An ideology is a wonderful thing, and the strength of conviction is even better. But a funny thing happens when cold, hard reality starts to interfere with our hard-won ideological reality bubbles — people tend get real in a hurry. A few years after the anti-vaxxer movement (spearheaded by noted intellectuals Jenny McCarthy and Rob Schneider) started, we’re just starting to see the effects of emerging plague on children. Which means, pretty unequivocally, that sh*t just got real.
The anti-vaxxer movement has existed almost as long as vaccines themselves; and for most of that time, it’s revolved around either religious objections (“Jesus is the only doctor!”) or fearmongering about what’s in them. And those are pretty easy sells for professional fearmongers like Alex Jones and Michelle Bachmann, who are part of a group called “everyone alive today,” who never had to live in a world without vaccines. Who have never lived with a real fear of plague, which has killed more humans than every war and act of terror in history…combined.
But proving that no ideology is a vaccine against stupidity and paranoia,the anti-vaxxer movement has spread epidemically among Hollywood GenX anti-establishment types, whose childhood oppositional defiance disorders have blossomed into a kind of truly sociopathic idiocy. But amazingly, despite the fact that the anti-vaxxer movement has been pushed politically by libertarians and right-wingers like Donald Trump, even Fox’s own pet doctors can’t bring themselves to ride the moron train to oblivion.
A panel of three doctors on the Fox News show Happening Now all weighed in on what’s happening now with the pro-plague crowd. And they were unanimous: Refusing to get your kids vaccinated is idiotic, dangerous for everyone, and may require some “top down” intervention from the evil Gummint if the trend continues.
Host Jenna Lee asked about the risks of not having children vaccinated. Dr. Manny Alvarez responds:
“The main concern is the trend we’re seeing in many communities where many parents are deciding not to vaccinate their kids. Look, at the end of the day, the measles vaccine, in order for it to be effective, the community needs to be vaccinated over 90 percent. When you have pockets now, dozens of children who do now get vaccinated, they put themselves at risk, and they put the community at risk.”
Dr. Darria Long Gillespie then went on to give the chilling statistic that those who don’t get vaccinated against measles have about a 75 to 90 percent chance of catching it, just by walking into a room where an infected person was hours before. Dr. Frank Esper weighed in on uncool things like herd immunity:
“When you vaccinate yourself, you’re not only protecting yourself [from diseases], but you’re also protecting everyone else around you. You’re protecting those neighbors, those classmates, those people who may not be able to get the vaccine due to medical conditions.”
Finally, Lee got to the really important question. That is, the Libertarian Theory on Vaccination. Also known as the “Screw You, I Got Mine” Theorem of societal function:
“There is a question about personal liberty and having the choice to make the choices for your children, and also what’s good for the community…I’m wondering because different states have different regulations as far as waivers. Should there be a federal regulation for parents to say that if your kid is in public areas, they have to have certain vaccinations?”
Dr. Manny Alvarez.
“Look, I think that vaccines have prevented millions of children around the planet from dying, and that’s a basic scientific fact. If we get into a philosophical argument about whether vaccines are safe or not—they are safe…If this is the trend that many communities are going to have for opting out because of some weird belief that they’re not going to protect their children, then maybe we need a federal mandate.”
Dr. Darria Gillespie:
“Measles is so contagious — this goes from being a personal decision to really a public hazard if you’re not vaccinating your child.”
Dr. Frank Esper:
“If you look at the past, at things like smallpox vaccinations, there were federal mandates regarding the use of vaccines. However, the law has evolved over time and it’s become a state-run issue. I certainly believe that if we continue to see the trends that we are right now…we will need something from the top down to make sure that everyone stays vaccinated.”
So, there you have it: Big-government mandates on healthcare, people in Washington making medical decisions for others, and removing the individual liberty to catch and spread plague, and a strong sense of community responsibility. Amazing. Who knew Fox News was so…liberal? It seems that when it comes to protecting themselves from the diseases of the unwashed masses, Fox borders on just this side of socialist. Who’s in charge of programming here anyway…Bernie Sanders?
Or maybe that’s just the inevitable result of sh*t getting real. Would that getting real would spread like a plague from this particular newsroom through the rest of Fox. Nah. Who are we kidding? Rupert Murdoch mandates vaccines against that.