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McCain and Palin: Science doesn’t matter

Posted by Bill Nance on September 2, 2008

One of the better lines at the DNC last week was from former Virginia governor Mark Warner.

“Just think about this: In four months, we will have an administration that actually believes in science!,” he said.

Unfortunately, that’s not true if the Republicans have their way.

We just finished eight years of national governance by an administration who stifled, censored and ignored every bit of scientific data they ever saw if it disagreed with their own partisan ideology, extremist religious opinions or might have interfered with their corporate buddies making an extra buck.

This has been so well documented I shouldn’t even need to provide many references. If you’ve been getting your news from anywhere but a Republican propaganda organ, you already know this. Spend five minutes on google and you can see for yourself. But, in the interest of saving you a few minutes, I have compiled one or two specific examples:

“Science has been seriously undermined by the censorship and alteration of testimony and news releases. Science and facts are not a factor in decisions, and ideology dominates.” -Kevin Trenberth, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Bush relaxed standards on air pollution, standards which have made everyone in the United States safer for decades, and as a result his own EPA chief, Christie Todd Whitman resigned.

If you like the Bush Administration and it’s religious extremist allies, this means you also approve banning federal research funding on embryonic stem-cell research, a decision even Republicans like Nancy Reagan have decried. Hope you weren’t looking for improvement on treatment for Parkinson’s Disease or Alzheimer’s. This is particularly infuriating, because even if you are an ardent right-to-life person, the FACT is that no additional abortions need take place for this research. Even abandoned frozen embryos or otherwise naturally occurring terminated pregnancies could provide for this research. As usual, the fanatics on this issue are LYING. But don’t take my word for it, ask Nancy Reagan.

But it gets better. Because if you think perhaps it would be a good thing if your teenage daughter (and I have a 21-year-old daughter) would be better off NOT getting pregnant, the Bush administration clearly disagrees. By mandating and funding “abstinence-only sex-ed,” this administration has directly supported programs which:

  • misrepresent the failure rates of contraceptives
  • misrepresent the effectiveness of condoms in preventing HIV transmission, including the citation of a discredited 1993 study by Dr. Susan Weller, when the federal government had acknowledged it was inaccurate in 1997 and larger and more recent studies that did not have the problems of Weller’s study were available
  • makes false claims that abortion increases the risk of infertility, premature birth for subsequent pregnancies, and ectopic pregnancy
  • treats stereotypes about gender roles as scientific fact (I’m a house-husband/writer. I guess I don’t count)
  • Contains other scientific errors, e.g. stating that “twenty-four chromosomes from the mother and twenty-four chromosomes from the father join to create this new individual” (the actual number is 23)

This kind of nonsense has been decried by virtually every reputable professional scientific group in the country. To name a few: American Psychological Association The American Medical Association, The National Association of School Psychologists, The Society for Adolescent Medicine, The American College Health Association The American Academy of Pediatrics The American Public Health Association,

So I hope you’re beginning to realize the simply stunning scientific back-stepping which the Bush Administration has engineered for our country for eight years

So what does all this have to do with John McCain and Sarah Palin?

They don’t differ in any significant way from the last eight ears on these issues.

McCain doesn’t use the internet or email. -This is the guy you want making decisions about funding the National Science Foundation?

McCain claims to be concerned about global warming, but Sarah Palin is not, and the platform of his own party states: “Republicans caution against the doomsday climate-change scenarios peddled by aficionados of centralized command-and-control government” -That’s weaselese for “we don’t believe it.”

McCain says he supports stem-cell research. Palin disagrees, and so does the platform of his own party. And if you thought Bush was overzealous on this issue, the new platform calls for a ban on PRIVATELY FUNDED research. -So much for small government.

Oh, and on the subject of science, did I mention that Sarah Palin wants to teach the biblical genesis account of creation in public school biology courses?

The list goes on an d on and on.

The bottom line is this: If you liked George Bush on science, the environment, fair and open debate of ACTUAL science, you’re going to LOVE the McCain/Palin ticket. For those of you with an IQ over room temperature, not so much.


4 Responses to “McCain and Palin: Science doesn’t matter”

  1. […] The Eclectic One: McCain and Palin: Science Doesn’t Matter: One of the better lines at the DNC last week was from former Virginia governor Mark Warner. […]

  2. […] already written about the predictably awful performance of a McCain administration with regard to science, but lets expand on that just a […]

  3. chinaman said

    Where did you get words for this paper? Is it from your head???

  4. […] Welcome to the party Hitch. It’s about time you joined the rest of us. […]

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