There are three levels of study to determine scientific facts. To follow the science means you first develop a hypothesis, test the theory, and finally reach a conclusion based on conclusive and consistent testing results. We are constantly lectured by politicos that we must “follow the science.” Let’s evaluate four examples of following the science in 21st century America.


Just a year ago the hypothesis was that the China coronavirus was deadly, and society must find a way to protect itself from this very contagious virus. Many theories were tested to contain the virus. Masks, social distancing, quarantines, business closures, lockdowns, etc. The great medical wizard – Dr. Anthony Fauci – told us a year ago that there was no need to wear a mask. Then last summer he said we must wear a mask, and now we should double mask. But these were only theories being tested. No science has proven that masks stopped the virus.

California has imposed a draconian lock-down and mandatory face mask mandate for more than a year. But Florida stayed open, only recommending face masks, and has the same per capita infection rate as California. Science does not prove that masks prevent the spread of the China virus.


Sixteen-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg arrogantly lectured the United Nations in 2019, saying that “People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal growth. How dare you!”

This conceited little twit has no idea what she is talking about, yet she is embraced by global leaders as an environmental savior. Don’t get me started on the acclaimed world climatologist, Lord John Kerry, flying in his private gas-guzzling jet proclaiming “it’s the only choice for someone like me who is traveling the world to win this battle.”

Money and political power drive these issues. It’s not science that frames the Left’s agenda.

The earth’s climate has been changing since the dawn of time. It gets warmer, then it gets colder, then it gets warmer again. Science has demonstrated this fact. Science has also proven that carbon dioxide contributes to global warming cycles. But despite what climate alarmist say, the human contribution of CO2 to the atmosphere is not “causing” climate change. Science shows that it is not even the major contributing factor.

This doesn’t mean we should wantonly pollute this beautiful planet, but we cannot presume to stop climate change. We can, however, aggressively push the world’s most polluting countries – specifically China – to reduce their destructive carbon and soot emissions. If China would divert just 15% of their foreign investment funds of the Belt and Road program towards developing clean, renewable energy solutions, they would dramatically reduce their CO2 output and no longer be the world’s greatest contributor to air pollution.


Science proves that human life begins at conception. That’s a fact, period! The fertilization of a woman’s egg by a man’s sperm creates a person, not a rock, not a frog, not an ameba.

But acknowledging that human life begins at conception conflicts with the liberal political platform of “a woman’s right to choose.” Choose what? Choose to terminate another human life without due process? Com’on man, don’t confuse science with politics. To follow the science means to accept that human life starts at conception and abortion is the killing of another human. That makes the politically charged “woman’s right to choose” argument very messy.


The Equality Act is coming before the United States Senate. Presented as a civil rights issue that would simply add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories, this legislation goes beyond codifying gay and lesbian lifestyles as a protected class. It denies the distinction between females and males by adding transgenders as a protected class.

Human existence is based on the scientific fact there are only two human sexes. The chromosomal make-up at conception – between the X and Y chromosome – determines the biological sex, reproductive organs, and sexual characteristics in a person. XX, you’re female. XY you’re male.

Therefore, there are but two sexes, male and female, and there are two genders, masculine and feminine. Some men may feel feminine, and women may feel masculine. In relationships, a male and a female may love each other, two females may love each other, and likewise two males may love each other. While people may not agree with relationships that are different from their own, all these relationships involve males and/or a females, with scientifically confirmed and distinctive XX or XY chromosomal make-ups.

The Equality Act ignores science and denies the distinction between male and female by blurring the differences based on how a person may “feel.”

Enter the new classification of transgenders. This push to construe transgenders through the same lens as heterosexual and homosexual relationships defies science. Society has had transvestites for centuries. Some men enjoy dressing as women, wearing make-up and dresses. Not my cup of tea, but a transvestite does not conflict with biological science.

Make no mistake about it, a transgender female is a biological male who the Left wants entitled to use the women’s bathrooms, female lockers, female showers, and any other area previously reserved for biological females. Under his law, males who personally identify as female will now be granted the right to participate in female sports while retaining the characteristics of a male, which include greater physical strength and speed. The notion that a transgender woman is female is simply not based on science.

The Equality Act stigmatizes both male and female modesty, eliminates all personal physical privacy, increases the probability of illegal sexual predatory practices and destroys women’s Title IX achievements of the past 50 years. It creates direct conflicts with non-transgenders civil rights of privacy, dignity and equal opportunity. Not a single elected official who believes in science and supports a women’s right to equality should ever vote in favor of this abjuration of basic human dignity.


All four of these cases show that the Left does not follow science wherever it leads. Stop the lies. Every one of these is driven by political objectives that ignore actual science and show the extreme hypocrisy of liberals trying to guilt trip society into supporting their well-financed agenda.

Behind each of these issues you find a direct link between billionaires like George Soros, Tom Steyer, and Sheldon Adelson; non-governmental agencies like Planned Parenthood, Environmental Defense Fund, Greenpeace, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the National Center for Transgender Equality; and social democrats.

Money and political power drive these issues, not science. It’s not social good, freedom, or protecting constitutional rights either. Rather, it’s about money pushing an agenda that drives social conformity to give Leftists greater power. The facts be damned.

