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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Demanding Government Sponsorship

By Michael Medved
Beyond the News

The New York Times recently reported on the two parties' "wedge issues" in the fall election campaign, with Republicans stressing resistance to gay marriage, while Democrats focus on stem cell research. Actually, the liberal position on both these controversies shows the left's odd refusal to take any initiative seriously unless it's backed by government.

On stem cells, conservatives have not moved to ban private funding for any form of research; they just want to avoid using government money to sponsor science that's morally questionable. Similarly, on same-sex relationships, conservatives make no effort to block private relationships; they just want to avoid governmental endorsement of forms of love that defy traditional morality.

On both issues the Democrats insist on governmental sponsorship--bizarrely suggesting that, without the government's backing, neither medical research nor intimate relationships could possibly succeed.


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