Political Scene Drags Vaccine Choice Into Pre-Framed Debate
On February 3rd 2015, Hillary Clinton took to social media to blast “anti-vaxxers” and those who she obviously views as science-deniers. Clinton’s tweet aimed at those who question the safety or effectiveness of vaccines came on the heels of President Barack Obama’s statement that vaccines are good for children.
Clinton’s Tweet also came shortly after Senator Rand Paul was raked over the coals for daring to suggest that parents “have some input” on whether or not their children are vaccinated. Paul also hinted that he believes vaccines are capable of producing adverse side effects like brain damage in children.
Paul was immediately treated as a “science-denier” and an extremist by suggesting parents should have the freedom to opt out.
While Clinton’s tweet puts her in the pro-vaccine camp along with Barack Obama, it is interesting to note that Presidential hopeful Clinton in 2015 is at odds with Presidential hopeful Clinton in 2008.
Indeed, in 2008 Clinton stated to a campaign trail audience that she “was committed to determining ‘what, if any, kind of link there is between vaccines and autism.'”
Clinton made no mention of what caused this abrupt 180 degree change of opinion regarding vaccines. Yet there is little doubt that, at least today, Clinton is in full support of childhood vaccination. Although Clinton did not state specifically whether or not she believes a parent has the right to choose to opt out or not, given the manner in which the mainstream media has framed the debate and painted those who indicate that parents should have that right as villains, one would be justified in assuming that she does not. This is because Clinton was not subjected to the abuse that Rand Paul and Chris Christie were.
While the debate seems to be centered on the question of choice, rather than the question of safety or effectiveness, the science is most certainly not clear in proving the case for vaccines. Indeed, most independent studies of vaccination have much less favorable results than studies funded by the industry. In fact, those studies which have demonstrated that vaccines are safe or effective, have been proven to be the result of rigged procedures.
As for the debate regarding choice, how is this even a debate?
Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, and The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria. Turbeville has published over 300 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.