July 9, 2012
Presidential elections come and go, but the Higgs boson discovery day only happens once. History books (history Kindles?) will record July 4, 2012, as that once-in-an-eternity day. It fell on the 236th birthday of the United States of America, right smack in the middle of the 57th quadrennial U.S. presidential campaign.
Like politicians at every level, presidential candidates like to stay on message. But when something earth-shattering comes along, they usually speak up – at least so long as there is a “safe” way to make their voices heard.
Thus far, however, there is no readily researchable evidence that any of the three major presidential candidates have had anything to say about the Higgs boson discovery. Maybe that’s because as earth- or cosmos-shattering as the discovery of the so-called “God Particle” may prove to be, it’s not safe political territory. But that doesn’t mean American voters are not interested in hearing their leader’s and potential leaders’ comments on this major breakthrough.
With that in mind, The Punditty Project is asking President Obama, presumptive Republican nomineeand Libertarian nominee to share their thoughts on Higgs boson. This report has been sent to the “contact” email address on each candidate’s website, along with the italicized text below. TPP is asking the candidates the question listed below and will publish responses as soon as reasonably possible after receiving them.
If you would like to see the candidates respond to this question, please copy and paste either of the following URLs below into the contact form on the respective candidates’ websites and let them know you are awaiting their responses.
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Links to the candidates’ respective contact forms are provided in “Sources & Resources” below. A short note telling the candidates that voters want to hear their thoughts on this important scientific moment in the history of America and the world would be helpful as well.
Here is the text TPP sent all three candidates:
Dear President Obama (and Gov. Romney and Gov. Johnson, as appropriate),
I am sending this question to you, Gov. Romney and Gov. Johnson so as to help voters get a better understanding of presidential candidates’ views on the Higgs boson announcement July 4 in Geneva. Please send your responses to [your address].
Question: Given the potentially far-reaching ramifications of the Higgs boson announcement on July 4 in Switzerland, could you please share some thoughts on the relationship between established religions, scientific advances and human morality? With each of you coming from distinct religious backgrounds, and religion being so important to the majority of American voters, The Punditty Project believes the electorate will be very interested in hearing what you have to say on the topic.
Thanking you in advance for your thoughtful response,
The Punditty Project
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SOURCES & RESOURCES
Higgs within reach, CERN website, July 4, 2012
Contact President Obama’s campaign at http://barackobama.force.com/questions
Contact Gov. Romney’s campaign at http://www.mittromney.com/forms/other
Contact Gov. Johnson’s campaign at http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/contact
Higgs boson-like particle discovery claimed at LHC, BBC News, July 4, 2012
CERN finds Higgs boson, FOX News blames Obama for losing it, Americablog, July 4, 2012
Higgs boson? Was July 4 announcement a blow to U.S. science? L.A. Times, July 6, 2012
Our political black hole, New York Times, July 6, 2012
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