Happy New Year to you, loyal RWN readers. Today I’d like to talk about Conservatism, and, more specifically, the lack thereof demonstrated by our own “Conservative” Federal Government as of late, especially when it comes to the appeasement of small-interest eco-extremists. But first, let me start with a joke.
Q: How many Conservatives does it take to screw up a light bulb? A: I don’t see any Conservatives here at all…drum roll…curtains fall.
Conservatism, basically, is defined as “a political or theological orientation advocating the preservation of the best in society and opposing radical changes” 1, or, more cogently put, “a set of beliefs which, in general, tend to support (1) free enterprise capitalism, (2) continuation of traditions, (3) minimal government intervention in economy, (4) strict law and order enforcement, and (5) gradual change as opposed to radical reform”. 2 In other words, true Conservatism is opposed to impulsive sweeping change, especially in relation to a free enterprise or the economy.
Which brings us to Jan. 1, 2014. The Canadian Government followed through on the April 25, 2007 promise to phase out, of all things, the traditional incandescent light bulb. The Federal Government actively decided to meddle not only with free enterprise, but also with tradition, bringing about a radical change to a modern cornerstone. An invention that has served mankind since the late 1800’s, the filament bulb is now, allegedly, a nefarious environmental villain. Yes, Edison’s seminal invention will be joining other, once brilliant, innovations on the scrap heap. Like, to name a few, the full 13 Litre tank flush-toilet (a ban proposed in Ontario) or the “very progressive” twist doorknob building code ban in Vancouver, 3 (implemented November 2013 to enable the elderly). The light bulb is now destined to be replaced with newer innovations, much like the eco-toilets that refuse to flush solids and the door handles that snag belt loops and coat pockets.