Megan Barth

 

The science behind Trump’s 2020 census

Recently, in bright red and blue paint, the D.C. sidewalks spoke. “Keep the Faith and Vote for Science.” In a town where everything is political, this message seemed untethered from any particular candidate or party. But what does it mean to “vote for science?” Fundamentally, it means a vote for accuracy, where and when accuracy is possible. In relationship to the accuracy of our political representation, the census must include the question: “Are you a citizen of the United States?”

The United States is a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” In our constitutional republic, the Founding Fathers’ writings were intentional and scientific — drawing from their research, study and historical observations. Unlike other political experiments, the American experiment sought to leverage the “new” science of politics — to evaluate human nature as it was and as it is.

This new American experiment tried to be accurate, accounting for the realities of human nature — thereby rejecting a ruling class through the Founders’ purposeful design of a republic.