When folks talk about our government today, most conversations center around the upcoming presidential election. While I do not want to diminish the importance of this dialog (if we can call it that) or the vote you may are preparing to cast, if you are motor-heads like us, listen up - a disaster lurks around the corner and your vote on this is needed NOW.
While the EPA backed down from it's proposed, specific language prohibiting ANY modification to a factory produced vehicle (a change that would have made NASCAR, NHRA and other popular forms of motorsport illegal by definition) we are now back to the nebulous position we were in before. The EPA, a branch of our federal government, wants us to just trust that they won't do anything to hurt our pastimes or the industries that thrive on them.
I don't trust 'em.
Having shown their cards already, we cannot go back to the status quo. We need specific language drafted into law that expressly protects racing. The SEMA Action Committee not only has this for your review, they have made it as easy to alert your senators and representatives as shifting gears with pushbutton automatic in a 1960 Rambler.
Cast your vote - even if you are NOT a racing fan. This is a textbook case of government over-reach - the government regulating as they see fit, not based on the will of the people.
If they are successful in stripping away this liberty, they may come after your clan next. With our vote, We The People get to remind the government that they all work for us. let us learn from history lest we repeat it:
"First, they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."
-- Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)
Don't let this happen to you. Vote!