Saturday, October 06, 2012
Disasters of Biblical Proportions
From the Bridge Project:
God's word is true. I've come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell. And it's lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior. You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I've found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don't believe that the Earth's but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That's what the Bible says.Okay ... some goober spouting off in front of a wall full of ghoulishly preserved dead ruminants. But embryology? ... As in the birds and the bees?
Oh, wait a minute ... he's a medical doctor!!
Oh, crap!!! He's a Congressman!!!!
Oh, sweet shade of Stevie Gould, he's a Congressman on the House Science Committee!!!!!
But [the Bible] teaches us how to run all of public policy and everything in society. And that's the reason as your congressman I hold the Holy Bible as being the major directions to me of how I vote in Washington, D.C., and I'll continue to do that.We are soooooooooo fucked!!!!!!
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
- Mark Twain, a Biography
The larger the mob, the harder the test. In small areas, before small electorates, a first-rate man occasionally fights his way through, carrying even the mob with him by force of his personality. But when the field is nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly at second and third hand, and the force of personality cannot so readily make itself felt, then all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most easily adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum.
The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
The frightening import of Mencken's prediction is that the same electoral impulses that carry a "downright moron" into the Oval Office could also serve to fill every seat in both Houses of Congress.
That this person should not only have been elected to Congress but also occupies a seat on the House Science Committee is almost as alarming as the prospect of Sarah Palin within striking distance of the White House.
That was the thing that struck me. Thinking that the Earth is only 9,000 years old is ordinarily moronic. A Congressman not knowing what the Constitution says is just another example of what Mark Twain said.
But for a medical doctor to deny embryology? That takes a special kind of stupidity!