Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Limbaugh vs Michael J. Fox.. Krazy Kripples part two?

Politics: The predictable running to defend Fox against the "evil" conservatives and those oppose embryonic stem cell research where the embryo is destroyed by the NYTIMES and Wash Post. But surprised to see Stanley actually put in the article that Fox is lying about Talent's position on the issue.

Debate over stem cell research is especially intense in Missouri, where voters are considering a measure that would amend the state’s Constitution to protect all federally allowed forms of the research, including embryonic stem cell research. Mr. Fox’s words in support of the Democratic Senate candidate, Claire McCaskill, were not nearly as forceful as his condemnation of her Republican opponent. “Unfortunately, Senator Jim Talent opposes expanding stem cell research,” Mr. Fox says in the 30-second spot. “Senator Talent even wanted to criminalize the science that gives us a chance for hope.” The Talent campaign protested Mr. Fox’s wording as misleading. “Senator Talent supports medical research including stem cell research that doesn’t involve cloning or destroying a human embryo,” said the candidate’s spokesman, Rich Chrismer.
Fox has other ads for democratic candidates who have jumped on the bandwagon and he admits its a one issue thing for him. But watching the ad, I thought of the South Park episode where Christopher Reeves got mocked in the episode called Krazy Kripples. I didn't think that Reeves was doing anything exploitive enough to deserve that treatment(though it was hilarious overall.) Fox on the other hand has decided not to just talk and support stem cell measure or raise awareness. He is actively lying and pushing emotion over logic on an issue that should be more than about him in a 30 sec commercial. The respect he claims he has for those who oppose this type of research is dismissive and more of a push to get tax payer money involved. I know people are under the impression that embryonic stem cell research is banned in America. It's not, just that federal dollars can't be used for it.
"I am respectful of those who oppose this research and their reasoning for it but they do represent a minority. "I think that to make a choice to protect millions of cells that are going to be destroyed over protecting millions of living and soon-to-be living human beings and citizens of this country... it's hard to get around that. "I figure you have to trust the American people, our scientists, our institutions, our facilities, to really do the right thing and lead the way with this. "It's going to happen anyway, so why doesn't it happen with American oversight and federal funding, and with an enthusiastic and well-thought-out approach? "Since when does America wait for somebody else to figure it out? I mean, we should figure it out. "We have been blessed with the resources and the intelligence and the spirit and the energy to tackle these kinds of problems. We are all set to do it and we need leadership from the top to spur us on to do it."
Summary of the fight in Missouri here. A coherent argument on this issue by NRO's Kathryn Jean Lopez than I can at 3 in the morning.

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