Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Personal Aside: Michael J. Fox Was a Foxy One by Going Off His Meds for Effect.
Actor Michael J. Fox who has Parkinsons wrote a book in 1999 that said before he testified in a congressional hearing for embryonic stem cell research legislation, he voluntarily went off his medicine so as to appear pathetically shaky and discordant. He justified it by writing that he wanted to show the congressmen how tortured a person could really be from the illness. In doing so, he was playing a cruel trick on the Congress was duplicitous. In a video released from a TV commercial he did for a Democratic Senate candidate in Missouri, he looked pathetic: jerky, twisted, tortured. Obviously off his meds again.
The story of the book evidently got to Illinois quicker than it did in Missouri so when Fox came here to campaign for Tammy Duckworth, the legless veteran running as the Democratic nominee in the 6th he appeared calm and reserved. But the idea of someone trying to influence Congress by pulling that trick is repugnant. For one thing, there is not a single case on record where embryonic stem cells have worked but there are replete cases where other stem cells have worked. And for another thing, the Democrats infer more than infer but proclaim most loudly and boldly that opposing embryonic stem cells means people who are suffering like Michael J. Fox will be deprived of help from embryonic stem cells. Not at all. What were talking about is the federal portion of research. Private research is going on all the time. And private research in the millions of dollars hasnt worked yet.
There is a new level of duplicity in this Democratic campaign across the board. Democrats who run against Iraq have no counter plan except to withdraw either now, tomorrow or the next day. Democrats who campaign for Todd Stroger for president of the Cook county board have no comment to make about the unparalleled waste, fraud and abuse under John Stroger. They only say that Tony Peraica is a far-right nut. But I have criticized Peraica for not being socially conservative enough. They just dont have any positive program to offer. Now here comes Michael J. Fox, having boasted that before he testified earlier he hadnt taken his meds and coming here now saying that if Peter Roskam wins, people who have Parkinsons will be deprived of needed medicine.
Just about the lowest of the low. Im very sorry for Michael J. Fox. Sorry he has Parkinsons. Sorry, too, that he has decided to lower the bar to truth about embryonic stem cells by attempting to mislead the electorate.