There has been lots of chatter on this blog lately about a serious and pervasive problem that faces this nation. Oh, not that silly debt-ceiling nonsense. Or Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! No, none of that. It’s the light bulb. You know, as in dimwit. Did you read the story that our House of Representatives has been hard at work this summer with important legislation that affects the lives and livelihood of millions of our fellow citizens? Apparently a light bulb went off in the heads of the GOP as this article from the LA Times suggests: House Republicans move to thwart lighting efficiency rules. Yes, the GOP is hard at work saving the incandescent light bulb. Wow! Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! If only I were working in a light bulb plant…
Yes, that’s what the GOP has been working on this summer. Doesn’t that give you a warm glow all over?
Extending the metaphor to an idiotic distention, isn’t this exactly the serious and pervasive problem facing the future well-being of our nation- dimwits both in Congress and their equally dim constituents at home? Light bulbs off upstairs.
We’ve referred to these as low-information voters. LIVers for short. Apparently there are at least ‘thousands of them’ because, as the LA Times reports says, “thousands of consumers who have contacted Congress upset about their inability to buy 100-watt light bulbs,” said Rep. Michael C. Burgess (R-Texas), author of the measure.” I wonder if a similar pool of citisens were equally upset in the early 60’s when the radio tube was replaced by the transistor? Or, further back, when the mule-team was replaced by the truck?
This time it’s all about ‘government interference’ in their lives. Damn it! The ‘gumment.’ The LIVers. The Kansans. Today’s Tea Party.
Low-information voters drive today’s GOP-like the twenty-mule-team- back into the pages of history. A time when law was settled at the end of a gun. No need for deep-thinking or weighing of alternatives. No gray areas. Nor deciding what’s best for The People. Rugged individualism. I want mine and the hell with you! Gimmme!
Is that the raw nerve that today’s GOP and Tea Party continually tap into in today’s low-information voters? The sense of individualism? The narcissistic meme? The backwards-looking, bygone days? What used to be?
Frequent commenter UptheFlag said recently, Why do the 98 PERCENTERS continue to accept losing income ground in getting ahead and tolerate the ONE or TWO PERCENTERS who take home huge income increases at the detriment of the 98 PERCENTERS in food, clothing, and shelter?
Hopefully, not all 98 PERCENTERS accept this. Yet, from the results of the recent congressional election, quite a large percentage of The People are continually bamboozled into voting away their best economic interests. That reality is stunning. And devastating for the Common Welfare of The People.
The light bulb. Dimming, but not totally burned out, at least in the electrical sockets. More likely, though, in head-sockets.