Liberty vs. Safety: The vaccine debate heats up in a fledgling campaign year

Rand Paul vaccine

The last few years have seen an acceleration of medical vaccines as a hot button political issue. As formerly dormant diseases have resurfaced along with communities that shun science and common sense, the backlash has been fierce. A USA Today columnist is even calling for criminal prosecution and jail time for those who don’t vaccinate their children. But in the land of the free is that really appropriate, no matter the public health risk? And do we really want our politicians weighing in?

Jon Stewart’s Daily Show lampoons anti-science “liberal idiocy” on vaccines

The Daily Show's Samantha Bee

The Daily Show went after latte-sipping, well-educated wealthy white liberals in a sharp critique of the anti-vaccination movement Monday night. Jon Stewart kicked off the segment by trumpeting the return of measles, mumps, and rubella, handing the story off to Samantha Bee, who initially made viewers think the “anti-science” fervor was coming from conservatives before turning the tables.

Bee said outbreaks of these diseases were “happening in the red states of California, New York, and Oregon” before realizing it was well-educated liberals who were rejecting decades of advances in preventable medicine.

“The number of people who are choosing not to vaccinate their children is increasing. We’ve gone over the tipping point where you’re starting to see vaccine-preventable diseases coming back,” said Dr. Paul Offit, Director of the Vaccine Education Center.

“It’s happening in my community? People who juice?” asks Bee, surprised.

These are the same types of liberals who recently banned farmers from planting GMO crops on their own land just a few weeks ago.

The horror.

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