When politics bleeds into science, science is destroyed. That’s pretty much true for anything, really. At Oregon State University, members of the faculty have allowed politics to creep into science, in the name of retribution against Art Robinson. (Hat tip: Gateway Pundit)
There are those among us who worship at the altar of science, and others who worship at the altar of politics. None of these things should be. Politics and science are institutions created by fallible people, and as is always the case, full of fallacies themselves. At least science attempts to uncover the truth, although a survey of the history of science and the science of today shows how far we have missed that ideal.
If we, as a country, cannot get past the political squabbles that seem to dominate so much of today’s news, and instead focus on what is truly important, then we really don’t have much hope of ever being anything more than the societies that have come and gone throughout the ages. Political retribution is a childish concept, something we, as adults, were supposed to outgrow by the second grade.
I don’t find it surprising at all that leftists, socialists, liberals, and democrats seem to have a problem moving past the second grade in politics. Their fundamental belief is that everything is everyone’s, and no amount of explanation will ever convince them of any of the virtues of private property. Rather than address this fundamental disconnect between human nature and their political philosophy, they have to resort to low tactics to score their political points and protect their special interests. When a movement such as the Tea Party comes along, focused on bringing fiscal sanity back to our country, they have to sully their name with dirty tactics that include such gems as “making stuff up” and “yelling racist a lot.”
I invite leftists everywhere to grow up, and demand more from your representatives. However, knowing the history of leftists worldwide, my demands are vain. You can no more adopt a statesman-like approach to politics than a thief can change his character. If you ever want to see civility restored in America, then you’ll have to abandon leftism altogether.