I don’t usually link political stories here, but I read something today that sickened me so much that I couldn’t help but bring it to your attention. Of all the disgusting things this current administration has been behind, no testimony has been more damning to me than what the former Surgeon General, Richard Carmona, offered up to the Senate on Tuesday.
Here is just one example of many that Carmona offered up.
And administration officials even discouraged him from attending the Special Olympics because, he said, of that charitable organization’s longtime ties to a “prominent family” that he refused to name.
“I was specifically told by a senior person, ‘Why would you want to help those people?’ ” Dr. Carmona said.
The anti-Science wing of the Republican party is driving many intellectual conservatives from the GOP. The embarassing statements of most of the Republican candidates at a recent Presidential Debate, when they either denied that Evolution existed or tried not to say anything positive about the subject is truly mind-blowing to me. In the New York Times story by Gardiner Harris that the above quote came from, more is outlined about the nuttiness of the Bush White House.
The administration, Dr. Carmona said, would not allow him to speak or issue reports about stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison, mental and global health issues. Top officials delayed for years and tried to “water down” a landmark report on secondhand smoke, he said. Released last year, the report concluded that even brief exposure to cigarette smoke could cause immediate harm.
There is more insanity in the piece, which really makes me wonder what the hell is going on with the White House. I knew that publicly they made some pandering statements to the Christian right, but to actually ignore science behind closed doors is scary.