The Voice of Reason
On Tuesday, Ronald Reagan Jr. appeared at the Democratic National Convention. He delivered a short speech on embryonic stem cell research. The full text of his speech can be read here, from the Indystar.com. This was quite a breakthrough both in politics and media awareness. We got to see a well respected political pundit and the son of a United States President speak his mind about stem cell research on national television, in Prime Time.
His speech went a long way toward making stem cell research a voting issue, although not necessarily a political one. With the national television exposure, he made sure that this issue would be very difficult for the average American to glance over any longer. Bringing a very under exposed difference in the candidates to the forefront of voter awareness. It would not surprise me if embryonic stem cell research became a featured point of contention the first time Bush and Kerry meet to debate on television.
This speech needed to be made, and it’s something that Kerry supporters should have been stressing from day one. November fast approaches. And in this time of partisanship, politicking, and campaign ads, one of the most important issues of the election was brought to our attention by a courageous, driven and knowledgeable self proclaimed “unelectable atheist”. Well, unelectable or not, when we start seeing the fruits of our scientific labors in the form of cures brought about by embryonic stem cells, his words may in retrospect be looked back on as the seminal speech of the twenty first century.
And, should we fail, how will we feel if, a few years from now, a more enlightened generation should fulfill the promise of embryonic stem cell therapy? Imagine what they would say of us who lacked the will. – Ronald Reagan Jr.
More to come...