Republicans Playing Games About Light Bulbs

Lightbulb bill likely headed for defeat in House.

The Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, H.R. 2417 would end federal bulb standards passed in 2007 that Republicans have since held up as a prime example of federal overreach. House Republicans brought up the bill under a suspension of the rules, which requires two-thirds of voting members to support it.

This is yet another example of how Republicans pretend to our faces that they represent us, while collaborating behind our backs with Democrats to screw us.

Republicans have a comfortable majority in the House. If they wanted the lightbulb  ban to go away, they would introduce a measure to do so and pass it with a simple majority. Instead they introduced a measure which requires a two-thirds majority, knowing that Democrats would defeat it.

I hope Americans are not as gullible as Republicans believe us to be.

 

(h/t Instapundit)

Liberty!

It seemed fitting over Independence Day weekend to watch the 1997 PBS documentary series Liberty!: The American Revolution. I enjoyed seeing actors and actresses (especially the lovely Donna Murphy as Abigail Adams) voice the thoughts of historical figures from diaries and letters.

I am familiar with the events of 19 April 1775 and I was appalled that the Battle of Concord — the first battle in the war for independence — was not discussed at all. In fact that battle and the redcoats’ subsequent retreat along Battle Road were barely even mentioned. Other important battles in the war were much better described.

I was struck by the way anti-Federalist fears of an overweening Federal government have come to pass, exactly as people feared in 1787-1788.

On the Senate:

Look at the Senate being created by the new Constitution: six years, and they can be reelected as long as they please. It’s really an appointment for life! And they’ll be in this new federal city, surrounded by walls of gold — gold flowing in from all our pockets. And they’ll live in this Eden with their fellow Senators, far away from any knowledge of how ordinary people live.

On Congress generally:

These lawyers and men of learning, these moneyed men who talk so finely and gloss over the details so smoothly to make us poor folk  swallow down the pill — they’re the ones who will go to Congress. They’ll get all the power and all the money into their own hands and they’ll swallow up all of us little folks.

On Federal government power:

Governmental power will introduce itself into every corner of the country. It will wait upon the ladies at their toilette. It will enter the house of every gentleman; watch over his cellar; wait upon his cook in the kitchen; penetrate into the most humble cottage; and it will touch the head of every person in the United States. And to all of these different people the message from the government will be the same: give, Give, GIVE!

James Madison believed these fears were groundless:

Liberty is not protected by parchment barriers. It is the very system of this new government which will protect us. Government is separated into different branches, each with a different mode of election and each having different powers. Ambition will be made to counteract ambition.

Instead, ambition has been made to reinforce ambition as all three branches of government conspire to further and further restrict what remains of our freedom.

John Adams wrote on 20 April 1775:

Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present Generation to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.

I believe he would be ashamed of what we’ve allowed to become of the freedom his generation bequeathed us, and I suspect he’s been repenting in Heaven for a very long time.

No More Gore [in the news]

The Failure of Al Gore: Part One.

Few celebrity cause leaders have had more or better publicity than Gore has had for his climate advocacy. Hailed by the world press, lionized by the entertainment community and the Global Assemblage of the Great and the Good as incarnated in the Nobel Peace Prize committee, he has nevertheless seen the movement he led flounder from one inglorious defeat to the next. …

The state of the global green movement is shambolic. …

It is hard to think of any recent failure in international politics this comprehensive, this swift, this humiliating. Two years ago almost every head of state in the world was engaged with Al Gore’s issue; today the abolition of nuclear weapons looks like a more hopeful cause than the drafting of an effective international treaty that will curb carbon emissions even a little bit.

Something happened about two years ago, something unrelated to the economy. What was it? Something about emails, perhaps? Oh, yes: Climategate.

Funny how that works (too bad it doesn’t work that way more quickly and more often). A hypocritical con artist is exposed as such, and now no one pays him any attention. What a shame.

(h/t) Instapundit

They’re said to only care about themselves. So why do they toil for other people’s freedom?

A QUESTION ABOUT LIBERTARIANS: They’re said to only care about themselves. So why do they toil for other people’s freedom?.

From Instapundit.

This isn’t at all difficult. Robert Heinlein explained it more than fifty years ago:

Political tags – such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth – are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.

Libertarians are the second sort, and they understand that allowing others’ freedom to be diminished will in time cost them their own.