Thursday, March 16, 2017
(3/16/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al
As always, I’ve been enjoying your analysis—politics and sports. In fact, you’ve over time become my go-to news aggregater.
The one thing that continues to puzzle me is your comments toward something where I largely agree with you, yet struggle to find logical/political consistency. Let me offer a couple of recent instances. A few weeks ago you wrote about a woman who is opposed to vaccinating her children, suggesting (rather cynically if not sinisterly) that the authorities should check in on her on a regular basis. Then today you wrote this: "Some folks feel the government should "force" everyone to do what they think is best. I don’t.”
I’m up to date with my immunizations, as are my children,* so it’s not as though I’m anti-vax. But I fail to see the coherent logic of your positions, esp when you are so strident in your statements about vaccination. It almost gives the impression that you think that something like abortion is tolerable (presumably because it is “my own body”), and you should be able to eat whatever you like, but controlling what goes into your body in the form of chemicals isn’t acceptable. This is particularly relevant in Australia because schools are beginning to exclude those who don’t vaccinate. I would have thought that this is a prime area for “everyone [doing] what they think best”. Why have you set the limits of liberty and personal responsibility at this point? How do you defend it without it sounding like a random decision or mere preference? Why is your preference important, and why should the government not exercise its preference in other areas if it can in this one?
*In the above comments I’ve exaggerated a bit. We didn’t give our boys the vaccination against cervical cancer.
Philip, thank you for writing. You seem like a regular, so I assume you know I pretty much always err on the side of freedom. I would certainly not force anyone to get their vaccinations, no matter how dumb I think it is not to. However, I would simply give parents of unvaccinated kids an easy decision...protect your kids and others against preventable illness or educate them at home or somewhere other than a public school.
There's a reason polio is no longer a crippling disease...we developed a vaccine. Yes, I realize a few kids are allergic or whatever, I'm not concerned about 1 out of 1000, I am worried about those whose parents see danger in an ounce of prevention but not a pound of illness.
Years ago, we had a pair of parents in the Wausau area who let their child die because they called in faith healers and hoped magic beans would cure their daughter's juvenile diabetes. They were rightly prosecuted and convicted of stupidity (I forget the exact charge, not seeking medical attention?) and served time, though an embarrassingly minor sentence. We can't coddle folks because they're backwards and ignorant.
3/16/2017 09:00:00 AM