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“You Betray Me with a Kiss”

The majority of the media has been preoccupied with Rush Limbaugh’s comments about Michael J. Fox’s condition in his recent advertisements for the Missouri and Maryland Senate races, and I, too, agree Limbaugh could have chosen his words better (and eliminated the gestures completely).  Though not popular, I do believe it is entirely possible that Fox may have adjusted his medication for effect, as he freely admits in his book, “Lucky Man”.  Perhaps I would do the same thing and for the same reason: because “the occasion demanded my testimony about the effects of the disease, and the urgency we as a community were feeling, be seen as well as heard”.  But my occasion would not be promoting embryonic stem cell research.

Perusing the blogs, I have found such an emotional response to the Fox ad – and to any comment that even remotely hints that he may have tinkered with his medication.  People are so willing to side with their sentiment and lay their sensibilities aside… and that’s just what the ad is meant to do.  Make you think?  Oh, no!  Make you investigate the claims of a victim of Parkinson’s Disease?  Heavens, no!  Make the citizens of Missouri look up the wording of an amendment to be voted into their constitution?  Gee, I sure hope they don’t… :-/

Whether Michael J. Fox took the correct dose of his medication or not is only relevant when you realize his appearance separated viewers from their judgment by playing on their emotions.  While my heart goes out to this man and his struggle, we need to vote with our heads, not our hearts.  My head tells me that some of the claims he made in the ad are not accurate, but may have been lost on the audience when the appeal was made to their sentimentality.  This is why a counter-ad was created soon after the Fox ad was aired:

For those who can’t hear the first line, or can’t understand it: It’s Jim Caviezel, the actor from The Passion of the Christ speaking Aramaic.  He says, “Le-bar nash be-neshak,” which translates to mean, “You betray the Son of Man with a kiss,” or “You betray me with a kiss”.  The message he is conveying is that Amendment 2 promises one thing, but delivers another.

Aside from the facts Fox left out, in the Maryland ad, he plainly states, “Stem cell research offers hope to millions of Americans with diseases like Diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.  But George Bush and Michael Steele would put limits on the most promising stem cell research.”  There is no evidence that embryonic stem cell research is the most promising.  In fact, adult stem cells have proven more promising, with 72 therapies showing human benefits as opposed to embryonic stem cells showing zero.  Recent research also suggests brain tumors may result.  Of course, adult stem cells do not require the cloning or killing of human embryos, but only 50% or so of the country cares deeply about that issue.

Politics is increasingly about betrayal and the sting always painful.  We factor it in as part of the process and become a little more cynical, I suppose.  But I, for one, do not welcome this level of cynicism… I find it hurts even more when betrayed with a kiss.

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3 thoughts on ““You Betray Me with a Kiss”

  1. Deb,
    The media onslaught against Rush Limbaugh is absurd. They took one line out of a 45 minute segment and spun it like crazy. And I have to say he made a good point – which was. The Dems are using people’s suffering to make political gain. They find ‘victims’ who are ‘untouchable’ to forward their message. He dared to criticize that and of course it just became further proof that he’s a jerk.

    However, I seem to remember when Rush admitted he had a preciption drug addiction. The media was in a stupor of joy over that. I didn’t notice any sympathy or sorrow over his suffering. Nor any concern about whether or not he would be able to best his addiction. Mostly I saw articles on the hope that Limbaugh would be prosecuted and put in jail. Then there was the announcement that Rush had lost his hearing. Again, there was no outcry of sympathy for this tragic news for Limbaugh, only perverse pleasure and talk of his getting what he deserved – and again the stupor of hope that it would end his career. Sadly, for the libs and the media neither of their wishes came true because Rush chose not to be a victim of his own misfortunes and set things straight.

    My heart does go out to Michael J. Fox – it is sad and tragic that a man so young be struck down by this disease. And I applaud his efforts to fund research and find a cure. But not at the risk of unborn children. In my mind that is simply trading one life for another. I can’t see it as an ethical choice.

    Great post, as usual.
    WC

  2. Thanks, WC…

    Good point about Rush – there is no way he would gain any sympathy for his struggles or appreciation for his victories.  I suppose that’s what happens when you don’t put yourself out there trying to play on people’s emotions.

    Again, MJF deserves a cure, as do all the other people suffering from Parkinson’s and other debilitating diseases, but you said it well: it’s trading one life for another. That just doesn’t sit well with me.

    ~D

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