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THE METAPHOR OF THE BULB
boblonsberry.com ^ | 07/14/11 | Bob Lonsberry

Posted on 07/15/2011 6:28:05 AM PDT by shortstop

The light bulb is dead.

The incandescent bulb which has pushed back the night since an American named Thomas Edison invented it, will soon be no more. It was killed, like the innovation it symbolizes, by the federal government.

In one more demonstration of the we-know-better-than-you arrogance which has come to define Washington, the switch has been flipped on the light bulb’s last chance at life.

In a vote earlier this week, 233 voted to keep the bulb and 193 voted to get rid of it, but in the new-math world of parliamentary procedure, the bulb still lost.

Actually, the bulb didn’t lose anything.

It is an inanimate object, a thing we hold in our hands, a product we use in our homes.

The real loser is us.

And what we’ve lost is freedom.

In the steady chipping away of anything that resembles liberty, the all-powerful federal masters even dictate how we light our homes.

They tell us what light bulbs are legal, how much water can be in our toilet, how much ethanol must be in our gasoline, how many ounces can be in a paint can. They say, “Jump” and we say, “How high?”

The notion of the people controlling the government is forgotten, neither taught in classrooms nor understood in society. We are subjects, not citizens, the government is sovereign, not servile. And none of that is good.

It is like the taming of a wild horse.

It runs free, living as it will, until it is brought into a corral. Once habituated to being penned in, the cowboy lays a blanket over its back, which it at first kicks off, but ultimately accepts.

Then a touch, then a bridle, then a bit, then a saddle, then a spur.

And before you know it, step by step, in tiny increments, the once-free horse is waltzing around the arena like a Lipizzaner.

That’s about where we are.

We were given a country of liberty, and we have allowed it to be turned into a kingdom of bureaucrats and politicians. The government plans and often pays for our children’s meals. The government determines how many miles per gallon our cars must travel. The government rules and we obey.

And somehow, sometime we have to stop it.

Because somewhere in our future, by ballot or bullet, this will once again be a free country. History would suggest that there will first be a long and insufferable reign of oppression. But someday, in some American breast, there will burn again the passion for liberty, and the shackles will be thrown off.

Better that we avoid that reign of oppression by throwing it off now, by standing up to it and demanding that we be allowed to live our lives.

A micro-managing government is an oppressive government, regardless of the ostensible motive. Protecting us – or the environment or the children or the economy or whatever else they’re protecting – is not justification for enslaving us.

And government cannot protect you without enslaving you. It cannot protect you from the consequences of your choices without taking away you ability to make those choices.

And so we must wear seat belts and motorcycle helmets and ban transfats and cell phones in cars. Fries can’t have too much salt and cigarettes must carry pictures of cancers and people who buy guns must show picture ID and wait five days. We have to buy insurance and we can't buy fireworks and from zoning rules to city ordinances to state and federal laws, the government seems to see its primary function as putting its boot on our necks.

But you can't succeed unless you can also fail, and you can't be free unless you are left to face the consequences of your freedom. The government needs to learn that, and so do we.

We need to stop being complicit in our own enslavement. We must stop expecting the government to meet our every need and kiss our every booboo. We must accept personal responsibility for our wellbeing and support. We must realize that life isn't fair, we don't all make the same amount of money, the storms do rage and the earth does quake, and that we can't take a government handout without accepting a government restraint.

This country wasn't formed to make us safe, it was formed to make us free. The purpose of government is not to oversee our lives, it is to safeguard our liberties.

Both we and the government must learn its place.

And it must learnt to keep its nose out of our business.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: edison; lightbulb; lonsberry
They tell us what light bulbs are legal, how much water can be in our toilet, how much ethanol must be in our gasoline, how many ounces can be in a paint can. They say, “Jump” and we say, “How high?”
1 posted on 07/15/2011 6:28:08 AM PDT by shortstop
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To: shortstop
They don't make 'em like they used to.
2 posted on 07/15/2011 6:36:20 AM PDT by SC DOC
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To: shortstop

Remember back when Bork said”we have half our constitution left”?

Now with these bastards we have 10% left, time is coming fast, to hit the reset button.


3 posted on 07/15/2011 6:37:37 AM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: shortstop
They say, “Jump” and we say, “How high?”

Speak for yourself. We say "f-ck you." and they do it anyway.

4 posted on 07/15/2011 6:38:11 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("America will cease to be great when America ceases to be good." -- Welcome to deToqueville.)
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To: shortstop

This also serves of an example of how business/gov’t collude.

G&E and Phillips actually don’t support repealing the ban because they have already shifted their manufacturing.

