I’ve had a bad cold for a few days now. I’ve been going to bed pretty early, but I keep waking up with chills or fevers or both and I often reach for my phone to pass the time until I feel like I can sleep again. I’m pretty happy with most of what crosses my Facebook timeline, so i often peruse it in bed. Last night, I discovered that was a huge mistake, because I came across a post that made me rage. I refrained from rage-commenting — which I am very proud of because it would have accomplished nothing but more rage — but I promised myself I would post today to vent my feelings. Oh yes, I also rage-reported the post to Facebook. That made me feel better. It still took a while for me to calm down enough to go back to sleep though. (Facebook said the post did not violate its policies. That’s fine. I still am happy about reporting it.)
I’m not going to link the post or name names. This isn’t about picking fights with or shaming specific people.
The post in question was a link to an article blaming the spread of diseases on vaccinated people. The poster, instead of mocking the anti-scienceness of it all like everyone else on my timeline does, said, “shoot anyone who tries to vaccinate you.”
I’m raging again just thinking about it.
A comment on this post expressed belief in the article and then complained that it didn’t mention the fact that illegal immigrants were the biggest culprits in spreading diseases.
This isn’t the first time I’ve heard anti-vaxers blaming illegal immigrants. It seems to go hand in hand these days.
But here’s the problem: you can’t have both. You can’t say that diseases are spread by the vaccinated and also say that diseases are spread by illegal immigrants who are unvaccinated. It’s one or the other. It’s simple logic.
Illegal immigrants who are unvaccinated are absolutely capable of spreading preventable diseases — just like my Mayflower forefathers brought diseases foreign to the natives in this country, killing them off in droves. There are state programs, however, that provide vaccinations for low-income children for free. There are just a few forms to fill out and a few lines to stand in. I for one am happy that my tax dollars are being spent on that — which benefits all taxpayers and their children — and wish my tax dollars were spent so well all the time. You’re not going to hear me be positive very often about how my tax dollars are spent, by the way. But paying for vaccinations is just pennies. And that’s the solution for anyone capable of carrying preventable diseases: vaccinate them, when medically possible. I’m for spending some of our defense budget on vaccinating the world.
It seems to me that there is an agenda by the anti-vaxers that are blaming illegal immigrants. They want to keep those, uh, unwhite? people out of our wonderful nation … our wonderful nation made of immigrants.
I was re-watching Winter Soldier recently and there is a very brief part where Captain America is speaking to Falcon and he expresses pleasure at no more polio. Why is there no more polio? Vaccinations. How can people live in a world without polio and not realize that vaccinations have created that world?
And I just read this story about a family exposed to measles.
I actually have more to say, but I’m tired and sick. I’m not angry anymore though. I’m going to bed. I’m not reading Facebook tonight.