Rep. Sean Duffy speaks on public health:
“I want that to be my choice as a parent. I know my kids best. I know what morals and values are right for my children. I think we should not have an oppressive state telling us what to do.”
I’ve noticed a strange phrase popping up in this whole, flat-earth style “debate” over vaccinations—I know what morals and values are right for my children—and it worries me that now Y’all Qaeda is positioning immunization as a morale issue, from which it will never return.
I mention this mostly as they firmly believe in the Prosperity Gospel (being poor means you are morally inferior), that now somehow infectious diseases are selecting only inferior people? Or maybe it’s just that quixotic God’s Will thing, and we mere mortals should accept our lot?
And then there’s this:
“I’m not going to sacrifice the well-being of my child. My child is pure.”
That cartoonish monster was the appropriately named Arizona cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson, and yes he’s deadly serious. But let that phrase sink in for a moment: My child is pure. That is a morality value statement, and it immediately implies that everyone else’s child is not, well, worth saving. And that sort of selfishness is exactly what we are up against.
Add this new strain of anti-vaxxers to Wingnuttia’s plan to abolish the Affordable Care Act, and well, you get a sense of what the 1% really want for the rest of us. Only the wealthy and privledged survive.