Sure, it's a topic not being brought up much in the debates, or in campaign ads.
Admittedly, it's probably not the most important topic out there at the moment; unless of course you're one of the rapidly growing minority of those who question vaccine safety, efficacy, and policy. In that case, you're well aware of just how important this topic is, and how we are literally fighting tooth and nail and to retain our rights as parents to be able to choose whether or not to vaccinate our children.
If you're not familiar with this topic, you can review some of my other blogs for my opinions/research on it, or you can do your own research, but I won't get into it that much here. I will only say that I believe that we are witnessing history in regards to erosion of freedom, and it's approaching a point where we won't be able to deny the entry of toxic chemicals, carcinogens, and aborted fetal cells into our own bodies, all in the name of medical science. Despite mountains of evidence to prove that vaccines pose a serious risk to our health, and that diseases were not eliminated solely because of them, the U.S government, partnering with the giant drug companies that make them, and some of the more prestigious medical heads in the country, is leading a movement to eliminate personal choice, and to make vaccines mandatory. It has already happened in California, who joined Mississippi and West Virginia this year to be the first three states to eliminate religious and philosophical vaccine exemptions. If you choose to not vaccinate your children in CA, they now cannot attend school or daycare; you must homeschool. The CA bill SB-277's success has prompted several other states to introduce similar bills that would strip parents of their rights to choose what is injected into their children. This is only the beginning, and it's safe to say that President Obama's support of these bills and his firm support of vaccine mandates have given the green light to states whose legislation is a majority of vaccine mandate advocates.
For this reason, I believe this next election is critical for the vaccine topic. It is certainly critical for hundreds of thousands of parents with already vaccine-injured children. In reality, it is much more critical than most people fathom; they just don't know it yet. One thing I've learned since researching this topic in depth is that most "anti-vaxxers" didn't start out anti-vaxxers. They vaccinated their children according to their doctor's advice, compliant with the CDC schedule. At some point, it became obvious to them that their child had been damaged; in many cases, for life. One of the reasons that the "anti-vax movement" is gaining so much steam is because more and more children are being harmed, coinciding with more and more vaccines being added to the schedule. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that this trend will continue if people are actually forced to vaccinate on a fast growing schedule.
This topic is critical, and whoever our next president is, no matter their current views on vaccines, they will soon find out that they've got a difficult fight on their hands. Some of them already know this. Parents trying to protect their kids are fierce, like wolverines fighting off bears. Personally, I'm more than willing to take a bullet for my own kids if it meant saving their lives. Believe me, we have much more power on this issue than it feels like sometimes. We just need to channel our energy and focus on important aspects of this topic.
I will offer a disclaimer before diving into the list. I'll keep my political affiliation subdued, and will be as objective as I possibly can in reviewing these candidates. My cynical nature may or may not be on display at times, but I will try my hardest to be unbiased, I promise. ;)
This top 10 list is based on current projections and straw polls; I will update this article if anything changes going forward.
I am neither republican nor democrat; I consider myself independent. I am honestly not a fan of our current political system, but I realize that we the people still do have a certain degree of power, and with that power comes the opportunity to cast your vote for who you want in office. We cannot and will not change anything by not voting, so I don't agree with people who complain, and then don't vote. Voting is crucial, especially if you support someone in particular. I only support one person in this whole list, and I may give myself away in the end… we'll see.
I will not get into other political views; we are here to talk vaccines. Please keep the comments classy. ;)
1. Jeb Bush, Republican
His body language and demeanor in the following clip, in which he quickly answers the question and shuts down further discussion, doesn't bode well for him among voters concerned about this issue, which is no doubt a larger body of civilians than he suspects. While it's unclear if he supports mandatory vaccination, it is clear that he wouldn't think long about it if presented with the decision in the future.
Stance: "Parents ought to make sure their children are vaccinated."
2. Ben Carson, Republican
However, he alienated himself to millions of parents when he announced that he is in favor of mandatory vaccination, and elimination of religious and philosophical exemptions: http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/03/politics/measles-vaccines-ben-carson-immunization/index.html
Below is a clip from one of the GOP debates in which the vaccine topic was brought up, and Carson was asked for his opinion. To his credit, he did admit that there are too many vaccines on the current schedule, but with his outspoken nature on the topic previously, it's probably way too late to recover. Carson also vehemently denies any correlation between vaccines and autism, which is quite frankly mind blowing for people to still deny, with the thousands upon thousands of stories publicly available of healthy children regressing into the ASD within very short periods of time after vaccination. Parents have literally watched it happen. Not only that, but "Vaccine Court" has awarded millions of dollars to several parents of autistic children, because they were able to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that vaccines caused their child's autism. To deny the link so profusely as Carson has is just plain foolish, especially for someone with his career accolades.
