The trump administration has now banned officials at the Center for Disease Control from using these 7 words in official documents. This mandate was issued at a 90-minute meeting on Thursday, December 14. According to CNN, “Alternative word choices reportedly were presented in some cases. For instance, in lieu of “evidence-based” or “science-based,” an analyst might say, ‘CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,’ the source said.”
This mandate created such an uproar that by Saturday afternoon a spokesperson for the HHS, which includes the CDC, said these banned words were “a complete mischaracterization.”
So how far will the trump administration go with censoring science? According to NPR’s Rebecca Hersher, an NPR analysis “found a decline in the number of grants awarded by the National Science Foundation with the phrase “climate change” either in the title or the summary.”
Hersher also reported:
“The change in language appears to be driven in part by the Trump administration’s open hostility to the topic of climate change. Earlier this year, President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, and the president’s 2018 budget proposal singled out climate change research programs for elimination.”
What I find especially alarming about this latest bit of censorship is that it’s similar to what happened in Nazi Germany. According to the website maintained by the Holocaust Museum, “Once they succeeded in ending democracy and turning Germany into a one-party dictatorship, the Nazis orchestrated a massive propaganda campaign to win the loyalty and cooperation of Germans. The Nazi Propaganda Ministry, directed by Dr. Joseph Goebbels, took control of all forms of communication in Germany: newspapers, magazines, books, public meetings, and rallies, art, music, movies, and radio. Viewpoints in any way threatening to Nazi beliefs or to the regime were censored or eliminated from all media.”
Is this where we’re headed?
In the spring of 1933, Nazi student organizations, professors, and librarians created long lists of books they felt shouldn’t be read by Germans. On May 10 of that year, libraries and bookstores across Germany were raided by Nazis and more than 25,000 books were burned in huge bonfires. These included books by Jewish writers like Einstein and Freud, but most were books by non-Jewish writers. Among them were books by Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, Sinclair Lewis and Helen Keller.
Trump is already the least popular first term president in history. His approval rating sits at 32 percent, considered to be terrible. However, the population of the U.S. is 323.1 million. In November 2016, more than 231 million Americans were eligible to vote. Of these, more than 130 million voted for either Clinton or trump. In terms of popular vote, trump won 62,979,879. So let’s play with that number – 32 percent of that figure is 20,153,561.28. That’s the staggering figure of how many still approve of trump’s job as president.
I find that horrifying.