This is how a political hit-job is done:
Medical experts reacted with alarm Monday as two top contenders for the Republican presidential nomination appeared to question whether child vaccinations should be mandatory — injecting politics into an emotional issue that has taken on new resonance with a recent outbreak of measles in the United States.
First, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, while visiting a vaccine laboratory here, called for “some measure of choice” on whether shots guarding against measles and other diseases should be required for children.
Then, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), an ophthalmologist who is also readying a 2016 campaign, said in two U.S. television interviews that he thinks most vaccines should be voluntary, citing “many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.”
“The state doesn’t own your children,” Paul said on CNBC, praising vaccines for their health benefits but insisting that the government should not mandate their use in most cases. “Parents own the children. And it is an issue of freedom and public health.”
The vigorous outcry in response to the remarks underscored the sensitivity surrounding the vaccination debate, particularly given a widening multistate measles outbreak linked to a California theme park. Both Christie and Paul are leading GOP candidates who are likely to exercise significant influence over the direction of the 2016 primary race.
Boy, those anti-science Republicans sure are stupid.
“We’ve seen just a skyrocketing autism rate,” Obama said in April 2008 at a rally in Pennsylvania. “Some people are suspicious that it’s connected to the vaccines. This person included.”
(Shortly after the comments, Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor supplied a video showing that Obama had pointed to a member of the audience when he said “this person included.”)
Obama continued, “The science is right now inconclusive, but we have to research it.”
Senator Hillary Clinton, in response to a questionnaire from the autism activist group A-CHAMP, wrote that she was “Committed to make investments to find the causes of autism, including possible environmental causes like vaccines.” And when asked if she would support a study of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children, she said: “Yes. We don’t know what, if any, kind of link there is between vaccines and autism – but we should find out.”
I’m not a fan of Governor Soprano. I don’t much care for Rand Paul either. But this is bullshit.
The anti-vaxxer movement is part of the secular “New Age” religion that includes environmentalism. animal rights, organic foods, veganism, homeopathic medicine, and a whole bunch of other pseudo-scientific mumbo jumbo. In other words, anti-vaxxing is a Left-wing phenomenon. The most prominent anti-vaxxer in the country is Jenny McCarthy, and she’s definitely not a conservative.
But suddenly, according to the media, anti-vaxxing is a GOP platform plank.
Like I said – it’s a political hit job. The question is who ordered the hit – Jeb or Hillary?