Seeing that everyone else was paying tribute to Ronald Reagan, John Kerry used the Democrats' weekly radio address to get in on the action. Predictably, Kerry got it exactly wrong.
Always alert for a political opportunity, Democrats have seized upon the grieving Nancy Reagan's support for stem cell research as the way to leverage President Reagan's death into a political advantage. The Media has dutifully lent a hand, by mis-reporting the Bush Administration policy as "anti-stem cell research," and by assuming a childlike credulity toward the fantastic assertion that such research is a short-cut to a cure for Alzheimer's Disease.
In his remarks, Kerry appealed (putatively on behalf of Mrs. Reagan, the memory of a beloved President, and that unassailable argument-ender "Science") for government authorized harvesting of new stem cells from human children whose life is ended during the embryonic stage, in order to perform research that will, according to Kerry, save millions of people from suffering Alzheimer's Disease, as Ronald Reagan did.
But creating a market for traffic in human parts -- no matter who may benefit thereby -- is no way to honor Ronald Reagan, whose entire moral perspective was opposed to sacrificing unborn children to our conveniences. In his book, "Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation," President Reagan inveighed against just such "a social ethic where some human lives are valued and others are not."
Moreover, it is telling that Kerry's Liberalism is so systematic that he views even Ronald Reagan as a victim. But Reagan's entire life, including his brave sunset struggle with Alzheimer's, belies the premise of victimhood. Whether rising above a childhood in the home of an alchoholic father, or bringing down the Berlin Wall, Reagan's was a life characterized by the overcoming of obstacles. When the former President learned of his affliction with Alzheimer's Disease, he bore it with consummate grace and optimism, believing that everything happens for a purpose, and that God would use this circumstance for good. Reagan took the occasion of his 1994 farewell to the Public to encourage Americans about their bright future, and express his gratitude for their having given him the opportunity to serve them. Evidently, Reagan hadn't gotten the word that he was a victim.
Sorry Monsieur Kerry, but Ronald Reagan as Victim is laughably implausible casting. Nevertheless, John Kerry's cluelessness about the meaning of Ronald Reagan's life and Presidency should come as no surprise. Elitists who pride themselves on their nuanced views have never grasped The Gipper's simple and true understanding of right and wrong, good and evil. Living in a moral fog that never afflicted Ronald Reagan, nuanced elitists like John Kerry bask in the applause of other nuanced elitists, while simple and noble men like Ronald Reagan inspire nations, tear down walls, defeat evil empires and make the World better by what they give, not by what they strip from the corpses of the helpless.
Yes, when it comes to misunderstanding America and great Americans, John Kerry has something akin to perfect pitch: as with his attempt to cast Ronald Reagan as a victim, Kerry is almost infallible at getting it wrong.