The Man is just not wasting time fixing Bush’s various messes.
Thursday January 22, 2009.20:56 GMT – Guantanamo (and others similiar) ordered closed
Friday January 23, 2009. 14:10 GMT – Stem Cell Research gets the go-ahead.
Saturday January 24, 2009. 00:30 GMT – Ban on Abortion Funding Lifted
The first marks the erasure of one of the largest stains on the ethics and human-rights of the western world. I’m quite uncompromising on this and say that there is isn’t any way to justify outright torture. I don’t want to go into the details of the why and the how since I just had breakfast.
The second and third are intrinsically tied (atleast for naysayers), and I have been waiting and hoping for for a long time for someone, anyone, to make this happen. The US was one of the largest supporters of family planning and the ‘Gag Order’ on abortion funding by Bush effectively broke down a lot of family planning worldwide. Most painfully, Africa. Dear ole Bush’s reasons, officially, include the bizarre statement that the UN Population Fund supported chinese forced infanticide. OK. Anyone else believe that. The real reasons are of course pressure from the ultra-religious-conservative lobbies and interest groups that he just could or would not refuse. Whether in these 3 cases or repealing the restrictions on assault weapons (anyone got a good reason for that?)
As for the stem cell thing. the potential benefits overwhelm the 1-legged moral argument. imho.