Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) (who until a few days ago Claimed he was a Republican) has made an astonishing claim. In an article published today in the Washingotn Times, Specter hints Kemp died of GOP agenda, Senator Specter uses the same type of emotional rhetoric which has become a trademark of the Liberal Left.
"If we had pursued what President Nixon declared in 1970 as the war on cancer, we would have cured many strains. I think Jack Kemp would be alive today. And that research has saved or prolonged many lives, including mine."Jack Kemp died Saturday evening of cancer. Mr. Kemp was a Quarterback for the Buffalo Bills before going on to be elected to Congress and was the Republican VP candidate of Robert Dole in 1996.
The Jack Kemp claim is one which cannot be proved, but fertilizes the political grounds for more Government Spending. It is in the same category as John Edwards' statement the day after Christopher Reeves died in October 2004. While campaigning for Kerry/Edwards in Iowa, Mr. Edwards said that if he and John Kerry were elected in 2004, the Democrats under Kerry's Leadership would mean that:
"If we do the work that we can do in this country, the work that we will do when John Kerry is President, people like Christopher Reeve will get up out of that wheelchair and walk again."Since we are going down the speculative path, why stop there? Why can't we also say that if the Democrats had not put up the wall between the FBI an CIA on Information Sharing, 9-11 would not have happened. After all the 9-11 Commission found that one of the primary obstacles to catching the 9-11 terrorists was the Clinton Administration's preventing the information developed by the CIA from being turned over to the FBI.
Why not add that if we (and the rest of the World) had not allowed Adolph Hitler the opportunity to expand this military in violation of World War I Treaties, we could have prevented World War II.
There are so many "WHAT IFS" in history this kind of game could go on forever. But to what end? These are claims which have an emotional political agenda. To make them is wrong because it clouds the thinking and prevents objective thinking and actions.
Note: Senator Arlen Specter was Chairman of the Labor, Health & Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee in April 2000 when Christopher Reeves testified to this committee. Senator Specter is a Cancer Survivor. Question for Senator Specter: If you really believe Jack Kemp would be alive if more Government Dollars were put into Cancer Research, why didn't you insure passage of more legislation to this end when you held the power in a Republican Senate?
For an excellent example debate on the merits of Embryonic Stem Cell research as a cure for Spinal Cord Injury, see THE WRONG PATH by James Kelly. Mr. Kelly is also a victim of spinal cord injuries and has debated Christopher Reeves on this subject.