Vaccinations and the Power of the State

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by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Should the government – local, State or federal, have the power to force anyone to be vaccinated against highly infectious diseases? Good question.

There has been a recent outbreak of the measles in New York. Local affiliate WABC reports that just since October, 2018, there have been 214 confirmed cases in Brooklyn and Queens and another 153 in Rockland County.

And because of this, Rockland County has declared a State of Emergency. Rockland County Executive Ed Day announced that non-vaccinated minors are now barred from public places.

AS of Thursday, March 28, 2019, “anyone who is under 18 years of age and is not vaccinated against the measles is prohibited from public places until the declaration expires in 30 days or until they receive the MMR vaccination.”

MMR stands for the combination vaccine for Measles, Mumps and Rubella (German Measles).

Although there have been many scares about the dangers of this vaccine, the facts are that the adverse effects to the vaccine are considered rare to very rare. In other words, it’s not without risk, but the risks are demonstrably small – much smaller than not being vaccinated. But what in life is completely void of risk.

And as an aside, there is zero actual science behind the claim linking the MMR vaccine to autism.

But again, should the government, local, State or federal, have the power to force anyone to be vaccinated against highly infectious diseases?

As a freedom and liberty loving, small government constitutionalist, one would naturally think I would be against such mandates. And you’d be right.

In cases like this, I always defer to Thomas Jefferson’s rule of liberty. “If it neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket, what difference is it to me.”

In other words, if your diseased child doesn’t negatively affect me or my family, it isn’t my problem.

The science is all there. Any parent can research the safety and warnings of vaccines and make an educated decision to vaccinate their children and themselves, or not. My children and I are immunized against MMR, so it won’t affect us. This may seem rather selfish, but that’s the price of freedom, and your stupidity shall not trump my liberty.

The decision should be left to the people who are ultimately responsible for the children. In case you don’t know, that would the parent(s). And the children are who the State is really concerned with.

However, in our modern day, enlightened, it takes a village society, government Nannies can’t stand that our liberty should trump the “public” safety.

Coming on the heels of the Brooklyn and Rockland outbreaks, a family suffered an armed incursion in Arizona. Just a few days ago, in the dead of night, a police SWAT team stormed the house under direction of the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS).

Evidently a mother took her sick child to the doctor, after the 2 year old child had registered a fever above 100. “The doctor told her to take him to the emergency room, fearing that because the boy was unvaccinated, perhaps he had meningitis, a life-threatening disease.”

The doctor then called the hospital and told them to expect the child. The mother took the child home. He started to feel better and his fever was going down. All looked well. The mother even took the time to call the doctor with the good news, but he was not satisfied, still insisting that she take her kid to the emergency room.

The mother had the nerve to think it was her decision to make for her own child. Silly mother. Of course not. You’re only the parent. The doctor called the DCS, who then called the police.

DCS proceeded to obtain a temporary child custody order for not just the “sick” child, who was no longer sick, but her other two children. The police then raided the house, guns a blazing, snatched the kids and left. The mother was powerless to do anything.

It’s astounding how quickly government can move to “get things done” when they really want something – like our children.

Lest you forgot, this was not in North Korea, but Arizona.

So I guess now children in New York must apparently have their “papers” with them all time and all parenting decisions in Arizona must defer to the State.

America – Home of the Free. Right.

About the Common Constitutionalist

Brent, aka The Common Constitutionalist, is a Constitutional Conservative, and advocates for first principles, founders original intent and enemy of progressives. He is former Navy, Martial Arts expert. As well as publisher of the Common Constitutionalist blog, he also is a contributing writer for Political Outcast, Godfather Politics, Minute Men News (Liberty Alliance), Freedom Outpost, the Daily Caller, Vision To America and Free Republic. He also writes an exclusive weekly column for World Net Daily (WND).

One comment on “Vaccinations and the Power of the State

  1. I’d heard about NY but not Az.

    It hasn’t been that awfully long ago that when a kid got measles or mumps all the kids had a “play date” with the sick one so all would get it and get over it and be done with it. That was in the lower grades. They were called “childhood” diseases because that’s when we all got them. I never heard of a single death from any of them. Others, like whooping cough were far more serious and when immunizations for the “killer” ones were available all partook.

    I totally disagree with forced immunizations–any of them, even the worst of the worst like WC or even polio or smallpox. Once the state is permitted to butt in the first time without extreme and successful pushback they assume that extension of power to be permanent and over all…and with ‘gubmint’ they WILL abuse it. They simply cannot avoid abusing it if they “use” it at all.

    As for Az….what the heck happened to THEM? That is the very kind of report that may get another kid killed because parents might not take their child to the doctor fearing they could be the next ones “swatted”. And in what universe do sane people send highly armed aggressors mid night to steal away a sick child from parents? It didn’t occur to these actual NAZI-types to send maybe a nurse to the house with a case worker or something? That was waaaay over the top, worse or at least as bad as the child theft by the state in collusion with the hospital in Mass.

    The statist totalitarians are tightening the perimeter around all the formerly “safe for freedom” places. It’s getting to where if you live somewhere that goes far too far, how will you “vote with your feet” if there’s no where else not as infested with it as where you are?

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