You see, they were large enough businesses to handle this kind of retooling. That results in “little gys” going out of business.

This kind of regulation not only serves to oppress us, but to ensure the market share of big players at the expense of the smaller ones.


5 posted on 07/15/2011 6:38:25 AM PDT by fruser1
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To: shortstop
Depressing, but true.
This is disturbing to see that our so-called “representatives” have once again done the opposite despite the fact that the people do not want this. Ghosts of Obamacare.

I'm inclined to agree with the many emails my former pastor sent me before the 2010 election.
Vote them ALL out and start with entirely new Conservative candidates. Thank you to the good ones, you'll get a very nice pension, but perhaps we need to start clean.

6 posted on 07/15/2011 6:39:06 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: shortstop
The Wild Hogs of the Okefenokee.
7 posted on 07/15/2011 6:39:16 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: shortstop

Good one from Bob Lonsberry. Thanks for posting.


8 posted on 07/15/2011 6:39:29 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: fruser1
*This also serves of an example of how business/gov’t collude.*

Yes, we need to protect the little guys.

I think medium and especially small business is good for America in almost every way. you have watch out for the mega-monsters like GE. They seem to be the type that give money to the Dems and support bad ideas like the AGW scam.

9 posted on 07/15/2011 6:42:24 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: shortstop

Think about this: If “we” couldn’t even repeal this stupid light bulb law, how the hell will we ever be able to get rid of Obamacare? We won’t, that’s how.


10 posted on 07/15/2011 6:46:21 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Member Emeritus of Vitriolics Anonymous.)
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To: clintonh8r

Here’s a great article on this type of regulation from American Thinker

“The Soft Dictatorship”

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/07/the_soft_dictatorship.html


11 posted on 07/15/2011 6:55:44 AM PDT by radioone (How Can an Obscure Guy Who Did Diddly Squat in the Senate Become President?)
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To: PATRIOT1876; Mrs. B.S. Roberts

Couple of days ago with the temp in the HIGH 90’s my air-conditioner burped, coughed twice and gave it all up. Time for a new one. Saw exactly what I needed, capacity wise and physical size wise. Oh, Oh...it was a GE(!!!)
Bought same physical/capacity of another make.
Personally I’ve demoted GENERAL Electric down to PRIVATE Electric. Held my own courtmartial.


12 posted on 07/15/2011 6:56:35 AM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: "We print the news as it fits our views")
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To: shortstop
I wonder what would be the reaction if someone should send congresscritters a broken compact florescence bulb.
13 posted on 07/15/2011 6:56:50 AM PDT by CPOSharky (The only thing straight, white, Christian males get is the blame for everything.)
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To: clintonh8r
Let's see, soap box .....CHECK, we used that to try and change things.

Ballot box, we try and try, but keep getting the same results, meaning none....CHECK

Bullet box, we are way too civilized to actually fight to the death to defend our own wives and children from pedophiles, how are we supposed to do so from an amorphous enemy like govt? "We the people" clearly do not have the guts .......FAIL.

There may be some wackos out there that have the insanity within them to commit murder in the name of some cause, but to band together and DEMAND that the govt get back within its constraints, or be prepared to be forcibly restrained.....give me a break. We only need 25% or so, but everyone is too busy making money, paying bills, and watching sports.

OUR LIVES, OUR FORTUNES, and OUR SACRED HONOR, will not be pledged. Heck, people will not even risk jail by refusing to fund this "beast" by withholding taxes. That should be the very first step. Everyone is too afraid to even put their name to such a tactic. How else can you defeat an enemy, if not first taking away their treasure?

14 posted on 07/15/2011 6:58:34 AM PDT by runninglips (Republicans = 99 lb weaklings of politics.)
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To: shortstop

Shame on the Rats who made this either filibuster or non-override of Obama possible. Shame on them. And I say that as a personal aficionado of the fluorescent bulb. The other day, in a home improvement store with a scanty, at best, complement of 100 watt bulbs, they actually had Edison bulb replicas which delivers the lighting equivalent of a night light bulb with 60 watts (but it looks oh so cool and atmospheric). Why is Congress not bent out of shape over “blasphemies” like this?


15 posted on 07/15/2011 6:59:30 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: CPOSharky

I went to the White House web-site and went room by room. The place is filled with chandeliers and NONE of them have the curly cue light bulbs that the rest of us must be using soon.


16 posted on 07/15/2011 6:59:36 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: CaptainAmiigaf

In some cases, the only thing GE gets is a few pennies’ royalty for the usage of its name. The actual item is built by some other mass market commodity house.


17 posted on 07/15/2011 7:01:18 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: runninglips

With the O-bomb-economy, they seem to be doing a fair job of taking their own treasure away.


