Remy: Missing You - The Incandescent Light Bulb Song

-By Warner Todd Huston

Ode to the light bulb. You know. The one in its arrogance and un-Constitutional overreach that the creeps in Washington decided we are no longer “allowed” to have? Yeah that one.

There is no better example of why we need to be tearing down the power of government than this light bulb ban. None. It is totally emblematic of the arrogance of government and proof of how far astray America has gone from her founding principles.

Still, this video by Reason’s Remy is good parody. In fact, Remy is the only conservative, white guy who doesn’t embarrass me when he tries on rap for his parodies. Most of the time it is a disaster when conservative, white guys attempt to use rap to make a parody with a political message.

If you are unfamiliar with rap (and I am because I generally hate the stuff) this video is a parody of the one that Puff Daddy made when Notorious B.I.G. died. I’ve added that video at the bottom here in case you want to contrast and compare.

Of course, Remy has used rap before to get his great political message across. Here is one he did when the debt ceiling was a hot topic:

There was one other effective rap music video that had a conservative message recently. Here is the one contrasting the economic thinking of left-wing (and failure) John Maynard Keynes and conservative hero Frederick von Hayek.

Of course the thing that made it funny and effective is because it was such a funny thing to have old white guys rapping. Not because the rapping itself was good (like Remy’s is).

They made a follow up, by the way:

Just as well produced.

Any way, here is the one upon which the Remy video was based.

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  • Re ode to the light bulb...

    On a deeper level, it's about celebrating Creativity - not Destruction.

    Celebrating creativity is about recognizing the advantages that different products have.
    That is why they exist for people to choose.

    President Obama, State of the Union Address 25 January 2011:
    What we can do - what America does better than anyone - is spark the creativity and imagination of our people.
    We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices,
    the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers...

    Yes Mr President, Creative America, the nation of Edison:
    Would you not have allowed him to create his popular light bulb?

    And so it came to pass, in the autumn of 1879, after tireless effort working with different materials, Thomas Edison finally arrived at the ingenious invention we still see today, the Edison light bulb, in its basic form, without any energy efficiency constraints, the world's single most popular electrical appliance and the oldest electrical invention in widespread common use:
    A beautifully simple, safe, cheap, bright light delivering construction.

    Maybe the time will come when, like its cousin the gleaming radio tube, it gradually fades away, the passing of old technology.

    But let it be a democratic passing by the will of the people,
    not a passing by committee dictats and decrees.

    How many politicians or bureaucrats should it take to change a light bulb?
    None.

    How many citizens should be allowed to choose?
    Everyone.

    (source: http://ceolas.net)
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  • RE ode to the light bulb

    And so it came to pass, in the autumn of 1879, after tireless effort working with different materials, Thomas Edison finally arrived at the ingenious invention we still see today, the Edison light bulb, in its basic form, without any energy efficiency constraints, the world's single most popular electrical appliance and the oldest electrical invention in widespread common use:
    A beautifully simple, safe, cheap, bright light delivering construction.

    Maybe the time will come when, like its cousin the gleaming radio tube, it gradually fades away, the passing of old technology.

    But let it be a democratic passing by the will of the people,
    not a passing by committee dictats and decrees.

    How many politicians or bureaucrats should it take to change a light bulb?
    None.

    How many citizens should be allowed to choose?
    Everyone.

    (source: http://ceolas.net , extensively covering why the ban is wrong, with Dept of Energy references re actual savings etc)

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