Bitterness and politics after the jump. You have been warned.
It is now the 21st Century. People living in the developed world in this day and age who sincerely believe in Creationism and/or "Intelligent Design" (aka CREATIONISM) are not quaint, cute, old-fashioned, etc - they are mentally-unwell and/or mentally-deficient, and should be classified and regarded as such.
Politicians who pander to the type of people described above are contributing to the degradation of their nation's intelligence. I don't know that that's a crime, but it ought to be.
Persons and/or groups who spread provable untruths about abortion causing cancer, certain forms of birth control being dangerous, etc, should be ROTTING in jail for reckless endangerment. So should Jenny McCarthy and every other committed zealot of the vaccines-cause-autism insanity.
Serious question: Let's just pretend for a minute that ALL of the reputable science is wrong and Climate Change is simply a natural-cycle that man plays no part in. If we proceeded to implement ALL of the carbon-curbing, pollution-reducing regulations intended to put a dent in it ANYWAY... what of genuine long-term value would we LOSE? As in, even if completely overhauling the energy industry, cleaning up the air, reducing emissions, fast-tracking solar, wind, whatever power etc does NOTHING to impact Climate Change, wouldn't it still have been worth-doing?
If it came out tomorrow that Barack Obama (or ANY non-GOP president) was guilty of Nixon/Watergate-level shady dealings, I would STILL rather keep him where he is than elect a Republican; and I would make that decision EXCLUSIVELY in the interest of making sure that only pro-choice judges are nominated for the Supreme Court and federal judgships.
I do not consider it a problem that a small percentage - usually less than half - of Americans tend to vote in a given national election. I consider it a problem that too much of said small-percentage is made up of nincompoops with no business making decisions that will effect the course of a country. If I had the power I'd arrange it so that a major NASCAR event, a UFC title-bout, the opening of the next Michael Bay movie and the finale of "American Idol" ALL took place on the same day as the next presidential election. Let's give "Government By Consent Of The Not-Easily-Distracted" a try for a change.