Friday, August 19, 2011

Rick Perry, Overt Ignoramus

Good grief!

A child asks Rick Perry how old he thinks the Earth is. A great question for political candidates: simple, elegant, and revealing. Perry answers, "You know what? I don't have any idea. I know it's pretty old, so it goes back a long, long ways."

Really? He's never even had a thought about how old the Earth is? He has "no idea"? He doesn't even have a creationist's estimation? That reveals even less intellectual curiosity than G.W. Bush had. Frightening. Perhaps he was just giving an answer that reflects the pedantic, condescending tone with which he felt it necessary to speak to the child. But then Perry adds this zinger:
 "I'm not sure anybody actually knows completely and absolutely how [old] the Earth is."
No one knows? If by "completely and absolutely" he means that scientists should be able to specify the exact number of years, minutes, and seconds the Earth has been around, then he's "completely and absolutely" deluded. Does he presume scientists are as ignorant as he is? But scientists have actually painstakingly calculated a fairly close approximation for the age of the Earth. I refer Citizen Perry and his staff to the U.S. Geological Survey. For that matter, check out Wikipedia (where I got the link to the USGS). Spoiler: It's about 4.5 billion years old.

I never thought I'd say this, but have at 'em, Karl Rove!

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