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Gary Johnson Supports Mandatory Vaccination

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I’ve come to find out that without mandatory vaccines, that the vaccines that would in fact be issued would not be effective. – Gary Johnson, Vermont Public Radio, August 24th, 2016

Like Green Party candidate for president Jill Stein, former New Mexico governor and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson has said he supports mandatory vaccination. In an interview with Vermont Public Radio, Johnson said he supports government mandates  of vaccines – a stark reversal from a tweet from five years ago. He went even further to say that if the issue of vaccine mandates became a federal one, he would “side with science” and require vaccination as president.

Ridiculously, some vaccine skeptics actually said they would vote for Johnson over GOP nominee Donald Trump despite the fact that he had spoken out for years about the dangers of vaccines. He reiterated those concerns both in the second GOP presidential debate as well as in an interview just four months ago. Johnson – in stark contrast – only had a tweet to suggest a somewhat reformed position on vaccines, and now he has even reversed himself on that.

Perhaps worst about Johnson’s reversal is the hypocrisy inherent to his libertarian politics. Libertarians pride themselves on protecting individual liberties, yet Johnson has now said he would allow the government to make decisions for its citizens about what can or cannot be put into their bodies. Such a position would at least follow a certain logic within the socialist philosophies of Jill Stein, Bernie Sanders and Crooked Hillary Clinton, but not in the philosophy of a candidate trying to sell himself as the third-party, liberty-loving alternative to the two-party system.

Yet he has heaped praise on the most prominent politicians of the political elite/progressive left while heaping smears on Donald Trump. Earlier this summer, Johnson called Barack Obama a “good guy” and Crooked Hillary a “wonderful public servant.” In contrast, Johnson said he could never support Trump because of “all the things he had said” – presumably including his remarks on vaccination. Johnson’s running mate Bill Weld was even more nauseating, calling Trump a “huckster” while describing a “bond” with Crooked Hillary. And in an apparent effort to pander to Bernie Sanders’ supporters, Johnson said he agreed with 73% of what the socialist senator says. The political divide characteristic of this election cycle is not between two-party and third-party candidates, but between the political establishment and Donald Trump.

If the choice was not clear enough before, it could not be clearer now. Johnson would sell out your rights and require vaccinations while Trump has said he would push for safer vaccinations as president. Apart from the fact that Johnson has no realistic chance of becoming president anyway, the only candidate for whom a vote would truly be a vote for vaccine safety is Republican nominee Donald Trump. A vote cast for a candidate other than Trump is a vote that helps enable a Crooked Hillary win, and that would be the worst possible outcome of all.

Gov. Pence – Opponent of Eli Lilly and HPV Vaccine Mandate

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“I think it is a decision that’s best left to parents in consultation with their doctors.” – Governor Mike Pence on HPV vaccination

Autism Investigated supports Donald Trump’s choice for running mate Governor Mike Pence. There has been a lot of misinformation spread about Pence, the biggest myth is that his being from Indiana somehow puts him in the pocket of Eli Lilly which is the pharmaceutical company that introduced mercury into children’s vaccinations. Eli Lilly is headquartered in Indianapolis, and did give Governor Pence’s political campaign a ton of money for his election in 2012. It was a cozy relationship, but one that would not last – nor would its termination be the only time he stood up for what he believed in against powerful pharmaceutical interests as he had also taken preemptive steps to oppose mandatory HPV vaccination.

When Governor Pence signed into law Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Eli Lilly and others deemed it “bad for business”, alleging that it was discriminatory against homosexuals and would subsequently drive investment out of the state. But the reality was much more complex than that, as LGBT activists in other parts of the country were suing Christian bakers and putting them out of business for not baking cakes for gay weddings out of devotion to their faith. Pence would obviously not want that trend repeated in his own state, and he signed an amended version of the bill into law despite attempts by Lilly and other powerful donors to kill it. Whether or not one agrees with Pence’s principles, his record suggests it is his principles and not his donors that determine his governing. He has also stood up for his and his constituents’ principles against powerful pharmaceutical interests in his opposition to aggressive state marketing of one notoriously dangerous vaccine for a sexually transmitted disease.

After a bill encouraging HPV vaccination in teenagers was proposed but killed in the Indiana legislature last year, Pence denounced the bill for potentially opening the door to a mandate of the vaccine. Later that year, constituents complained of an intrusive health department notice urging HPV vaccination. Pence stepped in to change the language of the notice to include the fact that the vaccine was not mandatory along with an internet link people could go to if they wanted to opt out of their children’s medical records being used in a state vaccine registry. Once again he was faced with opposition from critics such as the Indiana Democratic Party, but that did not stop him.

Based on his past record, Governor Pence appears to be someone who puts principle before donors and the pharmaceutical industry. Accepting Donald Trump’s offer of running mate is only the latest example, given Trump’s refusal of pharmaceutical money while speaking out about the vaccine-autism connection in the second Republican debate. Governor Pence deserves all the benefit of any lingering doubt, especially when compared to anyone Crooked Hillary Clinton is likely considering for a running mate.

Trump Backs Vaccine Safety, Calls Other Candidates “Bought”

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A recent interview further highlights why Autism Investigated endorses Donald Trump for President. On April 3rd, investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson sat down with the Republican presidential front-runner. In that interview, he said,”there could be something to the theory that these massive doses that are given to children have an impact on autism” and that “we have to be very, very careful with vaccines.” He also said the other candidates are “controlled by special interests” and “bought off with campaign contributions.” As of March 21st, pharmaceutical manufacturers have given $215,477 to Hillary Clinton, $64,175 to Bernie Sanders, $63,018 to Ted Cruz, $7,625 to John Kasich despite being dead last and a measly $531 to Donald Trump.

