Tuesday, January 24, 2012

MS And Two Presidential Candidates

Ann Romney was diagnosed with MS in 1998.
Newt Gingrich simply has to go away! It's bad enough he has been married three times, but he left his second wife in part because she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Not only did he leave her, he engaged in a six-year affair with his current wife. Is this the kind of man we want running our nation?

At first I thought it was inappropriate and not relevant his second wife discussed his desire to have an "open marriage." Now I commend her for refusing to participate in a "tell all" book about what must have been her hellish journey with this unethical and obviously cruel person.

What is even more startling is Mitt Romney's wife of 42 years is also battling multiple sclerosis. She was diagnosed in 1998 and keeps her symptoms at bay with a combination of traditional and alternative treatments. Clearly Romney is the most ethical of the two candidates which leads me to question why Gingrich won in conservative South Carolina.

Stephen Colbert also deserves a boot to the head for suggesting MS is terminal on his comedy show which aired on January 23, 2012. MS is not usually terminal. In fact, the majority of patients live a normal life span. His reference to Gingrich's campaign being "terminal" in a comment linked to MS was absolutely ignorant.

The most recent civil rights movement in this nation is The Americans With Disabilities Act. It passed in 1990 and was a rather short document. The battle for rights in the past twelve years has resulted in confusing and contradictory laws and documents that could literally fill several rooms. Like every civil rights movement it begins on a personal level. As many activists say, "The personal is political." Gingrich gets my official proverbial boot to the head today. May he trail in the polls for his behavior. -Alison Whiteman

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