According to a recent gallup poll, 72% say that big government, as opposed to big business (21%) or big labor (5%), “will be the biggest threat to the country in the future.” Of course I’d prefer that the poll question refer to the scope of government, with the same result, but it nonetheless seems that people are beginning to recognize what Ayn Rand knew decades ago:
Potentially, a government is the most dangerous threat to man’s rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims. When unlimited and unrestricted by individual rights, a government is men’s deadliest enemy. It is not as protection against private actions, but against governmental actions that the Bill of Rights was written.
What is it that is making people wake up to the dangers of a rights-violating government? Perhaps it’s the “glitch”-ridden Obamacare takeover of the healthcare industry, along with the creepy suggestions coming from on high that we discuss Obamacare with our families and friends during holiday gatherings. Or maybe it’s the fact that government seems to be trying to control more and more aspects of our lives as the years go on.
Take the ban on incandescent light bulbs. (Anthem, anyone?) I hadn’t done much research on this, so I thought it would prohibit only higher-wattage bulbs, and that I’d still be able to get the 40- and 60-watt bulbs I like to use in various places in my home. Then I learned recently that, starting January 1, “it will become illegal for American businesses to either manufacture or import the old-style bulbs.” After reading about my Facebook friends stocking up on the bulbs, I went to Amazon, hoping to order a bunch for a semi-reasonable price. And in fact the other day I placed an order for a bunch of the 40-watt, globe-shaped bulbs I like to use above the bathroom mirror. I even gave myself a virtual pat on the back after clicking “place order,” congratulating myself for my resourcefulness. And then this arrived in my inbox this morning:
Due to a lack of availability, we will not be able to obtain the following item(s) from your order:
“GE Lighting 48694 Reveal 40-watt 265-Lumen G25 Light Bulb with Medium Base, 6-Pack”
We’ve canceled the item(s) and apologize for the inconvenience. If you see a charge for the canceled item, we will refund you within 1-2 business days.
Ugh. Thanks, George W. Bush.
Thankfully Stephen Green (VodkaPundit) has done the heavy lifting, researching the legal alternatives we now have to the traditional incandescent bulbs. He says he’s as picky about the quality of light as I am and assures his readers that one brand of LED bulbs provides light comparable to my beloved Reveal incandescents. To read which type he recommends, go read his blog post here. The LEDs will apparently save us money on our electric bills, if that’s any consolation.