Stance: "Vaccines are good for everyone."
3. Chris Christie, Republican
However, once his back was to the wall, he did some serious backpedaling. While every single candidate on this list has stated that they do support vaccination and have had their own children vaccinated, there's always something warm and fuzzy I experience when I hear someone say it should be parental choice: that's exactly what it should be, and that's exactly what it still remains(unless you live in CA, MS, or WV, where you have to be vaccinated to attend public school).
Christie appears to be no different than many other politicians; someone who will not stand strong on an issue once he is raked over the mainstream coals. This should worry those of us who oppose vaccine mandates.
Stance: "I think parents should be an integral part of these mandates."
4. Hillary Clinton, Democrat
But, how does she feel about vaccines? Her opinion was largely unknown, until the prolific tweeter rocked the vaccine trenches with this gem:
Hillary Clinton ✔@HillaryClintonThe science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork. Let's protect all our kids. #GrandmothersKnowBest
10:45 PM - 2 Feb 2015
In the clip below, Hillary presents her legislation(2008) for autism families. She admits in the video that "there is an epidemic"(to which she received a round of applause) of ASD, but it seems that what is causing it is right under her nose and she can't(or won't) see it. She also mentions that she is working feverishly to spur more research into what causes autism, so it can be prevented, but this was in 2008; it's safe to say based on her recent tweet that she's given up; 7 years later, we still "don't" know the cause(s).
While it is encouraging that she seems to be very supportive of autism families(they certainly deserve support), many of those parents will refuse to support her because she refuses to acknowledge what caused it in the first place.
Stance: "Vaccines work. Let's protect all our kids."
5. Ted Cruz, Republican
Cruz appears to support mandating vaccines, but clarified that it should be left to the states, not the federal government. While that is slightly encouraging, based on the failures of several other state bills subsequent to SB-277 of CA, it is still quite disturbing that a man of his supposed faith would refuse to investigate the issues with vaccines.
Stance: "Of course children should be vaccinated!"
6. Carly Fiorina, Republican
We have a long way to go in raising awareness.
Stance: "When in doubt, it should always be the parents' choice."
7. Rand Paul, Libertarian (R)
Paul is very outspoken and firm in his mission to restore freedom and the constitution to the USA, so it's hard to believe he means anything other than what he says in regards to the vaccine topic.
Many of us who question vaccine safety and boldly challenge the system don't have a problem with people supporting vaccination; it should be a choice. Our biggest issue is the fact that we are not getting true informed consent, and there is now a huge push to mandate vaccines for every man, woman, and child. It certainly seems that Senator Paul would be a safe bet in office to preserve our rights. Now, when will the mainstream media stop ignoring him?
Stance: "The state doesn't own the children; the parents own the children."
8. Marco Rubio, Republican
Again, it seems that Rubio has done little to no actual research on the topic, which is not going to bode well for him in the future.
Stance: "Absolutely, all children in America should be vaccinated."
9. Bernie Sanders, Independant (D)
It may be the most misguided statement out there in regards to these candidates on this topic, because he attempts to sound scientific and ends up failing miserably. Does this hypothetical kid without vaccines have imaginary viruses waiting to be launched upon whomever gets in the way? Of course not, but that's almost the way he makes it sound. Does he realize that in recent outbreaks of whooping cough, up to 80% of the kids who've contracted it are actually up to date on their vaccines? Is he aware that the flu shot is the biggest disaster in vaccine history, with record lows in efficacy percentage, while distributing the most frequent "side effects"?
While Senator Sanders is generally well liked for his tenacity and no nonsense approach to politicking, he no doubt made a few million enemies just from this statement alone. He also has been known for pushing vaccines in the past, so it appears this opinion of his has been around for quite awhile.
Can we teach an old dog new tricks?
Stance: "Unvaccinated kids are killers."
10. Donald Trump, Republican
He has claimed repeatedly for years that he's witnessed vaccine injury; that vaccines do cause autism and that the CDC schedule is completely ridiculous. Check, check, and check.
He claims he is all for vaccines, but parents should be able to choose. Check. He says that the bundles should be done away with. Check. He has promised if he is commander-in-chief, vaccines will not be mandated. CHECK. He's not concerned at all with PC and is a natural born and proven leader. As someone very concerned with mandatory vaccines and the autism epidemic, he's got my vote…
But… then there's all that other Trump-stuff that I promised I wouldn't get into here….
That said, on all the things Trump has flip-flopped on, vaccines are not one of them.
Stance: "Vaccines cause autism and should not be mandatory."
My favorite number has always been 7, so it was really no surprise when my list's #7 came up, strictly from alphabetical order. While may not be the best candidate on this issue specifically(that is Trump hands down), I'd encourage everyone reading to not vote based solely on one issue.