From Green Party candidate for Attorney General of NY
Michael Sussman writes:Mandatory
March 28 2019
I find interesting how selective many of you are in being skeptical
about state action. Some who generally understand that corporate control
of our lives includes corporate control over government decision-making
seem particularly supportive of a ban on unvaccinated children in public
[a] the the County of Rockland lacks any authority to impose such a ban;
[b] the County should long ago have exercised their actually granted
authority to quarantine THOSE INFECTED with measles;
[c] religious exemptions are recognized by our state law, as they have
been in one or another form for more than 100 years;
[d] there are four active cases of measles in a county of 325,000 people
and those cases are, as prior ones have been, isolated in a religious
[e] after six months, not only does Green Meadow not have one case of
measles, but the community associated with it has no cases, proof of the
lack of association between those individuals and the effected population
[f] the measles vaccination has never been proofed or scientifically
validated and is a major money maker for Merck.
I have read all the comments to my post yesterday (see below) and the
support expressed by allegedly progressive people for draconian state
action which curtails individual liberty is shocking.
For those who object to my "star" reference, please explain how
Rockland County intends to enforce this pronouncement without requiring
the unvaccinated and those with religious exemptions to identify
themselves: will they presume every Hasidic person or every
"Hippie" is not vaccinated?
There is much more to write about this example of baseless public
hysteria and the dismissal, as usual, of those who understand that
measles is not AIDS or EBOLA, that allowing public health authorities to
overreach their authority is dangerous, not salutary, and that religious
exemptions are valid and have been recognized in many contexts.
For all the experts on comparative religion who categorically deny
others' beliefs and who "know" that one religion or another
does NOT recognize such exemptions, you, too, are embarked on a dangerous
form of fascism, imposing your interpretations when there is not a single
interpretation which governs all Jews or all members of any religious
March 27 at 5:02 AM ·
Nothing is more dangerous than an emboldened madman.
1. For generations, the United States has sought to maintain some
credibility with Arab nations [though we have always strongly supported
Israel]. Mr. Trump's "recognition" of Israeli sovereignty over
the Golan Heights again shifts policy and makes attaining lasting peace
more distant. What ever became of the Kushner "peace plan?"
2. Despite increasing support for the Affordable Care Act and polling
which shows that this support accounted for some of the Democratic
success in the mid-terms, Trump's Justice Department has now changed
course and announced support for a radical judicial decision out of Texas
which last December struck down the entire law. This sets up a potential
June 2020 Supreme Court decision which could upend our entire health care
3. Likewise, Trump supports abortion restrictions which commence with the
first trace heartbeat in a fetus, again setting up Supreme Court
re-consideration of Roe v. Wade in 2020.
4. Trump is again proposing environmentally tragic exploitation of Alaska
wilderness for energy reserves, something hardly required by national
security as we have an over-supply of fossil fuel based energy and must
wean from, not increase, such dependence.
5. Meanwhile in NY State, the predictable dance between the emperor and
mere mortals plays out in Albany with these unfortunate results: no
meaningful campaign finance or ethics legislation, delays in efforts to
legalize marijuana and sports gambling, two major new revenue sources, no
resolution to inequities in school funding, no new urban
initiatives...yes, some good has come from this session, but much more
needs to be accomplished.
6. Finally, in Rockland County, rather than quarantine the four active
measles-infected people and those having intimate contact with them,
after a six month outbreak, which has featured other ineffectual
responses by public health officials, the county executive has now banned
unvaccinated children from public places. I am unsure whether they will
now be forced to wear a yellow star or not....I have been fighting to
uphold religious exemptions and bring back healthy children to a school
with no cases and now this...all in our state which, like 46 others,
recognizes religious exemptions...here go our rights and those of our
friends and neighbors!
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