I hate politics. I hate writing about politics. It leads to nothing good… for me. But this CNBC Rand Paul interview hit me too hard for me to keep my mouth shut.
2/3/15 UPDATE: Vox.com points out that Dr. Paul’s statements regarding autism and vaccines are “even more bogus than you think.” Original post is below.
It started with this gif:
— Eric Bradner (@ericbradner) February 2, 2015
Shush you silly woman! The man is talking!
Now for the interview itself.
Paul tries to have it both ways about vaccines. This is not atypical of politicians on either side of the aisle. In fact, he says something that as far as I know is perfectly reasonable, which is the idea of spreading out vaccines instead of giving them all at once. OK. Sure. Why not?
But then he perpetuates the notion that vaccines are the sole cause of “normal children” (his words) turning into, well, I guess not normal children, because of vaccines. That puts him into the excellent company of Jenny McCarthy, MD. (Note: Jenny McCarthy is not a doctor. Rand Paul is.)
Then there’s this gem, which I haven’t seen anyone bloviate about yet, so let me be the first.
“The state doesn’t own your children. Parents own the children.”
Excuse me? “OWN?” I OWN my children? Am I missing something? I’m responsible for my children. But they are not, to the best of my knowledge, a thing that I own, like my television.
This is the song that comes to mind. It is called Politicians by a band called The Exploited. I’ll skip to the chorus.
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