Montana Republican Uses the Story of Noah’s Ark to Justify Why Americans Don’t Need Social Security
Most of us – even those who aren’t Christians – know the biblical story of Noah’s ark. The one about the centuries old man who somehow built a giant ark that housed two of every animal on Earth, despite having no prior training to do so, survived a global flood and lived to be around 900 years old. Oh, and if you’re a true creationist, he apparently had dinosaurs on this ark as well.
Yeah, just let that roll around in your mind for a few minutes – dinosaurs on an ark with humans (as well as every other animal on Earth) less than 6,000 years ago.
As a Christian, I’ve never put a whole lot of thought into some of these fables from the Bible. This is a book that’s been rewritten and translated numerous times over centuries, often by people who are rich and powerful. And as “trustworthy” as the rich and powerful have often seemed to be throughout history, especially as it pertains to controlling the “common folk,” I still tend to distrust anything that could have been reworked to benefit the needs of those looking to keep their power and wealth.
Well, it seems a Republican in Montana, millionaire Greg Gianforte who’s likely going to run for governor in 2016 against Democrat Gov. Steve Bullock, not only believes in the story of Noah’s ark – but he’s using Noah as an example for why Americans don’t need Social Security.
“There’s nothing in the Bible that talks about retirement. And yet it’s been an accepted concept in our culture today,” Gianforte said back in February. “Nowhere does it say, ‘Well, he was a good and faithful servant, so he went to the beach.’ It doesn’t say that anywhere.”
“The example I think of is Noah,” he continued. “How old was Noah when he built the ark? 600. He wasn’t like, cashing Social Security checks, he wasn’t hanging out, he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work. The role we have in work may change over time, but the concept of retirement is not biblical.”
That literally might be one of the dumbest things I’ve heard – ever. In fact, it’s so ridiculous, it’s not even worth breaking down just how stupid it is.
Now, will this guy ever become governor of Montana? Who knows, though it wouldn’t surprise me. But the problem is, this sort of rhetoric isn’t something said by some radical lunatic no one will ever pay attention to – this is a growing section of the Republican party that honestly wants to base our policies on stories from the Bible.
Hell, just look at a few weeks ago when Fox News’ Chris Wallace tore into GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson for saying that he would base his tax policies on tithing in the Bible.
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