Everything You Need To Know About Michael J. Fox’s Campaign Ads
A lot of people have been talking about the Michael J. Fox ad. To tell you the truth, it’s really a pitiful ad all the way around.
To begin with, what Ann Coulter said about people like the Jersey Girls, Cindy Sheehan, and Max Cleland in her book Godless is every bit as applicable to Michael J. Fox:
“…(T)he Democrats hit on an ingenious strategy: They would choose only messengers whom we’re not allowed to reply to. That’s why Democratic spokesmen these days are sobbing, hysterical women. You can’t respond to them because that would be questioning the authenticity of their suffering.”
“Perhaps the Democrats could find an orphaned child whose parents were brutally hacksawed to death to put forth their tax plan. If these Democrat human shields have a point worth making, how about allowing it to be made by someone we’re allowed to respond to?”
Number two, as Sister Toldjah has pointed out, Fox has deliberately gone off of his medicine before in order to play on people’s emotions:
“I had made a deliberate choice to appear before the subcommittee without medication. It seemed to me that this occasion demanded that my testimony about the effects of the disease, and the urgency we as a community were feeling, be seen as well as heard. For people who had never observed me in this kind of shape, the transformation must have been startling.”
Does it bother people a little that it’s entirely possible that Fox may have done the same thing here in order to manipulate the voters in Missouri and Maryland?
Third, the amount of misinformation on embryonic stem cells out there is absolutely staggering. Basically, you have desperate people like Fox and Nancy Reagan out there pushing embryonic stem cells because they’ve been told that it may be a miracle cure for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. But, the hard, cold reality is that embryonic stem cells have never cured anything in a human and it’s entirely possible that they never will. In fact, the reason why embryonic stem cells need federal funding in the first place is because private industry doesn’t think ESC’s are worth sinking money into. So, we’re really getting to the point where the push for embryonic stem cells is not just wasted money, it’s turning into a cruel method of offering false hope to people like Michael J. Fox for political purposes.
Last but not least, the one thing I dislike the most about this sort of commercial is that there is a very obvious response to it: you go get someone else with Parkinson’s and you put them on TV talking about how great Jim Talent or Michael Steele is and why embryonic stem cell research is a farce. Is that what politics should really be all about? Dueling sick people trying to draw in “pity votes?” Apparently, a lot of Democrats, including Claire McCaskill and Ben Cardin think so — and that’s too bad.
PS: Fox? I have sympathy for him because he’s ill and I wouldn’t wish Parkinson’s disease on anyone. However,what they’re obviously hoping here is that people will vote for McCaskill or Cardin because they feel sorry for Michael J. Fox. Since Fox has decided to use his affliction to score cheap political points, he doesn’t deserve to be given a free pass just because people, quite understandably, feel bad for the guy.