If you think it’s unusual that I would be blogging about daylight davings time long after the time change, it isn’t.
I’m from Indiana, one of the last states to hold out against DST despite an internal debate lasting over thirty years. This has become an incredibly partisan issue in my state politics — Indiana is split by Eastern and Central time zones — with Republicans claiming that the primary reason no outside corporations want to do business with Indiana is that they can’t figure out the time zones (kids, get out your crap detectors) and Democrats holding out because no one wants to be on the Western tail of an Eastern time zone.
Now, which one seems more accurate?
Let me tell you how nice it is never having to change your clock: the days are as long as they are long, short as they are short, daylight in the summertime lasts forever. Once spring rolls around it is far easier to get out of bed as early as we must because the sun is already shining and the house and outdoors are already warm. There is no confusion about what day to change the clocks, no additional traffic accidents or grogginess and time isn’t as arbitrary as it seems to be in other states, it just is. It’s plain pleasant.
But no more. After holding out straight down partisan lines, one rookie member in the split house “changed his vote because the issue had become too partisan, and he wanted to move on to bigger matters such as the two-year state budget. He said he was prepared to explain his actions to constituents, many of whom had opposed adopting daylight-saving time.” And thus we will be changing our clocks along with the rest of the country next April. Never mind that the reasons that DST exists are based on energy-saving strategies which no longer apply thanks to widespread AC use, that Indiana is based on agriculture and plants and animals don’t observe DST, or that the reasons for initially beginning observance of DST as opposed to observing standard time zones has everything to do with World War I and little afterward.
Above all, never mind that a majority in Indiana were opposed to the bill and the only “constituents” to back it were businesses. Our politicians are “prepared to explain” despite our oppostition. Indiana is now as ridiculous as of the rest of the country. Evidence:
House Speaker Brian Bosma called the 51-46 decision one of the most “heroic” votes in his 20 years in the General Assembly.
“I can tell you that the rest of the nation, the rest of the world, knows that Indiana doesn’t get it,” Bosma said. “Now is the day to tell the rest of the world that we are willing to step into the 21st century.”
Bosma, another evangelical politician to add to our lists, also believes that legal discrimination against homosexual partnerships is also a step into the 21st century. One of his pet projects is maintaining the Indiana state’s ban against seme-sex marriage, and pushing another more explicit amendment to add to the state constitution banning gay marriage again just for kicks.
No matter how much he loves the cape his mama made him, this man ain’t no hero.
And me? I’m far for likely to side with this guy:
“This is not the second coming that is going to take Indiana into a brighter future,” Democratic state Rep. William Crawford said.
But getting rid of Mr. Bosma and his right-wing idiot parade just might be the first step.
UPDATE: Chuck has more explanation.
Those of you that aren’t from the area don’t get this, and I’m sorry. There is just no way that I can impart to you how contentious this issue is / was / has been / will be. Unlike many other “political” issues, this is an issue on which no one really has any sort of ethical qualms about holding a strong position. Many times, people will have a taboo on abortion or gay rights or whatever, and they just won’t talk about issue X. But nobody has that about DST. Everyone has an opinion, and most people aren’t afraid of expressing that opinion loudly.
My family almost came to fisticuffs last time we all got together because of this. Seriously.