In case you missed it, only 6% of American scientists are Republicans. Nine percent identify as “conservative.” Naturally, the question on every Republican’s mind these days is this: How did the scientific community manage to get so far in the pocket of those evil communist, socialist, pinko liberal Democrats?! How did the Democratic Machine manage to buy off not only all the scientists in America, but the rest of the peer review community the world over?
What’s that I hear you saying? The Republicans aren’t asking that last question? But they certainly are wondering aloud whether or not the whole thing is a chicken or an egg. Are scientific discoveries prone to make people become more liberal, or are liberal people commandeering the body scientific, and thus slant the whole thing dangerously to the left?
The thing is, this isn’t about America. In the Land of the Free, the big “scientific” issues of contention are Global Warming, Evolution, Sexual Preference, and Reproduction. But it’s not just American scientists studying these issues. America is rather unique in the First World with regard to these subjects. We’re just getting around to letting gays openly serve in the military. We’re still arguing about teaching Creationism in school. We are still arguing about whether climate change is a real phenomenon. And we’re still getting our panties in a twist over a woman’s right to scrape a few cells out of her uterus.
If we were just talking about America, there might be a real question of cause and effect. Who would be able to say whether the whole body of science was a leftist conspiracy to deny the obvious truths held by the Christian Republicans? But it’s not just about America. Scientists the world over — in communist countries, Christian countries, democracies, socialist nations, conservative regimes, liberal regimes, and everything in between all do science. And everybody but Christian Republicans is pretty much on board with the major topics. Climate change is real. Evolution is obvious. Socialized Medicine makes happier citizens. The science is real, and everybody knows it except for one group…
The Group Without Any Scientists.
It’s about peer review all over the world. If an American scientist does an experiment, a scientist in China can replicate it. And one in Russia, too. And Germany. And Guam. And Brazil. And Australia.