The Los Angeles Times has a column written by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. which, although it’s mostly an environmentalist screed against business, also mentions Sarah Palin and the creationism issue, which gives us an excuse to include it in this blog: Palin’s Big Oil infatuation.
The column begins like a Hollywood horror movie. First we have a happy Kennedy family scene. But then … the Forces of Evil make their appearance:
I was water-skiing with my children in a light drizzle off Hyannis, Mass., last month when a sudden, fierce storm plunged us into a melee of towering waves, raking rain, painful hail and midday darkness broken by blinding flashes of lightning.
Ooooohhhh! And then what?
My dog was so undone by the display that she kept us all awake with her terrified whining.
Wow! The dog was upset! Surely, Providence spared Mr. Kennedy so that he could relate the tale to us and give us a warning. The column continues:
Those odd climatological phenomena led me to reflect on the rapidly changing weather patterns that are altering the way we live. Lightning storms and strikes have tripled just since the beginning of the decade on Cape Cod.
This is going to be the “Al Gore End Times sermon.” We’ve heard it before. But never with such authority. Young Mr. Kennedy tosses in some ancestral credentials to beef up his personal memory of better climate days in the past:
In those days, I recall my uncle, President Kennedy, standing erect as he rode a toboggan in his top coat, never faltering until he slid into the boxwood at the bottom of the hill. Once, my father, Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy, brought a delegation of visiting Eskimos home from the Justice Department for lunch at our house.
From Camelot to the fiery end of the world — is that where is this article is leading us? And where does Sarah Palin fit in? Patience, we won’t let you down:
Meanwhile, Exxon Mobil and its carbon cronies continue to pour money into think tanks whose purpose is to deceive the American public into believing that global warming is a fantasy. In 1998, these companies plotted to deceive American citizens about climate science.
A conspiracy! Big Oil! Global Warming! Ooooooohhhhh!!! And there’s more — we’re putting this next part in bold for emphasis:
Now John McCain has chosen as his running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a diligent student of Big Oil’s crib sheets. She’s something of a flat-earther who shares the current administration’s contempt for science. Palin has expressed skepticism about evolution (which is like not believing in gravity), putting it on par with “creationism,” which posits that the Earth was created 6,000 years ago.
Aha! Sarah Palin and her creationism. The evil that upset the Kennedy sailing scene and frightened their dog is exposed at last! We’ll leave you with a few final thoughts from young Mr. Kennedy:
Meanwhile, Alaska is melting before our eyes; entire villages erode as sea ice vanishes, glaciers are disappearing at a frightening clip …
I guess the only difference between Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney is … lipstick.
We too would prefer that Sarah weren’t a creationist, but we’re trying to maintain some sense of proportion about that matter.
Anyway, we wouldn’t want to leap to any unwarranted conclusions, so we’ll put young RFK down as “undecided” in the upcoming election.
[Our related articles are here: Sarah Palin & Creationism.]
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