Incompetent Elected Official Of The Month: Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin

Daddy gave you this with love….

Incidentally, we have discussed how the news media often hides the party affiliation of misbehaving Democrats, but I had to look up Bevin after CNN neglected to say what his party is. This wasn’t bias, just unprofessional journalism.

Kentucky’s  Governor, who is a Republican, revealed that he exposed  his nine children to chickenpox  so they would get the disease rather than giving them the vaccine.

What an idiot. By doing this publicly, he endorses anti-vaxxer fear-mongering, validates irresponsible parenting, and places lives in danger.

In an interview with WKCT,  Bevin said he supports parents who choose to get their children vaccinated and also those who decline to do so. Do you support public health, you reckless, pandering fool? “This is America,” he said. “The federal government should not be forcing this upon people. They just shouldn’t.” “This” means responsible behavior required to prevent the spread of communicable disease. Governments have a well-established and Supreme Court approved duty to take necessary and reasonable measures to ensure public safety.danger.

Bevin’s dangerous remarks come soon after a teen in Kentucky sued his local health department, which had temporarily barred students who aren’t immunized against chickenpox from attending school The teen and his father claimed religious discrimination, as some devout Catholics associate vaccinations with fetal stem cells.

Governor Bevin is exposing his ignorance and promoting bad parenting and bad citizenship. I wonder if the state would negotiate a straight-up swap of governors with Virginia? Michael Jackson impressionist Ralph Northam is a silly person, but he is a doctor, and presumably understands the necessity of vaccinations.

No, wait… that means Virginia…and …would  be stuck with Governor Bevins.

Never mind.

11 thoughts on “Incompetent Elected Official Of The Month: Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin

  1. Do airlines have this same responsibility?

    On another note, I remember “Pox parties” being a thing in the 90s. Does something become unethical when there are better means to handle it? The only thing I can think of is the push for AI refs in baseball.

    • ‘Pox parties’ were not unethical at the time, there was no vaccination against chicken pox and the natural history of the disease is much less severe at earlier infections. Intentionally infecting your children at a young age reduces their harm, that is the ethical principle in play. Once a vaccination is available, the same principle that made the pox parties ethical applies, vaccination reduces the harm to your children.

      • My childhood bout with Chicken Pox did not take… or did not happen. I got the adult version (shingles) when my firstborn was 6 months old.

        I brought him to my sick bed and we hung out. He got the pox and never noticed (it rarely impacts the very young.) He never had a problem once exposed later in life.

        There was no vaccine at the time. My next child got the early version of the vaccine, and later also got shingles: make of that what you will.

  2. I want to make it clear that in debates about vaccination the important concept is herd immunity. It is the operating principle that overcomes conservative reluctance to use state force to achieve goals. If the only good to come from vaccinating a child was the benefit to that child, conservative opposition to state mandates may be justified as an intrusion on their liberty.

    However, there is a small but significant portion of the population that can not receive vaccinations due to medical conditions, mostly related to auto-immune conditions. These children rely on herd immunity to avoid becoming ill. When health children, and their parents, refuse vaccination, they reduce the effectiveness of herd immunity and place sensitive children at greater risk.

    This is fundamentally the justification for public health vaccinations, the vaccination has minimal risk to your child and greatly reduces the risk to other people who can not be vaccination, thus we require your child to received the vaccination. You are not just hurting your child when they are not vaccinated, you are endangering the lives of other children, and that’s not ethical.

    • Herd immunity is also important because many vaccines are not 100% effective. For example, one measles shot gives 92% coverage and two spaced out give 97%. With 100% vaccination, those 3% can’t spread measles.

      In the outbreak in Washington state, one person who had both vaccinations got sick. Three who were too young to get the second innoculation got sick. It’s very likely none of that would have happened with better vaccination rates.

  3. I was never vaccinated against chickenpox, but was vaccinated against small pox. I actually had mumps (well, one mump) and measles. When I go to my local VA clinic, I always take whatever vaccination is available.

  4. Governor Bevin is exposing his ignorance and promoting bad parenting and bad citizenship.

    Yes, he is, and he should be ashamed. Trying to couch it in terms of freedom from government tyranny is an unethical dodge, albeit one that fits in with his positions on other things.

    There are times, when “we” as a community must do things for the good of all, even at the risk of harm to us or our families. Yes, vaccines have a non-zero risk of harm and/or death associated with them, just as most cures do. In this world, there doesn’t seem to be any freebies, either in medicine or in life.

    But that does not excuse the inane “anti-vax” movement. People embracing this are a threat to public health, and when the governor of a state does so, he multiplies this effect dramatically.

    Bevin is the governor of my state, and I generally approve of his policies, at least more than I disapprove. He also has Trumpian streak in him a mile wide, and shoots from the lip far too often.

    But this pushes one of my buttons. I loathe the “anti-vax” people — they are little more than scientific morons who care more about a weird form of virtue signaling than the do about public health. Would they willingly expose their child to say, smallpox to immunize them? Polio? Ebola? Didn’t think so.

    Idjits, all of them. Bevin included.

  5. So the problem is that those who do not get vaccinated might be infected, where herd immunity has worn thin. Suffer the consequences of your actions, personal responsibility and all that.

    For those who attempted to become immune (or could not take the shot) this is more complicated. Life is full of consequences from other’s decisions, and this is a rare example of ‘crap happens.’

    We still should not mandate everyone get the shots. Case in point:

    In Texas, we resisted then Governor Perry when his campaign coffers swelled with Big Pharma donations and he suddenly was pushing for mandatory HPV vaccinations for elementary and middle school kids.

    The treatment was new, and side effects were still being discovered. Moreover, the method of transmission was sexual intercourse, and 90% of cases clear themselves within 2 years.

    1. There was and is increasing evidence of problems with this drug, with serious side effect and risks:

    2. Children being forced to accept the risks inherent in ‘protecting’ from a behavior related disease (sex is the only transmission factor: no sex equals no infection) reinforces all of the worst of anti-vax fears: this is being done to enrich Big Pharma at the expense of the well being of children.

    3. Regular Pap Smears negate the need for the vaccine, as HPV detected early is treatable. In the worst case, precancerous lesions can be treated before they are dangerous (like colon polyps) and such screening had already reduced cervical cancer incidence before the introduction of this drug.

    Texans stopped the mandate from Gov Perry, who later admitted that his efforts were ‘a mistake.’ The situation was treating an extreme minority-impacting problem with a shotgun, and ignoring the collateral tissue damage while doing so. Issues like these gave anti vax proponents ammunition that was unnecessary, because it WAS what it looked like: a money grab by politicians and industry.

    That said, there are many vaccines that save lives today, preventing many diseases that have haunted humanity for centuries. HPV is simply not in that category.

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