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GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul says parents own children and not the state, therefore vaccinations should be voluntary. How incredibly reckless for a doctor to make such a comment.

As crazy as Sen. Rand Paul is, he seems to have outdone himself this time:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) doubled down on his position that most vaccines should be voluntary, suggesting Monday that mandated immunization is an example of government overreach.

“The state doesn’t own your children,” Paul said in an interview with CNBC’s “Closing Bell.” “Parents own the children, and it is an issue of freedom and public health.”


In a heated interview with CNBC host Kelly Evans, Paul expressed support for vaccination but bristled at the idea that it should be mandatory.

“I guess being for freedom would be really unusual,” he said sarcastically at the start of the exchange.

Paul also acknowledged hearing about cases in which healthy kids were left with “profound mental disorders” after being vaccinated.

I guess the bigger question for me is, did Sen. Paul allow his kids to be vaccinated? Kinda sounds a lot like Rick Santorum saying President Obama was being “elitist” for suggesting every child in America should get a college education. That’s while Santorum had more than one degree.

This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

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  • Rambie

    If only Darwinism would take effect with these anti-vaxxers quicker.

  • Markus

    Children are human beings. No one can own a human being which is certainly a basic tenet of any serious libertarian/conservative position. Parents are in a position of guardianship vis-a-vis their offspring and are under an obligation to act in the child’s best interests. Society as a whole has an interest in making sure that parents live up to their duties and thus can compel proper nutrition, housing, medical care, and freedom from physical and psychological abuse.
    Sen. Paul, the idea that parents own children is not compatible with American ideals.

  • The_Ohioan

    Typical libertarian dogma; freedom for me but not for thee. His dad had the same problem with abortion.

    The fact that a medical doctor (has anyone seen his certificate?) would make such an outrageous claim gives reason to doubt his ability to govern a nation.

    • dduck12

      Even though he is schmuck on this issue, he has a fine record of helping the poor pro bono, here and in Central America.

      • The_Ohioan

        Good for him. Maybe that’s where he heard about cases ‘in which healthy kids were left with “profound mental disorders” after being vaccinated’ – cause it sure wasn’t here in the U. S.

        You can’t just make up things like that and expect to be considered a rational enough person to govern a country – I hope.

        • dduck12

          Politics, politics, it makes people speak with forked tongues. I have said many times he is not presidential mayerial. I am not defending RP the politician, only how he spends some of his vacation time.

  • ShannonL

    We must keep in mind that many doctors, particularly ones that no longer practice medicine every day, know very little about science. I have a foot in both medicine and science and have met enough moron doctors to make anyone afraid to visit a hospital. Having an MD does not make someone an expert in all things medical… it really doesnt.

    This is why it is important to listen to the medical community, not individual doctors that may have no idea.

    • Rambie

      “…Having an MD does not make someone an expert in all things medical… it really doesnt….”

      Completely agree, I’m not sure what his medical degree is in, but I’m willing to bet it’s not in infectious disease.

      • yoopermoose

        I believe he is an eye doctor. This reminds me of when that congressman, I cant remember his name, diagnosed Terry Shiavo by watching a videotape.

  • willwright

    Hard to believe someone with a medical degree and hopes of becoming president could make such statements unless they are some kind of kook and not suited for higher office.

  • Bdavisshorty

    It’s not OK to not vaccinate but it is OK to kill an unborn child.

    • Slamfu

      Exactly, couldn’t have said it better myself. You sure you’re not a liberal?

      • Bdavisshorty

        I’m not sure anymore. Maybe I’m transliberal.

  • Slamfu

    I thought the anti-vaxx crowd were affluent white liberal nutjobs, not conservative nutjobs? Don’t tell me the GOP wants to claim credit for this now too!

    • The_Ohioan

      They’re the nutjobs that used to listen to Imus, the great crusader of the “vaccinations are probably connected to autism” campaign.

      The schools report that they’re coming around, though. The number of opt-out parents have dropped by 50 – 60% and they are getting their kids vaccinated. Hopefully not too little too late.