Scientists have moved exceedingly fast toward the Democratic Party, and the reasons are obvious. It has to do with facts, not politics. For example, evolution, global warming and prevention of pregnancy. Rep. Paul Broun previously stated, “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell. And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.” Broun serves on the House Science Committee and he’s a physician, with an M.D. and a B.S. in chemistry. That’s frightening.
Only 6 percent of scientists identify as Republican, whereas 55 percent identify as Democratic. In October of 2012, 68 Nobel-winning scientists co-signed a strong endorsement of Obama, saying the President “has delivered on his promise to renew our faith in science-based decision making.” Which is why it was so strange to read Daniel Sarewitz, co-director of the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes at Arizona State University, argue in Nature that it’s wrong for scientists to throw their weight behind electing Democrats.
He argues that the perceived liberal bent of the social scientists has caused Republicans to be wary of that field and to defund it, and warns that if scientists in other fields—he names public health and environmental science—don’t stop supporting Democrats so openly, Republicans will come after them, too.
I’m curious as to who the 6 percent are. Have they seen today’s GOP? Or perhaps their reasoning is out of fear of Republicans defunding necessary programs.
I found the above Salon article at The Immoral Minority. A few comments came in from former Republicans:
I am an engineer who works for a major defense firm. I definitely left the republican party during the 2008 election the moment Sarah Palin was chosen and proudly voted for Barack (twice).
Thing is….once I left, I wondered why I didn’t leave earlier given the Republican’s shift to a severe anti-science platform.
Bizarre thing is many of my co-workers are still strongly republican (typical in a defense firm). Ironic considering the republicans care absolutely nothing about them (since they are not part of the 1%).
I, too, work with a lot of Republicans in our Fortune 200 company.
I think they are intelligent people – but they are in love with a party that DOES NOT exist!
I too was a too long member of the Republican party. I too was a member of a party that existed only in my mind. If a party was created that excepted personal responsibility, rule of law (no special deals for criminals even if they are your banker), and fiscal restraint (we do still have poor so we do still need to help the poorest, but do we need the biggest military, bigger than all the others combined?).
Louisiana’s school system is a perfect example of religion over science. As reported here, Governor Bobby Jindal (R-La) declared that Republicans need to “Stop being the stupid party“. Jindal also advised Republicans to reject anti-intellectualism. Actions speak louder than words. In his state, the Louisiana governor signed an aggressive charter school bill that will transfer millions in tax dollars to religious academies run by evolution-denying, homophobic, climate-change-denying Christian extremists. Thanks to a new law privatizing public education in Louisiana, students can enhance their imaginations, while dismissing science and math completely.