Why I’m not voting for McCain
And why you shouldn’t either.
I’m going to disregard the fact that he’s miserable on women’s reproductive rights. I’m going to dismiss, out of hand, the fact that he has a brutally awful record on environmental issues. I will ignore the fact that he’s said that he doesn’t know jack shit about the economy and that his educational policies are great howling voids of nothingness.
Instead, I’m going to quote an article in the Washington Post:
WEST GLACIER, Mont. — If you’ve heard Sen. John McCain‘s stump speech, you’ve surely heard him talk about grizzly bears. The federal government, he declares with horror and astonishment, has spent $3 million to study grizzly bear DNA. “I don’t know if it was a paternity issue or criminal,” he jokes, “but it was a waste of money.”
He’s against basic scientific research? He is so small-minded and viciously stupid that he doesn’t get why it is vitally important to understand as much as we can about an apex predator? More importantly, this politician and past soldier thinks he’s more qualified than scientists to figure out what scientific research needs to be done? He can’t squash his ego long enough to listen to people who know more about the subject than he does?
Or — and I think this is really the most likely — he’s pandering to the anti-intellectual streak that seems to dominate a lot of the Right.
No mother should be willing to elect a man who thinks that being smart is bad. No parents should be willing to vote for a man who uses his campaign to mock people who are dedicating their lives to saving the ecosystem and expanding the base of knowledge. (Okay, I guess this is about education and environment.) Frankly, the man shouldn’t scoff at his betters.
Cosmic Variance has some thoughts on this. He (she?) is the one who brought the quote to my attention. They are much more expansive than I have time for right now (dinner needs to be on the table in ten minutes). But please think about it.
Because that’s exactly what he doesn’t want you to do. Think.