24 May 2011

Sigh. This is what we've got to offer

We don’t need to rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America, we need to reread the Constitution and enforce the Constitution. … And I know that there are some people that are not going to do that, so for the benefit of those who are not going to read it because they don’t want us to go by the Constitution, there’s a little section in there that talks about “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"

Garbage in. Garbage out. I realize the Declaration of Independence is much more lurid and quotable than the legal structure of the US Constitution, but if you're going to be the people who venerate our history to the point of making idols out of its component elements, then at least expect people to be certain which is which and what is what. And not confuse founding documents with each other.

On the plus side, the guy (Cain) is a highly marginal candidate unlikely to amount to much. On the negative, he was really popular with the Faux news crowd. I cannot say I'm surprised that someone like Gary Johnson gets no love from the GOP base, what with the libertarian streak and all, but seriously? This idiot (or Gingrich or Bachmann or Santorum) gets a higher poll number? Who are these people and where do they come from that they think these are solid candidates capable of making sound decisions to govern a country?

In other news: Man predicts end of world. Is wrong. Makes profit. Clearly I'm in the wrong industry. There's a huge market for predicting some sort of apocalypse because there's a huge amount of people who for some reason attach greater significance to their own lives if they believe that the world itself ends during their lifetimes (rather than simply their eventual demise ending their interaction with the world). This isn't limited to religious nutcases however. There's a strain of environmentalists and even some cosmologists who seem to think that some time soon that either a) human beings will destroy themselves or b) some event will destroy us (asteroid, global warming, etc). Again, the peril being made closer makes it seem more significant and real. But honestly, 50/50 odds on humanity as an entire species making it another 100 years is a little absurd. Think it through buddy. There's 7 billion of us living in all kinds of habitats. Unless the planet itself is destroyed or rendered uninhabitable to all life (and neither of those is something I'd put at a 50% likelihood over the next century), we're going to be around a while.

And we're going to be making silly predictions about our imminent destruction.
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