(This column appeared in THE LONE STAR ICONOCLAST, Crawford, Texas, and at www.LoneStarIcon.com the week of July 25, 2006.)
"This bill (H.R. 810) would support the taking of innocent human life in the hope of funding medical benefits for others. It crosses a moral boundary that our decent society needs to respect. So I vetoed it."
-- George W. Bush, King of the United States of America, 19 July 2006
Methinks the time has come to pass that we should veto King George XLIII.
Once again, in a rerun of last year's archive video op, Georgie held his "White House Stem Cell Panderfest" in a roomful of evangelicals and their "Snowflake Kids" - some of the 128 infants, toddlers and buns-in-ovens who were provided to barren or otherwise child-challenged couples by the zygotes' originators.
I've long held a theory about most barren couples -- 'twas natural selection made them unable to procreate. (Please, before anyone goes ballistic, realize that I used the word "most," not all.) Without going into great detail, let's just say be observant and consider the obvious dynamics within such a family, like the parental units' inability to comprehend "kidthink," a complete absence of imaginary thought processes throughout, smothering overprotectiveness, or how the youngster(s) dress, behave, interact with other children, and so on.
First, the vast majority of Americans, in the neighborhood of 70% or more of us, want research to go ahead with fresh, viable stem cells rather than "only on embryonic stem cell lines derived from embryos that have already been destroyed," as King George will allow.
Once again, the Theocratic Monarchy trumps our Democratic process, tossing aside the will of the majority in favor of some 20%, the most hardcore of Christian religious fanatics.
The King calls his policy of it's okay for stem cells created from samples taken from umbilical cords and skin to be used in research, but not unwanted frozen Petri dish embryonic zygotes wasting away in sperm banks, as "balanced."
Apparently, Georgie never played on a see-saw because, as any four-year-old knows, one side up and the other down is "lopsided," not at all balanced.
This least nebulous man among men decided back in 2001 that he knows more about the human embryonic journey than virtually all of the Earth's doctors and research scientists. Pretty good for a schlemiel whose family money bought his way through a C college grade point average... along with everything else in life.
Read my lips, King George: Those embryonic stem cell zygotes are not people.
"Human beings are not a raw material to be exploited," saith the King.
In this year's replay of the staged "Panderfest" event Sanctimonious George, along with his most pious Seraphim pair from the Senate Rick Santorum (R-Penn) and Sam Brownback (R-Kan), shamelessly exploited the children one more time. Georgie used them yet again as the ammunition to shoot down H.R. 810, which would have allowed funding for research with existing unused frozen zygotes.
Spake His Excellency, "Each of these children was adopted while still an embryo and has been blessed with the chance to grow - to grow up in a loving family."