Denial

Bush is anti-evolution. So what else is new?

I’m with Kevin Drum on this one:

Bush’s endorsement of teaching Intelligent Design isn’t surprising. The surprise expressed by so many in Right Blogistan is surprising.

Jane Galt says her liberal friends are entitled to one “I told you so.” But “I told you so” is, properly, about predictions. I told you slashing income taxes on the rich would lead to deficits as far as the eye can see. I told you Bush would abandon all conservative principle. Others told me that, even if displacing Saddam Hussein militarily was a good idea, entrusting it to this Administration would lead to tears.

But you don’t get to say “I told you so” when it turns out that the Pope does, in fact, say Mass. You get to say, instead, “Why didn’t you know that?”

Look, my conservatarian friends,=: If you like tax cuts, union-bashing, loosening environtmental controls, right-wing Supreme Court justices, and the War in Iraq enough to make you willing to vote for a party dominated by people who prefer what they call “faith” and “values” to logic, science, and fact, then go ahead, hold your nose, and vote for them. The same is true if you simply loathe liberals and Democrats so much you simply need to vote for the other party.

But don’t fool yourselves, and don’t look surprised when it turns out that the party of the Christian Right is against evolution, stem cell research, and the morning-after contraceptive. That’s who they are, and they’ve never pretended to be anything else.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com