President Bush has vetoed the Senate’s stem cell bill, as promised. This was one of two controversial bills Congress had on its slate this week, as earlier the House of Representatives rejected a constitutional amendment outlawing gay marriage.
There’s a connection between these two bills, though it’s not too obvious.
If Bush were a thinking man, he’d realize that some of those stem cells he’s so protective of may one day grow into gay people, gay people who’ll expect things, like the right to marry or the right to be free from discrimination. He’s missed a golden opportunity here to combine two key election-year issues for his party into a single solution.
Bush could have been the president who helped us cure diseases and ensured a world with less gays. Gay marriage would eventually be a non-issue!
The scary thing is Bush actually might believe some of these notions.
He objects to harvesting a bundle of insentient, insensate cells that may be used to save others from suffering and death under the delusion that it’s “murder.” Inexplicably, at the same time he doesn’t seem bothered by the ongoing carnage he started in Iraq, or his friends started in Lebanon.
Bush also doesn’t care that most of the country wants stem cell research. Science doesn't matter when you believe global warming is a theory, cells are human beings or promiscuity is worse than cervical cancer.
But what's Bush got to lose in signing the veto? He's a lame duck. Yup, seriously lame.