The Eloquence of Silence


How often have we seen the dinosaur media try to mousetrap Republican candidates for any office by asking those “So, do you still beat your wife?” type questions.  Republicans and any Tea Party-Conservative-Libertarian candidates have to learn that silence can be quite eloquent.

Take the latest leftist nonsense with Marco Rubio.  During an interview with GQ that purported to be about growing the economy, Brian Hainey asked Senator Rubio “How old do you think the Earth is?”

Rubio fell right into the trap.  He actually attempted to answer the question without offending anyone.  What he actually answered was:

“I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.”

The correct answer to that question would have been only a small part of what he actually said:   “I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow.

Then he should not have said another word.  Period.  If the interviewer had pressed the point, it would have become obvious to all concerned that the question was merely a Democrat / Progressive talking point, and not a genuine inquiry.  So Rubio, and all other Republican, Tea Party, Conservative or Libertarian candidates must learn a clearly unnatural behavior for a politician – Shut Up!

Making the attempted verbal trap even sillier is that the answer that the interviewer sought was an admission that Rubio thought that so-called creationism was the correct answer, and not evolution, as if such a position would infuriate independents so much that they would vote for whoever was running against Rubio.  Yet this past summer the Gallup organization asked almost the same question and got surprising results.

Both Independents and Democrats had exactly the same response rate to the answer without God in the equation.  Only one out of five Democrats think that evolution of humans “just happened”.  Both Democrats and Independents responded that humans were created within the past 10,000 years.  Again the same percentage of each group, about 40% responded with a creationist view.  And a plurality of both groups held that view.

It is also of some interest to note that although 73% of Democrats believe that God had a hand in the creation and development of human beings as we know them, only 19% were truly atheist.  Yet an overwhelming majority (judging solely by the volume of verbal responses) wanted “God” to be removed from the 2012 national Democratic Party platform.  Who knew so many Democrat delegates were drawn from that nearly insignificant 19% minority?

So what is it with these people?  Are they so insecure that they feel they need to hold any person who is obviously intelligent, educated and accomplished to be a moron because they are not in the one out of five minority? Does such behavior somehow provide them with needed validation, or what?

I, for one, choose not to help these people validate their overestimation of their own intelligence.  I won’t even converse politely with anyone who asks such questions.  And that is not in any way a comment on creationism versus evolution.  It’s a comment on the intellectual arrogance of those who might disagree with you and can’t accept that people with different points of view can remain respectful of each other.

You might want to think about trying that for a while, all you Republican “leaders”.

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About Jim Yardley

Retired after 30 years as a financial controller for a variety of manufacturing firms, a two-tour Vietnam veteran, and independent voter.
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One Response to The Eloquence of Silence

  1. DIENEKES2 says:

    A non-sequiter but I’m going to say it anyway. Thank you for your service Mr. Yardley

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