Apparently the wingers have themselves something of a Golden Boy in Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. He’s their current presidential dream date, what with his union-busting, and indictment-dodging and the early polls turning his way. I assume that’s why Jonah Goldberg is telling us that his ducking an easy question on EVOLUTION is not particularly important. The issue is something of a red coelacanth, frankly.
But it was also a bad question, even though it’s a favorite among liberal journalists in the U.S., and apparently across the pond, too.
…It’s a pretty stupid issue to get worked up about when considering a presidential candidate. The number of public policies that hinge on whether you believe in evolution — or which theory of evolution you subscribe to — are few to none.
Jonah shows no interest in ‘reality’ I see. Nor is he aware that evolution, unlike some Frito-Lay products, does not come in Flamin’ Hot and Chili Cheeze flavors. So why the hell should a candidate care? Just because a certain thing can explain the existence and diversity of 3.6 billion years of life on Earth is hardly a reason to take note of it. What – do you look up the definition for OXYGEN everyday, or something?
That’s because the evolution question really isn’t about evolution at all. On the surface, it’s about the culture war. To borrow a phrase from the campus left, Darwinism is used to “otherize” certain people of traditional faith — and the politicians who want their vote.
I would say it’s certainly part of the culture war on the right. But it’s not that way for us. We simply would like to know if you know what the fuck is going on. We’re quite interested to see if you’re the sort of person who gives a damn about this world. Because we’ve surely had enough of the rugged individuals who keep burying their heads in The Bible whenever reality comes calling:
Dr. C. Everett Koop, Reagan’s surgeon general, has said that because of “intradepartmental politics” he was cut out of all AIDS discussions for the first five years of the Reagan administration. The reason, he explained, was “because transmission of AIDS was understood to be primarily in the homosexual population and in those who abused intravenous drugs.” The president’s advisers, Koop said, “took the stand, ‘They are only getting what they justly deserve.'”
By the second Reagan administration any sane person could see it was time to hit the panic button. But how did Ronnie and his pals respond to the epidemic? By doling out political handjobs and steely public righteousness:
A significant source of Reagan’s support came from the newly identified religious right and the Moral Majority, a political-action group founded by the Rev. Jerry Falwell. AIDS became the tool, and gay men the target, for the politics of fear, hate and discrimination. Falwell said “AIDS is the wrath of God upon homosexuals.” Reagan’s communications director Pat Buchanan argued that AIDS is “nature’s revenge on gay men.”
With each passing month, death and suffering increased at a frightening rate…
For all their praying that the epidemic – or homosexuality – would go away, it did not. Thousands died and millions ended up infected. So don’t bother asking me not to “otherize” Christians with questions about reality. Science happens to line up fairly close with Facts. In fact, that’s its job.
As for Goldberg, he’d have you know that liberals are no better on the general subject:
As my National Review colleague Kevin Williamson notes, “Everybody wants to know what Scott Walker and Sarah Palin think about evolution, but almost nobody is asking what Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama think about homeopathy, acupuncture, aromatherapy and the like.” Even though such remedies have been given elevated legitimacy under the Affordable Care Act.
Yes of course. Insisting that the Earth is five thousand years old is as stupid as burning candles.
Many of the same people who bleat with fear over the dangers of genetically modified food, fracking, vaccines or nuclear power and coo with childlike awe over the benefits of non-traditional medicines will nonetheless tell you they are for “science” when in fact they are simply against a certain kind of Christian having any say about anything.
Though scientists have all sorts of reservations about genetically modified food, nuclear power and fracking, it’s hypocritical for liberals to feel the same way. Beyond being two-faced, those people are “simply against a certain kind of Christian having any say about anything.” Strictly for argument’s sake, let’s assume that Jonah’s final dagger there could be honed with a Nyah-Nyah, or some Pbbbt.