George W. Bush | Health | James Holsinger | News | Republican Party

BigGayDeal.com

As Holsinger is Scrutinized, Former Top Doc Says White House Muzzled Him

Two days before a Senate committee is scheduled to hold hearings on anti-gay surgeon general nominee Dr. James Holsinger, former surgeon general Dr. Richard Carmona, who was Bush's first surgeon general appointee, told a House committee that he was directed to keep quiet by the Bush administration on key health issues:

CarmonaSaid Carmona: "Anything that doesn't fit into the political appointees' ideological, theological or political agenda is ignored, marginalized or simply buried. The problem with this approach is that in public health, as in a democracy, there is nothing worse than ignoring science, or marginalizing the voice of science for reasons driven by changing political winds. The job of surgeon general is to be the doctor of the nation, not the doctor of a political party."

Think Progress adds: "Carmona revealed that when he tried to explain the science of stem cell research to the American public, he was 'blocked at every turn, told a decision had already been made, stand down, don’t talk about it.' Additionally, political appointees were specifically assigned to 'vet his speeches' and 'spin [his] words in such a way that would be preferable to a political or ideologically pre-conceived notion that had nothing to do with science.' He was also barred from speaking freely to reporters."

Given these statements, is it any surprise that Bush has put up for nomination a man who concluded that gay sex is "intuitively" unnatural and wrote in a paper, "In fact, the logical complementarity of the human sexes has been so recognized in our culture that it has entered our vocabulary in the form of naming various pipe fittings either the male fitting or the female fitting depending upon which one interlocks within the other. When the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur..."

If you'll remember, Holsinger also voted to oust a lesbian pastor from the clergy of the Methodist church and founded a congregation that advocated the "curing" of gays and lesbians.

Feed This post's comment feed

Comments

  1. The inmates are truly running the asylum aren't they?

    Scary.

    Posted by: jake | Jul 11, 2007 3:37:54 PM


  2. Sounds like Mengele. hehhehheh. Another brick in the wall.

    Posted by: Liberty Jacob Jackson | Jul 11, 2007 3:38:29 PM


  3. Unbelievable. Un f**king believable. This administration continues to warp the minds of Americans by picking what it choses to be worthy and appropriate science and religion for the masses. Aside from deceiving the American people (and the world) on WMD on Iraq to get us into a war for OIL, costing trillions of dollars after the Clinton administration handed over a SURPLUS of trillions to this corrupt administration, scientists came out that the White House muzzled their research results on global warming to keep people ignorant and spending at the pumps. Now THIS!?!? Health care is a joke, 2/3 high school students are dropping out, college education is a luxury most can't afford, school shootings and hate crimes have been on the rise since this administration, the U.S. has become a much more hated nation that seems fit to attack at will, social security is dwindling faster than the average American I.Q., and now the President wants to appoint a Surgeon General with an obvious religious/political agenda! When will the American people get off their asses and start writing/campaigning/forcing the issue of impeachment and a change! In the end, I fear all that will be heard from most American's are the sounds of crickets and reruns of "So You Think You Can Dance". Pathetic. Truly pathetic.

    Posted by: Cory | Jul 11, 2007 3:47:51 PM


  4. Carmona had a reputation for having balls, here in Tucson, including shooting to death a murderer who was firing his gun at people. I don't understand why he became a complete wuss and waited until after he left office to speak up.

    Posted by: homer | Jul 11, 2007 3:54:37 PM


  5. Homer: According to him, he wasn't given much choice in the matter. This administration has silenced many dissenting opinions and facts of scientists that have been under their "guidance". If this isn't a dictatorship then I don't know what qualifies as such.

    Posted by: Cory | Jul 11, 2007 4:05:04 PM


  6. In some bizarre twist, I bet Ronald Reagan is spinning in his grave.

    Communism was supposed to be the system where "political apparatchiks" vetted speeches so as not to embarrass the state or contradict the state viewpoint. It appears that the concept of ideology before intelligence is now firmly rooted in government here.

