Goose, Gander

 

I was going to do this as one of my Twitter rants, but for your reading pleasure, I propose a candidate approach to the evolution question that’s a lot simpler and cleaner than what we’ve seen to date:

Here’s how Presidential candidates (really, any candidate) need to punch back. Ready?

Reporter: Do you believe in evolution?

Candidate: Yes. Why don’t you ask Hillary Clinton… [insert one of the questions below].

  • Do you believe in the healing power of crystals?
  • Is astrology real? Do the stars influence our fates? If so, which form of astrology do you believe in, Western horoscopic, vedic, or Chinese?
  • Do you believe people display auras visible to sensitive individuals?
  • What caused global temperature variations before human civilization?
  • Are non-Western spiritual beliefs superior to Christianity?
  • Do you believe in reincarnation? Are you still in touch with Eleanor Roosevelt?
  • Do you believe health problems emerge from “qi energy blockages”?
  • Are UFOs real? Do you believe aliens walk among us?
  • What is the last day of pregnancy on which an abortion not in the “rape/incest/life of the mother” domains be legal? Be specific.
  • The Koran says the Earth was created in 6 days. Is the word of Allah and his prophet Mohammed false?
  • Can an unborn child experience pain? If so, when?
  • Should insurance plans be required to cover alternative medicine practices unsupported by science?
  • Should paranormal and alternative spirituality beliefs be a part of school curricula? If not, why not?
  • Do you believe in ESP?
  • Do you believe Wicca and other forms of witchcraft are real?
  • Is Deepak Chopra a visionary spiritualist or a pop-culture quack?
  • Do vaccines cause autism?
  • Do you believe humans can build resistance to viruses with vitamin supplements?

I could do this all day, as we live in a world full of woo. Most woo is harmless, the province of the credulous and the lost. So, candidates, since the media will never, ever ask Hillary Clinton or any Democrat these questions, it’s important for Republican candidates to embed them in their answers. You won’t always get them into the story, but — if you keep rapping them on the nose with the rolled-up newspaper — even the most tiresome of them will eventually learn you’re not going to give them what they want.

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  1. Randal H Member
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    I would love to see these or even one of these questions asked of a Democratic candidate, but I’m not holding my breath. It’s a great list that should become a “sticky” somewhere for easy reference should a non-in-the-bag “journalist” be given an unscripted moment to ask such a question.

    I was at a dinner last night where most of the attendees were solidly left-leaning. We spent much of the evening reading Zodiac personality traits and there was much agreement among the group that they were very accurate.

    Our local highways feature signs indicating which organization has adopted a stretch of road for the purpose of keeping it free of trash. One such road hear me was adopted by area “Pagans and Wiccans.” I never got the chance to see what pagans and wiccans look like during trash pickup, but I’d bet not a single one of them votes Republican.

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  2. TKC1101 Inactive
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    There is only one approach to the media for Republicans. Stop getting into forums where they ask questions and you have to answer. Replace it with telling stories of what you will do. Take all media questions in written form only. It may sound extreme, but anything else is useless.

    And by the way, the correct answer to anything on evolution by the media is to answer it as pro freedom. “Americans are free to believe whatever they want. Science itself is based on questioning  long held beliefs with constant experiment and analysis. I believe in freedom of belief and freedom of inquiry by science. Now ask me a real question or this interview is over”

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  3. Kay of MT Inactive
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    Randal H:I would love to see these or even one of these questions asked of a Democratic candidate, but I’m not holding my breath. It’s a great list that should become a “sticky” somewhere for easy reference should a non-in-the-bag “journalist” be given an unscripted moment to ask such a question.

    I was at a dinner last night where most of the attendees were solidly left-leaning. We spent much of the evening reading Zodiac personality traits and there was much agreement among the group that they were very accurate.

    Our local highways feature signs indicating which organization has adopted a stretch of road for the purpose of keeping it free of trash. One such road hear me was adopted by area “Pagans and Wiccans.” I never got the chance to see what pagans and wiccans look like during trash pickup, but I’d bet not a single one of them votes Republican.

    You’d be wrong. A very close friend was wiccan, and she was a staunch Republican. She passed away more than a year ago, and I miss her very much, and her no nonsense ideas regarding our political future.

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  4. Ricochet Inactive
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    @RobertMcReynolds

    You know this is really a great idea.  Here’s a case in point.  My wife and I have friends who are married and they are expecting their first child.  The wife is super Leftwing wacko who would look at Scott Walker’s thoughts on evolution as just another sign of knuckle dragging Republicanism.  I mean she won’t even call her child in its first trimester a baby.  It’s a fetus you see.  Anyway here is my point:  she is planning on using the placenta and making a tea out of it because apparently digesting it in some form is supposed to be good luck.  So here you have someone who looks at Christians as backwards and superstitious and believers in fairy tales while at the same time she is going to do something that would make most people want to vomit because it brings good luck.  Would love to see the tables turned on these people.