18 posted on 07/15/2011 7:05:40 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: massgopguy

And I bet the reason is that every single one of those chandeliers is on a dimmer. Dimmer-capable curlies exist, but they do not track well to one another.


19 posted on 07/15/2011 7:07:36 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: shortstop
how much ethanol must be in our gasoline

And let's not forget that the imperial government is also mandating increased miles per gallon ratings on cars that happen to be using fuel with fewer BTU per gallon, another case of the government mandating things that it knows nothing about, part of the beauty of centralized management that is the goal of socialists and communists world wide.

Mark

20 posted on 07/15/2011 7:20:26 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: shortstop

Edison didn’t invent the light bulb.


21 posted on 07/15/2011 7:23:52 AM PDT by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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To: shortstop
Bob Lonsberry nails it.

The light bulb issue is an apt metaphor. The left dominates the political and cultural spheres and by doing so, controls us, subtly yet quite effectively. We could all make a long list of the restrictions, rules and laws that invade our lives. I'm not a libertarian and realize that laws and rules are necessary in a civilized society but it's painfully obvious that the government has long since passed the stage of simply exercising it's just power in a reasonable way. It has become oppressive. We now have a huge portion of the American public receiving their income, or part of it, from 'the government'. These folks will ensure that Democrat politicians are rewarded for their largess with the votes of the dependent. The power of the left will continue to grow, albeit, in spurts. Democrat politicians will continue to enlarge their control over the population with more laws, rules and regulations that encroach on our personal freedom.

I regret to state that many Americans will shrug and say "big deal" to the fact that incandescent light bulbs are being removed from the marketplace by government edict. This is how it happens. This is how we lose our freedom. Piece by piece, bit by bit. 'Creeping normalcy'. Suffice it to say, this will not end well.

22 posted on 07/15/2011 7:25:10 AM PDT by Jim Scott ( Sarah Palin for president in 2012!)
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To: shortstop

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!

Time to start training for the EPA style cleanups that will be required every time someone breaks one of the things...a nice little cottage industry.


23 posted on 07/15/2011 7:32:13 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: shortstop

I read that Texas will make their own incandescent bulbs for sale within their state and get around the federal ban.

Other states may do the same. Seems that if enough states do it, then maybe the federal ban will be repealed.


24 posted on 07/15/2011 7:32:48 AM PDT by PDGearhead (Obama's lack of citizenship)
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To: shortstop

Very well said sir!


25 posted on 07/15/2011 7:33:29 AM PDT by petro45acp (NO good endeavour survives an excess of "adult supervision" (hence the American experiment))
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To: PDGearhead

“I read that Texas will make their own incandescent bulbs for sale within their state and get around the federal ban.”

South Carolina has also passed an incandescent lightbulb manufacturing law.


26 posted on 07/15/2011 7:41:41 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: fruser1
This also serves of an example of how business/gov’t collude.

Exactly right. Big business offers bribes (uhmm, cough...PAC and/or campaign contributions) and the politicians do their bidding.

27 posted on 07/15/2011 7:48:46 AM PDT by Wolfstar ("If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his friend." Abraham Lincoln)
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To: CaptainAmiigaf
* I’ve demoted GENERAL Electric down to PRIVATE Electric. Held my own courtmartial.*

HeeHee! Private Electric.

I'll remember that one

28 posted on 07/15/2011 8:05:52 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: shortstop

FYI, if hopefully you are saving up your 100W bulbs, be certain to check the box for “Lumens”. A standard 100W should have about 1500+ Lumens, but many are now being sold with as little as 900 Lumens, which is about the brightness of a 60W bulb.

Not knowing this, many people are trying to stock up on bulbs that are useless for what they want them to do.


29 posted on 07/15/2011 8:33:07 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: fruser1
>>>>>>GE and Phillips actually don’t support repealing the ban because they have already shifted their manufacturing.<<<<

Yes,shifted manufacturing to mercury laden CFL. Then, 20 years down the road they will rake fortune by charging for soil cleanup from mercury contamination.

30 posted on 07/15/2011 10:45:13 AM PDT by DTA (U.S. Centcom vs. U.S. AFRICOM)
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31 posted on 07/15/2011 11:27:17 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Good tip on the lumens.

I was helping some folks with a home repair last week and when we had to move things about in a downstairs room I found 8 shopping bags full of 60, 75 and 100 watt incandescent bulbs. She told me they've been hoarding for about a year.

32 posted on 07/15/2011 12:42:06 PM PDT by Baynative (Are you a Free Republic monthly donor yet? If not, why?)
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