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American Voters and faith-based Luddites September 9, 2008

Posted by fetzthechemist in Uncategorized.

I thought John McCain had made a huge mistake in choosing Sarah Palin, essentially conceding the election to tie in his base of ultraconservatives. I knew her record and thought the voters had had enough of George W. Bush’s and Dick Cheney’s nineteenth-century view of the world. Both are anti-science and know nothing about what they make decisions on. Policy, to them, defines how the world works. No global warming exists because it hurts big business. Nothing done in stem cell research because some can come from embryos, and on and on.

But Sarah Palin is even worse! She is a hardcore creationist, a literal believer in the six-day creation.

But I gave way too much credit to American voters as having some intelligence. They fell for her well-scripted lines, her jokes about being a pitbull (Do you want a pitbull to possibly be in charge of the US nuclear arsenal? I shiver at the thought.), her well-practiced sniles. She is as vindictive, ignorant, and arrogant as Pat Buchanon or any of those neo-born-agains.

Science in the US is already hurting from a lack of fundamental teaching early on; no emphasis on science doing good and, thus being an attractive career; much less funding for research that does not have immediate returns (or happens to be located in the district or state of powerful congressmen.l and people with weaker creative thinking skills coming into the pipeline (my take on the standard exam orientation of education).



1. Ψ*Ψ - September 9, 2008

She’s seriously a six-day-six-thousand-year creationist?! WHOA. SCARY!!!
Not that I liked her at all before. This just means I’ll have to try to campaign extra hard for the other guy. 🙂

2. John Fetzer - September 9, 2008

She is one of those who wants to have creation science taught in school, ’nuff said about how much she believes in it.

3. The Chemist - September 11, 2008

Palin gives me the creeps. The whole vibe I get from her is pure evil.

4. John Fetzer - September 11, 2008

To me, pure evil is closer to Dick Cheney. Palin reminds me of those work-hard, play-hard over-achievers I saw in high school, college, and grad school. They get by through studying a lot, not brain power, but think the results show it was the latter. Arrogant, sanctimonious, snide, two-faced. Unfortunately, that seems to fits so well into today’s society. Her popularity is scary in that it reflects that fundamental shift in the US in the past twenty years, get ahead by hook or crook, the ends justify the means, and on and on of that me-first, you-last generation.

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