The “vaccine debate”

Posted by Troy on 8th February 2015 in Current Events, Political

Okay, soooo… what’s going on here?

Suddenly, we are debating vaccines?  Are we kidding each other?  We are making out that this is somehow an issue that the President and “presidential hopefuls” have to weigh in on?  Let me break it down cold and hard for you.

Vaccines are proven science that they can prevent the spread of diseases.  Several diseases have been eradicated using vaccines.

That being said, the government has no business saying that you HAVE to get them.  The Left has absolutely lost their minds.  They have said that the government has a right to require you buy a product (health insurance), and now the Left wants the government to tell you that you HAVE to get vaccines.  On what premise?  Oh, on the public good.  The general welfare.  It’s a public health issue, don’t you know?

Here’s where that falls apart.  First, let’s point out that these diseases have been completely wiped out in America.  It is rare that anyone gets measles or mumps.  So, are we expected to believe that these diseases mysteriously appeared again?  No one has gotten a small pox vaccine in decades.  Why do we not have smalls pox cases?

The reason we are seeing measles return is probably because we are allowing “undocumented” children from south of the border to cross over.  Did you know that legal immigrants are required to go through a very thorough medical exam and get a lot of vaccines prior to coming over?  Illegal immigrants don’t have to do this.  Is it possible that some of these children came bearing the childhood diseases we wiped out years ago?  That does seem reasonable…likely even.

Of course, that’s the real reason we have this debate.  The Left is demanding that we debate if the government can mandate we take vaccines so that we won’t have time to question, “Wait, where did these diseases come from?”

Of course, the “research” says that it is a direct result of these nutso trendy Hollywood types not getting their kids vaccinated.  Um…so again, where are the small pox deaths?  Haven’t had that vaccine in a while.  Just saying.

Here is the thing – anything you put in your body has an effect.  Mercury may be a minor part of these vaccines, but it is in there.  It is a heavy metal and stays in the body for your entire life.  Maybe that’s a worthwhile price to you.  Maybe it’s not.  But that is your call, not the government’s.

Not all vaccines are created equal.  I do not recommend everyone go out there and get vaccines for every known disease.  If there was a vaccine for Ebola, I probably wouldn’t get it.  Why?  Because I live in America and doubt I will ever get Ebola.  People should make rational decisions to get a vaccine based upon the consequences of the disease and the likelihood of getting the disease.  If the disease will not cause lasting harm or death, why bother getting it?  If it is unlikely you will catch a disease, why bother getting it?

It is a dangerous path when you start giving the government the right to mandate your take an action or buy a product.  Where does it end?  Let’s allow this.  Oh, but then they say that global warming is a public health issue.  The number one greenhouse gas is methane from cows.  So let’s ban the eating of beef and kill off all the cows and have people eat soy and other plant matter for protein.  Exactly, how is that any different?  Public health issue.  Solved by mandate.

If you get your children vaccinated, they are protected.  [I am aware that sometimes the vaccines are not effective, but in the vast majority of cases, they are.]  If your neighbor doesn’t get his child vaccinated, and that child dies, it is HIS tragedy.  It was his decision, and he has to live with the consequences.  It is none of your concern, and it damn sure isn’t Uncle Sam’s concern.

Long Live the Constitution!

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