My previous post involved an email I sent to the President on June 6, 2007 and the susequent response on May 15, 2008. Though I knew that the National Multiple Sclerosis Society had conducted a Public Policy Conference in Washington earlier in the month and that there had been a hearing regarding Stem Cell Research I simply failed to put it all together. The timeline and subject matter of all these events screams, "Not a coincedence!" Here's a brief synopsis from the MAY 20 MSACTIVIST blog post:
Society Chairman Testifies Before Congress in Support of Stem Cell Research
On May 8, Weyman Johnson, the National MS Society Chairman of the National Board of Directors, provided testimony to Congress in support of embryonic stem cell research.
Restating the timeline:
June 7, 2007 an email is sent to firstname.lastname@example.org supporting the newly passed Stem Cell Therapy Enhancement Act of 2007.
Shortly thereafter, on June 19, 2007, President Bush vetoed the legislation. No attempt was made to overturn that vetoe, and there was no response to the June 7 email.
Eleven months later, on May 8, 2008 the Chairman of the Board of the National MS Society testifies supporting Embryonic Stem Cell research.
One week later, on May 15, 2008 a letter is drafted in response to the June 7, 2007 email! I have to ask,"Why anyone, especially the White House, should bother to reply to an email after that long?" And, "How deep into the White House email archives did they have to dig to stumble into my original email?" My belief is that someone checked the archives for emails involving both, "Stem Cell research" and, "Multiple Sclerosis" and out came a boilerplate letter! Hmmm, I wonder if anyone else got the same letter?
Well, MS Awareness IS happening! AND Big(gest) Brother must be watching!