By Katie Wright
Who exactly was sitting at home thinking to themselves, “I cannot decide whether or not to vaccinate my child until Joe, Kerry and Kathleen Kennedy tell me what to do!!!!” Neither Joe, Kathleen nor Kerry is a vaccine expert, an autism expert, a published author on vaccine science and neither one has spoken at length with parents of vaccine injured children. Nevertheless, these three self styled vaccine science and autism pros felt compelled to weigh in on the subject in which they have no expertise, shamefully disparaging their brother in the process.
I know a little about this. Many years ago my parents, Bob and Suzanne Wright, publicly denounced me and my concerns about vaccine safety. It was a big mistake and it lives forever. Siblings, colleagues, board members, friends and family members were horrified. Many disagreed, some vehemently so, with my vaccination concerns but all agreed a public condemnation of a family member is a base betrayal of what family means. We reconciled but was long, long, road getting there.
In the case of Joe, Kathleen and Kerry Kennedy the needless and shameful public betrayal of their brother is impossible to understand. Did they actually believe they would convince anyone to vaccinate? Could they be that self important? Who knows? But I guarantee you that their sloppy op -ed, filled with errors, did not convince ONE parent to vaccinate their child. The gist of their post is that in many countries (notably not the USA) many children suffer and die from communicable disease. Neither Joe, Kathleen nor Kerry did their homework. Bobby Kennedy speaks about the American system of checks and balances in vaccine safety and the lack of independent oversight in the vaccine approval process. In what way does Americans asking for independent vaccine safety oversight create a measles catastrophe in third world countries? It is the same kind of ridiculous logic applied by those who argue against the teaching sex education in schools “because it will make children have sex.” Untrue and flat out dumb.
Joe, Kerry and Kathleen are all emotion and no logic in their post. They go on and on and on about the history of measles, smallpox and the “dedicated professionals” at “WHO” and the NIH. I know, I know, it's both funny and sad. First of all, WHO is basically employed by Pharma! WHO never meet a vaccine they didn't like! WHO still actively campaigns for the continued use of mercury in vaccines because it’s cheap. The fact that mercury is a well known and potent neurotoxin bothers them not in the least. Think about this...the Soviet Union banned thimerosal in 1990! The Soviet Union, a nation that doesn’t exactly have high consumer safety standards, banned thimerosal 30 years ago! But in countries and entities owned by Pharma, like the USA, the subject of mercury in vaccines is off limits. If one dares to question vaccine safety in the USA and one is immediately labelled a flat earth, anti science heretic whose only goal is to see the maximum amount of children die from contagious disease! And they call us emotional! The great irony is that ALL research on the subject shows that parents who have concerns about vaccine safety are the most highly educated. So education is the enemy?
One would think that Kerry Kennedy would not be so quick to judge others concerned with the side effects of medication. A few years ago Kerry Kennedy was identified as driving dangerously erratically and was arrested for driving under the influence. Ms. Kennedy did not dispute she was driving under the influence, only that it was not her fault because she was the victim of an extreme adverse reaction to Ambien. OK, Ambien side effects include: dizziness, vomiting, light-headedness, etc...I could find no evidence that Ambien forces one to drive while intoxicated/ impaired. But I take her word for it. Severe adverse reactions too medication, even very strange ones, CAN and DO occur. The jury concurred and acquitted Ms. Kennedy of all charges and I agree with them.
My point is that Ms. Kennedy is saying that when she suffered an extreme adverse reaction to a medication (potentially killing others!) it was a very real and legitimate adverse reaction. After Kerry Kennedy’s arrest there was much talk about the hidden dangers of Ambien, the need to inform consumers of all side effects and the urgency to prescribe this drug far less often. No one accused Ms. Kennedy of destroying the sleeping pill market, no one said “oh well, some horrible adverse reactions are no big deal!” and no one accused Ms. Kennedy of lying.
