Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Invisible

The Decider has Decided that your mother, suffering from Alzheimer's, and your brother, the quadraplegic, and your son, suffocating from cystic fibrosis, and you, you godless secularist, with your macular degeneration, should just go fuck yourselves. He doesn't even see you:
"President Bush vetoed a bill for the first time today, using his constitutional power to reject legislation passed by Congress that would expand federal research on embryonic stem cells, a step he said would be crossing a “moral line.”
Yes, we can't have any moral line-crossing, certainly not on the watch of a man who so embodies the moral rectitude of Jesus Christ that, as reported in Ron Suskind's The One Per Cent Doctrine, he asked eagerly about a briefer's torture report, "Do some of these harsh methods really work?"

And of the possiblity of retrieving a terrorist's skull: "So if it turns out to be Zawahiri's head, I hope you'll bring it here."

And upon learning there were Mideastern men cutting transactions in the heartland: "Middle-Easterners in Kansas! We've got to get on this immediately."

Brain damage and spinal injuries? Bring 'em on! It's not his problem.

And what is he telling you you must give up your hope of a cure for?
"Each of these human embryos is a unique human life with inherent dignity and matchless value...These boys and girls are not spare parts."
Here's your boys and girls:
embryo 3

Here's Bush's idea of a life worth preserving:

These lives? Not so much:

This one? Not morally equivalent:

"...crossing this line would be a mistake (and) would needlessly encourage a conflict between science and ethics that can only do damage to both, and to our nation as a whole":
embryo 1

But this conflict? Well, sometimes a show of force can really clarify things:

But maybe the real difference between all those "Snowflake Babies" Bush had lined up behind him at the veto and the ones whose murders, rapes, and abandonments he has presided over comes down to this: they look like him:

God's unchosen do not:

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