If You Drop a Brick From a Building, Does It Fall Up?

 
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Measles Campaign 21

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.

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  1. Yet, we are now experiencing a widespread outbreak of the disease in America. Why?

    Maybe I'm dropping the brick up, but there wouldn't have been an outbreak if a child with measles went to Disney and only encountered people who had been vaccinated from measles. There would still be just the ONE case of a child with measles. So, it seems to me that this is a personal choice. You can vaccinate yourself and your children against measles (and other diseases) and not worry about encounters with people who didn't make that same choice. Or roll the dice.

    Isn't this really an immigration issue? People are still entering this country (and staying) without going through the proper channels for citizenship. They bring with them diseases that we "conquered" a long time ago. The citizenry here has become lax with vaccinations (because these diseases were "conquered" a long time ago).

    We all need to step back and remember how the Europeans wiped out the Native Americans. It was an immigration issue then, too. The Europeans brought over their dread diseases to a population that had no contact previously with said dread diseases... and wham!

    If we aren't going to stop illegal immigration (and let's face it, we're not), the best we can do is protect ourselves from their diseases. That means facing a NEW reality that these diseases are no longer "gone" and/or "conquered," but they are here. There is a means of preventing it: vaccination. But you have to face the needle. If you don't... you're rolling the dice. Because the diseases are here (again) and even if you want the bricks to fall up, gravity just doesn't work that way.

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    1. Robin: Of course it's an immigration issue. All they need do is get a real medical clearance when they enter the USA legally. And, of course, seal the borders. If they opt out, they don't get in. When we were kids, we got the measles. Some died. Eventually, after they developed the vaccination, between those already exposed and those vaccinated, the disease was conquered. Yes, I believe in the choice. I don't believe in opting out and taking your kid to Disney, especially since kids under two can't get vaccinated. Tough problem.

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  2. Today's parents have never experienced measles, so I guess they think it can't be "all that bad," and that the dangers of the shots to prevent it... and other diseases... could be worse. Then again, they don't remember the ravages of polio, either. Suppose they decide those shots aren't worth the risk? My guess is you were one of the kids, like I was, who was involved in the first tests of the polio vaccine... on the sugar cube? Even though the results weren't yet proven, I don't remember a single parent opting their kids out of that test.

    It's nuts. I don't like the idea of government taking away parental rights, but it is blatantly irresponsible for parents to put their children at risk, and everyone else's children at risk by refusing to get shots against preventable diseases.

    By the way, I just read in today's paper that the 90-day marriage license for Manson and that twenty-something bimbo expired, thank goodness. (Too bad there's no vaccine for stupidity... that gal could've used it.)

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    1. Susan: I agree. I got the needle for polio, but endured the measles and chicken pox.

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  3. Well now you just hit on my Saturday opinion post.. May I include a link to this post.
    I agree with you, but then I waver, not sure it is so simple. If others vaccinate their children, then are they in any danger? What are the limitations to Government mandated health maintenance? I agree with you on the instance of measles and other vaccinations, but is there a larger principal?

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    1. Joeh: Yes, of course, share the link. I don't disagree with you. This is one tough call. What bugs me is that we had it licked. If you stop the disease, no one can catch it, whether vaccinated or not. Open our borders indiscriminately with no medical requirements, and we now have a problem. Yes, there is a larger principle. I am a strong believer in individual rights and less government intrusion, but infants cannot be vaccinated.

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  4. I don't think it's a tough call at all. I'm taking a stand. I don't want my grandchildren or great grandchild mixing with children who are not vaccinated. I'm for children surviving. I'm against mass child abuse. --I had the sugar cube. I was thrilled. If I had to wash my hands one more time...! --you know what's odd? I'll bet the parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated put plates on their electrical outlets. Idiots who were probably all vaccinated.

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    1. Linda: I only say it's a tough call because the government is intruding into our personal lives more and more each day. I don't want that either. Nevertheless, I agree with you.

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    2. There are circumstances that warrent intrusion. We, the people, think this is one of them.

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    3. Linda: You must be guilty of common sense.

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  5. I wasn't aware of the age limit. My son's children got a combination and I seem to remember it was at a very very young age. ( Actually he held out for spacing the shots out, and did not get the combination and was chastised for that choice.)

    The age two limit, and the immigration issue makes it even more complicated.

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    1. Joeh: I was off by 9 months. I just looked it up. Apparently, it is 12 -15 months.

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  6. Hi JJ.
    I know Americans who chose not to vaccinate their kids against measles. I also read that there are outbreaks in other countries, but I don't think it has anything to do with illegal immigrants.

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    1. Julia: Believe me, I am highly in favor of freedom of choice. I don't blame illegal immigrants. I blame the US government for its lack of sound immigration policy. The current outbreak apparently came from three sources, none of whom were illegal. One was from India, one from Mexico, and one from Central America. I say apparently because there are conflicting reports. Nevertheless, I think it is common sense to make sure immigrants are vaccinated. They need not be admitted if they refuse.

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  7. Vaccines and antibiotics were two of the most striking advances of last century! Antibiotics are now threatened due to resistance. If safe vaccines (and they are safe!) are not used because of unjustified prejudice parents opinion, this is an unacceptable civilisational drawback! Unfortunately, in many parts of the world, children do not have access to proper vaccination. But that is not the case for America or Europe!

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    1. Fanático_Um: I certainly agree. It bothers me that we had this disease contained and are now losing control over it. The rights of individuals are significant ones, but they cannot be allowed to endanger the general population. That is just foolish.

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  8. I agree, we have lost out collective minds.

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    1. Sandra: When did we lose our national common sense?

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  9. I do remember all those times I shared in the tears and scares getting my children vaccinated and while it scared me beyond words, (especially having to sign a paper saying no matter if death or other tragic thing I did not hold them responsible) that was a double smacker, but still they got their shots. Our schools wouldn't allow enrollment without proof either, so there surely must have been parents that cheated that, (I know a few mothers that refused to vaccinate their children) I hope they are all still well.

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    1. Karen: It is a huge decision and we all struggle with it. I guess my biggest problem is that I strongly believe in parental control with no government intrusion into our personal lives, but I also feel we have a moral obligation to others in society. Then, I hear people speak on the subject with no consideration for other children at all and it drives me crazy.

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  10. There are so many instances of common sense where a large portion of the human population fall flat. My husband (a tech guy) always says, "I can fix almost anything, but I can't fix stupid."

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    1. Crystal: I have never heard it expressed any better.

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