We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The foundation of science is to make predictions and then judge your hypothesis by whether evidence bears the predictions out. It's a lot easier to virtue-signal.
It's not too shocking that political hacks engage in this kind of thing. That huge swaths of the "scientific" community do it is more discouraging. The fact is, there are never enough people in society who with both brains and intellectual integrity. The advances get made by those few, who lead embattled lives. Our natural state of mind is superstition and tribal resentment.