Read My Lips: "Taxpayer funds should not underwrite
research that involves the destruction of live human
embryos." Ė President Bush
This was the promise of the new generation of Bush liars, the
reason that the Christian right put so much credence (and money)
into George W. Bush's election. The man who said his values
would not be compromised and that he will not listen to the
polls has done just that. He has forfeited his conscience and
given way to the politics of re-election.
Is it too soon for President Bush to start thinking about
this impossible feat three years from now? Maybe so, but next
year is a big year for Republicans to try to hold the House and
take back the Senate.
Everyone in this country knows how George W. Bush feels about
stem-cell research -- he is morally against it. His act of
painstakingly agonizing over this debate has not been lost on
this critic, or anyone who has their eyes wide open for that
matter. Not since Ronald Reagan has there been such a great
actor in office. He went to the Vatican for counsel, he went to
scientists for facts, he even sought the advice of his Uncle
Ronnyís wife, Nancy, to hear her heartfelt plea for giving her
husband and those like him a chance at a life with
Well, Nancy, donít think your tears, or the counsel of the
Pope did anything for your side. It was the polls, straight and
simple. Six out of ten people polled believe that stem-cell
research is important. If it was six out of ten against it,
guess what Georgeís response would have been?
And what was his response anyway? If you pinpoint his
rhetoric you are simply amazed at his politicking. He says he
doesnít approve of any "further destruction" of stem
cells for research, but that the sixty existing stem cell lines
can be used because their fate has been determined already.
First of all, researchers are saying the number of stem cell
lines that have already been created is closer to twelve, and
that hundreds are actually needed. Secondly, these are owned by
businesses in the private sector, and what protection against
unethical use of results of this research will there be?
The bottom line on his policy for stem-cell research is he is
being too political. He wants to appease everyone, and for this
issue it is just not possible. Those of us who fully support
this type of research heard promising news from the President,
but there were some specifics that show his limited support for
it. Then there are those who are morally opposed to the
research, and feel he did not keep his election promise. By
trying to appease both sides the President has pushed both away
while isolating himself in the middle.
This whole ordeal shows a clear distinction between our
present leader with Ex-president Clinton. Did Clinton lie to the
American people? Sure. Can you think of a President since Nixon
(except Jimmy Carter) that didnít lie to us? But it is the
nature of the lies that count. Clinton lied about his personal
affairs that hurt only Hillary, Chelsea, and himself.
Republicans lie about foreign policy, as did Reagan in the
Iran-Contra affair; our money and taxes, as in Bush "the
Elder;" and everything just to get elected, as George
"the Lesser" is doing now. Lying to the people about
what concerns us most -- our protection, money, and future -- is
infinitely more dangerous than lying about the indiscretions of
oneís own life.
What exactly does George Bush believe? If we are to assume
that he now feels embryos do not equate to human life due to his
new (and improved) stance on stem cell research then we should
not expect new laws interfering with the Constitutional right of
Well, President Bush, whatís it going to be? Will you have
a chance at re-election in three years, or will you follow your
Who would have guessed that President Bush would have
approved spending $250 million on stem-cell research and go
against the Christian Right?
You would, if you just saw the polls first.
See also: Boon
for the Left; Culture of death ecstatic over Bush decision
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