Dear Senator Paul and Governor Christie:
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the first step in starting a long overdue conversation about vaccines and the epidemic of chronic diseases in our children INCLUDING autism. I salute your bravery in speaking about what you have heard from your fellow citizens as leaders in a democracy are supposed to do.
Others will not applaud you. Indeed, you should be prepared for a firestorm that will amaze you. I hope the anger of these people will not cause you to back down from what you believe to be very reasonable positions to take. As somebody who is half-Sicilian on my mother's side, like Governor Christie is, I understand the fire and thirst for justice which animates the Jersey Boy. As somebody who shares many of Senator Paul's libertarian beliefs that each individual is the best judge of what they need, I think my fellow libertarian is up for the fight.
I've been reading the fine book, "Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence" by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Joseph Ellis and think it may have a few lessons for the both of you as you begin to venture down this road. When our Founding Fathers declared on July 4, 1776 that all men were created equal it was certainly the most radical statement ever uttered by those who would seek to form a government.
And yet implicit in that statement were many contradictions that we would spend centuries fighting over. Why did this right belong only to male landowners over the age of twenty-five? How did the mere owning of land change a man into somebody whose voice should be heard? And if all men were equal, what about women? Abigail Adams chided her husband, John Adams on this very issue in a very pointed exchange of letters which have since become famous. And if men and women were equal, what about the millions who labored in slavery, torn from their native land? What God decreed their lives should be spent in bondage?
Governor Christie argues for a "balanced approach" to vaccination, but this begs the question. The media screams from the rooftops of the benefits of vaccination, but other voices have said something very different. Christie seems to believe those voices have not been heard. And he is right. The real question is why have those in the media and government prevented those voices from being heard? It's not an oversight. It's part of a plan. And they will begin to scream even louder. You're going to need that Sicilian toughness.
Senator Paul says he is a "Big fan of vaccines, but they can cause mental disorders." For the life of me I'm trying to put together any combination of items in which I would say, "I'm a big fan of X, but it can cause mental disorders." I like the fact that Paul says he spaced out the vaccines for his kids and he takes special exception to the hepatitis B vaccine which is given on the first day of life. These are all good points to make, but why are you the first significant figures in American politics to say them?
I hope you will take my comments in the spirit of those Frederick Douglas made to Abraham Lincoln, for even as my views differ sharply from Senator Paul and Governor Christie, I believe we shall very quickly find ourselves all in the same foxhole.
I encourage you to start with something simple, like saying, the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act created a separate court with no required discovery of pharmaceutical companies or government agencies, and no precedent. And just for fun you might throw in the Hannah Poling case, or the other 83 CASES OF VACCINE INJURY which included AUTISM that the GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY CONCEDED.
Ask those who would challenge you why the only two separate court systems we allow in this country are for accused terrorists and vaccine-injured children.
Kent Heckenlively is a Founding Contributing Editor to Age of Autism and co-author with Dr. Judy Mikovits of Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases. Visit his website at Plague The Book. You can order the book HERE.