Vaccines in America have evolved well beyond science into religious dogma. Like religious dogma, vaccine dogma is based on fear--fear of the Hell of disease and our desire to be saved from it. The “science” supporting this religious dogma cannot be questioned any more than the Holy Word can be questioned at an evangelical tent revival.
This dogmatism is easy to see in any argument on social media between a vaccine skeptic and a vaccine supporter who harbors no doubts about the safety and efficacy of the 19th Century medical procedure known as vaccines. Arguing with a True Believer is exactly like arguing with a religious fanatic. The fanatic does not want or need facts, science based or otherwise.
What is needed to turn the tide? The tide is turned on a personal level when your child or a child close to you becomes a victim of vaccines.
The tide on a social level will unfortunately require more injury, more death, more stripping of medical freedom and autonomy. As injury and death increase, a tipping point will eventually be reached, the Overton Window will shift, and vaccine policy will become open for debate.
That's what happened in 19th Century England when Jenner's smallpox vaccine, made from scrapings of cow pus, caused so much injury and death that there were riots in the streets of London against forced smallpox vaccinations. A Royal Commission was established in wake of the riots and eventually recommended that the required vaccination law be overturned in 1898 with passage of a “Conscience Clause.”
Until that kind of social shift happens, all the whistle blowers in the world, including Dr. Thompson, will have no lasting or significant effect. There have been several Dr. Thompsons in the past. As recently as 2012, in an interview with Truthout’s Martha Rosenberg, former FDA drug reviewer, Ronald Cavanagh, exposed the FDA as a relentless criminal mafia protecting its client, Big Pharma, with a host of mob strategies. Earlier equivalents of William Thompson were J. Anthony Morris and Bernice Eddy. Ever heard of them either?
The stages of the Overton Window are:
It's pretty clear where we are now on that scale as a society in our ability to debate vaccine science and safety. One of the major factors keeping us in the "Unthinkable" and "Radical" range is that vaccines are also consciously, methodically being made into a monolithic and powerful political ideology.
An ideology becomes political when it has its own:
***1. System of Law.
The basis of this system for vaccines is the matrix of state laws that mandate all or parts of the CDC recommended schedule, the 1986 NVICP Act, and the 2001 SCOTUS decision. The recent efforts in states like California to eliminate exemptions for children and increase mandates for adults are attempts to extend a system of laws to support "vaccinism"--the ideology of vaccines.
Australia and New Zealand have proposed to stop welfare payments to those who do not vaccinate; there's little doubt America is headed in that direction, too.
Obamacare also extends laws regarding vaccines. Beginning January 1, 2013, hospitals participating in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) were required to submit summary data on influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel. Use of this measure for payment determination began in FY 2015.
The rules for determining payments to hospitals for vaccine compliance fall under the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program of vaccines as specified in §§ 412.160 through 412.167 published in the Federal Register, Vol. 77, No. 170, Friday, August 31, 2012, Rules and Regulations 53675. In other words, it’s law.
***2. System of Government.
Even scholarly studies from Princeton say we no longer live in a representative democracy. Call it what you will--oligarchy, corporatocracy, kleptocracy--we live under the control of rulers who delegate control in an hierarchical manner. Polls consistently show that 80-90% of Americans believe vaccines should be a choice. So what?
Same polls have been showing for 20 years that an overwhelming majority of Americans support a substantial increase in the minimum wage. Clearly, our will is not represented in policy. On the whole, our Congress and president are bought and paid for by those who give the orders. Most of all, the pharmaceutical industry is, for all intents and purposes, a branch of government today.
***3. Command and Control Centers.
These used to be known as independent government agencies working on behalf of citizens. But one of RFKJr.'s main talking points is that the CDC, FDA, NIH, WHO, UNICEF and others have been co-opted to the point of being sock puppets for pharmaceutical interests. RFKJr.'s description of how decisions are made in these agencies and the shocking televised committee hearings in California leave no doubt these agencies are now the command and control centers for Big Pharma.
And any critique would be remiss if it left out state departments of child services, whose medical kidnappings of children of parents who deviate from Pharma orthodoxy are near-daily events. And once in that legal system, the parent must fight a well-coordinated army of lawyers, social workers, and judges deployed from the command and control centers.
***4. Recognizable Dress Code and Insignia.
Regardless of how ridiculous the CDC officials look, those damn uniforms they wear on TV convey the authority that reinforces their right to pronounce "truth" to the masses and order us to obey.
***5. Representation by a Political Party.
In California, 24 of SB277's 26 sponsors were Democratic. Daily Kos, Huffington Post, Mother Jones, Think Progress--all prohibit non-dogmatic discussion of vaccines. If a story or comment slips by, it will be first attacked (debunked) and then immediately erased and the user banned. The few Republicans who have dared to speak out (Michelle Bachman, Rand Paul, Chris Christie) were immediately ridiculed and silenced. Only Donald Trump continues to speak about medical freedom and vaccines. And no one, including Republicans, has any idea what party The Donald belongs to.
***6. Finance and Tax System.
The most perverse irony of this entire nightmare is the $.75 surcharge that Americans pay for each vaccine. We allow liability-free companies and doctors to injure us, and then we are forced to pay for the damages they inflict upon us. Sweet.
***7. Indoctrination System.
One word--Elmo. But worse is that there are very few doctors practicing today who did not undergo indoctrination into the Church of the Vaccine in medical school, where they were taught two things: Vaccines are Good, and here is how to inject them. A third thing doctors in training are taught (but is not in the official curriculum) is what will happen if they dissent.
There you have it. Until you understand and accept that vaccines are religious and political dogmas in the United States, no science is worth talking about to you.
You want science? My god, there's more science on the harms of vaccines, including the sequelae called autism, than there is on the Rings of Saturn. But until you have crossed your own tipping point and have resigned from the Church of the Holy Vaccine and recognize its agents of political control, you are not awake.
David Taylor is the father of a 16-year-old autistic son who was successfully treated by Dr. Jeff Bradstreet for over 11 years. Taylor teaches at a state university system on the East Coast.