The Republican controlled House of Representatives has voted to loosen restrictions on stem cell research. The state of California has passed legislation to provide three billion dollars for such research. I believe New York is considering the same thing. The South Koreans have just made a significant breakthrough in stem cell research which threatens to leave the U.S. behind in this type of science. Bush, however, is going to veto anything that smacks of genuine stem cell research. So much for the 21st century. But this is not surprising. Bush has been Mr. anti-science all along, preferring religious interpretations over science in one field after another. There is no longer any such thing in the U.S. as the separation of church and state. In fact, with this veto Bush will demonstrate that religion rules the United States, or certainly attempts to do so. The claim is there will not be enough votes to override the veto. If this is true we are in even bigger trouble than might otherwise be apparent. We should not be surprised at this. Bush/Cheney have done everything in their power to turn the clock back to the 18th century where a small elite of extremely wealthy people will rule and the remainder of humanity will simply be peasants or serfs or slaves or whatever. This process of converting American culture into a form of medievalism is already underway.
Keep your eyes on Bolivia. What is going on there at this very minute is quite likely what is going to have to happen in the United States in the not too distant future. The masses of people are rebelling against the corporations that have been systematically raping and stealing from them for so many years. They are demanding that their resources be used for the people instead of merely obscene corporate profits. This is what has already happened in Venezuela and elsewhere in South America. True democracy is on the march there and I doubt that it can be turned back without gigantic wars without end. And happily the U.S. does not have enough military power to enforce U.S. will on the entire world as has become obvious in Iraq. People in South America and elsewhere are not stupid; and they have finally realized the gigantic protection racket the U.S. and the World Bank have used against them. They are not going to take it any longer. And I doubt there is anything the U.S. can do about it. Perhaps happy days may eventually be here again.