Amid an outbreak of measles that has spread across 14 states, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey on Monday said that parents “need to have some measure of choice” about vaccinating their children against the virus, breaking with President Obama and much of the medical profession. [New York Times]
IT IS positively shocking that the Republican Party has fallen so far as to be willing to allow an epidemic of measles to reenter the American populace. There is no freedom without public health policy that protects the populace from diseases and viruses, especially those that have already been eradicated through advances in… VACCINES.
Republican Sen. Rand Paul is standing by his statement that most vaccinations should be “voluntary,” telling CNBC that a parent’s choice not to vaccinate a child is “an issue of freedom.” […] “I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines,” he said. [NBC News]
This is so radically dangerous, but it’s also totally and completely wacko.
You’d think Roald Dahl’s story would be enough to awaken people.
Gov. Christie made matters worse for himself by doubling down on the fair and balanced routine. Mr. Christie has gone from torturing pigs to court Iowans, to deciding a measles epidemic is the ticket to get the nomination. For being so utterly stupid he deserves to be seen falling off the chair, a picture I wasn’t going to show and was unleashed because of a mad football fan, but perfectly pictures Christie as the buffoon he’s chosen to play in vaccine politics at this point, which could actually get kids killed.
“The Governor believes vaccines are an important public health protection and with a disease like measles there is no question kids should be vaccinated,” Christie’s office said in a statement. “At the same time different states require different degrees of vaccination, which is why he was calling for balance in which ones government should mandate.” [Washington Post]
Dr. Ben Carson, an extremist right-wing ideologue, weighed in as an intelligent doctor who knows the history of measles and the importance of vaccinations.
“Although I strongly believe in individual rights and the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit, I also recognize that public health and public safety are extremely important in our society,” Carson said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.
Carson said diseases of the past should not be allowed to return because of people avoiding vaccines on religious or philosophical grounds.
“Certain communicable diseases have been largely eradicated by immunization policies in this country and we should not allow those diseases to return by foregoing safe immunization programs, for philosophical, religious, or other reasons when we have the means to eradicate them,” Carson said in the statement.
This entire event is very disturbing.
The media reporting is close to ostracizing these politicians off the main stage, because what they’re suggesting is dangerous to the country they say they want to lead.
Even covering this story is beneath what we should be talking about today.
With politicians like this winning elections in our country, the U.S. will not lead the world, because we cannot even sensibly govern ourselves with this crew.