As you’ve seen in many of my previous posts, I am uncompromising in the belief that freedom and responsibility should be joined at the hip. Sometimes it puts me at odds with the majority. Sometimes, my view about the bond between freedom and responsibility can be viewed the same way as interracial marriage was once viewed – as misogyny. Sometimes it makes me a target of obstreperous argument. So be it. Hit me with your best shot.
One of the places where I find myself under fire is my belief that vaccines should never be mandated, coerced or otherwise pushed by the state onto unwilling individuals. Vaccination should be a matter of informed consent.
I personally will never get a vaccine again, and if I had it all to do over, none of my children would have been vaccinated. I won’t belabor this article with my reasons. This is an article on freedom. I ask the reader to accept that I have done my homework, waded through the pseudo-science of both sides and reached this decision.
My daughter, on the other hand is getting her children vaccinated. I do not agree with this decision. But it is not mine to make. My grandchildren are her and her husband’s responsibility, not mine. No matter what happens I will not hold their decision against them. She and her husband will bear the consequences of vaccine injury should it occur, even though the state coerces her by not allowing her children in day care or public schools without a full vaccination schedule.
What I don’t like is the medical community’s position. The 1986 Vaccine Injury and Compensation Law exempts the drug companies that produce the vaccines from any civil lawsuits that would otherwise come from vaccine injury. State laws exempt hospitals, doctors, nurses and clinics from vaccine injury lawsuits. Parents with vaccine-injured children may get compensated if they can get on the docket, prove that their child was afflicted with a vaccine injury that is on the list provided by the 1986 law and last long enough in the system to get compensated. It takes 2 to 3 years to get through the process and only a third are compensated. The medical community bears no consequence.
But that is not enough for the medical community. They work the system so that parents are mandated or coerced into getting their children vaccinated. The common forms of coercion come in the vaccination requirements for daycare and for public school attendance. Some pediatricians will not see patients that are not vaccinated. You might ask what is wrong with that? The pediatrician has that right. I agree. The pediatrician does have that right. So what’s wrong?
The choice of whether or not a child is to undergo a medical procedure, including vaccination, belongs to the parents. They are the ones who have the responsibility to care for the child should the child get sick. (The pediatrician is hired help, not the responsible caregiver.) The parents bear the consequences of possible sickness if the child does not get vaccinated and the consequences of vaccine injury if the child does get vaccinated.
Make no mistake about it. The medical community pushes the laws that force parents to vaccinate their children. That puts them in the position of taking the freedom from the parents while leaving them with the responsibility to bear the consequences of having their children vaccinated. This is so wrong. Freedom and choice belong to the persons who bear the responsibility. The medical community does not bear the responsibility. The medical community is exempt by law from responsibility. Therefore they should not have anything to say about whether or not a child gets vaccinated.
I know that for many, this is sacrilege. Many believe in vaccination just as fervently as an evangelist believes in religion. Some may say that I do not have the right to spread disease. I don’t have that right. I have the responsibility to isolate myself so that I do not get others sick. Do you feel I should be excommunicated for this? Are you telling me that there are times when freedom and choice should not belong to the person bearing the responsibility? Where does that end and who is the elite person who gets to decide?
Sometimes supporting the union of freedom and responsibility will put me in an unpopular position. In this case most parents either support vaccine mandates or feel indifferent and don’t want to hear arguments from either side. I believe in freedom with responsibility. I have to be against vaccine mandates.
I hope I have hit a nerve (no pun intended). The marriage of freedom and responsibility should never be rent asunder, not even for the greater good.