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October 16, 2007

Ballot language

Never have I seen such flagrant disregard for the duties of office as Secretary of State Robin Carnahan’s wording of a proposed constitutional amendment in Missouri (10/11, Local, “Cloning ban wording draws fire”).

She has taken the proposal language and completely reversed the intent of the citizens group sponsoring an amendment to ban all cloning in the state of Missouri.

Unfortunately, she apparently can misuse the power of the office to blatantly disregard the desire of the electorate. Such malfeasance, if unchecked, suggests the need for a recall of her position.

Jerry Fournier
Kansas City

Comments

bmmg39

"No we do not all think the admenment was deceptive. In fact most of us felt it was accurate. Are you going to tell me mr. Fournier that you are against the cloning of skin cells too."

Amendment 2 wasn't about "the cloning of skin cells." It was about creating new embryos via cloning (i.e. somatic cell nuclear transfer) for the express purpose of destroying them. The vast majority of Americans (and Missourians) opposes this form of cloning, too, and that's why the authors of A2 deceptively claimed that it would "prohibit cloning" when it reality it did no such thing.

"Maybe when ou actually pull your heads out of your rears you'll notice that your god isn't anywhere to be found."

I don't know if God exists or not, SkiDude. What I do know is that, scientifically, human embryos are human beings. That's a scientific fact, not a religious belief. You'll pick this up when you enter the seventh grade.

ksskidude

Bmmg 39 and the dude Jerry that wrote the original op-ed.

No we do not all think the admenment was deceptive. In fact most of us felt it was accurate. Are you going to tell me mr. Fournier that you are against the cloning of skin cells too. A procedure that saves the lives of burn victims, is that what your telling us, your against cures?

Whay don't you just be honest, and say that you think its against your religious beliefs. You think that the magical sky pimp won't approve.
Which is funny because your sky pimp is the biggest murderer of all. The biggest rapist of all, the biggest killer of children of all.
Maybe when ou actually pull your heads out of your rears you'll notice that your god isn't anywhere to be found.

bmmg39

Why are you so afraid of an honest vote, Scooter? We all know that A2 was deceptively written, and, as more and more people learned this, support for it dropped about 19% in a matter of weeks.

Engineer

This is one of the most troubling aspects of our systems in both States. Very often the wording on the ballots seems to have been drafted with the intention to confuse. Perhaps both States need a "non-partisan" committee charged with drawing up the wording for the ballot.

GCYL

“Such malfeasance, if unchecked, suggests the need for a recall of her position.” - Jerry Fournier

Why, Jerry, are you under the assumption that politicians can act differently?

ScooterJ

"... to blatantly disregard the desire of the electorate..."

Pot, Kettle is holding on line 2.

 
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