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"Give ‘em the old Razzle Dazzle - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips"

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A poster that used to hang on my mother’s office wall proclaimed, “If you can’t dazzle ‘em with brilliance, baffle ‘em with baloney.” Or something to that effect. It is an adage apparently taken to heart by Democratic vice presidential nominee Joseph Biden.

During a campaign stop in Columbus, Missouri, Biden took a swipe at his Republican Party counter part, Sarah Palin and suggested that Republicans are not seriously concerned with special needs children because they do not support stem cell research. Palin is the mother of a child with Down’s Syndrome. Said Biden: “I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have both the joy, because there’s joy to it as well, the joy and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability, who were born with a birth defect. Well guess what folks? If you care about it, why don’t you support stem cell research?”

Having thus far failed to dazzle the American people, Biden now attempts to baffle the masses by painting Palin specifically and Republicans in general as hypocrites. But who are the real hypocrites when it comes to the issue of the inviolability of life?

A hypocrite is a “person whose actions belie stated beliefs.”

Both Joseph Biden and Barack Obama profess a private conviction that life begins at conception. Yet, they both take the morally ambivalent public position of choice -- an unfettered right of a woman to destroy that life. In fact, Obama is so uncommitted to his private principle that he possesses the unique distinction of being the only elected politician to oppose life saving measures being provided for a child born alive following an unsuccessful abortion. Governor Palin, on the other hand, has been frank in her belief that life begins at conception and has lived her private principles publically by among other things choosing to carry her developmentally disabled child to term rather than kill it in utero.

Moreover, Governor Palin does not oppose stem cell research. What Palin opposes (and what most conservatives oppose) is government funding of embryonic stem cell research. You will find no such opposition to adult stem cell research. What remains unclear is why the new left continues to purposefully cloud the issue by speaking of embryonic stem cell research and adult stem cell research as if they are one in the same.

Embryonic stem cells are harvested from a developing embryo in the blastocyst stage destroying the embryo – a human life. “Adult stem cells, on the other hand, are found in all tissues of the growing human being and, according to latest reports, also have the potential to transform themselves into practically all other cell types, or revert to being stem cells with greater reproductive capacity.” Great strides have been made in the use of adult stem cells. Successful treatments for maladies ranging from sickle cell disease to Parkinson’s disease and blindness have been found in adult stem cells. Research is also advancing quickly on induced pluripotent stem cells. “Induced pluripotent stem cells are created by inserting genes into ordinary skin cells. These iPS cells have the same properties as embryonic stem cells but don’t require human embryos to be killed.” Contrast this record with that of embryonic stem cells, which in spite of all the dazzling promises have thus far not produced one successful treatment for any disease or medical malady. NOT ONE! So while Palin and her fellow conservatives remain true to their professed belief in the sanctity of human life and want to use tax dollars furthering research that is actually helping to improve lives, Joseph Biden and the Democratic Party demand tax payer funding of research whose only accomplishment thus far has been the destruction of human life.

Obama, Biden and the rest of the Democratic Party must convince a majority of Americans that they have what it takes to lead this great nation. To be successful, they will have to demonstrate that their brilliance extends beyond the serving up of a mixture of obfuscation and baloney.

Joseph C. Phillips is the author of “He Talk Like A White Boy” available wherever books are sold.

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