Friday, July 29, 2005

A Betrayal of Party and Principle

Not so surprising, however, for a politician to read tea leaves. The misinformation train has long left the station. People line up along the tracks to wave it on. Voters included. AP covers Dr. Bill Frists fall from grace here. Details:
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on Friday threw his support behind House-passed legislation to expand federal financing for human embryonic stem cell research, breaking with President Bush and religious conservatives in a move that could impact his prospects for seeking the White House in 2008.

"It's not just a matter of faith, it's a matter of science," Frist, R-Tenn., said on the floor of the Senate.

Frist's announcement immediately dented his support among Christian conservatives but won lavish praise from former first lady Nancy Reagan, who said it "has the potential to alleviate so much suffering." Her husband, the late former President Ronald Reagan, had Alzheimer's disease.
This reminds me of why Mark Shea has called the Republicans the Stupid Party. Their platform stands on the right side of truth, in terms of prolife issues. However, their consistent inconsistency in boldly promoting that platform dogs their every move. Senator Frist's stunt is just the latest manifestation of their stupidity.

Their the majority power. A Republican president sits in the White House. Republicans control both houses of Congress. Several state governorships rest in GOP hands. President Bush has nominated one Republican conservative for the Supreme Court. He may have two more nominations to make. Yet the Republicans refuse to act as though they're the party in power. They allow the Democrats to define the agenda on the War on Terrorism, abortion and ESCR. When will they find the guliones to actually lead?

The problem with ESCR, as I just mentioned, is that it's press is far more effective than its promise. People buy the spin. Some of the disabled expect to take cures for their disabilities within a short time. Some in wheelchairs believe they'll walk, as Christopher Reeves once dreamed. The unscrupulous advocates of ESCR have manipulated their hopes in order to solidify support. Meanwhile, ASCR has quietly led to over 84 treatments. Private money continues to pour in to ASCR, and no one dies during research procedures.

It's sad that Senatory Frist bowed to the pressure from voters to support the snake-oil show of the 21st century. That's why it's more important than ever to get the truth about ASCR out there. Supporters of ASCR had better get the story going. Fools should do their part to pass the word along. The Culture of Death has already convinced too many that life is literally what we make of it. All Fools have to persist in their witness to the Truth about Life. Otherwise, the avalanch of voters will sweep more members of the Stupid party into the hands of the Enemy.