Posted by: debstake | September 10, 2008

Politics and Autism…The Stance of the Parties on This Issue

Before I begin let me say I am still a huge supporter of Ron Paul and I still plan on voting for him in the general elections come November. However, I am also a pragmatic person and I believe even Dr. Paul realizes now that his chance is slim to none of getting elected. His ideas of a constitutionally run government just scares too many people. His ideas will have their day though of that I have no doubt. It will be the only way America will survive and if it’s one thing Americans know how to do it is survive to fight another day.

That being said we have 2 choices left; Obama/Biden and McCain/Palin. As far as I am concerned neither of them are capable of doing this job as well as what Dr. Paul is. But for the sake of argument let’s see what they both have to offer where autism is concerned.

Obama as well as McCain have both acknowledged the autism issues of this nation. They had to for we as parents and a community would not let them escape this issue. It is actually a campaign issue this election season. Between the two McCain is the more seasoned politician. However, in this case seasoned is not necessarily a good thing. All though McCain does have the experience I don’t feel that his track record in congress is one to be proud of. When you take into account that McCain voted more in favor of Bush’s policies, especially this year at 100% IF the smear campaigns are accurate. He believes we should stay in Iraq for the next 100 years if need be (words out of his own mouth). He knows he is in trouble with the American voters and I believe that is the reason he brought Palin on board as his VP running mate. Palin being a woman would help draw the woman’s (former Clinton supporters) vote. Palin being the mother of a downs syndrome infant and the aunt of a boy with autism would bring the special needs families votes. This was strictly a move to get more votes nothing more and that is the case whenever any VP is selected I guess. Unfortunately, some are falling for this ploy…tsk tsk tsk. I guess I give more credit for intelligence of the people than I should. I do that a lot and with rare exception I am usually very disappointed. Maybe someday I will be intelligent enough to stop it.

Another reason Palin was selected was to take the focus off of McCain’s supportive track record of the current idiot residing in the white house. Here is an excellent article to support that claim. Another article can be found on Palin and her tenure as both Mayor of Wasilla and Governor of Alaska HERE.

However, I don’t believe bringing people to vote for McCain just because Palin is a mom and aunt of special needs children justifies having McCain as our president. He is short tempered, confused in the mind it seems, and some people want to put him in charge of our nation? Also keep this in mind; if McCain gets elected he not only will keep us in the middle east, he will re-institute the draft. He’s going to have to for very few are signing up for the military. And mark my words, women will be drafted too. I have no doubt of this. The day either of my children get drafted for this atrocious, unconstitutional war is the day my husband I are prepared to leave this country. And we won’t be back either. Another reason we would NEVER allow either of children to be drafted is the forced mandatory vaccinations that all get during boot camp and through out their careers.

That leaves the Obama/Biden ticket. Obama has made it very clear he is against selective vaccinations. Obviously, he is totally unaware of, or misinformed about the dangers of vaccinations in general and the current vaccine schedule. Evidence of this can be found here. As to Mr. Biden I can find nothing on his stance about autism, vaccinations or the potential link.

Everything said above not withstanding, as a parent of a child who had a vaccine reaction; I do not believe that we can pick the next president for what will be the most crucial time in modern American history solely on one or two issues, not even autism. As important and personal as this issue is, there are way too many other issues at stake. I won’t repeat them here for I am certain that we are all aware of what they are.



  1. Personally, I don’t believe either one of them are going to aid the autistic community. They are pandering pure and simple. McCain is a carbon copy of Bush and when Bush had his “shot” (pun intended) to mandate the removal of thimerasol from vaccines (after promising to do so in his reelection bid) he flat out refused to sign the bill that would have done that very thing.

    Obama, is only trying to cover his own ass because of McCain.

    I am too smart to vote for either of these fools.


  2. Dr. Obama and Dr. McCain

    “We’ve seen just a skyrocketing autism rate. Some people are suspicious that it’s connected to the vaccines. This person included. The science right now is inconclusive, but we have to research it.” –Barack Obama, Pennsylvania Rally, April 21, 2008.

    “It’s indisputable that (autism) is on the rise among children, the question is what’s causing it. And we go back and forth and there’s strong evidence that indicates it’s got to do with a preservative in vaccines.” –John McCain, Texas town hall meeting, February 29, 2008.

    According to Washington Post Staff Writer Paul Kane, who attended yesterday’s event in Blue Bell, Pa., the voter then asked Obama how he was going to fund special education. Here are Kane’s notes of the rest of the exchange:

    “My goal is to fully fund special education,” Obama replied, starting off on a dissertation about funding for such children. He noted some statistics about how much the fed government pays for such educational funding.
    Then he started talking about “early screening” for children, more medical testing to identify children who will have these special needs. Then Obama turned to autism, saying, “That’s s an area where our basic investment, our basic research has to increase. There are huge opportunities for us to figure out” how diseases occur, calling for more funding for research into the causes and potential cures for autism and other disease.
    “We’ve seen just a skyrocketing autism rate. Some people are suspicious that it’s connected to the vaccines. This person included. [Points to someone in the audience.] The science right now is inconclusive, but we have to research it. We can’t afford to junk our vaccine system, we have to figure out what’s happening. If we keep on seeing the increases in the rate we’re seeing, we’re never going to have enough money” to take care of these children.

