“State’s Right’s” is one of those things that Republicans never get tired of bleating. And there’s a good reason for it: removing the federal government’s authority allows the states to do all sorts of unpleasant things, ranging from an established state church (which some interpret the Constitution as allowing) to allowing the state the right to control people’s healthcare by banning medical procedures and treatments like birth control and abortion. Whenever someone talks about State’s Rights, what they’re really calling for is a defanged federal government for the same reason criminals want defanged police.
Scott Walker is one such man; he’s a known servant for our plutocratic aristocracy, and because State’s Rights benefit the kleptocrats of the Second Estate, he would naturally support it. In all areas, too: he commented on Wednesday that while he supports vaccinations for children, it should be up to the states to decide whether or not vaccinations should be mandatory.
What he’s really saying is “I don’t support vaccinations, because I want to leave the decision whether or not to make vaccination mandatory in the hands of the Mississippi State Legislature.”
Walker’s remarks are just the latest in a long line of remarks made by potential Republican presidential candidates regarding vaccinations, and they may be the winning remarks. Walker is on fire lately; he walked away having won the straw poll in Iowa, giving us a peak at just what we can expect from the Republicans later this year and going into next year. Walker has garnered a reputation as “uncompromising” among conservatives — meaning he doesn’t work with Democrats — and as a result, he’s become incredibly popular with the crowd who’s unforgiving vision of America embodies “My way or highway.”
Walker said on Wednesday that “My wife and I send out a card to all newborns, in conjunction with Hallmark, to encourage people to get vaccinated,” but he added that vaccines shouldn’t be mandatory, saying “I think it’s an issue that should be left up to the states, just like we’re doing here.”
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel pointed out that this means some states may end up making vaccinations optional. This doesn’t bother Walker, though. “It’s up the states,” he said. “The only difference is, state by state, some have no leeway, some have some flexibility. But everybody has a law on the books.”
I’m frustrated with how vaccinations have suddenly become an element in Part Two of the American Civil War. These Neo-Confederate Revanchists should just go crawl in hole and leave the rest of us alone in the 21st century. You lost. Get the hell over it already.
Just remember that the first argument for State’s Rights was “It’s the right of the state to determine if slavery should be legal or not.” The arguments for it, and the people making them, haven’t evolved politically, socially, or intellectually since then.