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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Myth Buster: Measles not caused by ignorant parents

I'm personally not against vaccinations.  I've had all mine, particularly my mandatory flu vaccination that reduces my chance of getting the flu by a whopping 23 percent.  Yet I certainly don't think the government should have the kind of power that mandates that people get them.

This is a subject that has risen once again as a bunch of people in California have contacted the Measles, a disease that was conquered in this country a long time ago.  Up until recently the disease did not even exist.

So making it mandatory to get the measles vaccination is not the issue here.  There is some other agenda at hand here.  I mean, everybody is blaming the un-vaccinated and no one wants to talk about why we need them in the first place.

Yet, considering this is a politically incorrect blog, I am going to tell you what the real cause of the Measles outbreak is: it is lapsed border control.

I know people don't want to hear it, but it's true.  If we secured our borders so that people could only get into our country by legal means, those with diseases would be screened at the border and not let in.  Diseases like the Measles would stay out.

Yet both republicans and democrats alike don't want to talk about this issue for fear that they might lose votes.  They have, in effect, put their own political ambitions ahead of their nation.  They would prefer to make laws forcing us to give up some (more) of our liberties so they look like they are solving problems and can get re-elected.

Simply put, if our borders were secure, there would be no measles in this country right now.  That's what this is all about.  That is the root cause of the Measles outbreak, not the American men and women who choose not to get their children vaccinated for whatever educated or ignorant reasons they have (CBS News Reports on the current debate).

But instead of looking at the root cause of the problem (lapsed borders), you have people in this country, those who want more government control over our lives, claiming that anyone who is anti-vaccine is a moron and a dunce.  So what if they are: people have a constitutional right to be stupid.

But I don't think the choice not to vaccinate makes anyone stupid.  It actually take courage and intelligence to challenge the consensus view.  It shows the ability in this country to think for yourself and the freedom to act in the way you choose as opposed to just being sheep and acting like everyone else.

It generally shows the fear that there may still remain risks to anything you put into the human body, particularly the body of a newborn baby.

Look, this is a free country.  And people have been given the choice to vaccinate or not to vaccinate themselves and their children for forever, and the Measles and many other diseases were exterminated in this country.

So now people with diseases are coming into this country with diseases, and the people getting blamed are not the people whose main job is to keep us safe from this type of thing, but innocent Americans.

Our ancestors fought so hard for us to "finally" obtain the right to choose, and now some of us are so eager to just give that up.  To me this is a sad day in American history to even be discussing this.

Again, I am not against vaccinations.  I am actually for them.  There are a few vaccinations I won't let my kids get, such as the HPV vaccination, but that's a discussion for another day.

Vaccinations are a wonderful invention, but they should not be mandatory. People have a God given right to choose what they put into (and what they don't put into) their bodies and the bodies of their children.

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J Tereba said...

So here's my issue with your politically incorrect statement. Not that its politically incorrect, but rather, patient zero in the California outbreak was legally in California as a tourist. Lack of vaccinations, in some school districts (thankfully not mine) is below 70% - well under what is needed for herd immunity. Its fine to have politically incorrect opinions, no amount of border control (we still welcome foreign tourists) would have prevented this outbreak.

Anonymous said...

Measles has a 10-14 day incubation period. Boarder controls will do nothing for persons entering the country from holiday on days 2-8 after contacting the virus. it's not coming from mexico

john bottrell said...

Are you sure?