by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Jonah Goldberg‘s latest column at National Review Online challenges the notion that Democrats are the only political party that accepts scientific facts. Goldberg targets a recent speech from Hillary Clinton.
“When women participate in peacekeeping peacemaking we are all safer and more secure,” said Clinton, who boasted of “evidence-based” research that backs up this claim.
And she’s right. Including women in the peacemaking process is often a valuable way of securing peace in war-torn countries.
But she also got in what was seen as a partisan shot at the Trump administration. At one point she began a sentence by saying, “Studies show . . . ” and then interrupted herself: “Here I go again talking about research, evidence, and facts.” …
… What’s annoying about Clinton’s cheap partisan preening isn’t simply that she’s wrong (and I suspect she knows it). It’s that she is perpetuating an infuriating tendency of liberals today to claim science is always on their side.
There’s a decidedly undemocratic flavor to this kind of argument. Patrick Moynihan famously said that everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not to his own facts. Liberals want to turn that on its head and claim that their opinions are facts and anyone who disagrees isn’t merely voicing a bad opinion but it somehow living in alternative reality or “denying” science. It’s the secular version of claiming that God is on your side.
Clinton is peddling stale, corporate feminism as settled science in part because she’s pandering to a friendly audience, but also because she’s too lazy to shed her own alternate reality.