What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
I was flabbergasted to run across an Associated Press article which speaks of the tyrannical mandates coming out of Texas:
Gov. Rick Perry ordered Friday that schoolgirls in Texas must be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, making Texas the first state to require the shots.
The girls will have to get Merck & Co.’s new vaccine against strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, that are responsible for most cases of cervical cancer.
Lest you pass over the seemingly good intentions of the politicians in this scenario, the article continues:
Merck is bankrolling efforts to pass laws in state legislatures across the country mandating it Gardasil vaccine for girls as young as 11 or 12. It doubled its lobbying budget in Texas and has funneled money through Women in Government, an advocacy group made up of female state legislators around the country.
Perry has several ties to Merck and Women in Government. One of the drug company’s three lobbyists in Texas is Mike Toomey, his former chief of staff. His current chief of staff’s mother-in-law, Texas Republican state Rep. Dianne White Delisi, is a state director for Women in Government.
Conflict of interest, anyone? Corrupt politicians with open pockets catering to lobbyists rather than their constituents? That doesn’t happen, right? Pshh..
Clearly such an atrocious invasion of medical privacy and individual rights could not be passed without the following caveat:
Texas allows parents to opt out of inoculations by filing an affidavit stating that he or she objected to the vaccine for religious or philosophical reasons.
Even with such provisions, however, conservative groups say mandates take away parents’ rights to be the primary medical decision maker for their children.
Such a provision will appeal to the small handful of informed parents who oppose this gross assumption of governmental authority in the life of a private citizen.
But what about the masses of ignorant, uninvolved parents who have no idea that this is going on? What about the misguided ones who don’t realize that the government has no place to mandate vaccinations on its citizens and dictate their personal, medical affairs in this regard?
The government has no authority, no right, and no reason to mandate the inoculation of private citizens. This legislation should stir up a revolt amongst the citizenry, but I fear and suspect that most parents will putter around as sheep in the corral, praising Napoleon and Squealer for their benevolent intentions and watchful protection of the children.