As annoying as the ‘get back to Nature’ anti-vaxxers crowd can be–the ones who apparently have chosen the tapeworm as their spirit guide–never underestimate the ability of the constant, unyielding paranoia of the psychiatric* wing of the conservative movement. Consider this exchange involving Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas):
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Monday said that it was a “scary thought” that elites could be culling the population with vaccines to preserve the Earth’s resources.
The Texas Republican spent part of his five-week break from Congress this week by interviewing conservative activist Alan Keyes while filling in as a guest host for Tony Perkins on Family Research Council’s Washington Watch.
Gohmert pointed out that some liberals believed that the Earth was already over populated.
“A lot of people who fancy themselves elites, right, because they’ve made a lot of money, they’re names are all over the media and so forth, they’ve really signed on to an agenda that requires the depopulation of the globe,” Keyes explained. “And in the name of fighting global climatological change, called global warming — that’s proven to be something that’s wrong — they are saying that we’ve got to cut back the population of the world.”
“Bill Gates gave a famous talk back in 2009, which he was talking about actually abusing vaccinations, which are supposed to keep people healthy and alive, and saying how this could lead to a 15 percent reduction in the population of the globe as a way to achieve this result,” he continued.
Is Gohmert a full-bore wackaloon? Yes, but remember that thousands of Texans gladly voted for him. Did you really think the megachurch pastor who encouraged his flock to avoid MMR vaccination–which led to a measles outbreak–did so in a vacuum? There is fertile ground for this on the right, and the available data back that up.
*I don’t mean to stigmatize the mentally ill, but, if you only read Gohmert’s and Keyes’ utterances, how could any person conclude that they weren’t paranoid and delusional? How would they appear any different from someone suffering from certain kinds of mental illness?