Dumbassery

You Can’t Tell Me What to Do

President Obama says parents should vaccinate their children so, of course, some Republicans and conservative pundits are against it.

Fox News host Sean Hannity was accompanied on his show last night by the "Fox News Medical A-Team" who indicated that we should been vaccinating our children (but it shouldn't be mandatory), while Hannity insisted that he is "not trusting President Obama" to tell him "whether to vaccinate" his kids.

If President Obama is for it, we have to be against it.

Meanwhile, Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI) told MSNBC that the last thing we need is the oppressive big government telling us what to do.

"I want that to be my choice as a parent," Duffy, a father of seven, said said during an appearance on MSNBC's "The Rundown With José Díaz-Balart." "I know my kids best. I know what morals and values are right for my children. I think we should not have an oppressive state telling us what to do."

It wouldn't be a stretch to say that the GOP's vaccine contrarianism and trutherism will endanger the lives of children. That's exactly what it has done and will do.

I'm not necessarily looking forward to that moment when the presidential hopefuls are asked to raise their hands if they believe vaccination should be a choice.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    Wow, that must be a helluva dilemma.

    On the one hand, I can leave my child open and vulnerable to all sorts of nasty, debilitating, potentially-deadly and highly contagious diseases.

    On the other hand, I can feel like I’m being controlled and bossed around by The Government, and by the President that I didn’t vote for.

    Yea, I can see where that would be a tough decision.

  • bphoon

    Any excuse will do for these fucks.

    I guess this would mean that as a parent, I know what’s best for my kids and what’s best for my kids is to be vaccinated and not have to share air space with kids who aren’t. There used to be a day when you couldn’t go to school without being able to prove your vaccinations were current. That was just a fact of life and folks back then recognized that it was a public health matter that the “oppressive government” had a right to regulate.

    Seen on a bumper sticker some time back: “I don’t want my honor roll student sitting next to your patient zero.”

  • Christopher Foxx

    I think we should not have an oppressive state telling us what to do.

    “Like telling us we can’t kill our neighbors or empty our septic tanks into their yards.”

  • Badgerite

    Dear God. “Morals and values” is not what it is about. Public health and disease control is what it is about. And (gasp) – science. Exactly what expertise does the average person or parent have in the field of biology or disease control?

    • Christopher Foxx

      Exactly what expertise does the average person or parent have in the field of biology or disease control?

      But the mere act of being a parent endows a person with infallible knowledge about what is best for their kids. That’s why you never hear of any parent ever making a bad choice or harming their child.

      • Badgerite

        We did, in fact, have a case in this state of parents who prayed while their child died, right in front of their eyes from eminently treatable diabetes. They took their case all the way to the Supreme Court , which refused to hear it, claiming their choice to not seek any medical help for her was protected by the First Amendment. When a parent’s choice endangers the life of either their child or someone else’s, it is not a choice that can be shielded from government action by claiming parental rights. This is established law. At least in Wisconsin.

        • Christopher Foxx

          claiming their choice to not seek any medical help for her was protected by the First Amendment

          Fuck that.

          • Badgerite

            It was a very sad case. All around.

          • Christopher Foxx

            The death of a child always is. When that dead could have been easily prevented, but was abetted by the parents? I have no sympathy for their easily-avoided self-inflicted pain.

    • ninjaf

      It teaches the morals and values that they are responsible for the overall societal good. And Ayn Rand says that is bad. It must be true if a hypocritical atheist from the last century said so. Praise Jeebus!