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Thank You, Mr. President

Posted by AB on March 9, 2009

Mark the date:  Monday, March 9, 2009.  Today, President Obama has overturned one of his predecessor’s most tragic policies, by signing an executive order allowing expanded federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research.  In front of scientists, packed into the East Room of the White House, the President has given many the hope that was denied by George W. Bush, with the stroke of a pen.

President Bush signed the order in 2001.  Eight years have been lost by some of our best and brightest scientists.  Eight years have been wasted, in the name of political ideology.  We are eight years behind in creating cures for chronic illnesses like diabetes, Parkinson’s, and Alzhimer’s.  Also, there is hope that embryonic stem-cell research will uncover the keys to heal spinal cord injuries.

The treatment of spinal cord injuries is very personal to me, but for all of those who suffer from various maladies, it is, again, time to have hope.  Science will once again be regarded as a solution to medical problems, and a virtuous element of our progressive society.

It would be nice to say that this life-saving science will no longer be treated as a political wedge issue for individuals on the far right in this country, but that will not be the case.  Religious zealots will do all they can to prevent science from proceeding.  They will always care more about a microscopic ball of cells than they care about those human beings who suffer every day.  That’s why it’s important that scientists spare no time delaying this research that their minds have been craving for so many years.  From the anti-cure cabal, here is House minority leader, John Boehner, R–Ohio, regarding the President’s order.  Once again, the Republican description of unity and bipartisanship is “do what we want, or you are dividing us”:

” ….rolled back important protections for innocent life, further dividing our nation at a time when we need greater unity to tackle the challenges before us.” 

The United States is home to the world’s greatest scientists and doctors, and no longer will they be stifled by backwards governmental policies.  And at a time in which our economy is dragging, the discovery of cures to diseases will strengthen our economy.  It’s fun to imagine what a cure to a disease like diabetes will do for our economy.  There are an estimated 23.6 million Americans living with diabetes.  That about 8%, or the unemployment rate in this country.  For more information about diabetes, click here.  That’s only one of the diseases that could be cured by embryonic stem-cell research.     

Thank you, Mr. President.  The rhetoric of hope has become an active policy, just as we were promised.  Now it is time for our best and brightest to turn hope into cures.  The majority of Americans support this new policy, not because they hate, but because they are a hopeful citizenry.  Americans will forever believe in the promise of a new day, and for those who oppose, do so at the very real risk that your political careers will come to an end.  We are becoming a greater nation, right under the noses of obstructive pessimists.


2 Responses to “Thank You, Mr. President”

  1. Brian Simpson said

    Amen, brother.

  2. tarheelpirate said

    It’s been a long time coming.

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