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The Meek Shall Inherit the Moat

Here in the city of Lexington, Kentucky there are 114 people who are jobless as of this month.  These aren’t federal employees getting their jobs cut in order to save money, but private employees that are being cut because of government regulation.  The General Electric plant is shutting down because of the new federal legislation which calls for a switch to energy-efficient bulbs.  The plant which has been open since 1946 is not the only plant shutting down due to this regulation.  Plants of similar size are shutting down in Ohio and Virginia as well. 

The regulation comes from the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which outlaws the sale of most incandescent light bulbs starting in January of 2012.  Along with this bill is the attempt to reduce gasoline consumption by 20% by 2017.  Its purpose statement was “to move the United States toward greater energy independence and security, to increase the production of clean renewable fuels, to protect consumers, to increase the efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles, to promote research on and deploy greenhouse gas capture and storage options, and to improve the energy performance of the Federal Government, and for other purposes”.  One can only assume the “other purposes” is to throw away individual liberties. 

This purpose statement couldn’t be more insulting to the American idea of individual rights.  Use of the words “independence” and “protect consumers” flies in the face of what the Act actually does.  With a simple vote and a few strokes of the pen, something as simple as deciding what light bulb to use in your house was taken away from all of us.  In the name of independence, we have been robbed of that freedom and some were robbed of their jobs. 

Now, I’m very aware that we’re just talking about light bulbs; but the legislatures are too.  Governments don’t start stripping away freedoms by taking away the most cherished practices, but the most mundane so that they can hide behind the “it’s just light bulb” statement.  Thankfully our founders were smart enough to see this.  They took bold action and started a revolution in large part due to Britain’s regulations on our tea.  Today many of us run around calling ourselves part of a movement which holds the namesake of that pivotal stance, but too few accept that those same encroachments are happening now. 

Seeing the coming political storm, Republicans decided to do something about this up and coming regulation deadline.  The House passed an amendment to block funding for the Energy Department’s new standards that are to start in January.  Make no mistake, this doesn’t repeal the federal regulation, it only strips the Department of Energy from enforcing the standards for one year.  Bold indeed!  I highly doubt that will get GE to open their plants back up on the promise having one more year.

Does anyone honestly think that the American people wouldn’t support legislation that overturns a requirement that will cost the American consumers more than $6 billion a year in light bulb consumption?  Of course they would.  So why are the Republicans of the House only paying lip service to the consumers by putting this on the back burner for one year?  This is becoming unsettlingly common for the GOP – rally for the people while you dine at the king’s table. 

What exactly has this newly elected House done that we elected them to do?  Where are the bold stances?  Where is the confident charge?  Cut spending?  We got that $100 billion dollar song and dance.  Cut taxes?  Identify constitutionality in every new law? Balance federal budget?  Simplify the tax system?  Overturn Obamacare?  Strengthen our illegal immigration policies?  It is just an almost mute rhetoric among those we elected. 

I know that the GOP is a majority in just one house, but that majority is weak.  We put them in a position to do great things and so far they have taken only faint steps to act.  We must elect only the assertive, the bold, and the strong who act according to conviction, not politics.  Those who cannot help but hide their head when the political arena lights are turned on do not properly represent us.  We are a people who demand freedom.  We are not meek, we are strong.  We will not settle for the moat, for the castle belongs to us.


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  • Steve Dennis July 16, 2011 at 6:47 AM

    Great post, while the banning the lightbulb might not seem to be that offensive to some people because as you said, it is only a lightbulb, the fact is it is symbolic of what can happen when we have an over-reaching federal government. And I believe that once a government is allowed to tell us which lightbulbs we can use this power will be expanded and more and more items will be on the banned list. This is a problem which threatens to encroach on everyone’s liberties and freedeoms if we let it continue.
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    • RightHandMan
      RightHandMan July 18, 2011 at 1:21 AM

      Exactly Steve – they will encroach on other items as well, but haven’t they already? Cigarettes, salt, sugar, fat, high emission machines, etc. Still, if it were only light bulbs, I would still have a problem with it. If you can’t even chose what kind of light bulb you’re going to use then how can you consider yourself free?

  • KingShamus July 16, 2011 at 7:47 AM

    Nice work on this. You framed the issues in a really human way.

    The enviro-kooks think they’re helping us, but in reality they’re just statists with a green veneer.
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    • RightHandMan
      RightHandMan July 18, 2011 at 1:22 AM

      They only have that green tint when they get angry…which is always.

  • Reaganite Republican July 16, 2011 at 8:14 AM

    Good stuff here, linked at RR:

    Please Allow US to Retort!

    Enjoy your weekend, gentlemen
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    • RightHandMan
      RightHandMan July 18, 2011 at 1:22 AM

      Thanks for the link. RR is awesome!

  • silverfiddle July 16, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    I don’t understand either why they aren’t going after this in a straightforward manner. So they voted a one year delay? Big deal! That won’t open the plant back up in your town
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    • RightHandMan
      RightHandMan July 18, 2011 at 1:25 AM

      I understand it perfectly. The Republicans are doing this in an attempt to pay lip service to us, their constituents. They will be able to say that they put up a fight on this front. If someone challenges them in the way that I have, they will just say that there were more pressing issues, an overturning of the law wouldn’t have passed, etc. They will get their white horse with little effort – it’s politics.

  • Jim at Conservatives on Fire July 16, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Well done, RHM. Our Republicans in the House have been less than impressive. the House is only one-half of one branch of government; but, in theory it should be the most powerful part of government because they control the purse. They could do so much more if they had any backbone.
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    • RightHandMan
      RightHandMan July 18, 2011 at 1:26 AM

      They would do better for themselves if they realize they already have a backbone – US! We are the backbone, the life force, supporting structure, and vital structure…they are simply the mouth that speaks in spite of its own body.

  • Matt July 16, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Well done sir. These efforts will have no impact on their stated intent, but do serve to limit freedom, even if it is “only” just lightbulbs.
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    • RightHandMan
      RightHandMan July 18, 2011 at 1:27 AM

      As always, thanks Matt.

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