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Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Bush Loves Disease

Well, it happened. Below is Bush's statement regarding his Veto for the "Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005. My own comments are in red.


I am returning herewith without my approval H.R. 810, the "Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005."

Translation: Fuck the Senate and the House. I am King.

Like all Americans, I believe our Nation must vigorously pursue the tremendous possibilities that science offers to cure disease and improve the lives of millions.

Clearly, not all Americans believe this. Many are imbeciles, who believe in abstinence education and banning legal (and therefore safe) abortion.

Yet, as science brings us ever closer to unlocking the secrets of human biology, it also offers temptations to manipulate human life and violate human dignity.

Like Terrifying Animal-Human Hybrids which are being sold on the black market for slave labor. Wait...no, I'm sorry. That's a pile of bullpucky I was just spewing.

Our conscience and history as a Nation demand that we resist this temptation.

Our conscience and history does not mean, I guess, resisting the temptation to invade Iraq. History proves that we will totally win that one.

With the right scientific techniques and the right policies, we can achieve scientific progress while living up to our ethical responsibilities.

Meaning...not the "left" scientific techniques and policies?

In 2001, I set forth a new policy on stem cell research that struck a balance between the needs of science and the demands of conscience. When I took office, there was no Federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research.

A science which was then in its infancy. Pun intended.

Under the policy I announced 5 years ago, my Administration became the first to make Federal funds available for this research, but only on embryonic stem cell lines derived from embryos that had already been destroyed. My Administration has made available more than $90 million for research of these lines. This policy has allowed important research to go forward and has allowed America to continue to lead the world in embryonic stem cell research without encouraging the further destruction of living human embryos.

Look, I hate to break it to you, George, but in science and technology terms 5 years is as old as Windows 2000. You can't buy a computer made 5 years ago for more than $200 bucks at a yard sale. So, it stands to reason a restrictive policy on developing science that is 5 years old and gives less money to medical research than Bill Gates gave while I was writing this...should be upheld at all costs.

H.R. 810 would overturn my Administration's balanced policy on embryonic stem cell research.

Perish the thought.

If this bill were to become law, American taxpayers for the first time in our history would be compelled to fund the deliberate destruction of human embryos.

That doesn't seem so bad. American taxpayers fund the deliberate destruction of the living every fucking day.

Crossing this line would be a grave mistake and would needlessly encourage a conflict between science and ethics that can only do damage to both and harm our Nation as a whole.

Um...doesn't that same logic apply to the Atomic Bomb? And that could ONLY kill people. Stem-Cell Research can help people who are alive, and suffering.

Advances in research show that stem cell science can progress in an ethical way. Since I announced my policy in 2001, my Administration has expanded funding of research into stem cells that can be drawn from children, adults, and the blood in umbilical cords with no harm to the donor, and these stem cells are currently being used in medical treatments. Science also offers the hope that we may one day enjoy the potential benefits of embryonic stem cells without destroying human life.

I love it when he thinks we should just withhold funding until the "hope" arrives. Science policy based on hope is akin to trying to build a computer by encircling a bunch of microchips with a prayer group.

Researchers are investigating new techniques that might allow doctors and scientists to produce stem cells just as versatile as those derived from human embryos without harming life. We must continue to explore these hopeful alternatives, so we can advance the cause of scientific research while staying true to the ideals of a decent and humane society.

So, by all means, let's discourage passionate people using known techniques from helping others. It's more decent and humane to wait until they can do it in such a way that doesn't piss off people who bomb women's health clinics.

I hold to the principle that we can harness the promise of technology without becoming slaves to technology and ensure that science serves the cause of humanity. If we are to find the right ways to advance ethical medical research, we must also be willing when necessary to reject the wrong ways. For that reason, I must veto this bill.

This man needs to read "Beyond Good and Evil."



July 19, 2006.

Yeah, don't remind me where you live. It makes me pretend to put a gun in my mouth.


jones said...

I'm just amazed it made it through a Neo-Con Republican Congress to land on Bush's desk in the first place.

What that says to me is: everybody in Washington knows this is Important, that it is Necessary, and that eventually It Will Pass. And everybody in Congress wants to be seen as being in support of this when, in the far future, it finally comes to pass. But everybody knows their ultra-conservative districts will disapprove.

But they also all knew Bush would veto, meaning they got to vote the future-popular way with clear political conscience.

I'm sorry, I'd examine this more, but I have some important vomiting I need to attend to.

Zack Calhoon said...

Why this man hasn't been impeached I do not know? He and Dick Cheney have been stripmining all of our resources, governmental funds, and most importantly our rights.

I have to believe that someday those men will pay for all the sins that they have committed.

hpmelon said...

Isn't it nice to know that Bush is ok with these embryos being garbage, rather than them being life saving research. No you only get an embryo if you can buy them at $3000 a pop. The rest can only be used in a trash can.