For as long as humans have been recording history, matters of science have caused deep divisions among politicians and people. Such is the case today, where liberals and Democrats have done everything in their power to paint Republicans and conservatives as somehow anti-science. The thrust of these accusations surround the issue of climate change, but now the liberal media is trying to add vaccines to the equation. With the number of measles cases growing, Democrats see it as an opportunity to appear as the party of reason.
Because they have an almost-omniscient stranglehold on the media, they’re allowed to get away with this slanted view of the issue. And this time, it’s even worse than their campaign against conservatives on global warming. At least in that case, they (more or less) have their facts straight on who supports what. When it comes to vaccines, they are ignoring the enormous segment of their own conspiracy theorists who believe that vaccines cause autism. The popularity of this notion, by the way, is almost directly attributable to Hollywood liberals. It gained attention through liberal outlets like the programs of Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, and Oprah. It’s fine to change your mind on an issue when more facts come to light, but it’s not okay to pretend like you were pro-vaccines the whole time.
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When you move away from these two headline-dominating issues, the left’s domination of “science and reason” is even more questionable. Democrats are famous for providing as little funding to the military as possible, even though many of our greatest scientific achievements have come about as a result of pushing the boundaries of military technology. They are also enraptured by the soft, social sciences, putting far more emphasis on the findings in those areas than they deserve. When you’re almost wholly reliant on surveys and questionnaires to build your scientific establishment, don’t try to put these disciplines in the same arena as biology and math. It doesn’t hold water.
And then there’s astrology. According to a National Science Foundation report from 2012, America’s belief in the prediction-power of the stars is on the rise. Only 32 percent of Americans professed a belief in astrology in 2006, but 45 percent believed in 2012. When the Demography of Diversity Project of Northwestern University dug into the findings, they came up with some pretty interesting results. According to their analysis, the main political groups getting their marching orders from the zodiac are: conservative Democrats, moderate Democrats, and Democrats as a whole.
How does the newspaper’s astrology report line up with the left’s faith in science? One can hardly imagine. But I can’t remember any headlines blasting Democrats for seeing signs in the stars. In that respect, the moderate left’s belief in astrology is just like everything else in 2015 America: we see what they want us to see. And whether the subject is vaccines, climate change, or anything else, their presentation of the debate is colored by their ultimate goals. Those goals, 99 times out of 100, are political, not scientific.