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07.12.2016

CEH: What the Trump Presidency Could Mean for Science

What the Trump Presidency Could Mean for Science Posted on November 9, 2016 in Education

What the Trump Presidency Could Mean for Science

Editorial:arisingtideofeconomicprosperitycouldliftscience,too,aslongasitishonestscienceservingthecitizenry.

ThemorningafterDonaldTrump’shistoricupset,hisopponentsinBigSciencearestrangelysilent.Theymaybeinshock. Somesciencenewssites,likethe BBC News,arepanicking,worriedwhatthiswillmeanforglobalwarmingtreaties.Oneguy onTheConversationisblamingTwitterbotsforthevictory.MikeWallonSpace.comisalreadytellingTrumpwhatheneeds todoforspacescience.Sciencereporterswillbeanalyzingthehistoricelectionfordaysandweeks,wonderingwhatit portendsfortheirinterestgroup.

There’snoquestionthatscientificinstitutionswereuniformlyandshamelesslyanti­Trump,aswereported(10/16/16).Butthe

clearvictorynotonlyofPresident­electTrumpbuttheprospectofallthreebranchesofAmericangovernmentleaning

Republican,coupledwiththatelection­nightimageofaredAmericanmapwithjustafewpocketsofDemocratblue,should

counselthewiseoftheloyaloppositiontoavoidstridentremarksatthistime.Anti­Trumpismisimpoliticrightnowforthose

hopingtogetinthegoodgracesofthepopulistrevolution.

Let’sconsidersomewaysinwhichscientificinstitutionscanbegladTrumpwon.Histheme,“MakeAmericagreatagain,”if

successful,willincludescience.Theslowrecoveryoverthelasteightyears,withitshightaxesandunprecedenteddebt,has

putadamperoneverything.It’snotjustcoalminersandmanufacturerswhohavebeensuffering.Sciencefundingneedsa

robusteconomythatcangeneratetaxrevenue.Whenthegravyisplentiful,there’smoretogoaround.BigScienceshould

welcomeastrongAmericaneconomy.ThinkofalltherhetoricaboutAmericafallingbehindinscience.It’snotbecauseof

creationism,asBillNyeiswonttocomplain.Thewholecountryhasbeenploddingalongfornearlyadecade.Ifyouwant

strongscience,makeAmericaprosperousagain.

Sciencehasalsosufferedalongwitheveryoneelsebecauseofinsecurityandinstabilityoverthepastdecade.Youcan’t

havesciencewithoutsecurity.Willyourlabfallvictimtothenextterroristattack?Willviolentstudentprotestshitthescience

building?Canyouhaveyournextscienceconferencewithoutfear?Theclearestresponsibilityofgovernmentisthesafetyof

itscitizens,andTrumphasmadetheruleoflawapriority.Lawenforcementagenciesareallonhisside.Ifyouwantstrong

science,makeAmericasafeagain.

Honestywillhelpscience.Thejournalshavebeenfrettingaboutfraudforyears.TodayonTheConversation,forinstance,

MarilynMcMahoncalledfortougheractiononfraud.Theethicsofasocietyflowfromthetopdown.Accordingtoexitpolls,

thedishonestyofHillaryClintonweighedheavilyonvoters’minds.Itseemedthatpoliticalinsiderscouldgetawaywiththings

thatwouldlandordinarycitizensinjail.Ifshehadwon,herunscrupuloushabitsmightwellhavetemptedmanyascientistto

cheat,thinkingthatifourleaderscandoit,wecandoit.Ifyouwantstrongscience,makeAmericahonestagain.

Manyconservativesfeelchainsdroppingoffafterthiselection.Nowthatthepollsters,thepunditsandthenaysayerswere

provenwrong,there’sfreedomintheairtosaywhatonebelieves.Politicalcorrectnessistrendingdownward.Alightwas

switchedon.ThethoughtpolicelooklikepretendersincheapHalloweencostumes,lessofathreat,lessabletoenforce

conformity.Howwillthathelpscience?Well,thoughtcontroltendstobackfireonitsenforcers.Sciencethriveson

transparent,freeexchangeofideas.Let’stalk.Let’sdebate.Let’slistentoeachother.Ifyouwantstrongscience,openup

themarketplaceofideas.

