Never be afraid to stand with the minority when the minority is right, for the minority which is right will one day be the majority. - William Jennings Bryan

Friday, July 29, 2005

An Advocate For Stem Cell Research


(Ted Kennedy-One of the last Liberal Lions of the Senate)

Folks, as a Type I Juvenile Diabetic, embryonic stem cell research is very, very important to me. In addition to myself, my father, my mother, and my grandfather all have Type II Diabetes. My grandfather has lost both legs, and is also in the final stage of Alzheimer's. It's too late for him, but it's not too late for the millions of Americans who today suffer from Diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and countless other diseases and disorders which, at least at this point, have no cure. The Republican controlled Senate, with Bill Frist at the helm, is blocking a vote on H.R. 810, which would federally fund the research that is so needed.

At this crucial juncture, we need a man in the U.S. Senate who believes in stem cell research and who believes in the great things it can do. That man is Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts. Senator Kennedy is running for his eighth full Senate term in 2006, and is a leader, along with the bipartisan group of powerhouse senators, including Senators Hatch, Feinstein, Specter, and Harkin, in the fight to fund stem cell research.

President Bush and his political echo chamber he calls an administration really, really dislikes Ted Kennedy, and would like nothing more than for him to have a difficult re-election. We need to help Senator Kennedy fight off the right-wing attack machine that will surely attack him with the same tired, worn-out, old attacks that have been hurled at him for forty years.

I plan to endorse several candidates on this site, and I've chosen Senator Kennedy to be the first I write about. On the right side of my webpage, you'll see contribution links to different political candidates. Please scroll to Senator Kennedy's name and be generous in your donation to his campaign. America needs him in the U.S. Senate another six years. I strongly endorse his candidacy.

I'll be writing about Creigh Deeds, Catherine Baker Knoll (shame on you, CBK), the TN Senate race, and Tim Kaine. Also, on August 3rd, Independent Gubernatorial candidate Russ Potts will be in Abingdon (and hopefully, Creigh Deeds might, too), and I'll be making my way up there just to meet him and encourage him to keep pointing out Jerry Kilgore's lunacies.

Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are!


Steve said...

I've got Crohn's disease, not as life-threatening as diabetes, but another area that has some potential for stem cell research.

Stem cell research proceeds apace, with or without federal funding for embryonic stem cell research - as is the case with Jordan Fifer from Roanoke, a Crohn's sufferer and stem cell transplant recipient, whose story is chronicled here -

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your support of Senator Kennedy, Neal! He appreciates your support, looks forward to seeing your posts in the future.

Thanks again!

Neal said...

I do agree, Steve, that stem cell research will continue, and eventually succeed, without federal funds, but the fact is that it may take longer with limited funds, and the folks with Alzheimer's in particular can't wait many years. But I do thank you for the comment, I wasn't familiar with Crohn's disease.

Crystal, Ted Kennedy is a great senator and I'm proud to support him. More posts on his record of accomplishments will periodically be forthcoming.

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