Vetoing Hope!

President Bush used his veto pen for only the third time in his Administration to veto federal support for expanded embryonic stem cell research.

The President stated:

“Congress has sent me a bill that would overturn this policy. If this legislation became law, it would compel American taxpayers — for the first time in our history — to support the deliberate destruction of human embryos. I made it clear to Congress and to the American people that I will not allow our nation to cross this moral line. Last year, Congress passed a similar bill — I kept my promise by vetoing it. And today I’m keeping my word again: I am vetoing the bill that Congress has sent. (Applause.)

Destroying human life in the hopes of saving human life is not ethical — and it is not the only option before us. We’re already seeing remarkable advances in the science and therapeutic uses of stem cells drawn from adults and children, and the blood from umbilical cords — with no harm to the donor. Researchers value embryonic stem cells because they are pluripotent — which means that they have the potential to develop into nearly all the cell types and tissues in the body. Researchers are now developing promising new techniques that offer the potential to produce pluripotent stem cells — without having to destroy human life.”

For the President, it is more moral to throw embryonic stem cells that are no longer useful for fertility purposes into the garbage than to donate them to science to save lives.

But I am not surprised.

This President and his Administration does not know anything about ethics.

The Attorney General who is supposed to uphold the laws lies under oath.

This Administration doesn’t know what torture is and besides the Geneva Conventions are quaint.

The Vice-President has a problem with telling the truth.

Scientists aren’t even allowed to talk about polar bears at meetings.

The White House avoids the records laws by using the RNC mail system and then conveniently loses 5 million emails.

Republicans and the President pass a Medicare Plan D program that prohibited the government from negotiating for lower prices for seniors.

A high level Bush Administration official, and former energy lobbyist, rewrites global warming reports to downplay their significance. When this is revealed, he leaves government and gets a job with Exxon-Mobil three days later.

And one of the most least-ethical things, the Mexico City Policy as part of an anti-abortion effort in this White House is denying vulnerable women across the poorest regions of Africa needed medical care because their clinic advises them about abortion.

So don’t lecture me about ethics Mr. President.

Don’t tell me you are more concerned about embryonic cells headed for the garbage can than young and old Americans suffering from disease.

Every day you are President is a good day for Parkinson’s Disease. A good day for spinal cord injuries. A good day for diabetes. A good day for ignorance over enlightenment, peace over war, disease over cures, and poverty over increasing the wealth for all.

I am very sad for you Mr. President. You just don’t get it. But so many people are suffering because of you. If there is a God sitting in judgment of you Mr. President, I wonder what that divine spirit will think as it watches you act to prevent the cure of disease, choose torture over treaties, and side with lobbyists over scientists concerned about the very future of our planet.

2008 can come none too soon for me.

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About Robert Freedland

A concerned American and supporter of Senator John Kerry, I am the author of the blog "John Kerry for President 2008". I am also the author of the stock market investing blog, "Stock Picks Bob's Advice".
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6 Responses to Vetoing Hope!

  1. ironxl84 says:

    Ironic that someone so driven to preserve the life of the unborn, simultaneously would promote the wanton destruction and death of those that were born, and also denying those afflicted with terrible health conditions an opportunity for hope.

    It seems a tad of a “quantum leap” for me.

    Where is the sanity in all of this?

    Can someone help me here?

    I am at a real loss to comprehend this.


  2. I knew he was a sicko when I watch people down here going into New Orleans to rescue our brothers and sisters as they tried to say NOLA was cut off. A place that was also hit by the storm could get some action done, and they just sat there like they didn’t care. Well they didn’t, it’s just that simple. A parish government upstaged both the state and the federal levels!

  3. Robert

    Thanks for the awesome post here. I agree with Tom, I can’t comprehend this. I can’t comprehend much that happens in the world these days. Sad.

  4. Ginny Cotts says:


    It all needs to be said over and over again. Thanks for doing it so well.

    I have previously called on people who are anti abortion, anti late abortions etc. to express as much concern for what is going on in Iraq.

    I had wondered about the abortion rate there and I recently saw an article that apparently covered that very issue: the rise in abortions in Iraq for obvious reasons.

    At the time I was in a time crunch and trying to finish something else. I did not go to the article and book mark it so will have to do a search.

    Meanwhile, as an RN and someone who was just recently diagnosed with diabetes, this is yet another instance of the many ways George Bush has messed up my life.

    My hopes, my plans, the values I cherished, the future I thought was possible.

    I want my life back. Like the Iraqis, W has destroyed all possibility of that. Our lives are now going to be spent repairing the damage he has done.

    It’s a collosal waste. To save lives?

    George Bush does not understand the morals he claims to live by. And the really sad, ironic thing about it is that the whole concept of religion and morality was to prevent this kind of immorality from ruining and taking lives.

    I think one of the worst changes in my life is my whole attitude toward the idea of hell. I never understood or accepted it. It made no sense. It was counter intuitive in my view of humanity.

    Now I have a grudging willingness that there might be one. There are a bunch of people who do deserve it.

  5. Darrell Prows says:

    GWB singelhandedly makes a great argument for atheism. Just one well placed lightening bolt, please.

    This particular policy is contrary to what conservatives consider to be the right of persons with regard to any other physical possession. They’re all about “you can’t tell me what to do with my …” (anything other than body, but including their kids). Now it’s fine for government to tell me what I can do with my own little frozen items. Or at least it is if I want to use them to save lives rather than just put them in the garbage.

  6. Buzz says:

    Recent polls indicate King George’s approval rating is at an all time low of about 25%. For their sake, I am hopeing that the “born again” evangelics are still strongly represented in this dwindeling figure. After all, it was their support that got “The Decider” elected both times. Their misplaced priorites are responsible for eight years of failed domestic and foreign policy.
    Exit pools both in 2000 and 2004 indicated that their “family values” issues on abortion, gay marriage, and stem cell research, were responsible for his narrow win both times. They obviously thought that these moral issues trumped the moral issues of: lying us into war, illegal wiretapping, lack of medical coverage, immigration, crime, out-sourseing of jobs, poverty, and just general unethical behavior.
    Our country today more closely resembels a theocracy than a democracy. We have sat back and permitted the evangelical extremists to hijack our Constitution. Bush’s “faith based initiatives” are simply a camouflage for his theocratic policy. After all it was George W., when asked if he had consulted his father before his pre-emptive Iraq invasion, who replied, “No I consulted with a higher Father.” God told him to do it!!
    It was President John F. Kennedy in his 1960 campaign who stated, “I do not speak for my church on public matters and the church does not speak for me.” By allowing the “born agains” (who also only have one belly button) to control policy, the prescribed seperation of church and state no longer exists. Rigidly defined theological beliefs are now the core agenda of the Republican party. Although an ordained Baptist minister, President Carter was able to seperate his presidential responsibilities from his personal religious beliefs. He was keenly aware that when sworn in as President of the United States, he was sworn to protect the rights of ALL Americans including, blacks, the poor, homosexuals, lesbians, Jews, and even atheists. When asked if his personally held religious beliefs ever conflicted with his secular duties as President, Carter replied: “I have always honored my oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. The government and the church are two different realms of service.”
    Now that the 2008 presidential race is upon us, right wing Republicans, like Fred Thompson, will again be trotting out the same, standard devideing issues of gay marriage etc. So, if any of you Bush worshipers out there in the “red states” are without jobs, child care, and madical coverage, simply let your faith based political pursuasion lead you to vote for more of the same!