In the mid-20th Century, conservatives fulminated about the “monstrous commie plot” of water fluoridation. Today, sadly, there appears to be a modern day equivalent of this imaginary bogeyman.
According to a rather disturbing story in this morning’s Charlotte Observer, Kentucky Senator and presidential wannabe Rand Paul has endorsed the dangerous idea that childhood vaccinations should be left to the whims of parents.
“Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., claimed Monday that vaccines can cause ‘profound mental disorders.’
Paul, in an often contentious interview with CNBC, argued that parents should have a choice whether to vaccinate their children.
‘I’ve heard of many tragic cases of walking talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines,’ Paul said.
The scientific community overwhelmingly believes that vaccines are safe and the alleged link between vaccines and autism has been discredited.“
Whatever the source of Paul’s wacky views — be they old-fashioned conservative fear and paranoia or, as journalist Amanda Marcotte argued persuasively on Talking Points Memo yesterday, elitism, for the sake of all our kids and grandchildren, let’s hope Paul’s ridiculous stance falls flat and is quickly consigned once more to the dustbin of history.