It’s that “time” of the year when those of us in every state, except for the sane states of Arizona and Hawaii, must participate in the semiannual ritual of changing our clocks. In other words, “spring forward” means the transition from Standard Time, or “Deplorables’ Time”, to Daylight Saving Time, or “Elites’ Time”.
As a farm girl, I remember virtually everyone in the agriculture industry detested what’s known as “Daylight Saving Time”, or DST. In fact, farmers had actually lobbied Congress to end DST following its implementation in the U.S. during World War I. Aside from wreaking havoc with livestock, who obviously don’t understand changing the clocks, DST prevents farmers from beginning their day in the fields until the dew dries, which often is as late as noon. In addition, rural folks are the quintessential early risers, and who wants to get up all year long in the dark?
When I was in primary school, DST began in my state on the last Sunday in April and ended on the last Sunday in September. As if that weren’t bad enough, multiple acts of Congress ultimately increased the length of DST to extend from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.
Elites argue that DST saves energy. What sense does that make if you need to use more electricity in the morning instead of in the evening? Hard-working hourly wage earners hardly relish commuting in the dark mornings when they’re less alert and more prone to accidents; and when they retire at night after a long day, they don’t want the sun shining in their faces. Lack of rest leads to lower work productivity; it’s a vicious cycle.
Who are the beneficiaries of DST? Obviously, anyone who doesn’t need to rise early in the morning and who has the privilege of enjoying evening leisure activities, such as salaried management or professionals and Hollywood celebrities, i.e., the elites, can take advantage of DST. Among the industries that reap the greatest benefits of DST are golfing and barbecuing. How do those recreational activities contribute to saving energy?
It’s plain to see, then, that the deplorables don’t get to enjoy the recreational benefits of DST because they’re the folks who are just too tired at the end of the workday to do anything but go to bed.
Oh yes, there is another group besides the elites who have the liberty to enjoy DST, and they’re the welfare recipients who the late, great Rush Limbaugh joked were just getting out of bed at noon when his weekday radio show would begin.
Sleep experts have rightly called for the abolition of DST. They cite that DST negatively affects our circadian rhythm and contributes to such health issues as heart attacks and sleep disorders. In addition to the obvious poorer work productivity, including poorer student test performance, DST contributes to deadly medical errors and workplace fatalities. Yikes!
Despite all the negative effects of DST, there has been an ongoing effort in the U.S. to make it permanent year around. Led by none other than RINO Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fl., the push to implement “Elites’ Time” is based on claims that DST reduces cardiac issues (contrary to studies), reduces auto accidents (again not according to statistics), and benefits agriculture (tell that to the farmers).
I suppose you could give Senator Rubio a pass for advocating for his state where it’s mild all year long and the residents, many of whom are elite retirees, enjoy ample hours of sunshine; but what about the states in northern latitudes where the sun doesn’t rise until 7:30 a.m. in the dead of winter even under Standard Time? If DST were in effect all year, the sun wouldn’t rise on the shortest days of the year in the northern tier of the 48 contiguous states until at least 8:30, long after most people have left for work and kids have left for school. Imagine standing at a bus stop in 20 below zero in the dark; or worse yet, walking to school in those conditions with the added danger of being hit by a car!
Ironically, the latest DST extension to the first Sunday in November was actually promoted to allow an additional hour for trick-or-treating on Halloween! Honestly, what kind of deranged reasoning prioritizes safely trick-or-treating one night a year over safely walking to school every morning?
In his little bubble with like-minded establishment elites, Senator Rubio apparently hasn’t considered all the disastrous effects year-round DST would have on the deplorable population in the fly-over states. In my opinion, the only positive aspect of changing our clocks twice a year is the reminder to also change the batteries in our smoke alarms. As far as I’m concerned, and I think millions of deplorables agree with me, is that DST, a.k.a. “Elites’ Time”, needs to go the way of the rotary phone.