The esteemed Dr. Peter Hotez, father himself of a daughter with autism, referred to Mothers who are concerned about vaccine safety as "functioning as useful idiots." Useful idiots is a political term I had never heard. It is not, as suspected, a compliment. It's a complete brush off and attempt to marginalize the females of the autism and vaccine safety/choice community. Thank you to Ginger Taylor for the video clip.
In political jargon, a useful idiot is a derogatory term for a person perceived as a propagandist for a cause whose goals they are not fully aware of, and who is used cynically by the leaders of the cause. The term was originally used during the Cold War to describe non-communists regarded as susceptible to communist propaganda and manipulation. The term has often been attributed to Vladimir Lenin, but this attribution is unsubstantiated.
Dr. Hotez wrote a memoir titled "Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism." As a memoirist myself, I find that title demeaning to his daughter. Is that the most important aspect of her life - to exonerate vaccines? JB HAndley published a book called How To End The Autism Epidemic just a few weeks before Dr. Hotez's book debuted last Fall. Take a peek at the sales rankings as of today in the Amazon screen shots below. You may find them.... useful.