Tom, the day after Rick Perry jumped in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, I thought he might be clear of the issue – he called it a “mistake.” (I said so on NRO and in a National Catholic Register piece.) But the more I hear Governor Perry talk about the issue, the more he gives me pause.
I get hating cancer, which the governor says was his motivation. I don’t get an executive order. And I don’t get not seeing any problem with assuming — and then accommodating — sexually promiscuity in the sixth grade. Rick Santorum (yes, I know he has had a few mentions here) did have a point:
MR. SANTORUM: Why — ladies and gentlemen, why do we inoculate people with vaccines in public schools? Because we’re afraid of those diseases being communicable between people at school. And therefore to protect the rest of the people at school, we have vaccinations to protect those children. Unless Texas has a very progressive way of communicating diseases in their school by — by way of their curriculum, then there is no government purpose served for having little girls inoculated at the force and — and compulsion of the government. (Applause.) This is a big government run amok.
Yuval Levin had a good postm over on NRO earlier this week on the issue. Fair-minded folks can disagree on this. But I think the governor still has some explaining to do.