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  5. Randal H Member
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    Kay of MT:

    Randal H:I would love to see these or even one of these questions asked of a Democratic candidate, but I’m not holding my breath. It’s a great list that should become a “sticky” somewhere for easy reference should a non-in-the-bag “journalist” be given an unscripted moment to ask such a question.

    I was at a dinner last night where most of the attendees were solidly left-leaning. We spent much of the evening reading Zodiac personality traits and there was much agreement among the group that they were very accurate.

    Our local highways feature signs indicating which organization has adopted a stretch of road for the purpose of keeping it free of trash. One such road hear me was adopted by area “Pagans and Wiccans.” I never got the chance to see what pagans and wiccans look like during trash pickup, but I’d bet not a single one of them votes Republican.

    You’d be wrong. A very close friend was wiccan, and she was a staunch Republican. She passed away more than a year ago, and I miss her very much, and her no nonsense ideas regarding our political future.

    I’m not sure how accurately your anecdote can be projected onto our local population, but I’d still make the bet. A town not too far from here has been largely taken over by such types, and despite having been a solidly conservative town for as long as anyone can remember and in the middle of a conservative region, it has veered sharply left over the past few years politically and has earned a reputation for its colorful moonbats. It has also become an LGBT mecca, and sure, there are exceptions, but that’s hardly a Republican constituency.

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  6. iWc Coolidge
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    Yup, placenta-eating is a matter of liberal faith these days. Animals, you see, often eat the after-birth, too. Therefore it must be a good idea.  It is such a … um .. delicious confluence of earth-worship, cannibalism, and animalistic behavior.

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  7. Concretevol Thatcher
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    iWc:Yup, placenta-eating is a matter of liberal faith these days. Animals, you see, often eat the after-birth, too. Therefore it must be a good idea. It is such a … um .. delicious confluence of earth-worship, cannibalism, and animalistic behavior.

    Ugh, I can’t unread that sentence!!

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  8. DocJay Inactive
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    I carry a can of mace for such occasions. Laugh a minute that stuff.
    As far as placenta eaters, there’s not a day that passes without me dealing with someone not grounded in reality. Maybe 5-10 percent of humans are nuts on some level. Some eat placentas. They fry them. Boil them. Vitamix them. Cures everything dontchya know.

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  9. user_532371 Member
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    OMG, I just posted about the same topic in the Member Forum but from a far less intuitive standpoint! This is a simple and beautiful way to put that if ya don’t believe in God you just might believe in hipxie dust.

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  10. Western Chauvinist Member
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    I’d really like someone to ask Hillary if she believes in God and in the life, death, resurrection, and divinity of Jesus Christ. And, if she says “yes” (and she will have to), the follow-up is, do you believe God will judge you after you die and, if so, do you think your chances of entry into Heaven might be damaged by your position on abortion? “Whatever you do to the least of these, you do to me.” — Mt 25:40

    This isn’t a religion test — it’s a lie detector test.

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  11. BD Member
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    It’s hard to find any media report that mentions the name of the reporter who asked Walker the evolution question. He is Justin Webb of the BBC.

    On 2/6/15, someone directed a tweet at Webb about people who are against administering vaccine shots. In response, Webb wrote, “that’s interesting – in California these people v powerful now.” It seems like he is expressing sympathy with the anti-vax position here.

    What about asking Webb whether he believes vaccines are dangerous, and if yes, on what scientific evidence?

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  12. Ricochet Member
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    @GrannyDude

    Homeopathy—-let’s make a sticky about that.

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  13. George Savage Contributor
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    Rick, thank you for an awesome post that is simultaneously hilarious and profound.

    A key tendency for those on the left is to push scientific precepts well beyond the limits of science itself.

    The leftist asks,”Do you believe in climate change?” But the actual question, sub rosa, is quite different: “Do you believe that the American way of life will soon destroy the planet unless we immediately adopt authoritarian measures restricting the use of fossil fuels?”

    Evolution is another topic of choice for linguistic sleight-of-hand. “Do you believe in evolution?” from a journalist is just a way of asking “Do you believe in God?” cleverly setup so that the only acceptable answer is “No.” No journalist is really interested in the distinction between micro-evolution (e.g.,, selection pressure giving rise to microbes resistant to antibiotics), which is a fact, species transitions, for which there is ample fossil evidence but no opportunity for experimental verification, and the origin of the universe and life itself, for which Darwinism provides absolutely no guidance one way or the other.

