Wednesday, October 13, 2004

John Edwards' healing ministry 

During his campaign stop in Newton, Iowa, John Edwards had this to say to the gathered supporters:
"We will stop juvenile diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other debilitating diseases... People like Chris Reeve will get out of their wheelchairs and walk again..."
The above wasn't, as you might expect, prefaced with "In the name of Jesus..." but it certainly gives you a dose of optimism. If the Kerry Administration will be able to heal the sick and make the lame walk, then maybe they will be able to fix up problems like prostitution or gambling. Oh, and terrorism, too.

Jokes aside, Edwards was talking about the stem cell research, more specifically embryonic stem cell research. But for all his good intentions about improving the nation's health, Edwards has so far managed to make at least one blogger ill. Brainshavings writes: "John Kerry and John Edwards need to fire their advisors and apologize for a shameless lie that cruelly gives false hope to people with spinal cord injuries."

As a layman whose involvement with science had ended in grade 10 of high school, I won't be engaging in technical debates on this complex issue. From what I can gather from reading and conversations with medical scientists, however, there's nothing that embryonic stem cells can contribute to medicine that cannot be obtained from adult stem cells or indeed embryonic stem cell derived from umbilical cords and placentas as opposed to destroyed embryos.

John Edwards is engaging in cynical political game at the expense of the sick and the suffering. Not satisfied with using triple amputees to deliver letters for the Kerry campaign, the Dems are now using the chronically ill and the incapacitated to whack Bush over the head: you see, Bush is mean, because he provokes the terrorists, he makes your gas more expensive, and he sends your jobs overseas. He's so mean, in fact, that he will keep the sick sick for the sake of his extremist moral agenda.

The problem for Kerry and Edwards is that if they keep make healing promises they can't keep, they're likely to end up looking like false Messiahs.


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