I don't know how many of you out there follow politics, or even care, but I've been involved since Bush Jr.'s first election.
Maybe you're heard Michael J. Fox's campaign ads for Missouri's Jim Talent. It really should be called disinformation. The bill in question that Talent is campaigning on is Amendment 2, or also known as the "Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative." This amendment has nothing to do with stem cell research in the least. It is ACTUALLY an amendment to make it a constitutional right to clone humans in Missouri. For four years Missouri legislators have been trying to ban human cloning, and now the Democrats are parading the sick. Why?
Because you can't victimize the sick. You can't challenge someone ill with Parksinson's Disease. If you do it's just viewed as cruel and heartless. But just because you can't challenge someone does that mean their view is right? Most often not. Michael J. Fox claims that Talent is trying to criminalize stem cell researchers, when in fact this amendment has nothing to do with it first of all, and secondly stem cell research is actually legal and being practiced at universities and medical research facilities in Missouri today.
I'm a big Michael J. Fox fan, I've loved him for years and he'll always be Marty McFly in my mind. I also read his book, 2002's Lucky Man. I was shocked to find the following admission. He admits in the book that before Senate subcommittee on appropriations in September of 1999, he did not take his medication for the purpose of demonstrating the full effect of Parkinson's disease. It appears Mike is up to the same trick again.
"I had made a deliberate choice to appear before the subcommittee without medication. It seemed to me that this occasion demanded that my testimony about the effects of the disease and the urgency we as a community were feeling be seen as well as heard. For people who had never observed me in this kind of shape, the transformation must have been startling."
Makes a lot of sense why he was never that bad on Spin City or other appearances.
So to sum it up a human cloning amendment, which would be made a constitutional right, is being billed as a stem cell research issue with the false pretense that Michael J. Fox would be healed within a decade due to the research.
This is why I dislike smear campaigns. Democrats are basically spreading false hope to millions who are afflicted with diseases of this sort. There is no concrete evidence showing that we will definitely have a cure for any of these sicknesses. The message is "If we defeat the Republicans we can heal Michael." This is using and exploiting someone in the worst manner to achieve your own ends. They did this in 2004 with Spinal Paralysis and Christopher Reeves...and now they're doing it again.
Why is embryonic stem cell research so important? Why not work towards adult stem cells? Why not continue work on extracting stem cells from umbilical cords? It CAN be done. Because underneath it all this is really about abortion still. It's the biggest platform Democrats have and they won't give that one up without a fight. Anything that stands in the way of stem cell research is also an enemy to abortion. Rush Limbaugh can be a little radical at times, but he puts it very well.
"If you leave it up to these liberals, you're going to end up with a culture where they are going to decide who lives and who dies based on the convenience and personal preferences of theirs. We're already eliminating kids in the womb. We're eliminating the elderly because they're an inconvenience, and now we want to eliminate the embryos and fetuses because we might be able to cure disease even though there's no evidence whatsoever for it."
I love and hate politics at the same time. There's more distortion than a Tool concert.