I’d say that I side with republican “ideals” or “goals:” a smaller federal government, more state autonomy, less federal welfare, fewer federal taxes, etc. But, the suppression of science is not and has never been a republican goal.
Like others, I am angered by what this administration is trying to do.
For you non-science types, here is the hierarchy of scientific belief.
In physics and other science disciplines, the words "hypothesis," "model," "theory" and "law" have different connotations in relation to the stage of acceptance or knowledge about a group of phenomena.
A hypothesis (or belief) is a limited statement regarding cause and effect in specific situations; it also refers to our state of knowledge before experimental work has been performed and perhaps even before new phenomena have been predicted.
The word model is reserved for situations when it is known that the hypothesis has at least limited validity. For example, the Bohr’s Model of an atom which places electrons in two-dimensional orbits around a center nucleus, similar to how the planets orbit the sun, is a model. The model accurately conveys information about the energy levels of electrons, but does not give an accurate representation of the actual locations of the electrons.
A scientific theory or law represents a hypothesis, or a group of related hypotheses, which has been confirmed through repeated experimental tests. Theories in physics are often formulated in terms of a few concepts and equations, which are identified with "laws of nature," suggesting their universal applicability. Accepted scientific theories and laws become part of our understanding of the universe and the basis for exploring less well-understood areas of knowledge. Theories are not easily discarded; new discoveries are first assumed to fit into the existing theoretical framework. It is only when, after repeated experimental tests, the new phenomenon cannot be accommodated that scientists seriously question the theory and attempt to modify it. The validity that we attach to scientific theories as representing realities of the physical world is to be contrasted with the facile invalidation implied by the expression, "It's only a theory." For example, it is unlikely that a person will step off a tall building on the assumption that they will not fall, because "Gravity is only a theory."
President Bush, the Blues Brothers were on “mission from God.” You are not. While the Big Bang may still be a “theory,” it has more scientific support than your “belief” in intelligent design.
And Mr. George Deutsch, gravity is only a theory, and I suggest that you find a tall building at NASA, step off it, and test the validity of this theory for yourself.