Dumb and Dumber – Protect the Sunshine? Riiiight.

There are very few things our Congress has done that are dumber than Daylight Saving Time.  However, Senator Rick Scott of Florida has devised one to up the ante!  He proposed and the Senate passed the “Protect the Sunshine Act” last spring, 2022.

2022-07-30 King Canute and the Uncooperative TideThe hubris of the name of this proposed law rivals the efforts of King Canute who sat his throne by the Aegean Sea and commanded the tide to stop coming in.  And we know how THAT turned out.  The King finally relented and declared, “Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings, for there is none worthy of the name, but He whom heaven, earth, and sea obey by eternal laws.”

But that did not stop the idiots in the Senate from passing this absurd bill on March 16, 2022.  The bill is intended to make Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent as of November 5, 2022.  That is the day before we are supposed to return to normal standard time.

2022-07-30 DST InsanityThe asininity of this proposed law boggles the mind!  Are Senator Scott’s constituents so lame-brained that they cannot just get up an hour earlier if that is what they wish to do!?  How does this law “protect the sunshine!?”  AND why are our Senators and Representatives wasting time messing with our clocks, instead of addressing inflation, illegal immigration/oppressive visa constraints, fuel regulation, voter integrity/freedom of voter access, and concerns of normal Americans?  While many of Senator Scott’s proposals and views line up well with conservative values, this one came out of the wild blue yonder as inane government overreach.

If you are an American citizen, let me encourage you to write to your Congressperson in the House of Representatives and urge common sense!  The Senate abdicated any measure of sanity and passed this already.

To find your representative, try this link: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative.

To assist you in your effort to get the House to use common sense, here is a sample letter.  Feel free to copy and paste or develop your own appeal to your Representatives to use their brains for a change.

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Dear Representative Barr,

In March, 2022 the Senate passed a bill to make Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent!  This is one of the dumbest things Congress has attempted to do since instituting DST in the first place.  It is true that most normal Americans hate moving our clocks back and forth with the seasons, and the loss of productivity for the weeks after each change is substantial.

However, rather than ‘permanentize’ DST, PLEASE let us change the clocks one more time on November 6, 2022 to UTC+/-, the “normal time” most of the world uses.  THEN, stop DST!

You have much more important issues facing our nation than some idiot’s idea to force our clocks out of sync with the rest of the world.  If we are going to mess with the clocks this way, why not move them BACK FIVE HOURS; that way we could all sleep in until noon and go to work “later” in the day.  This makes as much sense as making DST permanent!!

I will be watching for your vote or non-vote on this issue this November before the election.
yours truly,
c.a.post
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“Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question, is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.”  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

LMCA – Leave My Clock Alone!

“May the gods condemn that man who first discovered the hours, and who first set up a sundial here, who’s smashed the day into bits for poor me!”  A Roman Citizen in 263 B.C. Who Saw the First Sundial Set Up

We need a nationwide movement to stop the bi-annual absurdity of moving our clocks forward and backward at the whim of our state legislatures!  And I need better brains than mine to come up with an acronym that will inspire this movement to Dump Daylight Saving Time.  DDST?  How about HOMC (Hands Off My Clock)? or LMCA (Leave My Clock Alone)?  Surely there is a political wonk out there who can come up with better acronyms than I can.  Ones that will look good on placards that can be printed for the masses of protesters that will rally in the streets of America this year to clamor for controlled clocking of our times.  Please leave your suggestions in the comments or email them to me at capost3k@gmail.com.

As snow again gently layers a couple inches onto the ground here in Lexington, Kentucky, it seems that warm spring air is just a daydream.  Diamonds seemed to cover the ground the next day after the sun came out.  But days are coming that will be longer than the days of winter.  After all, come March 13, our states and U.S. governments are going to give us an extra hour every day until November 6, 2022.  Right?  WRONG!

2022-01-29 Daylight Saving Time Native American
Daylight Saving Time (which even websites that should know better call Daylight SavingS Time) is supposed to provide longer hours of sunlight in the evening.  But this is all congressional smoke and mirrors, and pretty thin smoke and dirty mirrors at that.  Every state gets 24 hours every day, and no legislature can lengthen how far the earth leans or how long it spins around the sun.

Currently 19 states are actually thinking of making DST YEAR-ROUND! 🙄  And what is the point of THAT!?  Why not just leave the clocks alone and come to work an hour earlier?

2022-01-29 Daylight Saving Comes To StonehengeI have covered my disdain for DST on several occasions here and here, including the true story of a secretary in an office in which I was working.  As a few of us came out of our cubicles to discuss DST starting, I suggested that if it was really that important, why don’t we just come to work at 7:00am instead of 8:00am.  The horrified secretary said, “Oh, C.A., I have to get up at six to get here at eight.  I could never get up at 5:00am!!”  After staring at her like a deer in a car’s headlight for a few seconds, I said, “But you ARE getting up at 5:00am; on DST you’re simply CALLING it 6:00am!”

For this movement to get going, eat lots of prunes and … oops, wrong ‘movement.’  For THIS movement to get going, write or email your STATE Representative and STATE Senator as well as your Congressperson AND Senator at the national level.  You can find their contact information easily online.  Send something along these lines:

Dear Representative Reasonable (Dear Senator Sensible),
Daylight Saving Time is an absurd exercise in futility that does not save time nor lengthen our summer days.  If it is so important to come to work an hour earlier from March 3 to November 6 this year, why can we not do that without messing with our clocks?  Academic and government researchers* have shown that for two to four weeks after the clock change, both forward in the spring and backward in the fall, productivity in almost all areas of our society falls significantly, health of our populace is adversely affected and sleep is significantly disturbed!

As an advocate for the voters who put you into office, I appeal to you to stop this inanity called Daylight Saving Time!  Nothing is saved, nothing is gained, and your voters are negatively affected by your support of DST.

*https://journalistsresource.org/politics-and-government/daylight-savings-time-health-accidents-energy/
*https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28674131/
*https://www.researchgate.net/publication/241843122_Detrimental_Effects_of_Daylight-Saving_Time_on_SAT_Scores
*https://www.researchgate.net/publication/256376551_Effects_of_Transitions_into_and_out_of_Daylight_Saving_Time_on_the_Quality_of_the_SleepWake_Cycle_an_Actigraphic_Study_in_Healthy_University_Students

And you can add your name to a growing crowd that is sick and tired of changing the clock bi-annually by going to https://enddaylightsavingtime.org/sign-the-petition.