President Trump’s Twitter feed is like a bad car wreck. It is a sort of poetic meshing of tragedy and drama that you can’t take your eyes off of. I don’t always agree with the president’s tweets, nor always disagree with them. But I always read them.
Sometimes I find myself nodding my head in agreement to what Trump decrees with his thumbs as he sounds off on the latest headlines in the predawn hours of the morning. Sometimes I find myself vigorously shaking my head in disagreement. More often than not, I cringe.
But Trump had something to say Monday morning that made me jump to my feet and shout, “Amen, Brother Don!” before I hardly knew I had done it. It wasn’t the first time the president and I agreed (I still brag that Trump retweeted his agreement of a story I wrote on climate change for the New York Post in 2012, but that was long before he was a presidential candidate), but it might have been the first time we agreed so completely.
Trump needed just 54 characters to state his case — well short of Twitter’s 280-character maximum, which is incredibly unusual for No. 45 — but he stated it well:
“Making Daylight Savings Time permanent is O.K. with me!”
There you have it. And how can you disagree with that?
I will note that Trump’s DST tweet had 135,000 “likes” and had been retweeted 24,000 times as of late Monday evening, almost double the number of “likes” and about 50 percent more retweets than his latest tweet lambasting the media, which was made about the same time Monday. The Donald generates a lot of discussion through Twitter because people love to disagree with him. But his DST tweet generated only 4,000 comments — a fraction of the 51,000 comments received on the media-lambasting tweet, which seems to indicate that even his critics can’t disagree that making DST permanent is a good idea.
In all seriousness, there are actually quite a few people who disagree with permanent DST. Although most of those who state their opposition to DST would be just fine with leaving their clocks on “spring forward” time all year long and are merely opposed to resetting their clocks twice a year, there are actually some cretins who favor making standard time permanent and doing away with DST entirely.
To be clear, if we do away with DST entirely, it would be dark by 9 p.m. in the heart of summer — and by 8 p.m. just across the river in the slow time zone.
By contrast, if we made DST permanent, it wouldn’t get dark at 4:30 p.m. in the dead of winter over in the Central time zone.
Because Scott County is on Eastern time as the good Lord intended, we have never had to deal with darkness at 4:30 p.m. here. But we still have to adapt to Dark-At-5:30 time each November, and that’s bad enough.
To be fair, there are drawbacks to DST. The sun won’t rise tomorrow until nearly 8 a.m. — which isn’t much fun for early risers. It’ll rise ever earlier as we move towards the summer solstice, but if we were on permanent DST, the sun wouldn’t rise until nearly 9 a.m. in the heart of winter — which seems unthinkable. On the flip side, though, if we were to eliminate DST entirely, it would be daylight by 4:45 a.m. in the middle of summer — which also seems unthinkable.
One way or the other, the days of adjusting our clocks each spring and fall seem to be numbered. As a growing number of activists latch on to the issue one way or the other, it seems to be only a matter of time before we either make DST permanent or eliminate it entirely.
If President Trump could put his push for a border wall and his all-out war with the media on hold long enough to get this permanent DST idea pushed through Congress . . . well, that would be pretty okay with me.