There is a small segment of the Auto Geek community in Washington, D. C. that drive affordable carts Florida all the way from Port Charlotte. Many of the regular car driving Auto Geeks look down upon the golf cart drivers. The logic behind this condescension is that larger, regular cars are more powerful and the golf carts are small and wimpy by comparison. Some golf cart drivers do not accept this lower status, however, and there is a growing protest movement calling themselves the Port Charlotters. Their argument is not without merit. Washington, D. C. is the capital of the leader of the free world. And equality goes hand in hand with freedom according to the liberal credo.
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Who can say whether one day golf carts will be considered on par with regular, full sized cars. When we speak of equality we generally are referring to equality before the law. In other words if a golf cart and a regular car had a dispute which was settled in a court of law the law would treat the golf cart and the regular car equally in terms of the application of the law.
Of course we know by many objective qualitative standards a golf cart and a regular car are not equal. For one thing, a car is larger than a golf cart. In this very straight forward measurement we can see that the two vehicles are not equally large. However, equality before (or under) law is not the same thing as physical equality. Many people do not understand this distinction. And many people will choose to remain willfully ignorant of this distinction. The law, however, cannot afford to be biased in this manner and the entire legal system has been structured to weed out this type of bias.