One of the typical creationist arguments against Darwin’s theory of evolution is to raise the specter of what they call “social Darwinism,” a term that is as unconnected to biology as “social plate tectonics” is to geology or “social quantum mechanics” to physics.
For some of our earlier posts about that peculiar insult, see: Banquet at Delmonico’s — Spencer and Social Darwinism, about the term’s beginnings, and also Discovery Institute: Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, and also WorldNetDaily: Diabolical Darwin, and also Discovery Institute: Breivik a “Social Darwinist”.
At this point you clearly understand that although “social Darwinism” has nothing to do with Darwin, it’s nevertheless a sneering term that’s frequently employed by creationists in their never-ending crusade to blame Darwin for all the world’s problems. The slur of “social Darwinism” is both nonsensical and squalid — which is why it’s such a favorite of creationists.
Speaking of creationists, that brings us to a recent statement by President Obama. The news was everywhere, but we’ll use this article in the Calgary Herald in Calgary, in the Canadian province of Alberta. Their headline is Barack Obama attacks Republican ‘social Darwinism’. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
U.S. President Barack Obama steps up his re-election campaign Tuesday by accusing Republicans of pursuing an economic policy akin to ruthless “social Darwinism” that is a prescription for decline.
In our experience, only creationists use insults like that. Here’s more:
On the day Mitt Romney, his likely rival in November, is expected to march closer to the Republican nomination, Obama was set to unleash a searing critique of what he sees as the “radical” fiscal philosophy of congressional conservatives.
What this tells us is that Obama sees fiscal conservatives as “Darwinists,” and he sees his own policies of ever-expanding government as the opposite — which we all know is creationism. This isn’t the first time your Curmudgeon has commented on the apparent relationship of free-enterprise and evolution (see Evolution, Intelligent Design, and Barack Obama), but it’s the first time the President has confirmed our thinking.
The news story continues:
“Disguised as deficit reduction plan, it’s really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country. It’s nothing but thinly veiled Social Darwinism,” according to Obama’s prepared remarks for a luncheon sponsored by the Associated Press.
Quite an insult! Let’s read on:
The budget, framed by Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, an Obama rival and intellectual engine of the Republican Party, effectively sketched the fiscal battleground ahead of the November 6 election.
Republicans say the approach will spur growth, create jobs, cut the deficit, secure health care for future generations of retired Americans and put the U.S. economy on a sustainable fiscal course.
But Obama argues that the plan will punish the middle class and further enrich the wealthy, a message around which he is building his campaign for a second White House term.
There’s much more in the article, but that’s enough to make our point. In case you somehow missed that point, it’s this: Obama is using the same terminology that creationists use. He’s accusing Republicans of being — gasp! — Darwinists.
We can’t help but conclude that Obama sees himself more than a community organizer — whatever that really is. Now he thinks he’s the intelligent designer of America’s economy.
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