Skip to comments.Are Democrats Really the "Pro-Science" Party?
Posted on 09/10/2012 2:29:35 PM PDT by neverdem
A narrative has developed over the past several years that the Republican Party is anti-science. Recently, thanks to the ignorant remarks about rape made by Rep. Todd Akin, the Democrats have seized the opportunity to remind us that they are the true champions of science in America. But is it really true?
No. As we thoroughly detail in our new book, "Science Left Behind," Democrats are willing to throw science under the bus for any number of pet ideological causes including anything from genetic modification to vaccines.
Consider Californias Proposition 37, which would require genetically modified food to carry a warning label. The American Medical Association is opposed because there is no scientific justification for special labeling of bioengineered foods. Every major scientific and regulatory agency -- including the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, the World Health Organization, EPA, FDA, and USDA -- recognizes the importance of genetic modification.
Yet, the California Democratic Party has officially endorsed Proposition 37 -- in direct opposition to the recommendation of Americas finest doctors and in contradiction to the scientific consensus. The Republicans endorsed the pro-science position. Did this fact make the news? No.
Digging deeper into the issue, one finds that California Democrats have de facto allied themselves with some of the biggest anti-science quacks in America. Among Prop 37s most fervent supporters are peddlers of alternative medicine, anti-vaccine groups, and even one crank who claims that genetically modified food causes autism.
This anti-science mentality is not a recent development. The Democratic Party has long made common cause with prominent people who thought vaccines caused autism, two in particular who stand out among the rest.
The first person is Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who published an influential article in Rolling Stone and the progressive website Salon back in 2005 tying vaccines to...
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Well yes, if you define “Science” as being manufacturing a study to validate pre-determined political dogmas.
they appear to be very confused about the whole -life beginning at conception- thing.
Science: A fetus is a distinct, unique human being
they have a vast apparatus in place to support their lies and misinformation to include scientific studies, economic data, social research, government budgeting and fiscal policy matters, public opinion/ polling and news.
In short, the operate a gigantic lie machine.
They are most certainly the pro-phylactic party.
No, they are the “scientific”-whores-for-more-bogus-regulations party.
got that right.
I was in a debate with another freeper which was quite heated , so I looked at his profile and saw he did not even know when life began.
That on a conservative website, it really is stunning how messed up our side is at times.
Depends on what you call science. If you mean Deepak Chopra style New Age techno-babble the answer is yes.
They do want to seem to keep us grounded and prevent us from exploring space...God didn’t exactly put us here to live in caves, we were given the tools we have for a reason.
They are demoncrats... they serve satan... their party is founded on lies and their master is the lord of the lie.
You can go on and on with leftist science deniers:
Denying that a new life begins at conception being the most blatant and egregious.
But most of believers in the following anti-science nonsense are leftist:
Energy vortexes (like all the loopy lefties in Sedona,AZ such as Sean Young believe in)
chiropractors (the wacky version with “tuning forks” and other nonsense).
Acupuncture and the vast majority of the eastern medicine and herbal remedy crap.
“Science” is regarded as a sort of religion by the supposed thinkers in the liberal establishment. And as such, it is not to be questioned, once it is “settled”.
But REAL scientific inquiry is never settled. The very basis of most research is to pose only a working hypothesis, until additional facts, which may not have been known before, become apparent in light of changed conditions and are integrated into the hypothesis, which may modify it in unexpected ways.
Everything you learned in school? Be assured, that before you die, fully half or more, will be demonstrated to be totally, absolutely WRONG in both its premise and application. But you won’t know which half it is until after you have already tried to use it as a basis for further argument.
That a dam built by a beaver for beaver purposes is a beautiful part of nature - but a dam built by humans for human purposes is an affront and attack upon nature.
That anything that is natural is good and pure, and anything that is manmade is evil and a toxin.
That cycles of climate including ice ages are an unexplainable feature of the natural world, but that recent land based readings of increases in temperature are caused by human activity (capitalism especially) and will lead to the destruction of the Earth by fire.
Previously that cycles of climate including ice ages are an unexplainable feature of the natural world, but that less recent readings of decreases in temperatures are caused by human activity (capitalism especially) and will lead to the destruction of the Earth by ice.
That scientists are evil and untrustworthy if they work for private industry trying to provide a good and helpful product in order to make a profit by selling to willing customers - but that scientists are good and paragons of trust if they work for the government and are trying to dictate private behavior (even if they have to use a “trick” to “hide the decline”).
That capitalism produces nothing of any good and should be done away with, as soon as they download the latest hits onto their iPad.
> Are Democrats Really the “Pro-Science” Party?
NO, they are the “Faux-Science” Party !!!
NASA’s budget is at it’s lowest in fifty years as percentage of the budget on Obama’s watch.
Less then half a penny now of the federal budget.
The bailouts would have powered NASA for decades to come.
The nations that lead on the frontiers, dictate the course of human history.
Obama the global citrizen doesn’t believe of course that America should be dominate in that.
This is a case in which entrenched ideology is self-destructive. Academics always think that voting democrat will help with science funding etc., but in the end, it usually results in budget shortfalls and big cuts in funding. Further, when you hit the private sector with taxes and big regulatory costs, they won’t fund research either. In the end the pipeline of innovation that can drive future economic growth dries up. Science funding is horrible in the US right now. i would not encourage a young person to pursue science at this time.
Science Left Behind:
Feel-Good Fallacies and the
Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left
by Alex Berezow and Hank Campbell
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