And I can’t help but note that, were the roles reversed, the vandals
being conservative or Republican thugs smashing someone’s hybrid and
leaving a note calling the owner a commie bastard or some such insult,
this would have made the national evening news.
This is a fine example of environmentalism turned idolatry.
WASHINGTON – When Gareth Groves brought home his massive new Hummer, he
knew his environmentally friendly neighbors disapproved. But he didn’t
expect what happened next. The sport utility vehicle was parked for five
days on the street before two masked men smashed the windows, slashed
the tires and scratched into the body: “FOR THE ENVIRON.”
“The thought of somebody vandalizing it never crossed my mind,” said
Gareth Groves, who lives near American University in Northwest
Washington. “I’ve kind of been in shock.”
Police said they see small acts of vandalism in the area from time to
time, but they have not seen anything so severe, or with such a clear
political message, in recent years.
“This seems to be an isolated event,” Cmdr. Andy Solberg said.
Investigators said they are searching for the vandals but don’t have
many leads. Witnesses said they saw two men smash up the seven-foot-tall
SUV early Monday and then run off.
Now, as Groves contemplates what to do with the remains of his $38,000
Hummer, he has had to deal with a number of people who have driven by
the crime scene and glared at him in smug satisfaction.
“I’d say one in five people who come by have that
‘you-got-what-you-deserve’ look,” said his friend Andy Sexton.
Neighbor Lucille Liem, who owns a Prius hybrid, said that a common
sentiment in the neighborhood is that large vehicles such as the Hummer
are impractical and a strain on the Earth.
“The neighborhood in general is very concerned with the environment,”
said Liem, whose Prius gets about 48 miles a gallon compared with the
Hummer’s 14 miles a gallon. “It’s more liberal leaning. It’s ridiculous
to be driving a Hummer.”
Liem quickly added that she does not condone violence.