    I'll guess I'll start having to look for a date for the May Day parade.

    Posted by: Ed | Jul 11, 2007 5:02:02 PM


  7. In some bizarre twist, I bet Ronald Reagan is spinning in his grave.

    Communism was supposed to be the system where "political apparatchiks" vetted speeches so as not to embarrass the state or contradict the state viewpoint. It appears that the concept of ideology before intelligence is now firmly rooted in government here.

    I'll guess I'll start having to look for a date for the May Day parade.

    Posted by: Ed | Jul 11, 2007 5:03:39 PM


  8. I have to wonder about Dr. Carmona's agenda in this. He was a political appointee serving at the pleasure of the President, not a Civil Service position-holder from the beginning so why didn't he just quit in-protest instead of waiting 4 years? Did he figure he'd get a better book-deal if he stayed?

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Jul 11, 2007 5:30:18 PM


  9. I think he thunk... that he was getting paid. And you know there are too many docs that aren't able to put food on their families...

    The Administrations war on science is just mind boggling.

    Posted by: Rob Verkest | Jul 11, 2007 6:02:38 PM


  10. The Surgeon Gen. is the head of the Public Health Service. The US PHS is a de facto branch of the US military. Carmona took his orders from Bush, who was his Commander-In-Chief.
    Carmona was in it for the long haul so that he could retire w a VERY good pension. This was no different from the top US military officers who knew Iraq was a disaster but kept their mouths shut in order to preserve their retirement benefits.

    Suprisingly under commented upon was the cult-of-personality insinuations about the 3-per-page mentions of the tyrant Bush.

    Posted by: zabadak | Jul 11, 2007 6:49:48 PM


  11. imagine oversimplifying human sexuality by likening it to electrical outlets and plugs. simpleton.

    Posted by: sean | Jul 12, 2007 3:05:11 AM


  12. nevertheless, dollars to donuts, there's going to be some self-loathing, homosexual apologist defending this new obscenity from the theocratic repugs.

    Posted by: nic | Jul 12, 2007 6:50:47 AM


  13. ..."The Surgeon Gen. is the head of the Public Health Service. The US PHS is a de facto branch of the US military. Carmona took his orders from Bush, who was his Commander-In-Chief. Carmona was in it for the long haul so that he could retire w a VERY good pension. This was no different from the top US military officers who knew Iraq was a disaster but kept their mouths shut in order to preserve their retirement benefits."

    Dr. Carmona was NOT a Public Health Service officer, nor was he "protecting his pension". He was a political appointee from the private sector who already had a success career. From Wikipedia; "...
    Before being named Surgeon General, Carmona was the chairman of the State of Arizona Southern Regional Emergency Medical System, a professor of surgery, public health and family and community medicine at the University of Arizona, and the Pima County Sheriff's Department surgeon and deputy sheriff."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Carmona

    If he didn't like his treatment, why not just resign. He stayed 4-years, and now has a book deal. I question his integrity.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Jul 12, 2007 4:00:26 PM


  14. Is Dr. Carmona the only Bush administration department head who has come under this kind of "..vetting.." by "political apparatchiks"? What, exactly constitutes "...high crimes and midemeanors.." that would justify the impeachment of GWB?

    Posted by: Goodcarver | Jul 15, 2007 6:44:11 PM


  15. Upon being confirmed by Congress, Surgeon Generals are automatically given a commission as a Vice Admiral. It doesn't matter whether they had previously served in the military or not.

    And since retired Admirals - regardless of how they came into the position - are entitled to a sizable pension, I don't think Dr. Carmona is starving for money.

    It is important to remember that military appointments are not necessarily based on seniority or merit. And in the case of the Surgeon General, it is not uncommon to have former civilians appointed to the office. Although Whitney and Elders both served in the Army.

    Posted by: John | Jul 15, 2007 8:19:44 PM


Post a comment







Trending


« «News: Zac Efron, Gay Games, Ft. Lauderdale, Barbra Streisand« «