"Stem Cell Block"


My old hobby used to be politics.  Then, being so disgusted with the two-party finger pointing and endless drivel that comes from the right and left alike, I pulled up my tent stakes and announced my free agency.  But I needed something to fill the void that I used to use looking for flaws in liberal thinking, and I may have found it.  Hypocrisy.  It's everywhere, and it's fun, and its free.


So I am watching the news a few weeks ago, minding my own business, when I am hit between the eyes with what we call a "Whopper".  Now I didn't really have my  hypocrisy detector in active scan mode, but this one was like getting hit in the side of the head with a chunk of wood expelled from the neighbor's lawn mower (trust me, I know what that feels like). 


The topic: Stem Cell Research.  President Bush vetoed a bill that would have allowed Federal Funds to be used in some stem cell experiments.  I don't have strong opinions on the topic of Stem Cell Research one way or the other, so I am in a wonderful position to evaluate the situation for hypocrisy.   


In a speech after the veto, the President said "Destroying human life in the hopes of saving human life is not ethical -- and it is not the only option before us."


BING!  My detector goes off.  While I guess I can get behind that statement in principal, it comes into conflict with a topic about which I do happen to have strong opinions; the Iraq War.  The United States attacked the sovergn nation of Iraq, removed its leader and installed a pro-democracy government on the understanding that we have to fight the terrorist or Bathists or whatever now, so they don't use Weapons of Mass Destruction against us in the future.  So in goes the National Guard and Reservists by the tens of thousands, being bled to death so we can sleep well at night... someday... later.  Hmmm.  Sounds like the President allows himself the luxury of choosing in which situation it is the morally right thing to sacrifice human life in the hopes of saving human life later.


You know, on second thought, maybe this game isn't as much fun as I thought is was going to be.


DOB 8/1/2007

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