Updated: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) clashed with CNBC host Kelly Evans over a number of topics Monday, including vaccines, a corporate tax holiday proposal and the basic idea of freedom. At one point, Paul grew so frustrated with the interview that he literally shushed the host, putting his finger over his mouth and telling her to quiet down.
If only the American people could do the same.
Evans first confronted the senator over comments he made to radio host Laura Ingraham in which he argued parents should be able to decide whether or not to vaccinate their children.
Evans asked, “Did you really just say to Laura Ingraham that you think most vaccines in this country should be, quote, voluntary?”
“I guess being for freedom would be really unusual,” Paul replied sarcastically. “I guess I don’t understand the point of why that would be controversial.”
After the Evans continued to emphasize the importance of vaccinating against certain diseases, Paul clarified saying, “I think vaccines are one of the greatest medical breakthroughs that we’ve had. I’m a big fan,” he said. “But, you know, for most of our history, they have been voluntary.”
Kudos to Sen. Paul and other leaders bold enough to call media on stupid. Apparently, it only takes looks to get a job on CNBC. Further, it is the Left more than the Right that avoids vaccines on inane “all natural” or “holistic” grounds because some tree-hugging celebrity living in wealthy isolation declared they thought it cool to do so.
Update: To further make the point in the paragraph above, Reuters reported Wednesday that, California lawmakers are pushing to end “personal belief” vaccine exemptions.
“Responding to an outbreak of measles that has infected more than 100 people, two California lawmakers said on Wednesday they would introduce legislation to end the right of parents in the state to exempt their children from school vaccinations based on personal beliefs.” Click here for more on the story from Reuters.