There’s an outbreak of measles in our country. I use that word outbreak loosely. Sort of like the media does. But they’re talking a lot about it so that means that there’s an outbreak, regardless of how many people actually have the measles.
In response, a new debate over vaccinations has begun. And if there’s one thing that we don’t know how to do in this country, it’s debate one another. Name calling? Yes. Shouting? You bet! Disagreeing in a civil manner and moving on? Not by a long shot.
And so our government comes in to fix it for us. It happens in professional sports. It happens in private industry. It happens in our personal lives and how we spend our money. And now that government overreach is working its way into our varying philosophies of parenting, namely vaccinating our children.
If there’s one thing that an overreaching, power-hungry government loves, it’s a public that can’t seem to get along. Divide and conquer, you might say.
Here is the crucial question when it comes to your child and vaccines. Who owns your children, you or the government?
With this sudden outbreak of measles, there is a push among certain politicians to make vaccines mandatory. As you can imagine, the politicians, both Republican and Democrat, who care more about power and less about your personal liberty are the ones leading this push.
Yes, that’s right. The same politicians who ramble on and on about government staying out of the bedroom and what a woman wants to do with her baby being her business are the ones who want to force you to vaccinate your kids. The discerning eye will see that it’s not the welfare of your children or your body that is in view here. It’s total government control.
I know a guy whose kid was vaccinated several years ago. His kid has been virtually non-responsive since then. I know people who have vaccinated their kids without the first hint of a problem. I know people who carry their kids off to the doctor at the first sign of a runny nose. I know people who keep their kids away from doctors and medications at all costs.
But remember, the issue here isn’t really the vaccine. It all goes back to the question I began with. Who owns your children, you or the government?
A parent has the right to vaccinate his children as he sees fit.
And a parent has the right to avoid vaccinating her children.
But the government has absolutely no right to force a family to do one or the other. In fact, any government official who tries to promote mandatory vaccinations should be arrested on grounds of treason. That leader was put where he is to protect our freedoms, not to protect us from ourselves.
I don’t care whether or not you vaccinate your children. I love and admire people with opinions all over the map on this issue. You won’t get an argument out of me on this one.
But what I will argue for, with my last breath, is the right of parents to raise their children as they see fit.
The family is the first human institution that God established. It is his gift to us.
Government, unless it is about the business of protecting that gift, should get out of the way.
Or else that government will find itself fighting against God.
And as history has shown us, that never ends well for government.