Marco Rubio, all around bigot and one of the leading candidates to get the Republican nomination to run for the Oval Office in 2016, just announced that he is completely unqualified for any job involving a desk. Or at least, he would have in a country where large swaths of the population didn’t consider being piss-ignorant about science to be a virtue.
“I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States,” Rubio told GQ’s Michael Hainey.
Sure, the age of the universe has nothing to do with our GDP. Neither does the fact that fire is hot. Yet, if a candidate was mind-numbingly stupid enough to say that the question of whether or not fire is hot is up in the air, we’d assume they were too stupid to tackle complex issues like economics. That’s kind of how this is.
The age of the universe may not be important to our GDP, but science very much is. If a candidate cannot grasp the very fundamentals of science, they are not qualified to get out of high school with a diploma, let alone determine the best economic policies for an entire country.
And Marco, the age of the universe is not determined by theologians. They’ve had thousands of years to demonstrate their uselessness in ascertaining the nature of the cosmos, and they’ve taken full advantage of them. It has been scientists, not theologians, that have made the modern world what it is, not by waiting and listening for god to tell them how things work, but by instead trusting in the collective intellect of humanity to figure it out. Left with the knowledge sent to us by god, we’d still think the world was flat, that sickness was caused by demonic possession, that snow meant the sky was falling, that lightning was god getting all pissed off, and we’d have no idea when a hurricane was about to backhand a city. Listening to theologians, rather than scientists, when it comes to how the world works, is like walking past Steve Jobs to ask a homeless person for advice on investing.
“I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all.”
Brilliant: freedom now means teaching ideas that are demonstrably wrong alongside the ones supported by mountains of evidence. Because in America we can’t let immigrants who want to work into the country, but we have an obligation to let in ideas that are obviously bullshit and treat them as if they have an equal place everywhere good ideas get to go. Maybe that can be the Republican slogan in 2016! Republicans: shit ideas welcome.
Marco Rubio is not just some random dude who stumbled into the right office at the right time and got lucky, he is an extension of a sizable portion of the population who would be extremely happy to vote for him in 2016. It’s no wonder there are plenty of candidates in the Republican camp just like him. It’s not socialism killing America, it’s the citizenry who thinks it’s a-ok to not have a fucking clue about science because god said so.