Why No One Who Is Sick Should Ever Support the gop

Medical researchers have long known that a cure for diabetes was likely to be developed, but that the major stumbling blocks and delays were not scientific in nature, but rather political.

Back in the dark ages of the george w bush administration, when the use of embryonic stem cells for medical research and development was considered by the ruling party to be the same as first degree murder, the American people as a whole had a far different view. The people, in a 2007 Pew poll, agreed that the probability of a virtually unlimited number of painful, disabling and terminal diseases that could be cured by use of embryonic stem cells far outweighed the ludicrous position of the religious right, evangelical-controlled government that could only view the use of such material as tantamount to the evils of birth control, abortion, and murder. Even back then, 51% of the people polled agreed that

it was more important to conduct stem cell research that might lead to cures for diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and so many others, than to avoid destroying human embryos. Only 35% agreed with the fundamentalist, 16th century mind set that said it was more important not to destroy human embryos that to save the lives of hundreds
of millions of living people. The numbers of supporters of embryonic stem cell research were shown to be 55% among independents, and 60% among democrats. Only republicans, at 37%, wanted such use prohibited.

Republicans in power could not stop embryonic stem cell research totally, but they were able to put a considerable dent into such research conducted in the US by prohibiting the use of federal funding for it. One of bush’s earliest uses in 2001 of the executive order was to enact this ban, and twice during bush’s first term Congress passed bills overturning the ban, and twice bush vetoed the bills. Again in 2007 Congress passed a bill called the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, and agin it was vetoed by bush, who issued this statement:

“I made it clear to Congress and to the American people that I will not allow our nation to cross this moral line.”

Yes, Mr. President, let millions of people suffer and die. That is your prerogative, and YOUR executive order.

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Once bush left office, President Obama acted swiftly to overturn the federal funding ban, and in a series of executive orders, restored federal funding for a wide spectrum of research facilities. At the time of his signing of the Stem Cell Executive Order and Scientific Integrity Presidential Memorandum of March 9, 2009, Pres. Obama stated the following:

“Today, with the Executive Order I am about to sign, we will bring the change that so many scientists and researchers; doctors and innovators; patients and loved ones have hoped for, and fought for, these past eight years: we will lift the ban on federal funding for promising embryonic stem cell research. We will vigorously support scientists who pursue this research. And we will aim for America to lead the world in the discoveries it one day may yield.

“At this moment, the full promise of stem cell research remains unknown, and it should not be overstated. But scientists believe these tiny cells may have the potential to help us understand, and possibly cure, some of our most devastating diseases and conditions. To regenerate a severed spinal cord and lift someone from a wheelchair. To spur insulin production and spare a child from a lifetime of needles. To treat Parkinson’s, cancer, heart disease and others that affect millions of Americans and the people who love them.

And today, that is becoming a reality.

Just a few weeks ago, researchers at Harvard Medical School announced a gigantic advancement in the search for a cure to Type 1 Diabetes, when they revealed that they were now able to produce, from embryonic stem cells, the massive quantities needed for

cell transplantation and pharmaceutical purposes of human insulin-producing beta cells equivalent in virtually every respect to normally functioning beta cells.

Testing continues, and even human testing is still off in the future, but the cure is coming for a disease that affects three million Americans at a

cost of $15 billion per year.

But the painful part of all of this is that this research, this cure and so many others, could have been eight years further along, with countless millions of lives saved, and pain lessened, were it not for the misplaced “moral line” imposed by george w bush and his cadre of uncaring demagogues with their holier-than-thou imposition of religious beliefs upon a society about which they could not give a damn.

About theHoundDawg

For many years as a lawyer, I saw much of the good and bad of society, and did what I could to right many wrongs. The lack of understanding of what is good and bad, right and wrong, just and unjust, as evidenced by such events as the election of King W as president, (who as such far surpassed the evil of richard nixon but not quite that of ronald reagan) lead me in a new direction, to spend my time trying to understand what is happening to our society, to try as best I can to spread my insights to others, and along the way to maybe even eke out a living through the internet.
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