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what is this.they even have southern accents.
It scares me that the people who made this ad just assume that Alabamans don't support evolution. There must be some truth behind it for them to make the assumption.What is going on in Alabama?!
I literally Loled so hard at this I made an account so I could respond.First of all...evolution is not the origin of life...that would be abiogenesis. Even if what we know about self-replicating RNA molecules is wrong, this is irreleveant to evolution. Evolution starts with existing life...it amazes how bad people misquote and misunderstand evolutionSecond...wtf does believing in science/evolution have to do with ones ability to run a governmental position? Because he beliefs in what is most credible by scientific journals...he obviously can't get phone calls from old ladies talking about raising taxes? I don't understand people. Honestly, I would vote for some one who believed in God if they legitametly had the same views on government and society as me. Believing in a super natural element has nothing to do with your fucking job. I can't believe people actually think that was a good political ad.../facepalm
What's scary is that this is designed to win an election. What any of these politicians actually believe is nearly irrelevant. What matters is that they think that the way to win is to appeal to the young earth creationists, which means they think (and have probably spent money researching it) that a plurality of voters in AL are young earth creationists. Although this might be for the primary? Maybe there's still time to move back to the center in time for the actual election?
argh. watched this commercial last night whilst watching the yanks - red sox game and almost punched the TV. i love the mocking disbelief in his voice when he says "best explains the origin of life?" i really hope alabama has woken up and gotten past this shit. any politician that would approve this ad and hope to beat his opponent on points like the ones that were made in this ad is clearly unconcerned with what is actually going on in the government. he just wants to win however he can and get that cushy seat in that cushy office. fuck him. wake up Alabama!!!!
by the way i live in birmingham and only about one in 30 people have the drawl the lady in this commercial does. leave birmingham and it's suburbs though and all bets are off. huntsville, mobile and auburn are pretty similar to bham in that regard.
Isn't it insulting to assume that all Alabama consevrvatives are creationist bible-thumpers? And why is it that anti-intellectualism and willful ingnorance of the real world is somehow a romantic ideal?Only the Enlightened could ever be so unenlightened.
i hear ya noah. i bet there are plenty of conservatives in the state that saw this commercial and shook their heads in disgrace. i actually lean a little more to the right myself and was one of them.
Will the South please just get all this postering over with and 'rise again' so that the North can put them back in their place... again?
Dave - once again - the "we'll rise again" mentality in the South is not universal. at the same time though i don't think it's fair to ask people not to have pride in their communities and heritage. not everyone in the south is a racist, bible-thumping, 3-toothed yokel. i would think the readers of this site would know better than to stereotype entire regional populations.
It is a good political ad, in the respect that it will convince people not to vote for this "crazy-evolution-supporting-liberal.
Holy shit! And I thought Arkansas was ass-backwards!
I should have clarified what I meant. I live in Virginia and am aware that the South isn't flooded by those classic stereotypes. Having said that, the most extreme of the religious right, which represent an insignificant number of the United States population, choose to persist in using words rather than guns to make their case: verbal posturing (I mispelled it before) of their position. The strongest voices of that movement exist in the South, unfortunately.The Confederate Constitution was an exact copy of the United States Constitution, except for a few changes, including an invocation of the Christian God. I find it difficult to believe that the religious right would not love to have some of the "Confederate ideals" define the political landscape of this country. The only way they will ever truly succeed in making that so is to arm themselves in rebellion against the Union. Of course, it will never happen. If it did, the full weight of the American military would drop on them like a ton of molten steel.So, to be clear, my statement was just wishful thinking with some sarcasm. The "we'll rise again" mentality is comparatively as ignorant as creationism.