Presidential candidates are in trouble for not following “science.”
Chris Christie and Rand Paul both made some “controversial” comments about vaccinations. I put controversial in quotes, because what they said was completely non-controversial in reality, but the media, largely driven of course by drug companies, acted as if Christie and Paul both must want to kill all children.
Everyone knows that vaccinations are our savior. What newborn babies need first and foremost, before they imbibe their mother’s milk, is half a dozen shots of vaccine. And any disorder or death that happens to follow is purely coincidental and isn’t anyone’s fault, except for maybe the parents for not vaccinating sooner.
The vaccine manufacturers have made themselves immune from any of those types of lawsuits. If they’re so sure that what they’re doing is perfectly safe and healthful, why bother buying themselves immunity? If they’ve done nothing wrong, they should have nothing to hide. At least that’s what the TV taught me.
So now, liberals and big government “conservatives” are up in arms over Paul’s and Christie’s innocuous comments about vaccinations. Ken Shepherd with Newsbusters reported:
MSNBC host Chris Matthews took Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) to task on his February 2 Hardball program for statements which he argued gave succor to so-called anti-vaxxers, parents who refuse to vaccinate their children out of unfounded or overblown safety concerns. Matthews suggested both politicians were cynically angling for anti-vaxxer votes in the 2016 primaries at the cost of public health.
By contrast, Matthews hailed President Obama for telling NBC’s Savannah Guthrie in a weekend interview that “the science is, you know, pretty indisputable…. There is every reason to get vaccinated, there aren’t reasons to not get vaccinated.”
For his part, MSNBC contributor Howard Dean, a medical doctor and former presidential candidate, agreed with Matthews’s take (emphasis mine):
“I think [Christie’s] pandering. This is the second time for him on public health. In general, politicians shouldn’t talk about something they don’t know anything about, and he clearly doesn’t know anything about public health.”
The politically correct opinion to have is that vaccinations have saved humanity from certain death, and the government, backed with scientists and vaccine manufacturers, know what’s best for us. Because scientists have never lied or manipulated data to help a government or corporation push an agenda.
So, what were their highly offensive comments? Noah Rothman with Hot Air opined on Christie’s statements that were on par with holocaust denial, disputing the Moon landing and questioning manmade global warming:
There is no debate over the efficacy of vaccinations or the need to vaccinate children against serious diseases. Outside of new age enclaves in places like Lagunitas, California, where the parents of ticking biological time bombs commit to meditating on the issue before determining that it is in their child’s best interest to subject them to medieval infections, most Americans agree that vaccinations and herd immunities are critical civilizational advances.
That’s what President Barack Obama said when he was asked about a recent outbreak of the measles, a disease that was at one point contained but has since enjoyed a comeback because a number of self-absorbed parents have decided to project their lost sense of uniqueness onto their children. “You should get your kids vaccinated,” the president said in an interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie broadcast on Monday. “The science is, you know, pretty indisputable. We’ve looked at this again and again. There is every reason to get vaccinated, but there aren’t reasons to not.”
That’s the correct answer. There are no two sides to this issue, and it’s nice to see the president refuse to vacillate or hedge despite some differences of opinion shared by many in his party’s base. Obama’s refreshingly incautious and unmistakable pro-vaccine advocacy casts an even more negative light on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was also asked for his take on preventable outbreaks of diseases like measles and whooping cough. The Garden State’s tough-talking, no-nonsense governor, whose frankness is the very foundation of his political appeal, decided it was in his interest to vacillate on whether vaccinations are necessary.
“Mary Pat and I have had our children vaccinated and we think that it’s an important part of being sure we protect their health and the public health,” Christie told reporters here Monday. But the likely Republican presidential candidate added: “I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well, so that’s the balance that the government has to decide.”
Rothman’s first sentence is “There is no debate…” Doesn’t that sound an awful lot like the global warming “debate?” They say there is no debate. The science is settled.
Did you read Christie’s highly offensive comments? He basically said that he thinks vaccinations are important, but that it’s not something the government should force on people (probably depending on the vaccine.) His words were controversial, simply because he didn’t bow down to the vaccination crowd and endorse universal, government-mandated vaccinations, something that the manufacturers would love.
Essentially, what he’s guilty of is being pro-choice. He says that vaccinations are important and all that, but the government shouldn’t be used to force vaccinations on the population. Liberals and big government “conservatives” will say that they’re for freedom of choice and getting the government out of our lives, but they don’t mean it. They like the idea of government-mandated vaccinations. “My-body-my-choice” liberals like the idea of government bureaucrats controlling their lives and the lives of their little kids. So, these people aren’t actually pro-choice. They’re pro-State. If the State says that something should be mandated, then it should be mandated, and no one should question it. Just submit.