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  14. Albert Arthur Coolidge
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    Reporter: Do you believe in evolution?

    Politician: Aardvaarksayswhat?

    Reporter: What?

    Politician: Hmmm. By the way, your fly is unzipped.

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  15. profdlp Inactive
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    I would love to see the Republicans get together and just flatly refuse to answer any “gotcha” questions.  They should just ask the Democrat operative disguised as a reporter to tell them what Obama or Hillary answered to that question and then stand there staring at them while waiting for an answer.  Do this enough times and it will become a story.  There is nothing the press hates more than a story about the press.

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  16. user_129539 Member
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    Rick,

    I think all the questioning responses are appropriate but not necessarily with that specific question.

    I would limit the responses to ones based on science because implying believing in crystal is the same category as ID (which is not specific to any one religion) is itself offensive and already concedes the idea that ID is only based on religious text. That response is more appropriate on questions of morality.That is except the ones that push back to point out that almost every other single religion has Intelligence Design as part of its belief system. The Islam one is golden.

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  17. Vance Richards Member
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    Rick Wilson:Reporter: Do you believe in evolution?

    Candidate: Yes. Why don’t you ask Hillary Clinton… [insert one of the questions below].

    Reporter: Because as a member of the media my job is to help Democrats get elected. Now I have just a few more questions for you regarding important issues like incest and birth control . . .

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  18. Songwriter Inactive
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    At the heart of the issue is what we here at Ricochet all know: The media is the enemy.  They should be treated as the enemy.

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  19. Miffed White Male Member
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    Robert McReynolds: The wife is super Leftwing wacko who would look at Scott Walker’s thoughts on evolution as just another sign of knuckle dragging Republicanism.

    What thoughts on evolution?  He hasn’t expressed any.

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  20. SPare Member
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    A couple of comments.

    First, the question “do you believe in Evolution” is poorly constructed unless it is in fact a proxy for “do you believe in God” as noted by George Savage above.  Science requires no belief, but only an adherence to a pruning of possibilities through the application of evidence.  So, while I am aware of multiple pieces of evidence pointing toward evolutionary mechanisms, I do not “believe” in evolution because its existence is not an article of faith.

    Second, my favourite of the gotcha questions for leftists has to be:

    “Do you support sex selective abortions, in which little girls are killed simply because they are little girls? Why/ why not?”

    Such a clearly abhorrent practice, but one for which Leftist rhetoric has no tools to answer.  Also, drives a wedge within the wimmins movement, and with the multi-culti elements of Leftist persuasion.

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  21. MJBubba Inactive
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    There is at least one member of Ricochet that self-identifies as a Pagan.

    But, yes, the Pagan community is generally far left.

    And a surprising number of folk in my red state are surprised to find that any Americans are Pagans.

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  22. MJBubba Inactive
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    Rick Wilson:

    Reporter:  Do you believe in evolution?

    Candidate:  Yes.  Why don’t you ask Hillary….

    What if the candidate does not believe in Evolution ?

    Or, what if the candidate represents a district or state in which a majority of the GOP voters do not believe in Evolution?

    How would you advise such a candidate for either of these situations?

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  23. Randal H Member
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    MJBubba:There is at least one member of Ricochet that self-identifies as a Pagan.

    But, yes, the Pagan community is generally far left.

    And a surprising number of folk in my red state are surprised to find that any Americans are Pagans.

    Yes, there are always exceptions to any generalization.

    I used to read regularly John Michael Greer’s “Archdruid Report” and listen to him on podcasts. His website and blog claim he is the “Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America.” He’s a very smart guy with lots of interesting things to say about a lot of topics. But I can’t imagine for a minute that either he or any of his guests lean Republican. I could see libertarian, possibly. But he mostly sounds like a run-of-the-mill left-leaning environmentalist, except that he’s far more interesting and knowledgeable on a wide range of topics than most of that ilk.

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  24. Crabby Appleton Inactive
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    You may laugh, but if I remember correctly there was a significant news story seriously reported during Bill Clinton’s first term that Hillary had some some new age nutcase in the White House who actually helped her to channel Eleanor Roosevelt. Do I remember that correctly? Anyone? Anyone? Hillary cahenneling Eleanor ?

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  25. profdlp Inactive
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    Crabby Appleton:…Anyone?Hillary channeling Eleanor ?

    http://www.cnn.com/US/9606/22/hillary.book/

    Of course, that’s only according to the ultra-conservative CNN…

    Imagine what her enemies think of her?

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