During the Congressional dog and pony show this week where individuals skeptical about vaccines were stigmatized and castigated in public on Big Pharma’s behalf, only one man had the courage to speak the truth to power: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).
Sen. @RandPaul on vaccines: "I still do not favor giving up on liberty for a false sense of security."
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 5, 2019
There is always a price to be paid for telling the plain truth in modern America, and Paul is paying that price. He is being savaged by totalitarian Big Pharma shills who would force shots into children without the consent of their parents.
One such bureaucrat, Rachel Levine serves as Pennsylvania’s secretary of health. She publicly chided Paul for standing for our fundamental rights.
“[The comments by] Rand Paul, that immunizations should not be required … seems to me, and I think my fellow pediatricians, to be completely wrong,” Levine said at a news conference at the Capitol. “The idea that these immunizations shouldn’t be required doesn’t make any sense.”
“Right now, our immunization rates for measles in kindergarten is greater than 96 percent,” Levine said. “One of the reasons that’s key is that it’s above the threshold of 95 percent, which is what is called herd immunity. Herd immunity means that enough of the population in an area is immunized that it’s unlikely to spread and lead to an outbreak.
“I want to make it very clear that childhood immunizations, adult immunizations such as the measles vaccine are safe and they are effective in preventing very serious illnesses, and they have been a public health victory,” she added.
Paul’s comments also earned him the ire of his bought-off Republican colleagues in the Senate, who hate having even one voice of reason among the swamp of Washington D.C.
“The requirement is just that you cannot enter school unless you’re vaccinated,” Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) said. “Now, if you’re such a believer in liberty that you do not wish to be vaccinated, then there should be a consequence, and that is that you cannot infect other people.”
“If you believe in liberty, that’s fine, don’t get immunized. But I don’t think you need to necessarily expose others to disease,” he added.
Unsurprisingly, Cassidy received an astounding $156,600 from the pharmaceutical industry in 2018 alone to spew the company line about vaccines and denigrate the individual rights of parents.
While we may not agree with every stand that Paul makes, we are all better served having at least one individual with the courage to stand up against entrenched corporate power on behalf of the people in the Senate.