As Chris Christie’s presidential hopes fade into obscurity, we are reminded once again that he is no stranger to controversy, continuing to drive a detrimental stake into his political relevancy. Earlier this week, Christie came out in support of questioning the government mandate for vaccinations, and argued for “balance” on the issue, proving once again that the Republican party is a shill and stands in stark contradiction to facts, so long as it helps push forward their agenda. In this case,however, one has to wonder what that would even be, as there doesn’t appear to be a profit motive involved, just sheer idiocy.
According to Christie:
I didn’t say I’m leaving people the option. What I’m saying is that you have to have that balance in considering parental concerns because no parent cares about anything more than they care about protecting their own child’s health and so we have to have that conversation, but that has to move and shift in my view from disease type. Not every vaccine is created equal and not every disease type is as great a public health threat as others. So that’s what I mean by that so that I’m not misunderstood.
It’s not the first time that Republicans have stood in the way of facts, although that is not to say it is a character trait held to Republicans alone. Democrats have quite a track record themselves, with the anti-vaccination movement being one of the fact denying issues that started in the liberal camp. It is, however, the first public pronouncement by any hopeful contender for the Republican 2016 nomination. The medical and science community stand firmly rooted in adhering to facts, while this potential contender continues to move backwards.
I have met with families affected by autism from across the state and have been struck by their incredible grace and courage. Many of these families have expressed their concern over New Jersey’s highest-in-the nation vaccine mandates. I stand with them now, and will stand with them as their governor in their fight for greater parental involvement in vaccination decisions that affect their children.
Habakus then stated for the record:
I spent a lot of time with Governor Christie working on this. He’s been absolutely constant on this issue since I first met with him in 2008.
I think the clear and obvious answer in the face of any existential crisis is to look at the facts. With measles outbreaks on the rise in over 14 states, in addition to the number of unnecessary deaths, it makes one wonder when the government will step in and separate the unvaccinated from the vaccinated. Currently the numbers of preventable deaths stands at over 6,000 since 2007 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A conglomerate report put together by professional doctors and scientists shows the number of unnecessary illnesses at over 145,000 as of January 24.
It’s about time we took this debate and put it to pasture. In 1917, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Jacobson v. Massachusetts that states have the authority to fine individuals who chose not to vaccinate. This was reaffirmed and reinforced in 1922 when the court ruled in Zucht v. King that schools had the right to not admit students to schools if they had not been vaccinated. It’s a wonder to me if these schools that are having disease outbreaks due to the anti-vax movement have been shirking their constitutional responsibilities for the safety of children for fear of hurting the feelings of a few parents…
Isn’t it time we ended this dangerous exercise?
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