Once again, we’re learning what the consequences are when uninformed voters are too scared of Ebola and ISIS coming to their small towns to realize who they’re actually pulling the lever for. It’s the year 2015, and the hottest issue is whether or not people should let their kids get an otherwise outdated disease or not. And the latest GOP dolt to weigh in on vaccinations is newly minted Republican Georgia Congressman Rep. Barry Loudermilk.
Here was Loudermilk at a recent town hall:
“I believe it’s the parents’ decision whether to immunize or not. And so I’m looking at [my] wife – most of our children, we didn’t immunize. They’re healthy. Of course, home schooling, we didn’t have to get the mandatory immunization.” (Daily Kos)
Folks, with the name Loudermilk, were we really expecting anything less?
But seriously, the logic behind Rep Screaming Dairy (Loudermilk) is why people like him should really stay as far away from public office as possible. His unfounded and largely anecdotal remark is the equivalent of saying “I never wear a seatbelt and I still have my head in tact.” Indeed, while such an isolated incident might be true, it does not speak to the millions of people who have died in car crashes for not wearing one. Similarly, while avoiding getting your kids vaccinated doesn’t necessarily mean they will get measles, it’s not exactly a gamble a person who’s responsible for the emotional and personal well-being of another human being should make.
Scarily enough, this tool was recently named to the Science, Space and Technology Committee. I guess it’s still better than having Bachmann on the Intelligence Committee, though.
Here’s a snapshot of a few basic facts, via the WHO:
Then again, this man belongs to the party that has no problem gambling our world economy on risky bets so as to keep getting campaign cash from its Wall Street constituency. His mentality on vaccinations is like the GOP’s thinking on the economy: I got mine so screw you!
H/T: Daily Kos