Thursday, August 24, 2006

Progress Vs. Bush Administration

Science can work around the obstacles of religion, but religion always seems to catch up just in time to place more roadblocks to progress.  President Bush’s stance on stem cell research, that any procedure that destroys an embryo is murder, has hindered the progress of this very promising line of research.  Scientists have now found a way to create stem cells without destroying the embryo, but the White House says this does not resolve the issue.  I guess they have to wait until after Karl Rove has a sit down with religious leaders before they can come out with specifics of their new objections.  This administration always comes at issues from the most regressive position possible.

At the same time that the administration is doing everything possible to put up roadblocks to embryonic stem cell research, the FDA has finally approved the over the counter sale of Plan B, the “morning after” pill.  This is great news for women in this country and an end to a long fight with the Bush administration over the use of emergency contraception.  Women have the right to seek medical treatment for any condition, even unwanted pregnancy.  Choosing to prevent a pregnancy is a personal choice and the government has no business getting involved in the decision, and the approval of Plan B gives women more options in preventing unwanted pregnancy, a great thing for women’s health and our right to choose our own path.

The fact that the Bush administration has taken positions on these two issues that are at odds with one another, is irritating yet expected.  Holding back progress is a difficult task, especially when you have a job approval rating hovering in the low 30s.  In order to implement the regressive policies his religious right friends are hoping for, Bush would have to be wildly popular.  As it is, he seems to be trying to do just enough to keep his last 30% happy, even if it means his positions on different issues are not easily reconciled.  Won’t it be great when we don’t have to deal with an administration constantly pandering to the Religious Right anymore?  I, for one, can hardly wait.



Blogger enigma4ever said...

Amen sister..amen..We need Science and Medicine back in the hands of those who care about people's health....I don't know if Bush is pandering to his "base",
or just "bargaining" with God (in his brain) at this point...but he is too ignorant to be making decisions about people's lives and health....good post- you are such a good writer...keep blogging it.

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush's pandering to evangelical conservatives on the two issues you cite isn't new.

It's called >>>>> "VOTE BUYING."

When has Bush ever supported scientific research unless his corporate buddies can profit from it ?

Government scientists and women are supposed to be seen but not heard in Dubya's twisted political fantasy.

Their votes don't count. Only the opinions of his religious Taliban base do.


2:39 PM  
Blogger jae said...

I never thought my headlong rush into menopause would be a blessing, but if my risk of conception days are over, than .....hear hear.

The problem of overpopulation should be an obvious issue to these Loonies in Charge anyway....but maybe they are only concerned about the conceptions and births of Lefties and want nothing more than an overrun of their 'own kind' to assist in their ultimate goals.

In any case, I put nothing past them.

Thank you, LGND, for keeping the issues of the day front and center.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

Hi, LGND - thanks for blogrolling me! I 'm putting you up on mine - great blog!

You can always count on the Kowboy Koward of Krawford to get all righteously fired up about a non-issue that keeps the Neanderthalian Rapture Rightists happy. It costs him nothing.

11:49 PM  
Blogger Godlessfriend said...

Let's not lose focus...remember that many of those from the 'Religious Right' are good hardworking Americans that have been swept up in a movement. They have followed their churches and united behind a President who has fooled them. They are victims of this great scam. I think we all should think twice about condemning the group as a whole. It only helps Rove in his 'divide and conquer' tactics by continuing to polarize our nation. I think some of these folks have seen the 'light' and will soon return to the Democratic Party. I will personally welcome their god-fearing asses back. Thanks for the post.

1:11 AM  
Anonymous Geocrackr said...

Just to echo Godlessfriend's sentiment, Orcinus had a guest-poster last week who wrote a fascinating series on exploiting the cracks in the conservative/fundie mindset, starting with an analysis of John Dean's description of the authoritarian mindset from the perspective of an ex-fundie (Part 1), where the cracks appear (Part 2), and how we can help a recovering fundie (Part 3). Well worth a read.

9:03 AM  
Anonymous W.D.Russell said...

It is obvious why the GOP is opposed to stem cell research. Stem cells could be used to increase brain activity. That would be like committing genocide against the Bush supporters.

6:32 AM  

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