I just finished listening to the Issues ect.
interview with Don Rueben, the guy in charge of Missouri's Stem cell research initiative. What a great interview. Wilken displayed his caliber as radio host, asking the right questions and follow up but never allowing the conversation to degenerate into an attack piece.
While Rueben doggedly banged the cures for sick kids drum, and tried to make everyone believe that these will be cures for everyone in society, I had a different view.
First, if these cures ever do come to fruition, what is the likelihood that the working poor, who are not insured will be given access. Mostly nil, and everyone knows it. Lack of decent medical care for the poor has long been a recognized problem, doubtful that people who are unable to get a corrective orthopedicics surgery now will get genetic therapy in the future. These new processes will mainly benefit the rich.
Listening to the Hollywood elites demands last year for federal stem cell research funding, you could hear their frustration at being opposed by President Bush and the right, in their attempts to procure this new research. Imagine there position though, here they have power and money, but are being kept from something they want by the poor, because the poor have these archaic religious beliefs and are allowed to vote and influence public policy. This defines much of the culture war in the country. People who may have religious values and little else, are able to keep the rich from their whims, by engaging in the political process. Like the abortion debate the true point of separationtion for everyone is what is to be consider a valuable human life. For some of us, it is the point of conception, as soon as a definable strand of human DNA is established. To others it may not include patients in a vegetativetive state, the handicapped, elderly, or other burdens to society.
For many of us our reward is not in this life, likewise we cannot in good conscience agree to allow a democracy that we are a part of to give approval to things that are not in line with our moral beliefs. We do not need to feel guilty when the loosing liberal side of a political struggle claims to allows us our beliefs but chastises us for "imposing it on others". Hey! Wake up that's what happens in a democracy. One side always gets to impose it's viewpoint through the process. Many times that viewpoint is grounded in a religious standing, which doesn't invalidate it.
As long as the working class masses are allowed to have both their moral views and voting rights, elitists will have to use greater effort to sway the process.
The insert photo of an early embryo looked too much like Luther's seal to not use it.