Some of my acquaintances (those who actually waste time thinking about things; I believe they are derogatorily called “elites”) have disparagingly exclaimed things like: “The stupid – it burns!” But many voters in this country already know that the stupid only burns a little at first, and then it cleanses; fire cleanses, and so does stupidity when you open your mind to it.
Open your mind to the stupidity – The burning sensation goes away after a while.
Former republican candidates have taken the stage to throw their support behind Trump. Wednesday Ted Cruz will contribute his vision to the cacophony. Last night Ben Carson spoke to the crowd. These are people who had/have millions of supporters.
Ben Carson spoke out about the danger Atheist ideas posed for the country. He stated that acknowledging god –I assume his god and not FSM- was required for a robust American future. The following is a direct transcript of a portion of his speech to the 2016 RNC:
“This is a nation where our founding document -the Declaration of Independence- talks about certain inalienable rights that come from our “Creator”. This is a nation where our Pledge of Allegiance says we are “One nation under God”. This is a nation. This is a nation where every coin in our pocket, and every bill in our wallet says “In God we trust”. So are we willing to elect someone as president who has as their role model somebody who acknowledges Lucifer? Think about that. The secular progressive agenda is antithetical to the principles of the founding of this nation, and if we continue to allow them to take God out of our lives God will remove himself from us, we will not be blessed, and our nation will go down the tubes, and we will be responsible for that; we don't want that to happen.” – Dr. Ben Carson to RNC, 19 July 2016
Will Ted Cruz one up Carson in the fervor with which he invokes a magic being to save America from Atheist ideation?
The rhetoric presented by the podium fodder at the RNC does not simply echo the passive prayer circles of salt-of-the earth Americans who are simply exercising their individual beliefs; these are the voices of an activist anti-science socially repressive agenda. These voices have succeeded in filling the GOP platform with language that guts environmental regulation, and even calls for the essential dissolution of the EPA. There is special contempt for the idea of climate change, and this rejecting of the science behind climate change is stronger than it has ever been; the more we discover about climate change science the stronger the GOP’s rejection of it has become.
On first read the platform does not look like it contains any support for some radically ignorant ideas like intelligent design. This does not mean that the ideology of the party figureheads has strayed from the woefully stupid set of ideas embraced by young earth creationists. It simply appears as if the strides made by LGBTQA+ groups in the past four years has created a warm living group to serve as targets of religious hate. Here is Ben Carson on the “absurdity” of transgender identity:
“It is silly for us to engage in something that we have known for thousands of years. We have known what a man is and what a woman is for thousands of years. All of a sudden, we don’t know anymore. I said that is absurd.” -- Dr. Ben Carson interview with Katie Couric 19 July 2016
While there is enough in his stance on transgender identity, and he goes on, to get upset about, I would like to put your focus on the repeated assertion of a timeframe for the knowledge he cites. Humans have only known for “thousands of years”. He did not evoke “tens of thousands”, or “over a hundred thousand”. If he wanted to bring in the collected wisdom of a larger set of evolutionary branching he could have said “millions”. However, the world is only a few thousand years old according to Young Earth Creationist wisdom even if a longer earth history might help make hateful rhetoric sound a little more powerful.
I have been told that the foibles and incredible stupidity on display at the RNC are evidence of insiders destabilizing the Trump campaign from the inside. Some long-term republicans I know have openly endorsed Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately pandering to stupidity and ejection of establishment republicans may only help to strengthen the Trump campaign.