(Hey, it’s just the Future of the Human Race at Stake!)
By Kent Heckenlively, JD
In any campaign for change you must occasionally ask yourself if what you’re doing is achieving the intended result.
If it is, great! All speed ahead! If not, isn’t it time to reconsider your strategy?
It’s with that idea in mind I review what has happened over the past thirty years regarding vaccines and the health of America’s children. In 1986 Congress passed and President Reagan signed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. This law RADICALLY changed the consumer protection rights of Americans regarding vaccines.
The pharmaceutical companies, which were having financial difficulties because of the flood of vaccine injury cases
found the situation completely changed. In return for harming lots of kids, they weren’t punished. They were given protection!
In 1997, when Dr. Andrew Wakefield raised the question of whether the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine was causing digestive problems and autism in some children, the pharmaceutical companies had a boatload of money to fight this claim. The parents were financially devastated by the needs of their children and couldn’t find a decent lawyer to even bring a case.
Quite simply, the pharmaceutical companies took away all the rights that consumers enjoy for all other products.
A powerful system will cause most people to fold. It’s the rare individual who will not bow before an all-powerful authority. Dr. Andrew Wakefield was one of those individuals. Jenny McCarthy was one, along with her boyfriend at the time, Jim Carrey. So was Dr. Judy Mikovits. There were also a few brave parents who founded organizations, but for the most part we were alone.
Some people attacked Jenny McCarthy for coming out so strongly against vaccines. They claim she should have waited for somebody with more gravitas to lead the charge. But where were the other movie stars? We know that Hollywood actors have children. And some of them develop autism. And some of those actors quietly whisper to each other, and to some of us, that they suspect vaccines were the cause.
But no Justice League of Jenny McCarthy and others formed to combat this evil which had harmed their very own children. When they all get to heaven, Jenny will be the only A-list actor in God’s eyes. The others will be on the D-list.
In addition to changing the legal system, the pharmaceutical companies took over the news networks by buying up 60-70% of the advertising dollars.
The old rules remain in effect. Those who have the gold, make the rules.
The pharmaceutical industry employs more than 1500 lobbyists in Washington, D.C., or about three lobbyists for every single member of Congress. The pharmaceutical industry spends twice as much money lobbying Congress as its nearest competitor, the oil and gas industry. But the pharmaceutical industry has no liability for the vaccines it gives to our children. In short, they control the courts, the media, and the politicians.
And because they do,
they’ve been able to make those who raise issues about vaccines look like crazy people. So in addition to having no legal rights, no access to the press, and no influence with politicians, your friends and family think you’re crazy.
Any strategy which is to have a hope of success must acknowledge the overwhelming odds against us. This will be by necessity, a guerrilla campaign.
But just because the odds are against us, doesn’t mean we don’t have a chance.
In his excellent book, David and Goliath, the author Malcom Gladwell looks at what is needed to win a fight against a giant.
In a war, one would think that the size of the opposing armies will determine who wins, right? If both sides decide to fight the same way, then yes, you can pretty easily predict who will win the war.
But if the smaller army decides to fight in an unconventional manner, the calculus changes. If the smaller army fights in a way the larger army can’t control, the smaller army actually has about a 60% chance of winning, even if the other army is ten times as large.
George Washington didn’t win the Revolutionary War.
He fought to keep from losing it all in one large battle, until French soldiers and the French fleet arrived in large enough numbers and the British were divided, that Washington could capture half of the English army. Game over.
If George Washington fought in the way the British wanted him to fight, in the way that “gentlemen” conducted the art of war, it would have been a very short rebellion. Washington had to fight an unconventional war to win our freedom.
For far too long we have let our enemies dictate the battlefields on which we will fight.
As a result we have lost many more battles than we have won. We need to wage an unconventional campaign to protect the future of the human race and possibly recover those who have already been harmed.
Because the pharmaceutical companies have control of the legal system through the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, I believe that any attempt to use the courts will inevitably fail.
Because the pharmaceutical companies control the mainstream media,
we should not spend a minute of time worrying about how they will cover us. There may be a case to be made for smaller, alternative media, but we should always be wary of how quickly pharmaceutical money can shut down our stories.
Because pharmaceutical companies give ungodly amounts of money to our politicians, we should never expect anything good to come out of Congress. There have been some excellent fighters on our side, like Congressman Dan Burton, Dave Weldon, Bill Posey, and also Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, but they will be lonely voices in the wilderness.
So what is our trump card, the battlefield upon which we should devote all of our resources?
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