"Your politicians are a lot more dishonest than our politicians," a friend from Oregon told me the other night, comparing the fight against vaccine mandates in his state to California. "But then again, we pay our politicians forty thousand dollars a year and they work only six months. Yours can make a living at it." Yes, and somebody has to pay for all those ads in the upcoming election cycle.
So how corrupt are the politicians in California, you might ask? They are so corrupt that when about 750 of their fellow citizens showed up to testify against SB 277, and only about 50 showed up to testify in favor, they decided they couldn't hold the vote that day. They had concerns that the bill would expel children from California schools (a right guaranteed under the state constitution) and didn't this seem oh so much like segregation and those racial laws in Nazi Germany which led to "you know what?"
And when they held off on the vote because the bill's proponent, Senator Richard Pan couldn't get his answers quick enough from the pharma lobbyists sent to help him, they shuffled around a few of the members most likely to vote no, and replaced them with more compliant senators. And so, despite 750 people showing up at the state capitol in Sacramento vs. 50 in favor, despite the concern about throwing kids out of school and create an abhorrent system of segregation, not to mention the burden it would place on already severely taxed families, the Education Committee of the Golden State voted 7-2 in favor of SB 277.
We have the Judiciary Committee to come, we have the Assembly, and we have the governor. Are we going to stop fighting for our children? Hell, no!!
We have not yet begun to fight. The pro-vaccine forces were losing because people were asking questions. They had lost the persuasion argument and are now resorting to force. They are like the German army pushed back to the borders of Germany in December of 1944. This attack was their Battle of the Bulge, and it will not succeed. Think about it. If we are strong, they cannot win. Yes, they may throw our children out of school, but we will not stop talking and demonstrating. What will they do then? Round us up and take us to detention camps? Let them try.
Last night I was reading the excellent book by Glenn Greenwald, "No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the U.S. Surveillance State" and I ran across a concluding passage which I think is relevant on this day of a lost battle, but not a lost war. Greenwald wrote, Even the most committed activists are often tempted to succumb to defeatism. The prevailing institutions seem too powerful to challenge; orthodoxies feel too entrenched to uproot; there are always many parties with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. But it is human beings collectively, not a small number of elites working in secret, who can decide what kind of world we want to live in. Promoting the human capacity to reason and make decisions; that is the purpose of whistleblowing, of activism, of political journalism.
Fight on my brave Californians. Fight on!
Kent Heckenlively is a Founding Contributing Editor to Age of Autism and author 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. Order the book HERE.