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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.

Green Party: “there is no causal link between vaccines & autism.”

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After presumptive Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein tweeted “I’m not aware of evidence linking autism with vaccines,” the Green Party has officially weighed in:

Apparently prompted by The Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy as well as that defamatory, bankrupt excuse for a blog known as Gawker. But apparently, Gawker caught Stein in the act of deleting a previous tweet where she repeated the common lie that there is “no evidence” linking vaccines to autism. So the Green Party’s official Twitter account swooped in to save the day.

If anybody is still wondering whether there is any choice for vaccine skeptics this presidential election, just compare Stein’s and the Green Party’s remarks, Crooked Hillary’s remarks and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson’s to what Donald Trump said in the second Republican debate:

Autism has become an epidemic. Twenty-five years ago, 35 years ago, you look at the statistics, not even close. It has gotten totally out of control.

I am totally in favor of vaccines. But I want smaller doses over a longer period of time. Because you take a baby in — and I’ve seen it — and I’ve seen it, and I had my children taken care of over a long period of time, over a two or three year period of time.

Same exact amount, but you take this little beautiful baby, and you pump — I mean, it looks just like it’s meant for a horse, not for a child, and we’ve had so many instances, people that work for me.

Just the other day, two years old, two and a half years old, a child, a beautiful child went to have the vaccine, and came back, and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic.

I only say it’s not — I’m in favor of vaccines, do them over a longer period of time, same amount.

But just in — in little sections. I think — and I think you’re going to have — I think you’re going to see a big impact on autism.

Even though the pressure is much higher in a televised debate than it is on Twitter, Donald Trump didn’t backtrack or require saving by anyone in his own party.

Jill Stein? Not so much.

Jill Stein: “I’m not aware of evidence linking autism with vaccines.”

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Thinking of going Green this election cycle? Think again.

Presumptive Green Party nominee Jill Stein has just tweeted that she is “not aware of evidence linking autism with vaccines.” Her comments came days after a Washington Post interview where she punted a question about whether she believes vaccines are linked to autism, but it now appears that she has finally caved:

Her comments are not entirely surprising for someone who invited Bernie Sanders to take over her own presidential ticket. Sanders has said the evidence against a vaccine-autism connection was “overwhelming” and criticized GOP nominee Donald Trump for acknowledging a connection. In stark contrast to both Stein and Sanders, Trump is very aware of evidence for a connection that they won’t acknowledge exists – bringing out the issue not only in his tweets but also in a presidential debate for the very first time and continuing to speak out on the campaign trail as recently as four months ago. Trump has been outspoken about the issue for years long before running for president.

The choice in this election could not be clearer. Crooked Hillary Clinton mocked skepticism of vaccines and proclaimed in her nomination speech, “I believe in science,” to imply Trump does not. Also this summer, Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson called Barack Obama a “good guy” and Crooked Hillary “wonderful” – in stark contrast to saying he could never support Donald Trump because of “all the things he had said”. Even more nauseating, Johnson’s running mate Bill Weld described having a “bond” with her.

Of course, voting for a third-party candidate is basically the same as not voting at all and letting Crooked Hillary win anyway. Even still, there is only one candidate on the right side of this issue and his name is Donald Trump.