(Hey, it’s just the Future of the Human Race at Stake!)
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?
I think we have the answer in our own hands, in the stories that many if not most of you know, but have not shared.
For those of us who have been sharing our stories for years, we have also inevitably heard stories of those well-known individuals who have their own stories of vaccine injury. In the past we have honored their right to privacy regarding what has happened to their children, even though such silence has put millions at risk.
I believe that time has come to an end.
Considering the massive assault on our children and future generations, there is no longer any right to be silent about vaccine injury.
As a teacher I participate every April in the “Day of Silence”, which brings attention to those throughout the years who have been forced to keep quiet about their sexuality. Each year I fill out a little sign about how I will ‘End the Silence’ which keeps gay and lesbian youth from revealing their true identity.
At one of the low points in the gay rights struggle, as the vocal activists struggled to get the well-known members of society who were remaining silent about their sexuality to speak up, they came up with the idea of “outing” those individuals who were still in the closet.
I understand that some, if not most will be uncomfortable with the idea of “unmasking” the well-known parent of a child with autism who suspects vaccine damage, but you must ask yourself a fundamental question. When there is such an immense threat to the safety of our children, should we allow that person to remain quiet?
Here’s how easy it was for me.
I got a piece of paper and wrote down the names of prominent people I had heard about over the years as being aware of vaccine injury because of something they had personally observed. In about a half hour I was up to fifteen names, many of whom I had talked to myself.
Think about how things might change if the prominent people in our society who have seen vaccine injury told their stories.
When it was revealed in 1985 that screen idol Rock Hudson was not only gay, but dying of AIDS, it started to change how the country viewed people who were gay. Many men looked up to Hudson for his movie roles. Now they saw an unexpected complexity to the man.
When Ellen DeGeneres came out as lesbian in 1997 it was a huge risk for her. Would America turn away from her? But they didn’t. They just kept loving her as much as before for her great talent and amazing humor.
In 2015, when Bruce Jenner revealed he was transgender and planning to become Caitlyn Jenner, it was an amazing act of bravery.
Each of these acts of courage changed our country and made things better.
I have been absolutely baffled by the reaction of some people to my plan. They tell me I am causing additional pain to families who have suffered. They say I am attacking these parents and their families. Let me tell you how I see it.
Imagine I’m walking through a forest and suddenly I get shot with a poison dart. If I leave the dart in, it will slowly kill me. But me, being me, immediately takes it out and says, “Hey, somebody shot me with a poison dart!”
I come upon a large group of people who all have poison darts in them. “Hey, I think you should take that dart out!” I say.
They respond by saying, “That will hurt, and I don’t want the shame of people knowing I got shot.” And then they tell me to stop talking about the poison darts sticking out of them.
This is where it is totally nuts to me. My child was vaccine-injured.
It is the truth.
I value truth.
I have no shame about the fact my child is vaccine-injured. If somebody doesn’t believe me, well, go jump off a bridge. I don’t have time for you. I don’t live in a world of secrets and lies. Maybe I’m just really well-adjusted. Maybe I’m the crazy one because I’d much rather live in truth than have phony relationships. Just the way I’m wired.
Sone of those people in the forest who still have poison darts in them then say, “You just want us to pull those darts out, because you want us to get better so we can go stop the person who is shooting poison darts at people!” Guilty as charged. I want you to be healthy. I think that secrets and lies destroy a person’s life. I think telling the truth heals people.
And I want to lead an army to stop that guy who is shooting poison darts at other people and hurting them.
That guy isn’t just shooting poison darts at people. He is shooting them at innocent children. Say what you want, but I certainly don’t want that on my conscience when I shuffle off this mortal coil.
Like maybe you want to sign this petition to call for a FIVE YEAR MORATORIUM ON CHILDHOOD VACCINES, as well as some other changes which should PERMANENTLY TURN BIG PHARMA INTO little pharma.
This unmasking campaign will be the greatest healing project in human history. Could you imagine what would happen if we had a group of well-known individuals voluntarily come out and speak in a single, unified voice about the dangers of vaccines? It would change the world. Bad guys lose. Good guys win. What’s wrong with that?
I am calling for a period of VOLUNTARY UNMASKING of those in the public eye with their own stories of vaccine injury. Let’s say, oh, I don’t know, by January 1, 2018.
You can release a press statement, post it on Facebook, even on Twitter if you want. But let me be clear. There are prominent figures in academia, film and television, the media, and government, who know that vaccine injury is real. We need to hear from you. I suggest you make your revelations by September 1, 2017.
After that time, I suggest that our community tell your stories to the world.
I understand that some may consider this an invasion of privacy. Normally, I would not consider this course of action. But these are not normal times. We must fight under a different set of rules of we are to win this battle for the future of our children.
I recently read a book of interviews with Martin Luther King, Jr. He made one observation about the dance which went on between the Johnson administration and the southern politicians and judges. King said there were a number of judges and politicians who secretly wanted to promote desegregation, but didn’t want to be seen doing it voluntarily.
They wanted to say they were simply following a federal order. King was highlighting a curious quirk in the human character. They wanted to do the right thing, but wanted somebody else to make them act. I am happy to be the hammer, or the bad cop.
I think a similar war must rage within many prominent individuals who have seen vaccine injury with their own eyes, but remain quiet. I took a great deal of satisfaction from a recent statement by Ellen DeGeneres that she’s never gotten a flu shot.
Hey, if it’s okay to be gay, maybe it’s also okay to question vaccines.
I think there are many otherwise good people, who haven’t quite figured out how to raise the issue of vaccine injury in public. Sometimes they need a nudge.
I’d like to think of what I’m proposing as a nudge in the direction of doing the right thing. I was surprised to find that the actress Rosie O’Donnell planned on coming out as gay in 1992, but didn’t do so until ten years later, in 2002. Does Rosie regret waiting ten years to come out as gay? Does she think about those who might have been helped by her revelation in 1992?
But I want to look to the future. I want high-profile people to VOLUNTARILY UNMASK themselves. I know who many of you are. And I know that as I talk about this campaign, many more people will come forward to tell me your stories.
Please pluck out the poison dart of secrets and lies which is slowly killing you, and condemning future generations to similar harm. If you don’t, I may do it for you. And even though there may be a moment of stress and pain, you will know I am the best friend you ever had.
The clock is ticking.
By Kent Heckenlively, JD
Kent Heckenlively is the author of INOCULATED: How Science Lost its Soul in Autism, available on Amazon and at Barnes&Noble.com