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Rand Paul: Parents 'Own' Children, Not the State, So Vaccines Should Be Voluntary

Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 4:22:01 pm

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Anyone who reads LGF knows that I think Rand Paul is a complete crackpot, but today he outdid himself, saying he thought vaccines should be voluntary because parents "own" children, not the state.

Parents "own" children? What sort of libertarian believes human beings are property?

And what the hell is with the shushing gesture? Good grief.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) doubled down on his position that most vaccines should be voluntary, suggesting Monday that mandated immunization is an example of government overreach.

"The state doesn't own your children," Paul said in an interview with CNBC's "Closing Bell." "Parents own the children, and it is an issue of freedom and public health."

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In a heated interview with CNBC host Kelly Evans, Paul expressed support for vaccination but bristled at the idea that it should be mandatory.

"I guess being for freedom would be really unusual," he said sarcastically at the start of the exchange.

Paul also acknowledged hearing about cases in which healthy kids were left with "profound mental disorders" after being vaccinated.