Communion Of Dreams

Talk about a breath of fresh air…
December 20, 2008, 10:35 am
Filed under: Climate Change, Global Warming, Government, Politics, Preparedness, Religion, Science, Society

From landing on the moon, to sequencing the human genome, to inventing the Internet, America has been the first to cross that new frontier because we had leaders who paved the way: leaders like President Kennedy, who inspired us to push the boundaries of the known world and achieve the impossible; leaders who not only invested in our scientists, but who respected the integrity of the scientific process.

Because the truth is that promoting science isn’t just about providing resources – it’s about protecting free and open inquiry.  It’s about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology.  It’s about listening to what our scientists have to say, even when it’s inconvenient – especially when it’s inconvenient.  Because the highest purpose of science is the search for knowledge, truth and a greater understanding of the world around us.  That will be my goal as President of the United States – and I could not have a better team to guide me in this work.

That’s President-elect Obama, in his weekly radio address this morning, announcing his top science advisors.

Compare that to the mindset we’ve put up with from the Bush administration, the latest round of which was announced yesterday:

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration announced its “conscience protection” rule for the health-care industry Thursday, giving everyone from doctors and hospitals to receptionists and volunteers in medical experiments the right to refuse to participate in medical care they find morally objectionable.

“This rule protects the right of medical providers to care for their patients in accord with their conscience,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt.

The right-to-refuse rule includes abortion, but Leavitt’s office said it extends to other aspects of health care where moral concerns could arise, including birth control, emergency contraception, in vitro fertilization, stem cell research or assisted suicide.

Science hasn’t been a priority for the last eight years – conforming to ideological and religious demands has been.  That may be a good way to make your political base happy, but it sure as hell is a bad way to deal with the problems we face as a nation and a planet.

Even with the misgivings I may feel about the prospect of an Obama administration, this is a very welcome breath of fresh air.  We’ve got real problems facing us, and for once in a long while it feels to me like we have adults back in charge of dealing with them.

Jim Downey

Cross-posted to UTI.

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It’s almost eerie, the number of people saying essentially the same thing. I just did a post on it. Many, many others have as well, and we all say essentially the same Thing: We finally will be led by adults, and our science will come from proof or lack there of, not a book of voodoo and mythical lies.

Comment by The Future Was Yesterday

Boy, howdy, TFWY. And yes, I have seen the same sort of sentiment expressed elsewhere, as well. And I think that is very telling!

Jim D.

Comment by James Downey

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