Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Kenneth Kaplan spoke at a vaccination choice rally at William Paterson University tonight, three hours before the debate between Jon Corzine, Christopher Christie and Christopher Daggett.
The text of Kaplan's remarks:
They wouldn't let me inside for the debate tonight, but I'm happy to be outside here with you. I'm Ken Kaplan, Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of NJ. I represent the party that champions individual liberty. I am here today to lend my support to the concept that when it comes to health care, every individual has the right to make decisions concerning their treatment, and that parents, not the government, have the right to make those decisions for their children. I cannot understand the mentality that makes vaccinations mandatory. There is a risk-benefit analysis involved. The government should not be making a blanket decision for all of us. This is an individual decision. Why do "they" want to force "us" to be vaccinated? Anyone who believes a vaccine is useful and safe can be vaccinated and have their children vaccinated. If the vaccine is effective, they are protected. Why do they need to force us to be vaccinated? Their logic escapes me.
By the way, am I the only person whose mind's eye keeps reading H1N1 vaccine as hiney vaccine? I know it's a shot in the arm, but I say this loud and clear to the government: Leave my hiney alone!