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Friday, October 21, 2016

There’s been an outbreak on the right wing — of paranoia against big government making you get those insidious vaccinations against terrible diseases.

To be clear, anti-vaccination hysteria is a problem on the fringes of both the left and the right. (Possibly more so on the left, at least among regular civilians.) But in the case of the conservative extremes, they now have actual public officials and prominent commentators voicing the discredited idea that vaccines are dangerous — creating a new headache for more responsible GOP leaders to deal with.

It all started this week with some strange comments by New Jersey governor Chris Christie about finding a “balance” between governmental and parental choice. But pretty soon, Christie and his office tried to backpedal.

The poster child at this point is now Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), who after some earlier comments dug in even further in a particularly disastrous appearance on CNBC: “I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.”

Paul later released a statement, hoping to clear this up: “I did not say vaccines caused disorders, just that they were temporally related — I did not allege causation.” However, it has since been discovered by the right-wing Washington Free Beacon that in 2009 Paul appeared on fringe talk-radio host Alex Jones’ show, denounced mandatory vaccinations as the first step towards “martial law,” and said vaccines themselves were dangerous.

And now Paul has posted this photo of himself getting a booster shot on Tuesday — practically daring the liberal media to try and twist it around.

Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) has also gotten in on the action. During an appearance on MSNBC, he said that vaccinating kids should be up to parents instead of “an oppressive state telling us what to do.” He even went out of his way to defend anti-vaccination parents as smart and well-read people — in contrast to less informed people who are vaccinating — as opposed to simply being “a bunch of crackpots.”

In a segment on his Fox News show, Sean Hannity probably summed up the conspiratorial ideas quite nicely: “I’m not trusting President Obama to tell me whether to vaccinate my kids, by the way.”

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  • toptwome

    We were all vaccinated in my family and I made sure my child was vaccinated. People don’t want their children to get Measles or Polio or any of the things that vaccinations prevent. It is a travesty that any child would die because their parents did not have the sense to vaccinate them against deadly diseases that we have been able to rid the country of.

  • highpckts

    They don’t really care if you are vaccinated or not! This is a perfect wedge issue that the GOP thrive on! Ebola before the mid terms and now this! I just hope it doesn’t last for 2 years!!

  • Wedge Shot

    The GD MFing Republican, stupid, ignorant fools are determined to get children killed by readily preventable diseases. I hope their own children get one of these diseases and get seriously ill. I hope they get one of the diseases themselves and linger on their death bed for years.
    Darwin proved that the stupid die first so die first you science denying bastards.

  • Irishgrammy

    Most of the “anti-vaccinations” crowd started with my children’s age group between 40 and 50 and now younger, 20 to 30’s group, all vaccinated, and very few ever witnessing what polio, measles etc. can do to people! SO they get cocky, and truly believe they and THEIR children are infallible………………….WELL surprise, surprise they are not and certainly their children are NOT. I saw the after math of polio outbreaks when I was a child in the early 50’s and was one of the first to get the Salk vaccine, and we only had DPT vaccine and Smallpox vaccine. Rubella, Measles, and chickenpox came later. I knew kids that got measles and became very, very sick, some boys became sterile, had a neighbor boy who had severe outcome from polio with withered legs and braces for the rest of his shortened life. It never, ever occurred to me to not vaccinate my children, ever. I, to this day, continue to worry that children no longer are given Smallpox vaccinations, because it has been supposedly “eradicated”……maybe, maybe not, but I will guarantee if a Smallpox outbreak should ever happen, these same people who are so cavalier with their children’s lives will flood to their doctors for that Smallpox vaccine because of the dreaded outcome of Smallpox, why they don’t understand that same threat of polio is a mystery to me.

  • MichelleRose3

    Would y’all like to know what happens to the human body in the long term when you don’t get vaccinated properly? Listen to my little tale and then decide for yourself.

    My dad was in the USAF and in 1958, we were stationed in the Philippines. I’d had the basic vaccinations: diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus and chicken pox not long after I was born. But I was never vaccinated against rheumatic fever. It was a new vaccine, my dad was a low-ranking officer and it wasn’t even on his radar screen. Nor was it on my mom’s. She was having her own problems with rheumatoid arthritis and what was later diagnosed as MS. So I didn’t get the shot. But I did come down with something: flushed red skin, runny nose and eyes, fever, headache. The corpsman who examined me–remember, my dad was low-ranking; a first lieutenant–told my dad it was measles and to take me home and keep me in a cool, darkened room. (In the Philippines? Right) It took a couple of weeks, but I finally improved.

    The next year, we moved back to the States. I came down with something that–again–looked like measles. So Dad took me in and this time he was allowed to talk to a real doctor because he’d made captain while in the PI. The real doctor looked me over, listened to my dad explain that this was the second time I’d had measles and then went over me again with a fine-toothed comb. “Captain,” he said to my dad. “Your kid didn’t have measles the first time. It was rheumatic fever. And your kid is at risk for heart disease later in life.”

    You know what’s coming, don’t you? I was diagnosed with a Stage I murmur when I went out for tennis in high school. In my forties, it became somewhat more pronounced. In 2011, I had a full-scale heart attack: SVT’s at about 200 bpm. They did an angiogram and a trans-esophageal ultrasound and discovered that the mitral valve in my heart–between the left atrium and left ventricle–was calcified and scarred. I had full CAD: Coronary Arterial Disease. About a week later, they sawed me open, stopped my heart, cut it apart and installed a new mitral valve: stainless steel and Kevlar. They also took an electrocautery knife and scraped the surface of my heart to reduce its size because the scarred valve was making the blood back up into my heart and lungs. The next year, I had another heart attack. They missed the narrowing of the primary cardiac artery–scarring again–so this time they inserted a stent, a flexible sleeve that keeps the artery open so my heart doesn’t seize up. Heart attacks hurt like hell, by the way. Like someone applying a blowtorch while squeezing your heart with spiked gloves. I flatlined for the second one: dead for a little over two minutes. (No, I didn’t see God or my mom, although it would have been kinda nice)

    It’s a progressive disease, CAD. It’s going to kill me eventually. One by one, the heart valves will calcify and stop working and the doctors will have to replace them or replace my heart. Since I’m on full disability from SSA and on Medicare, a heart transplant doesn’t seem likely. Oh, and the heart meds they gave me for the first year after the first heart attack scarred my liver and now I have autoimmune hepatitis. That’s going to kill me right around the same time my heart gives out: in ten years or so, maybe fifteen if I’m lucky. No power on Earth will stop it.

    All because I wasn’t vaccinated against rheumatic fever. Just an oversight, a bit of an “oops.” But it’s cost me my strength–I used to rockclimb and ride my bike a lot–my chances at any job that involves even a little exertion–just walking up the stairs makes my head spin like a carnival ride–and I’m going to be taking a small pharmacy of expensive medications for the rest of my life.

    So, to those flamin’ idiots who think that vaccinations are a government conspiracy to give your child autism, I say: go for it, Chuckles. Condemn your child to either death or a lifelong illness or disability. Scream when he or she dies or is disabled for life, but don’t you DARE blame anyone but your stupid self for what you do to your child!

    THAT’S what happens when you don’t vaccinate your child!!!

  • It just goes to prove what I’ve suspected all alone.. The conservative right are contraries.. If even their OWN progressive party suggests one thing, the conservatives will swing toward the extreme right of it. Their contraries having to contend with compromise in a diplomatic Nation.. Hell on earth to them.