America, home of the ... Well, idiots?  

Posted by doug

Every four years, almost like clockwork unless the Supreme Court gets involved, we in the US of A elect our president, the person who is, as leader of the most powerful nation on Earth, arguably the most powerful person on Earth. Essentially, it all boils down to a Republican vs a Democrat. Last night, the Republican hopefuls held their first televised debate. I didn't watch it, as I have grass growing in the yard and it is just fascinating, but I've read a bit about it this morning. I've mentally glossed over everything except for this one fact:

[...] on the issue of Evolution, the following three candidates raised their hands to indicate they did not believe in it: Sen. Sam Brownback, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Rep. Tom Tancredo.

How bizarre is that? It's almost as though a man goes in for a job interview for a doctor (fancypants though they may be, surely they still have to interview?) and indicates that he thinks that leeches and mercury baths are just the thing for that pesky illness. Which illness? What does it matter? They're all caused by demons.

How is that someone can be entirely science illiterate and still have some standing in the polls? Why is it okay to say that you don't believe in something that is literally the basis for modern biology? What if they didn't believe in gravity?

"Gravity? No, sir, I don't go in for those libral notions. The Bible don't say nothing about Einstein's general theory of relativity nor Newton's much simpler approximation laws of universal gravitation. Spacetime curved by matter? Nope, it's curved by Jesus."

Yes, I've threatened to move to Canada before. But so help me, if one of those guys gets to run the country, I'll... well, mostly just bitch and moan, really. Probably cry a lot. And then threaten to move to Canada. Do you think they're hiring?

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Kurt Vonnegut opined in Man Without a Country that history is filled with guessers who became leaders, and that we are still lead by them, and that they don't like to let facts cloud the issues. Including the fact that so many things now done in the name of Christianity would make Christ himself very upset. And the fact that people in other parts of the world (did you know there is a whole world outside the U.S.) hate us not for our freedom and liberty, but for our arrogance. And if they can like us at all, it is because the U.S. invented blues music.

BTW, he also identified as a humanist and said that if he should ever die, God forbid (he was 82 as he said that), that we should say "Kurt is in Heaven now," because that's his favorite joke.

May 4, 2007 at 10:21:00 PM CST

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