WE ALWAYS FEARED this would happen, and now it is upon us — one party offers socialism, the other offers creationism.
It wasn’t always like this. There was a time when the party promoting socialism was also the party of the Deep South, where the Scopes trial was located. It must have been easy to pick a candidate in those days, because most of the craziness was concentrated in that one political party. We’ve written before about this political history — Creationism in Politics: Time for Benign Neglect?
Anyway, here we are — one party continues its almost century-long tradition of economic ignorance and insanity, and the other party — while still claiming to champion free enterprise — has abandoned the intellectual high ground in order to pander to its new voters in the South.
In the Washington Post we read: With Palin On the Ticket, Evangelicals Are Energized. Excerpts:
For Christian conservatives, who watched with dismay as their issues were ignored or trivialized during the long Republican primary, the surprise addition to the GOP ticket of a woman raised in a Pentecostal church, who once described herself as “pro-life as any candidate can be,” has transformed an election many had come to regard with indifference.
Yes, that is precisely the intended benefit of selecting Sarah Palin for the ticket. More:
Palin’s political résumé meets all the essential tests for social conservatives: She opposes same-sex marriage and providing benefits to domestic partners; she backs banning embryonic stem cell research and has raised the idea of teaching creationism alongside evolution in public schools.
McCain apparently believes that’s what it takes to gather in the William Jennings Bryan voters. Baboonery has now unquestionably changed parties.
One question remains: Is this Republican connection with creationism now permanent, or might it be creationism’s last hurrah? This could be the end of the Enlightement and the start of a new Dark Age; but it might be only a brief eclipse.
For the moment, at least, we have a nightmare choice to make — we’re promised economic ruin by one party, and scientific backwardness by the other. What’s a Curmudgeon to do? We don’t know, but we don’t intend to embrace the darkness.
[Our related articles are here: Sarah Palin & Creationism.]
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