The views expressed here are those of the author.

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The Left does not ‘Follow the Science’

Craig Campbell
Craig E. Campbell served on the Anchorage Assembly between 1986 and 1995 and later as Alaska’s Tenth Lieutenant Governor. He was the previous Chief Executive Officer and President for Alaska Aerospace Corporation. He retired from the Alaska National Guard as Lieutenant General (AKNG) and holds the concurrent retired Federal rank of Major General (USAF).


  • Daniel Kurka says:

    Excellently written article, making a lot of good points! Looking forward to what else you have to say.

  • Michael Alexander says:

    Great article, would have been better if Mr. Campbell would have tied Planned Parenthood to Sen Murkowski, whom he helped get elected in 2010 by ignoring state write in laws, when he was Lt Governor.

  • JOHN C FLEMING says:

    Excellent points and well said Craig. Any chance you would run for US Senate in 2022?

  • Carol Allums says:

    Great article. It is great because it is truth and that is the only thing we should accept.

  • R says:

    Now you said IT! A very spirited article, well constructed and true. Bravo! The congress waffles should take notice of what constitutes right thinking — Greta should post this article on her mirror.

    Thanks Mr. Campbell

  • Fred Lee says:

    Once again this author promotes strawman arguments.

    There is absolute proof that masks reduce the spread of covid. This is incontrovertible. Covid is primarily spread through respiratory droplets. They don’t materialize out of thin air. Reducing the droplets will reduce the spread. This has been shown in laboratories and it has been shown in real life examples. It is not clear why Mr. Campbell has chosen to compare California and Florida, but clearly these are two very different cohorts. Further Mr. Campbell fails to acknowledge that a state mandated lockdown means very little. A broader example would show that republican-led states had lower incidence of Covid infection early in the pandemic, but markedly higher incidence later in the pandemic. That is consistent with the notion that actions such as mask wearing may lead to improved outcomes.

    Yes, Greta Thunberg is no climate scientist. Why attack such an easy target? Why choose a non-scientist when arguing t that there is not science behind climate change? Fortunately there are climate scientists who have developed testable hypotheses. Yes, we cannot (and should not!) stop natural climate change. We can (and should!) reduce the impact of our own activities on climate change. Republicans and Christians alike should value conservation. Efforts to conserve energy are objectively admirable.

    Abortion… There is little established science here. What is established is that those who experience an unwanted pregnancy tend to avail themselves of it regardless of their alleged principles or religious affiliation. Which is just to say that everyone is a hypocrite.

    On the LGBTQ issue Mr. Campbell speaks well outside of his depth. He claims “Human existence is based on the scientific fact there are only two human sexes. The chromosomal make-up at conception – between the X and Y chromosome – determines the biological sex, reproductive organs, and sexual characteristics in a person. XX, you’re female. XY you’re male.”. This is absolutely false, and is a ridiculous statement on its face. Why would he even claim this without doing any research? “XX” and “XY” are but two variants. Google “Chromosomal abnormality”. There are people who are XXY. There are people who are XYY. There are people who are XXX. Mr. Campbell makes the same mistake my 80 year old mother does, assuming that the presence of a penis or vagina conclusively determines sex. What about humans who are born with *both* a penis and a vagina? Yes, this is a real thing.

    Yes, these are “abnormalities”. But they exist. They exist in humans. The fact that they exist shows us how much more science has to learn about the issue. Dismissing such a vital part of “SELF” is offensive to those who don’t fit into Mr. Campbell’s two narrow boxes.

    Don’t get me wrong. There are many areas where democrats and liberals get the science wrong. And just as many where Republicans and conservatives get it wrong. It’s unfortunate, however, that Mr. Campbell’s writings on this page completely missed the mark.

    • Michael S Totten says:

      Well my gosh it must be true if we find it on GOOGLE. you’re a mentally ill person who has no argument based in fact. We all know that you’re one of those idiots who believes everything you hear and see on the internet and tv. Now go back to the corner

    • Judy Eledge says:

      I guess I am going to have to ask you to prove your science. I see it as Mr. Campbell and it is based on science. Everyone knows it even you female deniers. This is what it is about destroying women.

    • Elizabeth Henry says:

      Wow, quite a bit of effort here but you actually are only illustrating further the points Mr. Campbell has made.

    • Neocondom1 says:

      The only thing that is incontrivertible is Fred’s brain. If masked worked, why are they not working?
      98% masking rate in ANC.

  • Neocondom1 says:

    Is this what the history books will later refer to as the New 50 Phalanxes? Don’t tell me were going back to the socialist utopian fantasy communities of antebellum America again, are we? May I name AK’s “Sparkles?” It says here since the kids like to play in the dirt, that they will be the garbage men. There were at least 28 of them before the war; same party, same socialist dream….with consolidated, un-elected executive authority (but not really) here in Chinanchorage.

  • John Nielsen says:

    I believe Mr Lee”s comment about chromosomal abnormalities misses the point. Yes there are people born with XXY etc.. But this is extremely rare. I question how many people in the transgender movement have this abnormality. Such data would be helpful. Any equal rights law should demand that peoples gender be based on chromosomes not a persons inclination or feelings. Accommodations for true aberrations could then be addressed.