    There’s more,as well…

    From Obama’s Health Care Plan:

    “Support Americans with Autism. More than one million Americans have autism, a complex neurobiological condition that has a range of impacts on thinking, feeling, language, and the ability to relate to others. As diagnostic criteria broaden and awareness increases, more cases of autism have been recognized across the country. Barack Obama believes that we can do more to help autistic Americans and their families understand and live with autism. He has been a strong supporter of more than $1 billion in federal funding for autism research on the root causes and treatments, and he believes that we should increase funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to truly ensure that no child is left behind.”

    Official Policy On What He Will Do To Help Americans On The Spectrum If Elected:

    “As an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama sponsoredlegislation that became law to create an ASD diagnosis
    education program, an initiative designed to promote the implementation of evidence-based practices. The goal
    of the project is to offer educational opportunities at all levels of care, including physicians, early intervention (EI)
    specialists, psychologists, teachers, day care providers, parents, respite workers, and speech and language
    therapists. Obama has personally worked side-byside with Illinois families affected by ASD to support efforts to
    build the Therapeutic School and Center for Autism Research. This school and research center will bring together
    education, academic research, early intervention programs, and training to prepare its students for independent living.
    In the U.S. Senate, Obama is a cosponsor of a measure that would expand federal funding for life-long services
    for people with ASD, authorizing approximately $350 million in new federal funding for key programs related
    to treatments, interventions and services for both children and adults with ASD.”

    Will Obama force all vaccines on all children?

    You can look right at his in-depth responses from the A-CHAMP Autism Issues Questionnaire published in the Age of Autism on 3/3/08.

    When asked: “Would you support a federal right for families and individuals to choose for themselves which vaccines they will use?”, he responded:

    “I believe that every American has the right to access these screenings, and I believe that every American has the right also to refuse these screenings voluntarily if they so choose. I also support a thorough
    and independent review of our nation’s vaccination policies.”

    As far as I can tell, McCain never even responded to the questionnaire…guess it wasn’t that important to him.

    The Myths about McCain and Palins special needs funding record:

    * how McCain, as a Senator, voted to cut funding for numerous programs to help special-needs adults, including the autistic as well as backed by President Bush’s plan to cut government programs providing insurance to special-needs children.

    * how the “special needs” program Sarah Palin increased funding for is actually a “scared-straight” military academy for juvenile delinquents.

    *how Obama, as a Senator, voted to increase funding for services for Autistic people AND to increase research into the causes of autism.

    * “McCain Voted To Cut, Eliminate, Restrict Health Insurance Coverage for Low Income Children and Pregnant Mothers At Least SIX Times” from 1997 to 2007.
    *McCain Voted Against Allowing Uninsured Parents To Enroll In The Same Plans As Their Children” in 2000.

    *McCain Opposed Reauthorizing SCHIP And Providing Insurance For Millions Of Uninsured Children.” in 2007:

    Here is the reality of it all:
    Does anyone really think that the position of President has more chance of changing things in the FDA, CDC and the medical community than WE do? That is a big HELL NO. I have always believed the president does what he is told to do and that is that. The strings are pulled and he (or she) will always salute.
    WE are the change. Whoever becomes president will be left with the mess of not only the war in Iraq, the slow economy, housing and environmental nightmare, but by 2012 it will be quite evident that the 90’s generation has become adults. I predict the generation of kids born after reduced thimerosal levels, though affected by increased vaccine schedules, will finally show a “decline” in the RATE of autism (Kids under 8 in 2011) as evidenced by special ed counts.

  3. I, too, am glad to see that elected officials are beginning to realize that the special needs/autism community is not one to anger – because we never go away.

    The Democratic Party seems to be playing with the idea of using strict adherence to the federal vaccine schedule as a way of preventing access to public schools. There’s a group in Texas called the Texas Freedom Network where they seem to be trying out their latest ideas to see how they go before the entire party officially latches onto them.

    The presidential election has lost my interest, because I live in a state where federal laws are not enforced. The vaccine thing could be the latest attempt to marginalize even more children who are more difficult/expensive to educate, so it looks like I will also be voting for the lesser of 2 evils. Hard to stomach the thought.

    It’s Halloween – Stay scary!

  4. Read more about the candidates and their positions on autism and other special needs.

  5. […] this year to see who can pander the most to parents of special needs children.  While I consider Democrats and Republicans to be equally worthless, it’s great to see this debate in the news any way we can get it.  It seems like there are […]

  6. Fielding,
    Neither will I be picking the lesser of two evils. For in the end it is still evil that is being picked. All though Dr. Paul doesn’t stand a chance I will still vote for him because I need to look in the mirror every day for as long as I remain on this plain. I want what reflects back to be something I am willing and pleased to look at.

    The lesser of 2 evil voting that the American democratic system has become is a sad commentary on our nation. And an embarrassment to the citizens of this nation.

    “IF you are not outraged
    then you are not paying attention.”

  7. Great insight. The fact that we only have 2 viable choices is a self fulfilling prophecy.

    I for one won’t be picking a lesser evil this time and I must say, it feels great!

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