Trump on Vaccines and Viewer Questions

Trump fielded a number of viewer questions during “Full Measure’s” Sunday sit-down. He was asked about his views on vaccinations, advice he gave to his children, advice he ignored from his children, mis-characterizations from the media and, simply, why he would make the best choice for president.

What’s your position on freedom of choice regarding various vaccines that could be dangerous for some children and why is the mere discussion of making vaccines safe censored?

“It’s the most unbelievable discussion I’ve ever been involved in. If you say anything about vaccines that is slightly like holding back the hate mail, the level of vitriol, it’s incredible when you see it. First of all, I’m a big believer in vaccines. But there could be something to the theory that these massive doses that are given to children have an impact on autism. There could be something to it. Now some people say no, some people say yes, I’d like to see studies. The bottom line is they have to get vaccinated. When I was going to school as a young guy, polio was a really big problem and vaccines knocked it out. So the vaccines are very important, but we have to study the vaccines and we have to be very, very careful with vaccines.”

What’s some of the most important advice you’ve given your kids?

“That’s an easy question. No alcohol. No drugs. No cigarettes.”

Is there advice you’ve been given sometime that you wish you would’ve taken that you didn’t take?

“Well, Ivanka [my daughter] and my wife Melania will say ‘now be presidential,’ because sometimes I’ll hit back very hard and it doesn’t sound presidential. But my retort to that is, if I didn’t, you know I started off with [17 Republican challengers] and we have two left. I have two left. And frankly, if I didn’t hit hard I think you’d be interviewing probably somebody else.”

What mis-characterizations has the media saddled you with?

“I think I’m a very nice person. I love people. I like to help people. And I think the media makes me look like a mean person. And I think I’m a nice person. I love people. I love to help people.”

Why do you think you should be elected president?

“Because I can do the best job. I’m the only one that will make America great again. I know the other candidates. They’ll never bring us to the promise land. They’ll never make great trade deals. They’ll never great with the military. They’re controlled by special interests. I’m not. Again, I’m not taking money from anybody. If I don’t win. I really see a lot of problems for the country. There’s some many problems for the country that a politician, number one, can’t solve, and number two, won’t solve because they’re bought off with campaign contributions.”

Contrast the above to what other candidates have said about vaccines, like what Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton ($215,477 from pharma) tweeted:

The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork. Let’s protect all our kids. #GrandmothersKnowBest 

Ted Cruz ($63,018 from pharma), Trump’s main primary rival, told USA Today:

Of course children should be vaccinated, this issue is largely silliness stirred up by the media.

John Kasich ($7,625 from pharma) told Ohio’s Dayton Daily News:

You have to get vaccinated. This is not a choice. Are you kidding me?

The socialist and far-left extremist Bernie Sanders ($64,175 from pharma) who’s entire platform is more intrusive government like the corrupt vaccine program is the worst candidate of them all. In fact, he is the only candidate who actually criticized Trump for his stance on vaccines in an MSNBC interview with Rachel Maddow following the September GOP debate:

I think the evidence is overwhelming that vaccines do not cause autism. And it really is a little bit weird for Trump – who, I presume, has no medical background – to be raising this issue. And obviously it is a concern. When somebody like that says it, you’re gonna find thousands of people now who are gonna hesitate to give their kids the shots, and bad things may happen.

Yet Age of Autism’s managing editor was dumb enough to describe Sanders as “a chink in the armor of the status quo” of censorship, even though he openly supports censoring discussion of vaccine dangers. AoA has also praised Hillary’s “autism plan” with the vaccine debate-censoring Huffington Post and even expressed a desire to work with her. Worst of all, AoA has trashed Trump – repeatedly. They are guilty of continuously misinforming their readers about where the candidates stand on this issue, even though the right choice in this presidential race is more obvious than ever. If the issue of vaccine safety is an important enough issue to make or break a vote for any particular candidate, then the only candidate who deserves the vote is Donald Trump.

Dr. Ben Carson Endorses Donald Trump for President

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In a press conference yesterday, former GOP primary presidential candidate and retired pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson endorsed Donald Trump for president. In the September GOP debate, Dr. Carson was asked “Should Trump stop saying that vaccines are linked to autism?” Dr. Carson said that doctors are probably giving way too many vaccinations over too short a period of time. Donald Trump stood by his position that spacing out vaccinations would diminish autism rates.

Here is a statement from Dr. Carson:

Our country is at a crossroads and in the midst of a moral crisis. We must be careful not to continue our current path, which is littered with uncertainty at best and ruination at worst. We can make changes to our system and that change starts now with, “We the People.”

We can have disagreements, but it is critical that we not allow those disagreements to divide us as a party or as a country.

It is with that in mind that I endorse Donald Trump for President. I have known Donald for many years. He is a successful businessman who has built a recognizable global brand that no one can question. His experience as a businessman is exactly what we need to move our economic engine in the right direction and empower those who have been left out of the American dream for far too long.

With our support, I am sure that we can help restore America’s values and faith.

I know there will be some who want to underscore our differences and others will wish to return to statements he has made about me in the past, but that is politics. As a man of faith, all is forgiven and we have moved beyond the past, as the future is now.

Join me in supporting and rallying around the only candidate the GOP has that can defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016 and return America to that shining city on a hill.