Vaccination shouldn’t be a political issue, it’s a public health issue that should be discussed between a patient and a doctor.
But that doesn’t stop the more Libertarian of the right wing from turning this into a political stance of “personal freedom.” For a political party that cannot for the life of them seem to wrap their heads around climate science, they sure seem to be experts on vaccine science — and some of their stances are downright dangerous and irresponsible.
To be perfectly fair, there is a faction of the left wing who are also vehemently against vaccination too, though it seems it’s less of a political stance and more of a naturalist, new-age-hippy ideology of keeping kids “safe” and “pure” that fuels the left into foregoing immunizations. Though, there aren’t many left wing politicians telling the liberal base to not partake in vaccines because they will make your children “retarded.”
The right wing however, likes to take the “don’t-tell-me-what-to-do” or “it’s-a-big-gubmint-conspiracy” stance on the issue of vaccination, and it’s the politicians on the list to come who add more fuel to this fire. While many would like to see a law requiring vaccinations (76 percent of Democrats and 65 percent of Republicans), it would seem the majority of the population would like to simply see the old laws return that require school age children be vaccinated before they enter public school or the child cannot attend.
Top Five Worst Stances On Vaccines By The Right Wing:
5. Ky. Sen. Rand Paul: Expected GOP primary presidential candidate, Rand Paul, says vaccines can cause mental disorders in some children. Even though there is no real science that would suggest multiple immunizations at one time cause mental difficulties in a healthy child, Paul suggests that parents should wait to vaccinate their children and to stagger the doses once they are older. What’s particularly troubling is Paul is a doctor, albeit an unlicensed ophthalmologist, but a man of science nonetheless, who has given into unfounded fears and has chosen to believe unproven pseudoscience.
I chose to have [vaccines for my children] delayed. Do I think it’s ultimately a good idea? Yeah. So I had mine staggered over several months. I’ve heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children, who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines. I’m not arguing that vaccines are a bad idea, I think they’re a good thing. But I think parents should have some input. The state doesn’t own your children, parents own their children, and it is an issue of freedom.
4. N.J. Gov. Chris Christie: Christie has been known to court the Libertarian base of the right wing, so it was no surprise the he, too, also supported the notion of “personal liberty” to forego vaccinations.
The New Jersey Governor said:
There has to be a balance, and it depends on what the vaccine is, what the disease type is, and all the rest. Not every vaccine is created equal, and not every disease type is as great a public health threat as others.
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.
3. Donald Trump: Apparently Trump hasn’t gotten the memo that there is no link between vaccinations and autism, let alone multiple vaccinations and autism. It seems that the toupee is really just a cover for Trump’s empty head.
2. Carly Fiorina: Considered the GOP’s secret weapon against Hillary Clinton, Fiorina may have already shot herself in the foot with her “choices” stance on vaccinations, because of the bipartisan support for public health over delusional parents’ rights. Fiorina also said there was a “big difference between measles and HPV vaccines,” but many are wondering what exactly the difference is, given both diseases can kill and cause health problems.
I think vaccinating for measles makes a lot of sense. But that’s me. I do think parents have to make those choices. I mean, I got measles as a kid. We used to all get measles … I got chicken pox, I got measles, I got mumps.
1. Michele Bachmann: There have been many ignorant things said about vaccines, but no one can beat what Bachmann said during a TV interview during the GOP Presidential primaries in 2011, when she suggested the HPV vaccine causes “mental retardation,” because one unknown woman said it was so. Bachmann openly attacked TX Gov. Rick Perry for implementing a requirement for the HPV vaccine that would save thousands of girls from cervical cancer later on in life. Rick Santorum also attacked Perry over this same law, undoubtedly because it would “encourage” young girls to become sexually active (eye roll).[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1mQKAHKs88?rel=0]
It’s important to know many of the GOP candidates actually do believe that community welfare trumps personal liberty in this case, because parents don’t always have their children’s best interests at heart. When a parent makes a bad decision for the welfare of the child, it’s not uncommon for the state to step in. They believe the needs of the many outweigh the wants from the delusional of this nation and actually do support vaccine requirements and fully reject pseudoscience that suggests vaccines are dangerous. Among those that support a vaccine requirement are Tea Party darling, Ben Carson, former Governor Rick Perry and Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Meanwhile, Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton tweeted: