Friday, October 15, 2004

The Despicable Democrats, Part II

Columnist and Political commentator Charles Krauthammer suffered a spinal cord injury while in medical school which left him paralyzed. In today's Washington Post, Krauthammer takes aim at the despicable claim made by John Edwards in Iowa just a few days ago:

"If we do the work that we can do in this country, the work that we will do when John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk, get up out of that wheelchair and walk again."

This statement (and the attacks on the Cheney's over their daughter) represents what might possibly be the lowest points in moder political history. It proves that the Kerry/Edwards ticket is willing to sat anything, not matter how despicable to get elected. Charles Krauthammer is disgusted:

In my 25 years in Washington, I have never seen a more loathsome display of demagoguery. Hope is good. False hope is bad. Deliberately, for personal gain, raising false hope in the catastrophically afflicted is despicable.

It is an outrage that has no basis in reality. Krauthammer, who sits on the President's Couincil on Bioethic's, takes aim at the lie told over and over again that the President has "ban" research on stem cells:

George Bush is the first president to approve federal funding for stem cell research. There are 22 lines of stem cells now available, up from one just two years ago. As Leon Kass, head of the President's Council on Bioethics, has written, there are 3,500 shipments of stem cells waiting for anybody who wants them.

Edwards and Kerry constantly talk of a Bush "ban" on stem cell research. This is false. There is no ban. You want to study stem cells? You get them from the companies that have the cells and apply to the National Institutes of Health for the federal funding.

In his Aug. 7 radio address to the nation, Kerry referred not once but four times to the "ban" on stem cell research instituted by Bush. At the time, Reeve was alive, so not available for posthumous exploitation. But Ronald Reagan was available, having recently died of Alzheimer's.

So what does Kerry do? He begins his radio address with the disgraceful claim that the stem cell "ban" is standing in the way of an Alzheimer's cure.

This is an outright lie. The President's Council on Bioethics, on which I sit, had one of the world's foremost experts on Alzheimer's, Dennis Selkoe from Harvard, give us a lecture on the newest and most promising approaches to solving the Alzheimer's mystery. Selkoe reported remarkable progress in using biochemicals to clear the "plaque" deposits in the brain that lead to Alzheimer's. He ended his presentation without the phrase "stem cells" having passed his lips.

So much for the miracle cure. Ronald D.G. McKay, a stem cell researcher at NIH, has admitted publicly that stem cells as an Alzheimer's cure are a fiction, but that "people need a fairy tale." Kerry and Edwards certainly do. They are shamelessly exploiting this fairy tale, having no doubt been told by their pollsters that stem cells play well politically for them.

John Kery and John Edwards are demagogues of the first order, willing to exploit anyone and everyone for political gain. John Edwards has promised those in a wheelchair that John Kerry offers a Christ like cure for their catastophic injuries. It is beyond despicable, but it should be remembered that John Edwards made millions of dollars in the court room making similar claims. Krauthammer end his column putting into words the disgust all Americans should feel after hearing Edwards statement:

There is no apologizing for Edwards's remark. It is too revealing. There is absolutely nothing the man will not say to get elected.

Absolutely correct, it is a despicable ticket heading a despicable party.

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