TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 12 TO TITLE 39 TO ENACT THE “SOUTH CAROLINA INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULB FREEDOM ACT” SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULBS MANUFACTURED IN THIS STATE, WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT PARTS IMPORTED FROM ANOTHER STATE, AND OFFERED FOR SALE AND SOLD FOR USE ONLY IN THIS STATE ARE DEEMED ONLY TO BE IN THE STREAM OF INTRASTATE COMMERCE AND THEREFORE NOT SUBJECT TO FEDERAL REGULATION UNDER THE COMMERCE CLAUSE OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.
Whereas, the tenth amendment to the United States Constitution reserves to the states and their people all powers not delegated to the federal government and not prohibited to the states; and
Whereas, the ninth amendment to the United States Constitution provides that certain rights enumerated in the Constitution shall not be construed to deny or disparage other rights retained by the people; and
Whereas, the General Assembly finds that if an item manufactured in this State without the inclusion of any significant parts imported from another state and the item is offered for sale and sold only for use within the borders of this State, the item is not in the stream of interstate commerce and not subject to federal regulation under the commerce clause of the United States Constitution pursuant to Article I, Section 8; and
Whereas, the General Assembly finds that the regulation of intrastate commerce is vested in the states under the ninth and tenth amendments to the United States Constitution. Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina.
Three cheers for the Palmetto State. As Rick Moran wrote in The American Thinker, “I value my eyesight and don’t plan to read by a light that gives off the equivalent wattage of what my great grandfather had to put up with–whale oil.”
On the federal level, Republican Michele Bachmann is pushing the Lightbulb Freedom of Choice Act, because “government has no business telling an individual what kind of light bulb to buy.”–or for that matter, in the unanimous but generally ignored opinion of the staff here at BSYRTGA (me), anything else. Health insurance comes immediately to mind [See Florida Court: Individual Mandate is Unconstitutional].
The federal government, of course, has been overstepping its Constitutional limits for many years, but with the ascension to power of the socialist Barack Hussein Obama, aided by the wretched 111th Democratic Congress, it has moved at breakneck speed into full blown tyranny. A soft tyranny, to be sure, at least at this point in time, but that is a matter of little comfort–it’s illogical to ignore the reality that you’re in the soup just because the pot hasn’t boiled over yet.