By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings
According to a recent AP story, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of embryonic stem cells for research and testing on a couple of projects; spinal cord injuries by one company and a vision related problem which affects roughly 30,000 people called Stargardt disease. A dangerous precedent is being set; our government has decided to indiscriminately remove certain individuals who lack the ability to defend themselves from the gene pool in order to provide the potential for a better quality of life for others.
You might be familiar with a slogan for veterans, “All gave some; some gave all.” In the case of stem cell research, the stakes are quite a bit higher, “All gave all.” I suppose you could classify embryonic stem cell research as the ultimate form of wealth redistribution, taking everything from some and giving it to others.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s mission statement reads:
“FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics and products that emit radiation.”
Maybe the FDA has turned a blind eye to protecting our youngest “potential” citizens. The debate over the sanctity of life draws heated discussion across our nation. Abortion in its many stages always ends at least one life and often takes the mother too depending on complications and a host of unconscionable procedures employed. America has now accepted the sacrifice of our most innocent life forms in order to bring about potential medical remedies, some of which could be acquired via other forms of stem cell research.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”
Thomas Jefferson penned the words of our Declaration of Independence, a set of basic concepts which encapsulate humanity and the desire to provide essential protections to ensure the highest level of respect for all. As a nation, we need to admit that we’ve fallen from the path, a nation where life was considered sacred and inviolate, to one which discards the miracle of life as easily as one puts out a cigarette.
It won’t be long before other atrocities will be considered in the name of making life better for others. You’ve lived a long and productive life, it’s time to give opportunities to the next generation. We need your corneas, liver, kidneys, lungs and heart. You’re no longer useful and have become a drain on our single payer medical system; leave the keys to the house and car in the bowl on your way out.
This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”