Wait, what? South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg believes that vaccine rules should continue to be administered by the states as the Constitution lays out? AND he believes in certain exceptions allowable for parents to exercise on behalf of their children’s healthcare? BLASPHEMY!
That’s a paraphrase of how the vast outspoken leftists reacted to news that the Democratic candidate for president believes in the Constitution.
Specifically, he believes vaccines are clearly a state and individual issue.
We asked all of the 2020 candidates about vaccines.
A spokesperson for Mayor Pete Buttigieg says Buttigieg supports "personal/religious exemptions if states can maintain local herd immunity and there is no public health crisis” https://t.co/o1tVmFb5UW pic.twitter.com/ahWJq0hkhL
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) May 1, 2019
Regardless of how you slice it, there really is a ton of gray area when it comes to vaccines. The states clearly have jurisdiction over them and most states are rapidly moving to make them mandatory. Individuals clearly have rights, but when a parent’s rights affect other people’s children negatively, this is where the gray area arises. Nevertheless, less government – especially less DC – is generally considered better than more government, at least for conservatives and thoughtful center-minded folks. Even if you believe vaccines should be mandatory, it’s difficult to make the case that the federal government should be the one mandating them without risking DC getting its dirty little hands in other medical and parental issues.
But because of the recent measles outbreaks and a concerted effort to make people fear the non-vaccinated enough to believe their rights are invalid, even many on the right have jumped on the mandatory vaccination bandwagon.
Down with Buttigieg
He’s survived hoax attempts and attacks from many on both the left and the right, but this might be the issue that tanks him. At least, that’s what the campaign believes because they just turned 180 degrees in a matter of hours.
“Pete believes vaccines are safe and effective and are necessary to maintaining public health. There is no evidence that vaccines are unsafe, and he believes children should be immunized to protect their health. He is aware that in most states the law provides for some kinds of exemptions. He believes only medical exemptions should be allowed,” a spokesman for the Mayor said.
If the left can take him down, so be it. He’s one of the only true threats to President Trump’s reelection campaign. If he can be taken out of the way, that’s one less progressive to worry about.