Rise up and walk

Edwards_on_stump_3Tom Owens reports for the Newton, Iowa, Times-Republican on a campaign stop by John Edwards:

“We will do stem cell research,” he vowed. “We will stop juvenile diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other debilitating diseases. America just lost a great champion for this cause in Christopher Reeve. People like Chris Reeve will get out of their wheelchairs and walk again with stem cell research.”

Erik Baard of The Village Voice lists one of ten reasons why “George W. Bush Ain’t No Cowboy”:

As for the elderly, Bush is catering to his religious-right constituents by blocking stem cell research to fight Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

The Guardian warns that Bush is, further, a moron driven by blind adherence to “theology”:

His theological antagonism to stem cell research and his conviction that “the jury is still out on evolution” alienates the university scientific community.

And Charles Krauthammer, though he might rise from his wheelchair because of the Kerry-Edwards ticket’s wonder-working powers, explains in Time (on Aug. 16) why he’s not buying it:

There’s nothing less compassionate than to construct a political constituency of sufferers (and their loved ones) by falsely and cruelly intimating that their disease is on the very cusp of cure if only the President would stop playing politics with the issue. Why, after all, was [Ron] Reagan addressing the nation on a subject of which he knows nothing? Because his famous father died of Alzheimer’s, and some (including, sadly, Nancy Reagan) have been led to believe that Alzheimer’s is curable using stem cells. This is nonsense. Cynical nonsense. Or as Ronald D.G. McKay, a stem-cell researcher at the National Institutes of Health, admitted candidly to the Washington Post, a fiction: “People need a fairy tale.” Yet Kerry began his radio address with the disgraceful claim that the stem-cell “ban” is standing in the way of an Alzheimer’s cure.

Photo credit: Dave Scull, Kerry-Edwards 2004 Inc.

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  • http://jeffthebaptist.blogspot.com Jeff the Baptist

    A bunch of cityboys from New York City are writing about how a Texan isn’t a real cowboy? Thats the funniest thing I have read in a long time. If your paper is written in the East Village in New York City, you are not qualified to opine upon the code of the American Cowboy or how it fits the situation at hand. The code must be lived, but obviously they wouldn’t know that.

  • Ken

    Did I miss something? Did no one quoted above differientiate between stem cells obtained from unbilical cords and adult tissues, and those obtained from unborn babies?

    As I understand it, the latter are generally not considered promising, except by pro-choice politicians, actors, and journalists.

  • Joshua Cordell

    The way John Edwards was quoted on the “Drudgereport” I thought that maybe Benny Hinn was running for president!

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  • http://god-of-small-things.blogspot.com bob smietana

    All the stem cell rhetoric has had at least one consequence–the Boston Globe and RNS have reported recently on families of desperately sick people going to “stem cell clinics” overseas–where doctors promise to deliver miracle treatments today–treaments, that for all the promise of embryonic stem cells (ESC)–do not exist.

    Too many mainstream news outlets are giving the science of ESC a pass–seeing is only an ideological issue and assuming that all the supporters of ESC–politicians and scientists alike–are giving the us unvarnished truth. They aren’t..

    There’s a big story in Boston–where scientist at Harvard want permission to clone embryos–a decision that could have as much impact on the debate as Ronald Reagan’s death.