We Shouldn’t Trade “Liberty” for “False Sense of Security”: Rand Paul Warns Against Forced Vaccination
By Matt Agorist
In case you haven’t been paying attention, there has been an unprecedented push by the mainstream media and government in 2019 to force all citizens to be vaccinated. This mandatory vaccine hysteria has so far been highly effective as governments across the country have proposed legislation to remove your right to informed consent.
Nonetheless, currently, across the country, there are over 100 bills filed in 30 different states proposing to expand, restrict or eliminate vaccine informed consent rights.
One of the states proposing legislation like this is Kentucky, who is represented by Senator Rand Paul. On Tuesday, Paul addressed the tyrannical idea of forced vaccinations during a Senate Health Committee hearing. His comments were spot on, logical and rational. However, the pro-mandatory vaccine crowd is tearing into him for it.
“As we contemplate forcing parents to choose this or that vaccine, I think it’s important to remember that force is not consistent with the American story, nor is force consistent with the liberty our forefathers sought when they came to America,” said Paul.
Indeed, forcing people to do things against their will—especially when it carries a medical risk or violates their religious beliefs—is the antithesis of a free society.
“I don’t think you have to have one or the other, though. I’m not here to say don’t vaccinate your kids. If this hearing is for persuasion I’m all for the persuasion. I’ve vaccinated myself and I’ve vaccinated my kids. For myself and my children I believe that the benefits of vaccines greatly outweighing the risks, but I still don’t favor giving up on liberty for a false sense of security.”
Paul then went on to address the fact that vaccines are not 100 percent safe.
“It is wrong to say that there are no risks to vaccines,” said Paul. “Even the government admits that children are sometimes injured by vaccines.”
The government has, in fact, admitted that vaccines are not safe and taxpayers have shelled out over $3.5 billion to hundreds of victims who were permanently disabled or killed by vaccines.
“Now proponents of mandatory government vaccination argue that parents who refuse to vaccinate their children risk spreading these diseases to immunocompromised community,” he declared. “There doesn’t seem to be enough evidence of this happening to be recorded as a statistic.”
The notion of “herd immunity” is what the forced vaccination advocates use to guilt people into going along with the removal of informed consent. However, the jury is still out on whether or not it even exists.
As Cornell, Harvard, and Stanford vetted immunologist, Dr. Tetyana Obukhanych, points out:
The finding that a rather large number of susceptible children routinely escaped measles during any particular outbreak gave optimism to the United States Public Health Service that herd immunity works at a threshold, which is considerably less than 100%. An official prediction was made that measles would be swiftly eradicated in the USA as early as 1967 by establishing and maintaining this readily attainable threshold via mass vaccination, which already started in 1963. This prediction failed to materialize and measles epidemics in the U.S. did not stop in 1967. The concept that vaccine-based herd immunity is readily attainable for the purposes of rapid disease eradication appeared to be invalid.
After Senator Paul’s comments, a pro-forced vaccination hit piece was put out by The Daily Beast who—like all the other media—used the non-epidemic measles “outbreak” to fear monger.
A lack of vaccinations fueled a measles outbreak that has sickened 69 people in Washington and Oregon and more than 200 in New York. In 2015, an outbreak that began at Disneyland sickened 147 people. While the initial case was not found, a study in JAMA Pediatrics, a peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association, indicated that a lack of vaccinations helped the virus spread more rapidly.
This “rapidly” spreading virus hasn’t killed anyone in the United States in years. Also, we are not sure where the “200” cases in New York happened, because, according to the CDC’s own data, there have only been 206 cases reported in the entire country so far in 2019. Does the Daily Beast have some access to medical records that the CDC does not?
What’s more, most people who get the measles make a full recovery within a week or so. Although the cited JAMA study does actually link unvaccinated people to measles cases, according to multiple other studies, the MMR vaccine is likely worse than getting measles.
In 2017, the Physicians for Informed Consent (PIC) reported in the British Medical Journal that every year, approximately 5,700 U.S. children suffer from seizures as a direct result of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
“In the United States, measles is generally a benign, short-term viral infection; 99.99% of measles cases fully recover,” said Dr. Shira Miller, PIC president and founder. “As it has not been proven that the MMR vaccine is safer than measles, there is insufficient evidence to demonstrate that mandatory measles mass vaccination results in a net public health benefit in the United States.”
While there is a risk of seizure from contracting measles, according to the data, the risk of developing seizures from the vaccine to combat measles is five times higher.
What’s more, the seizures from the MMR vaccine are far worse, according to the study, and can cause permanent harm.
“For example, 5% of febrile seizures result in epilepsy, a chronic brain disorder that leads to recurring seizures. Annually, about 300 MMR-vaccine seizures (5% of 5,700) will lead to epilepsy,” PIC points out.
By the pro-forced vaccination crowd’s logic, we should simply sacrifice hundreds of children a year to achieve an unproven theory of herd immunity. That is, of course, until it’s their child who is left permanently disabled by the vaccine.
The idea that a one-size-fits-all model can be forced on a population of 325 million people is utterly insane as people are different and react differently to various medications. As Rand Paul so eloquently stated, forcing people to give up their liberty to make safe choices, for some contrived ostensible security is not in the interests of a free or healthy society. Those who continue to push this notion are doing a disservice to all of humanity.
Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project, where this article first appeared. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Minds.