Most of what you hear from the radical leftists, when we try to question anything such as global warming or mask effectiveness is “this is settled science there is nothing you can do to change that”. Don’t question the truth! Or so we’re told.
I’d like to take a few minutes to discuss things that the progressives used to call “settled science”. Let’s start with eugenics. Eugenics was a mainstream movement that started in the 1880s, by a cousin of Charles Darwin. It was normalized in the early 1900s by the progressive movement, under the guise that a “progressive quest for healthy babies” was a good thing. Many people at the time questioned the concept of eugenics. Yet famed scientist Paul Barry dismissed the skeptics because they weren’t scientists and the concept of eugenics was “settled science”. Settled science led to the sterilization of thousands of African Americans and other “undesirables”.
Now let us go to lobotomies. For those of you who never watched One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – a lobotomy is where a “doctor” drilled holes into people’s heads, and destroyed the frontal lobes of a person’s brain. The first lobotomy was performed by Egas Moniz in Portugal in the 1930’s. Moniz was given a Nobel Prize in 1949. The New York Times praised the work of Mr. Moniz and Walter Freeman, saying that lobotomists are helping us “to look with less awe at the brain – which is just a big organ… no more sacred than the liver. Lobotomies were also called “settled science” by the medical industry. Mr. Freeman (sorry but I refuse to call these people doctors) performed thousands of lobotomies until 1967, when one of his patients died of a cerebral hemorrhage. One famous patient of Mr. Freeman was Rosemary Kennedy. She was so severely disabled from Mr. Freeman’s dismantling of her brain that she needed care for the rest of her life.
Pretty much every person now would call lobotomies cruel. Yet at the time lobotomies were “settled science” and to disagree with the powers that be at the time was heresy. Henry Marsh, a leading British neurosurgeon called lobotomies bad science, saying that “It (lobotomies) reflected very bad medicine, bad science, because it was clear the patients who were subjected to this procedure were never followed up properly. If you saw the patient after the operation they’d seem alright, they’d walk and talk and say ‘thank you doctor’. The fact they were totally ruined as social human beings probably didn’t count”.
Now we are told that everything from “climate change” to criticizing Dr. Fauci is an attack on science. People who criticize Dr. Fauci are often berated in the mainstream media and by legions of scientists. As most of you are aware, I am not a scientist. But what gives us true progress throughout history is people who question the norm, people who wonder if something can be done better. So when someone says to you “this is settled science” know that they likely have a financial interest or personal/political interest involved. They certainly don’t have your best interests involved.
We have a 1st Amendment right and a responsibility to future generations to question how things are done. When someone such as Senator Rand Paul questions Dr. Fauci, he has that right and a responsibility to the taxpayers to do this. When I and others question global warming as a made myth (remember that we’ve had “climate change” every year since the creation of time) and that there is little we can do to change the sun and the atmosphere, we have a right to do this. We have a right and a patriotic duty to question our government. Patriotism means love of country, not love of government or love of science.