The Texas Republican Party–and Texas is the largest Republican-controlled state (and the world’s ninth largest economy)–has been working hard to come up with a platform, and, Boy Howdy, it’s a terrifying exercise in lunacy. Here’s the draft section on vaccination, which is in a “Healthcare Independence” section* (boldface mine):
152. Medical Freedom: We call for an addition to the Texas Bill of Rights that explicitly states that Texans have the natural, inalienable right to refuse vaccination or other medical treatment. Therefore, the following are expressly forbidden even in an emergency or in a pandemic:
a. Since informed consent is a basic human right, any attempt to mandate, force, or coerce any medical test, procedure, or product, including vaccines or masks…
d. Any mandates by public, private, government, or medical entities for treatment, vaccination, vaccine passports, mask requirements, health insurance surcharges, or use of controlled substances of any kind.
e. Any involuntary isolation or quarantine of anyone not experiencing an active contagious infection…
i. Any tracing of individuals by cell phones or another means for any reason without an individual court issued warrant. We ask that the Contact Tracing Program, Workforce and Center Programs agreement be rescinded.
Item “a” would get rid of mandatory child vaccinations, including measles, mumps, and rubella.
Just to repeat: Item “a” would get rid of mandatory child vaccinations, including measles, mumps, and rubella.
That alone is bugshit crazy. Also, they really don’t like masks (from the “COVID Response” section):
69. Government Mandates: No government entity may require a business, via financial or legal coercion, to act as an enforcement arm of the state, such as the egregious action when local governments required businesses to enforce mask mandates or be fined or closed.
These fucking cowards–and that’s what they are–can’t even be bothered to require masks when the prevalence is high. I know some of my co-travelers on the left don’t see any difference between the two parties–and, admittedly, voting for Democrats is a harm reduction strategy more than anything else, but there really are differences–and they matter.
On the other hand, there will be more work for virologists if they win, so good for the virologists….
*While Very Sensible Centrists and their ilk love to mock the left’s linguistic excesses, “Healthcare Independence” is outright Orwellian.