Rand Paul: Vaccines Are The First Step Toward Martial Law

rand-paul-cpacRand Paul makes sense on some issues. In fact, he makes so much sense on issues like drug legalization and civil liberties that a lot of people on the left (myself included) find themselves thinking, “Hey, this guy isn’t so bad!” and almost completely forget about the fact he’s a Republican – or that he has some really, really crackpot ideas that even a lot of libertarians have found to be too much.

Rand Paul’s recent comments about vaccines are akin to Michele Bachmann’s 2012 Republican primary remarks in which she claimed the HPV vaccine could cause children to develop significant mental disabilities. This was par for the course for Michele Bachmann, who quickly exited the field after someone finally explained to her that she had a better chance of praying the gay away than she had of winning the nomination. Unlike Michele Bachmann, Rand Paul was considered by many to be a legitimate Republican candidate, at least up until this:

On Monday, Sen. Rand Paul said that he’d heard of “many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines” — a concern that has not been substantiated despite years and years of scientific research into the topic.

Throughout his comments during an interview on CNBC, Paul maintained, “I’m not arguing vaccines are a bad idea. I think they’re a good thing.” He called them “one of the biggest medical breakthroughs we’ve had,” and added, “I think public awareness of how good vaccines are for kids and how they are good for public health is a great idea.”

Yet his nod to the all-too-common — and unsubstantiated — belief that vaccines can cause mental problems in children seems to undercut that certainty. (Source)

It gets worse though. Now footage has resurfaced via Media Matters of where Rand Paul appeared in 2009 on the conspiracy fear-mongering Infowars show with Alex Jones.

In case you don’t know who Alex Jones is, he’s the current leader of the conspiracy media industry. Dealing in stories designed to gin up fear and sell a variety of products, Alex Jones has carved out a profitable base of followers in a niche market. Ranging from stories about plots on how the Sandy Hook shooting was staged or giving airtime to fad diet pushers like Vani Hari (aka “Food Babe”), there probably isn’t an angle he’s not willing to work to make a buck – or even grab some political clout.

Paul raised the specter of big government and “martial law” when talking about vaccines during an August 21, 2009 interview for The Alex Jones Show, as Media Matters Action Network reported in 2010. He said that “the first sort of thing you see with martial law is mandates. And they’re talking about making it mandatory. I worry because the last flu vaccine we had in the 1970s, more people died from the vaccine than died from the swine flu.”

Paul, who was a U.S. Senate candidate at the time, added that he would have taken the smallpox and polio vaccine, but urged caution on vaccines in general, stating: “I say you have to be careful, you have to weigh the risks of the disease versus the risks of the vaccine, but I’m not going to tell people who think it’s a bad idea that they have to take it because everybody should be allowed to make their own health care decisions, and that’s the problem with allowing more and more government.” (Source)

Unfortunately for Rand Paul, this shows the kind of people that he’s really catering to. While they are a very vocal crowd on both the left and right, the rest of the Republicans, Democrats and independents who will vote in 2016 don’t share these insane conspiracy ideas. Rand Paul may have been able to separate himself from his father’s absurdly ideological libertarian purity, but he’s just crashed and burned on his own when it comes to vaccines. As an eye doctor, even with sketchy medical qualifications, he and the rest of the Republican Party really should know better than this by now.


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  • Pipercat

    It was for hair loss…

    • Charles Vincent

      Nah he didn’t lose the hair it just migrated to a more temperate climate….

      • Pipercat

        That thing on his head has a bowl on the floor with it’s name on it!

      • Charles Vincent

        Or in a glass case next to Trumps hair piece…..

      • Pipercat

        That’s a bucket…

      • Charles Vincent

        Made from Kevlar maybe…

      • Pipercat

        Carbon fibers!

      • Charles Vincent

        carbon nano-tubes IMHO

  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    Rand Paul is one of those Alex Jones worshipping nutjobs who sits outside in his back yard running fans with amonia to break up the “chemtrails” being sprayed out by planes flying overhead. I’m sorry but the moment he did an interview with Alex Jones and was able to keep a straight face, he should have been removed from public office.

    I’m sorry but I’ll listen to my local mechanic regarding vaccinations before I take the advice of a child of Ron Paul who used to fit people for glasses.

  • strayaway

    Rand Paul supports childhood vaccinations. That’s what he said. He also had his own children vaccinated. He also supports parental rights and liberty which makes some Democrats crazy. It’s a wonder though that those trying to make an issue of twisting Rand Paul’s comments aren’t citing Texas Gov. Rick Perry who, by executive order, ordered all 12-14 year old girls in Texas to get expensive Gardasil vaccinations. Since president Obama has a penchant for ruling with executive orders, why is there no hue and cry here for president Obama to solve this problem with an executive dictate similar to that of Gov. Perry?

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      Do you really want President Obama to solve all of your problems? Is Texas still a state? I thought Perry wanted to secede. The problem with Paul is that he caters to nutjob conspiracy theorists, like those who buy into Alex Jones’ tripe. In the same interview sourced above from 2009, he was also juxtaposing Hitler with our President and some 1923 equivalencies in Europe (?), while casting doubt on vaccines as well as the government monitoring the ‘color of your thoughts’. Truly, he must wrap his head in tinfoil as soon as he leaves the office. (Maybe that is why his hair looks the way does)
      Face it, the guy is bat guano CRAZY! It’s only a matter of time before someone baits him into stepping out onto that limb in some debate.

      • strayaway

        No, of course I don’t want president Obama to solve all my problems. He is better at making problems. I was pointing out that this article criticizes Paul for supporting parental rights and liberty while ignoring Gov. Perry’s attempt at the opposite. That leads me to conclude that the point of the article is more about politically taking Paul down a notch than demanding, for instance, that some autocratic political savior such as Perry or Obama would require vaccines.

        Instead of speculating about whether Obama’s use of a de facto enabling act to make and change laws is the equivalency of Hitler’s Reichstag granted enabling act powers to make and change laws or whatever was speculated upon on a radio program, I would advance and compare Rand Paul’s record on Iraq, Libya, bombing seven countries under Obama, and hostilities toward Syria with that of Senator and Secretary of State Clinton. It’s one thing to sit around gabbing and speculating on a radio program but political acts are measurable and comparable.

      • sophie

        Keep sticking your head in the sand. It is truly amazing how many people refuse to see the blatant hypocrisy that is Rand Paul. He is yet another right wing extremist. And Mr. Paul does not give a rat’s ass about anyone’s liberty, particularly if it involves the reproductive rights of women, or equal pay for equal work, or the civil liberties of non-white citizens, etc., not to mention environmental laws which protect public lands.
        Yes, keep repeating the wingnut mantra regarding Obama. Whatever he has done or not done, the batshit crazy Repugs are consistently creating problems for average American citizens.
        And, the author of this blog needs to do further research on Paul, or perhaps he does not think the reproductive autonomy of women is that important.

      • strayaway

        This article was about vaccinations. A better question is how Rand Paul’s position on vaccinations differ from Hillary, the warmonger you will probably vote for, because vaccinations is the topic at hand. It’s not “whatever he has done or not done”, Obama has violated his oath of office. He should either self-correct or eased from office.

  • BobJThompson

    Is there not one sane republican that may run for the white house?

    • ShanaLeBeau