Ebbin, sought to fine plastic bag users a nickel for each bag used. The second, by Delegate Joe Morrissey, intended to outright ban the bags. Although both bills were defeated earlier this week, each of the delegates vowed to try again in the next session.