And yet. AND YET. The idiots continue to bitch. They're split between two factions, those who think it's giving the government too much power and those who don't understand how herd immunity actually works. I'm not sure I can do much about the latter group except to keep making sure they're given *good* information (and not the outdated/agendized data that is usually cited), because frankly, some people are just stupid. There. I said it. You could have all the facts about herd immunity right there in front of them and they are never going to get it. Maybe that makes me elitist, but it has to be said. Not everyone gets an A in Science. Or a B. Or even a C.
But this thing about the government power...man. That's annoying. I don't think the government should be in the middle of absolutely everything, but this one is a no-brainer. This is a matter of public health, which should supersede personal rights no matter what. And what's the government's job? PUBLIC WELFARE. That's it. Simple. If the lack of vaccinations puts society at risk, then it's their responsibility to step in and take measures to protect it. That should be the end of the discussion, but no, people keep coming back to saying their rights are being infringed.
No, they're not. You can still choose not to vaccinate. You just have to be prepared to deal with the consequences. And to think you *shouldn't* be subjected to those consequences? The height of hubris with shades of psychopathy.
Americans live in an environment where the focus has been slowly shifting from society to the self. So many people are out there demanding their voices be heard, that they have the rights to do whatever they want, and it's not their problem if someone else has an issue with it. While I completely believe you have the right to make whatever choice for yourself believe in, I absolutely do not think you have the right to inflict the ramifications of that choice unto others. It's about respecting the people around you.
It's called social obligation.