Scientific research plays a crucial role in politics. Scientific evidence guided some of America’s biggest public policy efforts, including the space race in the 1960’s, AIDS research in the 1980s, and climate policy in recent decades.
However, we now find ourselves in a nasty political environment with two dueling political parties. One has to wonder where scientific policy fits into this disaster.
“The Party of Science”
The Democratic Party claims the title of being the “Party of Science.” Mainly, this is derived from the left’s stance on climate change and global warming. This is understandable: there is a profusion of research suggesting that our currently changing climate is correlated with human activity.
Whether or not this is because the Democratic party funded many of these studies, or if the evidence is actually there, is beside the point. Because of Democrats’ stance of climate change–a stance not held by the GOP–they hold themselves out as unofficial science gurus.
Democrats rely on global warming to argue that their party has all the scientifically-minded people in the room. However, one must also look into the left’s other “scientific ideas” to truly vet their claims.
The first issue is that of abortion. A 1981 United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee testimony asked several renowned scientists and physicians about the scientific definition of life. Dr. Alfred M. Bongioanni, then an obstetrics and pediatric professor at the University of Pennsylvania, stated:
I have learned from my earliest medical education that human life begins at the time of conception… I submit that human life is present throughout this entire sequence from conception to adulthood and that any interruption at any point throughout this time constitutes a termination of human life…
The other scientists present in the hearing also testified to the exact same fact.
The science behind sex and gender is another conflict–one which scientists from the Weizmann Institute’s Molecular Genetics Department concluded is void. Their study discovered that out of the approximate 30,000 genes in the human genome, 6,500 of them are gender specific. In other words, over 20% of our genome ties into our biological sex and gender, not just Xs and Ys. This means that gender and sex are binary, and biological sex actually impacts gender. The two work together, and are not separate.
It is clear that Democrats, though they claim to stand strong with climate science, blatantly deny basic biology. Progressives actively oppose the idea that sex is defined by genitalia and chromosomes. Further, the fact that life begins at conception is also alien to them.
Professional Not-So-Smart People
Increasingly, Democrats hang their hat on social science and popular science instead of hard science to justify their positions.
In one recent high-profile example, Bill Nye–originally “The Science Guy”–claimed that science supports these incorrect biological assumptions. The left raved about this. However, on closer inspection, we must question whether his claims are really based in scientific principles. Bill Nye only has a mechanical engineering degree, and never went back to school for more advanced training. Further, he signed on for his children’s TV show after spending years pursuing a career in comedy.
In reality, professional smart people like Bill Nye discredit Democrats even further.
This is not to say that the GOP is the party of science, because it isn’t. Not even close. However, Democrats are definitely not scientific purists, either. When, as a political party, you present selectively scientific ideals (a belief in climate change but a denial of natural gender and sex), you make your platforms null and impractical. The beliefs that sex and gender are binary and synonymous and that life begins at conception are not really conservative opinions, either. Those positions are true, and backed by evidence.
The progressive view of gender fluidity and self-identity, as well as the party’s strong pro-abortion stance, ruins Democrats’ claims to be the arbiters of science. This is yet another reason why the Democratic party is headed for political destruction.