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Chuck Baldwin
Aug. 26, 2005

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist recently revealed his true colors on the life issue when he came out strongly in support of increased federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research. As a medical doctor, Frist obviously knows that in order for this to be done, human embryos must first be destroyed (killed).

Frist's decision to support the killing of newly-conceived babies flies in the face of previous declarations on the subject. For example, Frist has been quoted as saying, "I am pro-life. I believe life begins at conception. It is at this moment that the organism is complete. An embryo is a nascent human life."

In spite of Frist's statement acknowledging the life of a human embryo, he went on to say, "I also believe that embryonic stem- cell research should be encouraged and supported."

Make no mistake about it: the decision by Senator Frist to publicly support embryonic stem-cell research was both calculated and intentional. Senator Frist and the Republican leadership obviously decided that now was the time and Frist was the man to take point on this issue. The reason? They are preparing their constituencies for the 2008 presidential election.

The lesson from this calculation can only be that the Republican Party is planning to run a "pro-choice moderate" for president in 2008. Frist is merely breaking the ice, getting pro-life Republicans prepared to accept a pro-choice nominee. Will it work? I believe it will.

I have already heard leaders within the Religious Right say that they could support a pro-choice Republican nominee in order to defeat the Democratic nominee, especially if that nominee is Hillary Rodham Clinton. These statements, too, are calculated. One can bet that Karl Rove and the "super-stars" of the Religious Right have already held conferences on this subject.

Therefore, it would appear that Senator Frist has been delegated to be the Party's sacrificial lamb. Since he is the first major player (and supposed presidential hopeful) within the Republican Party to betray a major plank of the pro-life cause, he has doubtless been chosen to take the fall for the Religious Right, thus paving the way for a less vocal brand of pro-choicer to rise to the top. (Can anyone say, "Condoleeza Rice!"?)

There is another twist to the upcoming presidential election that bears watching. Could it be that Bush and Company know a pro- choice Republican nominee would cause rank and file conservatives to stay home from the polls in droves (as they did when Bob Dole was the Republican candidate) intending to give the election to Hillary?

The possibility that Bush and his handlers are preparing to give the presidential election to Hillary Clinton is nothing new. This is exactly what George Bush the Elder appears to have done for Bill Clinton back in 1992. Few people would say Bush deliberately lost that election, but even Bush's Vice Presidential running mate Dan Quayle acknowledged, "It was the biggest presidential campaign that never was."

Think of it: there hasn't been an occupant in the White House other than a Bush or Clinton since 1988. Moreover, it appears that this trend could continue for at least another decade.

What neither conservatives nor liberals seem willing to acknowledge is that the Bush and Clinton families have been the closest of friends for years. (Why else would G.W. Bush send a military transport plane to Australia to fetch Bill in the early moments following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001? He didn't do anything like that for Jimmy Carter!) These two royal families have been hobnobbing since back when George H.W. Bush was President and Bill was Governor of Arkansas.

For those people who believe America has too much freedom and must be brought into an international New World Order, this makes perfect sense. After all, now that "good boy" George has successfully pushed through that iniquitous, but ingenious, blueprint for Owellian statehood, a.k.a. the Patriot Act, the baton can be handed off to "bad girl" Hillary to do the dirty work.

I realize that most will consider this column nothing more than just another senseless conspiracy theory. (At least Mel Gibson loves it!) However, just for fun, why not save this column for Hillary's inauguration ceremony?

Chuck Baldwin

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