President Obama said last night that it’s a good idea for parents to have their children vaccinated against easily communicable and dangerous diseases. Well, duh, right? Common sense, right?
Oh, but not if you’re a Republican.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday said the government needs to strike a “balance” between public health and parental choice in making decisions about vaccinating kids, even as an outbreak of measles is spreading among unvaccinated people in the United States.
“We vaccinate ours [kids], and so, you know that’s the best expression I can give you of my opinion,” Christie said when asked if he would urge Americans to vaccinate their children. “You know it’s much more important what you think as a parent than what you think as a public official. And that’s what we do. But I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well, so that’s the balance that the government has to decide.”
So what he’s basically saying is, “Well, y’know, it’s probably a good idea to get your kids vaccinated — I got mine — but when the government tell you to do something, you shouldn’t necessarily do it just because they say you should. Because freedom.”
I have to say that that’s probably the stupidest knee-jerk reaction you can get from anyone, and Chris Christie is not just anyone. He’s going to run for president. So in the name of freedom, he’s telling America that it’s all right with him if people go around infecting other people with a highly communicable — much more than Ebola — and potentially dangerous disease. Measles may sound cute, but people die from it.
The most maddening thing is not the fact that measles had been mostly eradicated in the United States through vaccination fifty years ago, but the fact that not even four months ago Gov. Christie had his tits in an uproar over the Obama administration not doing enough about the pandemic of Ebola that was sweeping the nation. Now he’s worried they’re forcing vaccination down our throats.
What the fuck is wrong with you?
UPDATE: Now he’s trying to back out of it. Too late, Copernicus.