So today South Carolina vows to produce their own incandescent light bulbs for their own South Carolina citizenry because the federal government made said light bulbs illegal as of January 2012 beginning with the 100 watt-version. When I read that headline in my online news, I thought, “How ironic!” Old South Carolina is seceding from the Union, in a sense, over light bulbs! This is the same South Carolina that 150 years ago lead the succession of the southern states over the issue of slavery. They are the ones who shot the first shots that began the Civil War. On April 12, 1861, the battle of Fort Sumter (South Carolina) marked the beginning of the bloodiest war our nation has ever known.
The Incandescent Light Bulb Freedom Act, which unanimously passed South Carolina’s Senate panel, would allow South Carolina manufacturers to continue to sell incandescent bulbs so long as they have “Made in South Carolina” on them and are sold only within the state. It’s really not about the light bulbs, says Rep. Bill Sandifer of Seneca, S.C., it is a matter of rights. The same logic was used on December 20th, 1860, when South Carolina held a secession convention in Charleston. The debate was quick and short. Representatives voted unanimously, 169 to 0 for secession. The Federal government had no right to tell a state whether they could or could not have slaves. The South could see the “handwriting on the wall” when Abraham Lincoln, a clear abolitionist, was elected president 5 months earlier.
Speaking of the presidents. I find it ironic that the presidents at the time of both of these events that are objectionable to the South Carolineans, have almost identical credentials and they come from the same state!!! Lawyer Abraham Lincoln served 8 years in the Illinois legislature and one term in the U.S. House. Lawyer Barack Obama served 8 years in the Illinois state Senate and nearly four years in the U.S. Senate. I think that is uncanny, and a bit foreshadow-y, too. Obama clearly identifies Lincoln as one of his heroes. He had a bust of Lincoln set in the Oval Office to take the place of a bust of Churchill that had been on loan to President Bush. So, I wonder just how messy this “war” of the light bulbs is going to get…
My hope is in the Lord who made heaven and earth,