Both Sides Do Not Do This: The Paul Broun Edition

I’m working away from the office and need to connect to Major Sequencing Center’s cluster. Anybody know if the Pit of Hell has wi-fi? Thanks.

Ok, let me explain.

Recently, the lefty bloggysphere was arguing about whether there is a real difference between the Republicans and the Democrats, that maybe leftists shouldn’t support Democrats. Having grown up in Virginia, where the choice was always between the theocratic segregationist and the de facto Republican (aka ‘the Democrat’), I saw enough carnage caused by Republicans to realize there is a difference, even if the choice is a distasteful one.

Which brings us to the latest utterance by Republican congressman Paul Broun:

“All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell,” Broun said. “And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”

According to Broun, the scientific plot was primarily concerned with hiding the true age of the Earth. Broun serves on the House Science Committee, which came under scrutiny recently after another one of its Republican members, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), suggested that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses against pregnancy.

“You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I’ve found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth,” he said. “I don’t believe that the Earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says.”

By the way, have I ever mentioned that nothing in movement conservatism makes sense except in the light of creationism? Just asking.

Broun isn’t some backbencher numbskull: he is a member of the House Science committee (along with Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin). He is an influential numbskull. Another thing to note is that this isn’t a criticism of one area of science. It’s not about the theological challenge of ‘Darwinism.’ Broun opposes central observations of every major scientific discipline (he’s already a long-time global warming denialist).

Would I like the Democrats to be better? Sure–and any regular reader knows that. But movement conservatism at this point is not an ideology, it is a mass communicable psychosis. People who believe this insanity can’t and shouldn’t be trusted with political power.

One side is not like the other.

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