Michael J Fox has done several ads for progressive candidates. In deference to my good friend, Theron, I will say that the stem cell research debate has oversimplified a very complex issue. But then again, that is what politics has become these days. Whether it is border security — if you don’t support building a fence and you don’t support border security; the war against terrorists — if you don’t support a bill which basically destroys habeas corpus then you are for the terrorists.
So, Michael J. Fox has a very moving commercial which Rush Limbaugh takes it upon himself to comment on. “He is exaggerating the effects of the disease,” Limbaugh told listeners yesterday. “He’s moving all around and shaking and it’s purely an act. … This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn’t take his medication or he’s acting.” Many blogs have commented on Rush and his ignorant declaration.
Interestingly, this issue, this subject, has become national news. The national news is not whether stem cell research needs to be done or funded by the federal governement. The national news is of course about whether Rush Limbaugh was way off base or not. Today’s Washington Post has an article. In the article there’s the following quote, “Anyone who knows the disease well would regard his movement as classic severe Parkinson’s disease,” said Elaine Richman, a neuroscientist in Baltimore who co-wrote “Parkinson’s Disease and the Family.” “Any other interpretation is misinformed.”
I would really like to spend more time on the issues and less time on he said, she said.