On the drive home from work today, I heard the NPR spin on the debate last night. They homed in on the criticism Ron Paul had of Rick Perry’s executive order requiring all 12 year old girls to get a HPV (gardasil) vaccine. The NPR segment was trying to gauge the “truth” of the arguments.
For those that missed the debate, Ron Paul criticized Rick Perry for signing an executive order requiring 12 year old girls to get a vaccination against an STD. In the NPR sound bite, Ron Paul stated it “was not good medicine”. They went on to say that the CDC states that the vaccination is good and can prevent cancer.
What they neglected to report was the core of Ron Paul’s argument, which was not whether the vaccination can prevent cancer caused by HPV, but the fact that Rick Perry used an executive order to try and force the vaccination on young girls. Even the other Republican candidates last night did not get the jist of the argument. Sure, it takes away the parent’s right to decide what medicines their child takes, which is an excellent point. But the bigger point is he used an executive order to do so!
Anyone with a basic knowledge of government (this excludes anyone educated at a public school), knows that the separation of powers as dictated by the United States Constitution (and state constitutions), gives the power of legislation to the legislative branch. Allowing the executive branch to write laws is not only unconstitutional, but downright tyrannical. You really have legislation with absolutely zero representation!
Luckily, the Texas congress was able to over rule the executive order and prevent it from becoming law, but the point Ron Paul was making is not only is the vaccination being forced on little girls without the consent of their parents, it doesn’t even have the consent of the parent’s representatives, the legislature!
NPR spun it with the sound bite, “it’s not good medicine,” and tried to make Ron Paul’s argument seem ridiculous because here he was, a medical doctor, going against the CDC who said the vaccination helped prevent cancer.
Everyone who neglected to watch the debate, but caught the talking points today, is left with the impression that Ron Paul is a kook. The lame stream media on both sides literally exists to prop up the establishment in any way they can, including outright deceit.
NPR = FAIL.