It’s time for conservatives to start reclaiming science. Not just because we went through an election campaign where we basically let the concept of scientist-muzzling conservatives stand unopposed.
It’s also because the scientists themselves are about to have their heads flushed down the toilet by the fanatical left and their new hero of a Prime Minister -- and just like everyone else who’s been dropped by the left, the right needs to be there to pick them up.
I’ve already covered how doctors are getting the equivalent of a surprise colonoscopy by left leaning governments, but Justin Trudeau’s people aren’t satisfied with that.
They don’t want big corporations funding medical research or growing food.
They don’t want medical professionals judging their bodies, questioning them when they diagnose themselves with autism, or suggesting that they may not actually be robots, dragons, elves, animals, angels, or any combination thereof.
They want the “real story” about vaccines and the pharmaceutical companies who provide them. That’s how the Toronto Star ended up in the midst of this embarrassing kerfuffle last year.
And they want non-science -- homeopathy and “complementary and alternative medicine” -- taught alongside science at universities. (All this time, the creationists were doing it the hard way!)
But hey -- evidence based practice is what these Liberals have committed themselves to, remember?
Now, Trudeau, Wynne, or any of the Liberal figureheads are too smart to endorse this woo-woo.
No, instead they’re going to take a principled pass and allow the Jenny McCarthys, Jim Carreys, and Oprahs of the world lead the charge.
They know full well what’s going on, however.
They know that most people like to pick and choose when it comes to scientific principles. They promote handgun bans and lowered class sizes over the objections of experts, but are all too happy to stand behind other experts to give legitimacy to costly and unproven energy schemes and early childhood education.
(What they eventually come up with may bear only the slightest resemblance to what the expert originally wanted, but as you have probably guessed, that’s someone else’s problem to work out.)
Science, as any scientist worth their lab coat will tell you, is not a la carte. Sometimes science (just like non-science) supports ideas consistent with the liberal fantasy land, and other times, it doesn’t.
Science also doesn’t care about feelings or ideology, which puts it at odds with an activist Liberal government like Trudeau’s from the get-go.
That means that Trudeau is sometimes going to have to choose between pushing his left-wing agenda and adhering to evidence based practice. I think you know which one is going to win out.
So what can conservatives do?
Well, people will hate me for saying this, but conservatives need to stop being afraid of science. It won’t force you to give up your deeply held beliefs if you don’t want to.
Only left-wing ideologues will -- but as we’ve seen, that’s not science’s fault.
In case you haven’t noticed, nobody outside of those left-wing ideologues have a problem with conservatives having beliefs.
The average voter does think conservatives are going to force their beliefs on others, however, and that’s a problem.
We need to make the case that left-wingers like Trudeau want to overturn the very idea of science so they can force their beliefs on everybody.
Then, we need to call Trudeau out when he selectively listens to experts and scientists and pledge to do better.
Next week, if this column doesn’t get me fired, I’ll be back with a helpful primer on how conservatives can approach science-y stuff without having overly defensive meltdowns. Stay tuned!
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