American Elephants

Vindication! You Are With Me, You Really Are! by The Elephant's Child
July 27, 2009, 9:23 pm
Filed under: Politics

We all have our hobbyhorses, the irritations to which we return again and again.  One of mine is the tendency of our Congress to forget the limits placed on them by the Constitution, and ever-more intrusively stick their noses into our lives.

Most of the intrusion is inspired by environmental activists who simply cannot leave well-enough alone.  They want to interfere in how we live in our own homes, dictate what we eat and what we are not allowed to eat, control what private businesses offer to the public and control what our children do in their schools and at play.  There is no end to their self-endowed expertise in just how the world should be properly ordered.

Now, in the silly ruling by the Supreme Court that carbon dioxide is “pollution,” they pretty much have authority to regulate everything.  I have posted extensively on Rep. Jane Harmon’s bill outlawing incandescent lightbulbs and forcing us to use compact fluorescent bulbs, here, here, here and here. (They are manufactured only in China, cannot be used in any enclosed space, and require the haz-mat team if you drop one).

I thought I was conducting a lonely campaign, a wistful voice in the wilderness, but lo-and-behold: Rasmussen Reports points out that only 18% of adults think that it’s the government’s job to tell Americans what kind of light bulb they use.  Seventy-two percent (72%) say it’s none of the government’s business, and 10% are not sure.

Eighty-three percent (83%) of Republicans and 78% of adults not affiliated with either major poitical party say it’s  not the government’s role to make Americans change their light bulbs.  Among Democrats, 58% share that view, but 28% say it is the government’s job.

I fail to understand the 28% who deem it the responsibility of the government, but sheeple are closely related to lemmings.  There are some in every crowd.  But for the rest, vindication!!!  We’ll get the Nosy Parkers out of our lives yet.

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