However, when my child, and maybe yours, suffers brain damage from an extreme adverse reaction from a medication Kerry, Kathleen and Joe basically say who cares about your kid, tough luck! Seriously, in their hit piece, the siblings acknowledge that severe adverse reactions occur but “its more than justified by the overall benefit.” Takes one’s breathe away, right?
How dare these three decide my son, your child or any child is a disposable sacrifice? Just think about what they said: “Vaccines can have side effects…overwhelmingly minor, rarely serious (again they know nothing of which they speak) more than justified by the overall benefits.”
The ignorant threesome say nothing about the need to take adverse reactions seriously, require doctors reports adverse reactions or anything about the need to make vaccines safer. Oh no! No need to fix anything because it’s OK our kids were brain damaged in the name of vaccines. So it’s all OK.
It is EXACTLY this arrogant, callous attitude that alienates parents. Bobby’s argument is EVERY child matters and vaccines must be safer. The Kennedy siblings seem to have disdain for our kids. Clearly Joe, Kathleen and Kerry Kennedy believe that if our kids must forfeit their fully functioning brains and good health to please WHO, fine! Then these hypocrites go on and on about how important it is to save every child’s life from the measles. Their arguments are so illogical and inconsistent, it’s embarrassing.
I guarantee you that these Kennedy siblings have not read their brother’s book. How terrible of a person one must be to so thoughtlessly and callously betray a sibling in such a public way? Theirs was such a shameful act. I’m pretty sure I know how this happened. Pharma, WHO, the AAP, all the same really, absolutely hate, hate the fact Bobby Kennedy knows EVERYTHING about their shady practices and laughable vaccine safety research. Pharma cannot undercut Bobby by claiming he is after money, this endeavor has cost him money! Pharma loses every debate with him. Pharma cannot stand it that that he is beloved by autism families and is such an effective advocate for vaccine safety reform. So what does Pharma do? Hmmmm.....What could be a great way to hurt Bobby and damage his reputation. “I know!” I can almost hear someone exclaim. “What could be more powerful than getting family members (some suckers!) to do our work for us and speak out against Bobby???”
So WHO/Pharma/AAP reps call up Joe, Kerry and Kathleen saying, “I know you three really care about the children!! Children will die (always with the high drama) because of Bobby’s words! Only you! Only his family, has the power to stop his dangerous campaign and save children’s lives! Because you three are so intelligent, accomplished and respected, speaking out publicly against your brother will be a game changer and you will SAVE LIVES! The public will applaud your bravery!” These three fell for this idiotic ego driven argument hook, line and sinker. Believe me, I’ve seen this movie before, many times in fact.
I mean it took the Unabomber’s brother a year to contact the police! Despite the fact he was fairly sure that his brother was likely the man who had killed 9 people, he spent a year torturing himself about potentially betraying his brother. But people understood this dilemma. To betray your sibling is a heinous act.
To no one’s surprise, but perhaps to Joe, Kerry and Kathleen, it wasn’t Bobby who has made to look like the villain via his siblings public condemnation. Oh no! It is Joe, Kerry and Kathleen who have been very much received by the public as the bad guys, lowlives even. The reaction to their post was 99% negative! All their social media sites were deluged with astonished and disgusted reactions. Check it out! Even people who disagree with Bobby’s vaccine stance expressed revulsion seeing siblings betraying another sibling in such a way. Over and over again readers expressed astonishment at such a base betrayal. None of Bobby’s siblings needed to publicly agree with his work but to make public an emotionally off kilter, uninformed attack of Bobby re a subject on which they have no expertise is indefensible. Just another example of why Pharma is so successful. They are master manipulators. Wow, did they have Joe’s, Kathleen’s and Kerry’s number! Those three were played to perfection.
Finally, don't ever write “My child, sibling, spouse etc...is dangerously wrong wrong about x, y z,” and follow it up with with, “But we love that person!” Please, loving someone means not stabbing them in the back.
Katie Wright is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.