It’s not merely inattention to science. It’s not simply ignorance of science. It’s not just healthy skepticism toward any given scientific finding.
This is not about “informed debates” about scientific subjects and issues.
This even goes further than rejection of science.
This is open and automatic disdain and hatred for science who reflexively and spastically attack any scientific position they find inconvenient or, inexplicably, “political.”
In the United States of America. In the 21st Century.
And you wonder why we felt compelled to launch a company named “Radically Rational”?
“Well, I’ve done my own research, and…” And what? You’ve discovered the Earth is flat?
Nobody has been more critical of Joe Biden than I about the botched exit from Afghanistan. Nobody.
But Biden nailed it in his COVID update Thursday. No more screwing around. No time to wallow in the mire. That’s leadership. If his predecessor had possessed the balls to do that, we’d have put this paralyzing pandemic in the rear-view mirror long ago.
See what I did there? I banged the crap out of the guy on one subject, and praised him to the heights on another. It’s called “non-partisan” and non-tribal. You really ought to give it a try.
Yesterday when I gently suggested on social media that remaining unvaccinated is not just a personal decision, but one that greatly impacts others, a responder replied, “Don’t go playing that ‘decency’ card with me!”
Let that marinate.
A Eureka moment. Confirmation of something I have long contended.
ANYTHING that simply smacks of the slightest basic human decency or concern for others is now treated with scorn, and labeled as “Leftist.”
The respondent posted as ‘”Nancy.” But that could have been a pseudonym for Hank, or Rover, or Fido, or Tabby or My Friend Flicka.
Decency is now uncool. And actually has been for some time.