Today, the light bulb becomes a symbol for something new: freedom. That’s because the House of Representatives is voting to repeal part of a 2007 energy bill that requires light bulbs to use less energy, extinguishing high-wattage incandescent bulbs.
Clever GOP and Tea Party advocates for the repeal have picked a simple frame for their argument: The government has no business telling you what kind of light bulb to use in your home.
And that’s why, today, a light bulb is no longer a light bulb. It’s one more ugly line in the sand dividing compact-fluorescent liberals and incandescent conservatives.
You got it: “I’ll give you my incandescent light bulb when you pry it from my cold dead hands.”
Today’s vote should be a light bulb going off for Democrats—symbols speak louder than words.
There are a thousand logical reasons that we need to consume less energy. But they’re all just noise when battling simple, emotional messages like “personal freedom” and “less government.”