Saturday, December 29, 2007

No vaccine for arrogance...

Orac reports on the latest pinhead celebrity to jump onto the anti-vax bandwagon. Yup, it's that walking, talking hairpiece, The Donald.

The anti-vax pinheads are a group I find particularly annoying. My aunt had polio. My grandparents' generation saw the Salk vaccine for the wonder that it is, and saw polio for the danger it is. Have we forgotten so much so quickly?


When polio was something that
Your friends and family got,
Damn right you'd wait in line to get
That magic-seeming shot.

When infant graves were commonplace,
Each parent knew the cost;
A victim of our own success,
Perspective has been lost.

But now that science gives our lives
More health and fewer pains,
True geniuses like Salk give way
To Trumps with shit for brains.

I'd bet if Trump was suddenly
Confronted with, say, cancer,
He wouldn't hesitate to look
To science for an answer.

But ignorance and affluence--
A potent combination--
Are threatening the future of
A younger generation.

With every anti-vaxxer voice,
Our children's risk enlarges,
And science must--for all our sakes--
Defeat these Trumped-up charges.

7 comments:

Ms. SuperScience said...

Beautiful.
As always, beautiful.

Margaret Romao Toigo said...

I read this in the comments at Respectful Insolence and just had to follow the link to comment: Brilliant! Wonderful! Funny and poignant all at once.

Kathleen Seidel said...

Excellent! Wry and to the point. People who blow off vaccinations have no idea what they're trivializing.

The Ridger, FCD said...

Hell, yes. I remember waiting in line in the hot summer for hours to get that vaccine. I was young, but not too young to have the almost palpable relief and excitement and happiness of all those parents (mostly mothers, of course) impress itself very deeply on me.

thirst_for_knowledge said...

Perfect. God knows why so many dumb celebrities open their mouths sometimes.

Cuttlefish said...

Thank you, all of you. I suppose this is only one part of the argument, actually. This is the "what they are trying to give up" part; there is also the evidence that the "dangers" they are trying to avoid are figments of their deranged imaginations.

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