You are fully welcome to think you are smarter than me — you probably are.
But 76 Nobel Prize winners? That’s a tougher sell, no matter who you are.
They have a lot to say on how the Bush administration single-handedly destroyed America’s position of dominance in the scientific community, and mention how this has directly affected America’s current and future financial situation.
In other news, I just received a forwarded e-mail from my mother that, in so many words, blamed our current financial crisis on Nancy Pelosi.
Hmm. E-mail forwards from conservative family members, or 76 of the world’s brightest minds?
At some point some of you people out there have to take your moral principles and look at what truly constitutes the ‘big picture’. While you’re raising arms over the semantics of ‘when life begins’, the rest of the world is laughing at us and passing us by.
I don’t care if you like Obama, or agree with his abortion policy or the color of his skin or his perceived sense of inexperience — when 76 Nobel Prize winners say that he is the best chance of America regaining its scientific dominance in the world and very directly the strength of our economy, you need to stop for a moment and think about whether you think you know more about what we’re talking about here than -76- of the most intelligent and well-informed human beings on the planet.
These people are not partisan. They aren’t looking for your vote, they don’t want your money, they aren’t ‘biased liberal media’ who want your attention for ratings. They want to see this country succeed, and once in a while it’s okay to admit that 76 Nobel Prize winners are smarter than you are, and perhaps, just maybe, trust their judgment.
So if need be, go have a chat with your imaginary sky person of choice, but come down off the high moral horse, put the moral compass back on the shelf, and realize that the only reason you get to argue over moral points instead of begging for food is because you have a job, and your vote next Tuesday may very well determine if you still have that job in the years to come.
We used to be a superpower. Our military has been squandered, our economy is on a very precarious edge (many nations no longer technically consider us a ‘superpower’ because our economy is so weak right now), we are the laughingstock of the global community, as if we weren’t laughed at enough as it was. Some of the most ambitious and intelligent and willful youth are coming home not with paths to a better life, but in bodybags.
Change can be very scary. But sometimes the status quo is far more terrifying. Tell me if any of you can honestly tell me that you can sleep at night reconciling som sense of moral obligation, that is questionable at best and foolish at worst, with four-to-eight more years of The Same.
And yes yes, I’m sure ‘God will provide’, right? Well, I have a record number of Americans living at or below the poverty line that would like to have a word on that subject. But they’re probably all just horrible heathens or something, right? Or perhaps dying of starvation on American soil is apart of his great loving plan?