Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Unbearable Sadness of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

One More Betrayal of the Premier Family of Modern America

Robert F. Kennedy, murdered in 1968, stands as the iconic American of his generation.  A man of great compassion, he came to it the way that wealthy privileged Americans should come to it, from seeing suffering and discrimination and hatred.  Originally a McCarthy sympathizer, he became the leading voice of care and concern.

Now his namesake son is besmirching his name and his family. 

"President-elect Donald Trump asked Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a proponent of a widely discredited theory that vaccines cause autism, to chair a new commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity, Kennedy said Tuesday."

 No, it’s not just that he is joining the Trump team and giving legitimacy where none is due, but he is also advocating a health care policy in an area where he joins Trump in his ignorance and is fostering a policy that could doom millions of children to disease and death.

"The announcement was met with alarm from health professionals who say that putting a proponent of a conspiracy theory in a position of authority on this issue is dangerous.

“That’s very frightening; it’s difficult to imagine anyone less qualified to serve on a commission for vaccine science,” said Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, a nonprofit that works to control, treat and eliminate vaccine-preventable and neglected tropical diseases.

“The science is clear: Massive evidence showing no link between vaccines and autism, and as both a scientist who develops vaccines for poverty-related neglected diseases and the father of an adult daughter with autism, there’s not even any plausibility for a link,” Hotez continued. “Autism is a genetic condition.”

Yep, just when you thought things could not get any worse something like this comes along.  If ignorance is bliss then in the area of medicine and health care Trump and Kennedy Jr. must be the happiest people on earth.

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