Mike Gravel is just a big breath of fresh air.Â And a candidate for president that doesnâ€™t make me want to defect.Â Over the last few months, keeping up with current events has meant reading some very unpleasant things.Â Things like â€“ Huckabee doesnâ€™t â€œbelieveâ€ in evolution and he wants to bring Judeo-Christian values back into government.Â And like â€“ Romney wants to legislate his own personal views about Roe v. Wade and gay marriage into laws.Â Oh yes, we should all be like Romney and Huckabee, every one of us, and soon it will be against the law not to be!
Without taking a political stance, I will say that (as a rule) I agree with the republicansâ€™ laissez-faire style of economics and I like the way the democrats stay out of our personal affairs.Â Â But it really makes my skin crawl when candidates appeal to the LCD at the expense of progress.Â Which is why itâ€™s so refreshing to hear someone say (to tweak a phrase from TAM) â€“ The candidates have no clothes!
Ok, so Iâ€™m not endorsing Mike Gravel or any presidential candidate.Â Iâ€™m just saying that I read this articleÂ in Wired and kept thinking â€œyes! yes!â€ instead of â€œwtf?â€.Â
In the article, Gravel is quoted as saying, â€œI am deeply insulted that in some areas not only is evolution shunned but efforts are made to substitute it with creationism and all other kinds of teachings, which corrupt our youth.Â Thereâ€™s no foundation for this. I think itâ€™s unfortunate. Weâ€™re regressing in these areas, and so I think we have responsibility to our children to provide them with the greatest scientific information available to all of us, and that begins with respect to evolution.”
And then he says, â€œI … really exhort as public policy that we concentrate on keeping religion out of politics, and keeping a very, very strong separation between church and state. Otherwise you will take the oppressiveÂ nature of the state and marry it with the oppressive nature of religion, and that is the ultimate oppression of human beings.”
He might not have a great chance at being elected, but Iâ€™m so glad heâ€™s out there saying these things.