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Monday, April 9, 2007

A converted Republican Baptist sees the Light

I guess my Nanny was right all along; Democrats do have more heart for the American people than Republicans. Coming from a Southern Baptist family, I never thought I'd be saying that.

I was a staunch Republican until George W. took office by what I thought was questionable means. The Florida ballots not being counted correctly and a Bush brother in office as the governor seemed a little too well-orchestrated to be coincidence. My faith in the GOP started rapidly sliding downhill ever since—more like an avalanche effect—I haven't voted for a Republican since.

Then, I learned about the stem cell debate and started doing some research about why people were opposed to using material leftover from in-vitro fertilization to seek cures and treatments for so many illnesses. It never made sense to me why anyone would think it better to throw away these cells than to study them, but I kept on researching looking for logic that was not to be found.

While I was assisting a book client who has quadriplegia, H.R. 810 (the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005) was passed by Congress. This meant funds would be released for blastocyst (some call it embryonic) stem cell research. I could not believe President Bush used his first veto to withhold funds for research that might find cures for members of our society who have physical and medical disabilities.

I decided right then that the president's decision and the mindset of the misinformed right-wing ultra-orthodox party must be challenged if our society is to benefit from blastocyst stem cell biotechnology. I continued my search for information on stem cell research. The next thing I knew I had collected enough material on the topic to write a book. As a ghostwriter for many authors, I decided to finish my current client’s projects and take some time off to write my book Right to Recover. I knew the Universe had ordained my book project when I landed a publisher on my first query.

The more I searched, the more I was convinced that there were some horrible lies being propagated by ultra-conservative politicians and right-wing religious groups. I have exposed those lies in my book. I have shown all types of stem cell research from all angles. I have presented a history of how religion got started as a means of controlling masses of people with fear-based thinking. Regardless of which side of the issue you are on, the book will cause you to question your own reasons for believing what you believe.

Most Democrats support all types of stem cell research. That doesn't mean that all Democratic candidates are good or that all Republican ones are bad. I still use my brain to look at the issues and see how candidates have voted on issues of concern in the past before I decide to vote for them, but I DO vote!

If you are not registered to vote and then going to the polls to exercise your freedom, you are missing a great opportunity to have a say about what goes on in our country. You can register to vote online or download a mail-in form or go to your local library and ask for the form.

At 90 years of age, Nanny still believes in the Democratic Party, is an avid Braves baseball fan, and bakes an apple pie that is out of this world! Maybe I should have listened to her sooner.

1 comment:

rayilynlee@cox.net said...

Yvonne, I was a born lifelong Republican too until Bush showed his true colors. Let's hope other people have seen the light as well.
Your friend, Ray