Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Science Is for Those Who Don't Have the Strength of Their Convictions

In 2002 Dave Kopel and Timothy Wheeler wrote in the National Review:

Testosterone is in again. Witness the ascent of Dr. Richard Carmona, the true-to-life hero nominated by President Bush for the post of surgeon general and recently confirmed, unanimously, by the Senate. Our new surgeon general displays the manly virtue of courage that our nation has again learned to admire since we went to war. The confirmation process reflects our rediscovered consensus that real men aren't afraid to use force — even deadly force — when necessary to protect a woman from a violent predator.

It seems that when Carmona was a police officer who shot and killed a suspect in a hostage situation, so the National Review can only stand up and cheer.

Because Dr. Carmona was carrying a gun and knew how to use it, a violent criminal died, and two or more innocent women and men survived. By the moral calculus of most people, this would seem a very good result. Had Dr. Carmona "done no harm" to the harmful predator, then the innocent hostage would have been assaulted and perhaps murdered. The killer might have gone to murder his ex-girlfriend, as well as any peace officers (Carmona included) who attempted to interfere. To be explicit: A dead male violent predator is a better public-health result than several innocent women and men brutalized, severely injured, and possibly murdered.

As Dean Curran's [of Emory College] denunciation of the life-saving Dr. Carmona highlights, "public health" is, in some hands, increasingly becoming an instrument of moral intolerance, rather than of genuine public health.

So you have to wonder how Kopel and his National Review crew feel today when Carmona announced:

Anything that doesn't fit into the political appointees' ideological, theological or political agenda is ignored, marginalized or simply buried. The problem with this approach is that in public health, as in a democracy, there is nothing worse than ignoring science, or marginalizing the voice of science for reasons driven by changing political winds. The job of surgeon general is to be the doctor of the nation, not the doctor of a political party.

Seems Carmona claims the Bush White House muzzled him. Now if BushCo can't keep former Green Beret and SWAT team members on its side, who is left supporting them?

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6 Comments:

Blogger ahab said...

Check out the distorted story ABC World News ran on this tonight. (You'll have to watch a 30 second commercial first.) It's no wonder this nation is as fucked up as it is today.

7:31 PM  
Blogger Queen Whackamole said...

Well, as ABC World News points out, the important thing to remember is that Clinton got a blow job from an intern. Let's keep focused on the real enemy here...

I had to watch an ad for Prilosec first. Does Prilosec help nausea?

8:42 AM  
Blogger ahab said...

Does Prilosec help nausea?

I don't know about that but, as Michael Moore revealed a couple of days ago to Wolf Blitzer, Prilosec and the rest of Big Pharma supply much of the juice to keep our teevee pictures moving. And not just on the Internets.

10:33 AM  
Blogger George said...

I got to watch an ad for Blackberrys.

5:37 PM  
Blogger ahab said...

Blackberrys are monitored by the CIA.

7:25 PM  
Blogger George said...

Good thing blogs aren't.

10:29 PM  

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