Friday, January 11, 2008


When I was a child many years ago there would be stories and even books that would talk about Big Brother. This evil dark government type of institution that would eventually be looking over every ones shoulders. They would control all and inevitably be the dictators of how we live. As Orwellian as that might sound the reality is that it is happening in our lifetime. This is not a movie nor a made up story that I am sharing today, I wish it were. In California (where else?) the government is seeking to have residents install remotely monitored temperature controls in their homes next year. This will be a device that will be able to remotely change the temperature up or down four degrees without the consent of the occupant of the home. It is also capable of controlling other appliances in the house, such as electric water heaters, refrigerators, pool pumps, computers and lights in response to signals from utility companies.

January 30th is when this will be considered. If passed there will begin a new age of government and oversight into the day to day lives of the American people. While there might be some perceived economic or utilitarian benefit to this, the loss of freedom and autonomy far outweighs any benefit. Again and again, I ask on the radio, and write in this blog the same question, when will enough be enough? When will the people of this country once again throw the tea into the harbor? In California if this is passed and contractors or residents refuse, then building permits will be denied. That is criminal thug like behavior from the government, intended to intimidate people into compliance. To be sure this will sweep the nation if passed and in the not too distant future your state officials will seek to begin to control the inside of your home, what will you do? As for me and my house we will put the heat on seventy regardless of what Big Brother tells us to do!

blog you later,
pastor tom