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If You Drop a Brick From a Building, Does It Fall Up?
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Of course not. However, we have lost our common sense in the
USA, which is tantamount to the dropping the brick test.
Measles is a disease that modern medicine had eradicated in
developed nations. Like smallpox, it is a serious disease capable of devastating
effects upon a society. Encephalitis is just one of the many possible results
from this disease that can spread viral infections and attack the human respiratory
and immune systems. Unchecked, it can kill masses of people. We wiped it out. Just
like with polio, mumps, and chicken pox, modern medicine contained the measles
quite effectively. Yet, we are now experiencing a widespread outbreak of the
disease in America. Why?
We can argue religion, parental choice, and a myriad of
other reasons why measles should be allowed to flourish in our country, but few
seem to argue a common sense approach, primarily due to destructive political correctness.
The issue is a simple one. In a free society, do we have the
right to act individually to the detriment of others? This is a fundamental
ideological problem having a devastating effect upon our populace.
Supreme Court Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo, many years ago
opined that it is better to set 99 guilty men free than to convict 1 innocent
man. He was right. It is better, but now our nation is crawling with child
predators to which we graciously granted rights superior to those of our
children. Charles Manson brutally killed beautiful Sharon Tate and the La
Bianca family. We gave him his individual right to a marriage license and a
ceremony in prison.
We have lost our collective minds. Now, we are granting
permission to individuals to infect our children with a deadly virus on grounds
of freedom of choice. I want freedom of choice as well. I certainly do not want
government intrusion into my personal life, but I recognize a moral obligation
to the greater society.
Of course, we are no longer a moral society. Riot in
Ferguson and you are lawfully protesting against racism. Shoot soldiers on
a military base and it constitutes workplace violence. Send your unvaccinated child
to Disney World with the measles because you have First Amendment rights.
If you accept that reasoning, I suggest you drop a brick
over your head. Don’t worry. It will fall up.