Sunday, October 29, 2006

Michael J. Fox, Stem Cell Research, and The High Ground

There's been a bit of controversy as Michael J. Fox did a Democratic campaign ad, suggesting that you should vote for his recommend candidate because of her support for stem cell research.

Rush Limbaugh's response was to suggest that he was either acting or simply off his medication. He even goes as far as to imitate Michael, like some sort of grade school child.

All this is pretty typical, and expected. However, when I browsing YouTube I came across an interview with Katie Couric, where Michael J. Fox had a chance to respond to Rush.

Not only did Michael do a terrific job during the interview, he stated a position which I think many Democrats and Republicans would agree with. First, there's a real need to fully understand the issue. In this case, what he's asking for, he claims, is totally in line with a Right To Life point of view. Secondly, if you don't agree with the changes he's suggesting, that's fine, but can we at least have an intelligent debate about this? Can the decision be made not on inflammatory language, mocking or political maneuvers, but using reason?

I think it's a thoughtful and useful response. One that we need to hear more of in this day an age - from both Democrats and Republicans.

But don't take my word for it, watch the clip:

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous4:12 PM

    Hi Ben,
    Fox also gave a good interview on This Week with George Stephanopoulos last Sunday.