Take heed, dear reader. This coming Saturday, 31 October, is Halloween — the night when ghosts, witches, zombies, and other horrors are creeping around. Then, at darkest time of that frightening night, at the climax of the other-worldly madness, you are required to set all your clocks back an hour.
This is due to the annual end of Daylight saving time. We’re previously written about this tyrannical mandate, which (in the US) is the result of the Uniform Time Act — an intolerable governmental intrusion into our lives which upsets the natural order of things twice a year.
As we said two years ago in Fall Back — Free Fire Zone:
This is the true test, dear reader. Are you a free man, or a mindless government slave? Like most Americans, you’ll dutifully and unthinkingly obey your masters and reset all your clocks tonight. Your Curmudgeon will set his clocks back too, but as we do so we’ll be raising a middle finger to show our discontent. To keep your sanity, think of this as “National Drop Trou and Bend Over Day,” which invites our governmental masters to have their way with us twice a year.
Actually, the clock rest this Saturday will be a restoration of normal time, because back in March we were required to set our clocks ahead an hour, and this weekend’s adjustment will undo that chronological perversion. If you don’t rest your clocks, when you wake up on Sunday and think it’s 7:00, you’ll be out of sync with everyone else, for whom it’s only 6:00.
Why do we do this to ourselves twice a year? There is evidence that it’s harmful — see Daylight savings is linked to injuries and heart attacks, is it time to scrap it?
Aside from the absurdity of running around resetting all our clocks, including microwave ovens, the timers for outside lights and lawn sprinklers, and of course the clocks in our automobiles, the greatest inconvenience for your Curmudgeon is that our splendid dogs, Argos (a/k/a Aaaargh!!) and Miss Scarlett, have built-in timers to tell them when they should be fed, and they don’t like their routines to be disrupted. Truly, this is an outrage!
As we said in Obey Your Masters and Spring Forward, at the time of the 2014 “spring forward” phase of this madness:
Hey — do you like getting up early? That’s your affair! If you run a business and you want the work day to start at 6:00 in the morning and end at 2:00 in the afternoon, and your employees are willing to comply, then do it. But why should everyone be forced to change his clocks? Leave our clocks alone!
Have you ever wondered why no major politician ever speaks out to protest this twice-a-year craziness? They’re all in on the conspiracy! They like the power. If we comply with something as goofy as this, then we’ll meekly fall in line and do anything they ask. It’s time (so to speak) to take a stand. We call on the people currently seeking the Presidency to speak out against this tyranny. If you love liberty, repeal Daylight Saving Time!
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