Trumpisnoscientist,butneitherwasClinton.Shesaidshe“believesinscience,”butshecouldn’ttellaproteinfroma

proton.Whatmattersforresearchersarethepoliciesofthetwocandidates.Trumphaspromisedtogetridofstifling

regulations.Whilethiswillundoubtedlyhelpsmallbusinesses,theairofindividualliberty(underlaw)willhavespillover

effectsonscience.Excessiveregulationhurtsuniversitiesandresearchlabsthat,likebusinesses,havetospendinordinate

amountsofmoneyreading,understandingandcomplyingwithpilesofpaperorderswritteninincomprehensiblelegalese

emanatingfromunelectedbureaucrats.Imaginehavingmoretimeandmoneytoactuallydoscience.Ifyouwantstrong

science,makeAmericafreeagain.

WeexpectthesecularDarwin­lovingscientiststobefrettingaboutaresurgenceofcreationism.Noworries;ifithappens,it won’tbebecauseTrumppushesit.MostevangelicalshaddeepconcernsaboutTrump’spaganismanyway.ThePresident­ electhardlyknowsanythingabouttheissue,althoughVicePresidentPencemight.Trump’smindisfocusedonlibertyand

prosperityforall.Theonlypossiblechallengesforevolutionistswillbe(1)needingtojustifytheexpenditureofmoneyon

Darwinianresearch,(2)needingtodefendDarwinisminsteadofassumingit.Trump’scallforschoolchoicewill,if

implemented,decentralizeschoolsandcreatemorecompetitioninthewayscienceistaught.Publicschoolswillstillbe

guidedbysciencestandardsadoptedbystategovernments.Butwhatifhomeschoolsandcharterschoolsleavepublic

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schoolscienceeducationinthedust?WilltheDarwinlobbyretainthepowertodictatewhatteachersmustsayaboutorigins?

WillarenewalofreligiouslibertyempowerDarwinskepticstoarticulatetheirviewsmoreinpublic?

WecallonDarwinianstoenterthedebate.Theymaynotbeabletorestontheirpresumptiveauthoritymuchlonger.The

consensuscouldshiftintheneweraoftransparency(see10/31/16).Thisisnothingtofearforatruescientist.Anytheory

thathastorelyonconsensuslooksweak.IfDarwinianevolutionissolid,itcanwithstandscrutiny.Makeyourcase.Show

peopletheevidence.Giveityourbestshot.Goodluck.

ForscientistswhosupportedHillaryClinton,haveagoodcryforaday,thenthinkaboutthesepoints.There’snoreasonto

fear.There’severyreasontoembracethefuture.IfAmericaisgreatagain,sciencewillbegreatagain.

—David Coppedge, Editor

Natureletloosewithunmixedvenomalready.InapiecebyJeffTollefson,LaurenMorelloandSaraReardon,therag presumestospeakforallsciencebysaying,“DonaldTrump’s US electionwinstunsscientists.”Scientists?What scientists?Allscientists?Somescientists?Globalistsocialist UK scientists?Comeon,that’saveryunscientific sample.Wefindoutrightawaywhattheymean:scientistswhopushglobalwarmingagendas.Oneobserverquoted thinks,“Chinacouldemergeasthegloballeaderonclimatechange.”Wonderful.Morepowertothem.Sincethey commitmostofthepollution,letthemcleanuptheiractfirst.Thenletthemkilltheireconomybylettingglobaliststell themhowtoruntheircountry.

Theeditorialisalsounscientificbycallinghim“thefirstanti­sciencepresident”asifTrumpisopposedtocapillary action,gravityor DNA.Goodgrief;thisover­the­tophitpieceisaslapinthefacetothemillionsofAmericanswho votedforhim.TheyquoteonlythemostviciousClintoniansandObamaniacs:“Thisisterrifyingforscience,research, education,andthefutureofourplanet,”tweetsapostdocwhowantstogobacktoEuropeaftertheelection.Please go,MaríaEscuderoEscribano.We’llbuyyourticket.

NaturehadnoneofthegraceandhumilitythatTrumpshowedinhisacceptancespeech.EvenHillaryClintonwas

magnanimousindefeat,callingallcitizenstosupportTrumpandgivehimachancetosucceed.Naturewasnasty!

ThosepinkoglobalistmaterialistsneedtokeeptheirgrimysocialistclawsoutofAmericanpolitics.Theydonotspeak

forallscientists.IfsciencefundingsoarsinaroaringTrumpeconomy,wehopetheywillcometremblingbacklike

meeklittlekittens.Inthemeantime,aneducationaltouroftheirversionofutopiawoulddothemgood.Venezuela.