It’s no secret that right wingers like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck didn’t have the intellectual skills to graduate from college. It’s no wonder they blindly parrot their Masters’ talking points handed to them and promote a message of anti-intellectual, anti-science screed soiled in mystical superstitions and theocratic calculation.
So when you understand how Scott Walker, a common shill for the Religious Extremist Right’s anti-science agenda, is against embryonic stem cell research for various unfounded reasons, you see how his zealotry and Sibylline confusion can harm the Wisconsin hope playing a part in biotech opportunities.
College dropouts like Walker would have no patience or comprehension that embryonic stem cell research could lead to cures for Fragile-X syndrome, Cystic fibrosis, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and hundreds of rare immune system and genetic disorders.
He thinks, like any common uninformed halfwit, that it can only lead to some film noir variation of human cloning. As for losing millions in federal grants and losing out on economic opportunities, Walker seems hellbent on appeasing his so-called “pro-life” masters over the interests of the state of Wisconsin.
The University of Wisconsin is known internationally as the place where embryonic stem cells were grown for the first time and conducts research on both embryonic and adult stem cells. Nearly $5 million a year in federal money goes toward embryonic stem cell research at the University. Walker either doesn’t know that or simply doesn’t care.
Even Nancy Reagan has come out strongly in the past for embryonic stem cell research:
“Ronnie’s long journey has finally taken him to a distant place where I can no longer reach him. Because of this I’m determined to do whatever I can to save other families from this pain. I just don’t see how we can turn our backs on this.”
Aside from the possibility that Wisconsin-based scientific research in embryonic stem cell research could lead to many promising cures, it’s about thousands of new, high-paying jobs for the 21st Century.
Walker appears to be obsessed with religious thoughts with his decisions. Perhaps he’s not familiar with the Religious Action Committee’s statement on embryonic stem cell research:
“The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act would open up stem cell lines for federally-funded research ensuring that embryos used to derive stem cells were originally created for fertility treatment purposes and are in excess of clinical need; that the individuals seeking fertility treatments for whom the embryos were created have determined that the embryos will not be implanted and will otherwise be discarded; and that the individuals for whom the embryos were created have provided written consent for embryo donation.”
It appears that Walker is lazily comfortable in not cracking the books and learning something. His view of how Wisconsin should go appears to be back to the last century or even a rejectionist view that is more akin to the Dark Ages.
Walker wants to appeal to the backward-thinking zealots. Wisconsin needs to appeal to the future and now allow Walker’s obsession with economic treason.