Efforts to reverse stem cell amendment amount to ‘insurgency’

Thursday, August 30, 2007 | 11:11 a.m. CDT; updated 10:52 a.m. CST, Wednesday, February 4, 2009


What is it with the radical right-wing extremists who sit under the dome in Jefferson City? Questions concerning the legality of their legislative agenda and actions were hot and heavy during the 2007 legislative session. You do not have to read the opinion and editorial pages or listen to the liberal factions to understand that the Missouri Constitution and the voice of the people were openly and fiercely violated and disregarded.

Now these same anarchists, who oppose everything represented by our state and national governments, are actively challenging Missouri’s “Amendment 2,” of the people. This is an overt mutiny of the Missouri Constitution. It is an insurgency!

In November 2006, Amendment 2, formally cited as the “Missouri Constitution, Article III, Section 38(d)” and referred to as “Missouri Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative,” was put to referendum. The citizens of this state, by open and free vote, after months of discussion, argument and debate, took to the polls to amend the constitution of Missouri. We were not confused. We are not stupid. We knew what was at stake and raised our collective voice in an open and fair process. We voted for stem cell research and the cures that will result.

The margin of passage was narrow, but in our society, for 219 years of constitutional law, we live by majority rule and the majority has spoken. More than 2 million voters voiced their opinion and it is this: We, the people, support stem cell research in Missouri for deriving cures to devastating illnesses and injuries.

Now a radical branch of the right wing, misusing language, law and religion as their “proofs,” is openly and actively participating in an insurgency to overthrow the voice of the citizens. Their arguments are not supported by fact or reason, but by “common and perilous fallacies of logic and rhetoric.” These arguments were wrong in 2006 and are wrong today.

There appear to be two primary arguments against Section 38(d). The first: Section 38(d) allows for human cloning. This is wrong. The Missouri Constitution is clear on this subject, written in language that even the radical fringe should be able to understand. Section 38(d), paragraph 2 (1) says, “No person may clone or attempt to clone a human being.” Period! The punishments for violating Section 38(d), as written into the constitution, are severe and imposing. What is not to understand? The language is clear: Human cloning is not only a violation of law, but of the state constitution.

The second argument is that the voters were confused in 2006. The insurgency is saying that the citizens of this state are uneducated, lack the ability to read, and were collectively mislead, fooled and mesmerized. We, the citizens of Missouri, were not mislead, fooled or mesmerized. I will restate: We are not stupid.

The supporters of stem cell research are not mad scientists wanting to create the next Dr. Frankenstein’s monster. They do want to find cures for diseases like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s, and reverse the disabilities caused by spinal cord and closed-head injuries. They are fighting for life and for family values.

Those opposed, the so-called protectors of “family values” and the “right to life,” are denying research that can bring cures to an amazing number of people who suffer from illness and injury. They are denying life. They are denying family values. They seek to overthrow the government and the will of the people. I will stop short from calling them the “American Taliban,” but their actions are an open rebellion, an insurgency, against our constitution, our government and the American legal system.

We, the people, must stand in unison and at the top of our voice scream “STOP!” Accept the decision of the people. We have voted. We have spoken.

David Rosman is a business and political communications consultant, professional speaker and instructor at Columbia College. He welcomes your comments at

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