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Monday, September 27, 2021

OPINION:

How scientific are those who constantly cite “science” as the basis for dictating our lives? 

During a recent press conference, Jen Psaki blamed the 80 million unvaccinated Americans for the current COVID-19 plight confronting America, even though, throughout the Presidential campaign, both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris professed a profound distrust of the vaccines that were being developed – even going so far as to suggest that vaccines would be impossible.   In an attempt to obscure this unfortunate reality, Yahoo News parsed the Vice-President’s words by reporting that she only said, “she did not trust Trump and would wait for more credible sources of information.” Are we to believe that the outcome of an election determines the efficacy of a medicine? Can Americans mail in enough ballots and elect aspirin as the cure for cancer? Or was the Vice-President just playing games with a life-threatening ailment to acquire power? 


While hiding in his basement, Joe Biden routinely castigated Trump’s COVID-19 response in his daily mutterings to the press, even though the speedy manufacture of the vaccines was a focal point of Trump’s response. As explained by the University of Washington, political science focuses on the theory and practice of government and politics at the local, state, national, and international levels. So, was it virology, biology, or political science that enabled the Left to successfully weaponize COVID-19 as a means to gain control of the White House? Is the party of science actually the party of political science?

Jen Psaki recently proclaimed COVID-19 a “smart virus,” which may mean COVID-19 has the intelligence not to infect erudite liberals. This discovery could explain why San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Nancy Pelosi, and Gavin Newsom all violated their own COVID-19 mandates. Masks were also not required on Martha’s Vineyard when former president Barack Obama celebrated his birthday with the rich and famous. In tracking the science, is there a peer-reviewed study that indicates people without humility are somehow exempt from infection? 

When considering social media, we have been told that private companies and citizens are free to impede a person’s commerce, career, and speech. It’s no harm, no foul, as long as you’re getting hosed by private actors.  However, Attorney General Merrick Garland is suing Texas out of concern that private citizens will preclude a person’s right to abortion. Is the Attorney General making a legal admission that a band of private citizens can actually trample the Constitutional rights of other people? Furthermore, and putting aside any moral judgments, is there a scientific justification for why abortion rights have superseded the rights explicitly enumerated in the US Constitution? 

What is the science or axiom behind the left’s accusations of cultural appropriation? Small businesses and local eateries have been dinged as cultural appropriators, while major corporations like Taco Bell are granted a pass. Do menu items such as Nacho Fries or the Crunchwrap Supreme merit an authenticity exemption? Or is the science purely economics, where major corporations fund all the right causes? The cultural appropriation guidelines governing personal appearance are equally as murky. High-profile leftists such as Jimmy Kimmel, Joy Behar, Justin Trudeau, and Governor Northam have all donned black face, yet each has forged a successful career by self-righteously calling other people racist. Equally confusing is how white people with hair braids are bad and subject to social media ridicule, while those rocking a tribal tattoo are especially trendy. 

When I was a kid in grammar school, we were taught that a new ice age was coming, and we risked freezing to death. How exactly did we go from ice to warming? Is it possible that climate experts overcorrected the ice age trajectory and put us on course towards global warning? Furthermore, researchers stated that 6,000 years ago, the Sahara Desert was covered in grass and received plenty of water. Could the climate experts enact the Green New Deal in the Sahara and restore this desert wasteland back to a tropical paradise? Such an endeavor could create countless green jobs, reduce CO2 emissions, and shut up climate deniers by actually showcasing their mad climate-control skills. 

Why does the homicide rate of African-Americans receive such scant attention? For each statistic, a real family is grieving the loss of a loved one. Yet, those who portend to care so much, such as esteemed Universities, seem more interested in Robin DiAngelo’s lectures on white fragility. Interestingly, Dr. DiAngelo does not seem to study the human mind like other psychological schools of thought in as much as she attempts to mold it to support preferred policy prescriptions. 

In a similar vein, Charlamagne Tha God, a top-rated radio host, recently landed a television show on Comedy Central and his commercials include witty comments about white privilege. Congrats to Mr. Charlamagne on his new show. He and Dr. DiAngelo are free to sell their ideas, but it does seem contradictory how whites are simultaneously fragile and guilty of white supremacy. Unfortunately, resentments are more marketable than gratitude and victimhood more celebrated than resiliency.

As a DC resident, I see bumper stickers “I believe in science” “science is real,” but no such references to self-awareness. 

• Dr. Art Kleinschmidt is the Former Deputy Director at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He also served as Senior Advisor at SAMHSA.


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