Over the last 12 hours, the issue of vaccination has been thrust into the national spot light. So far, every GOP official that’s spoken out on it has proven that they have no idea what they’re talking about — until now.
Gentlefolk of the Internet, I give you the GOP’s voice of reason: Dr. Ben Carson.
This really shouldn’t come as the shock that it does. Carson, after all, is a former pediatric neurosurgeon. He’s a doctor, and while he understands jack all about politics and reality, his specialty is medicine, and it shows here: he broke ranks on Monday by saying that there should be a strict vaccination policy in place, even for those who have philosophical or religious objections.
Savor that, and Rand Paul should take note: this is what a real doctor sounds like.
In a statement to BuzzFeed, Carson said, “Although I strongly believe in individual rights and the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit, I also recognize that public health and public safety are extremely important in our society.”
Carson added, “Certain communicable diseases have been largely eradicated by immunization policies in this country and we should not allow those diseases to return by foregoing safe immunization programs, for philosophical, religious, or other reasons when we have the means to eradicate them.”
Carson added that there were sometimes “exceptional situations” that would need to be addressed.
While this is far from an unambiguous statement, it’s not the typical “if-by-whiskey” statements we’re used to, either. He’s right that we shouldn’t let those diseases make a come back by cutting out vaccinations, he’s right that vaccinations kept them from coming back, and he’s right in that we need a stronger vaccination policy, even if he didn’t outright say it.
I guess I agree with something Ben Carson said?
I need a drink.