How to combat daylight saving time fatigue
Daggum government. Every year, the U.S. Government compels every citizen to give up an hour of sleep. It’s called Daylight Savings Time.
The Navajo Nation understood the foolishness of the U.S. Government’s decision decades ago. That tribe of native Americans says that only the federal government believes it can extend a blanket by clipping the top of it and sewing that piece to its bottom. Despite their cynicism, many Navajo join the rest of the United States in changing their clocks twice a year to accommodate daylight savings time.
Daylight savings time does not make the day longer, but it does remind everyone that the federal government has too much power over private citizens. Although the time change serves no purpose except to cause expense and discomfort to Americans and to remind them that they must bow to the State, daylight savings time began with a simple purpose: save fuel.
Thanks a lot Ben!
Benjamin Franklin receives accolades for his desire to change the clocks every year to reduce the amount of fuel needed to illuminate homes at night. No one seems to know why Franklin thought people couldn’t decide for themselves to sleep late and then stay up late. In a way, Franklin was the first in a long line of big-government tyrants who would gradually negate constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms.
World War I
According to USA Today, the idea of daylight savings time gained traction during World War I when warring nations sought to reduce consumption at home. In 1918, the United States made adoption of daylight savings time official by act of Congress. The wizards of smart in the government decided that people should move their clocks forward on the second Sunday in March and return the clock to standard time on the second Sunday in October. Arizona kicked against the pricks the entire time and backed out of the deal after the first year.
World War II
The power freaks in Washington got so aroused by their ability to control time and the public, the government enacted so-called war time in 1942. During the decades after the second war, states did what they thought was best. After all, the Constitution of the United States reserves most powers of government to the states, so the federal government has no jurisdiction in the matter.
Uniform Time Act
Looking for a way to get their jollies, politicians decided to meddle with time again in 1966. Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, and allowed states to opt out of daylight savings time if they desired. Arizona opted out of the plan. Hawaii, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico also decided not to participate.
Congress, looking for something to do, extended daylight savings time in 2005, effective in 2007. By 2008, the almost-useless U.S. Department of Energy chimed in saying that the nation saved three one-hundredths of one percent of energy consumption through the measure. A conflicting study that same year said that daylight savings time actually cost more energy because electricity savings were offset by increased usage of home heating fuel.
Combating Daylight Savings Time Fatigue
Every year, slaves of the State lose an hour and spend days or weeks adjusting to the new time schedule. After all, the human body doesn’t care about politicians and their random laws. The best way to deal with the fatigue is to elect new politicians who will abandon the traditional power-mongering notion that politicians should control every aspect of private life. If Congress repealed the Uniform Time Act (or if more states would opt out), every person could decide for themselves how much daylight he or she wishes to enjoy.
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