(Huffington Post) -- With the outbreak of measles in the United States we once again see a divide on how basic science and research are viewed by the leading members of the Republican and Democratic Party. President Obama spoke out quickly and decisively. "There is every reason to get vaccinated -- there aren't reasons to not," Obama said in an interview with NBC News. "I just want people to know the facts and science and the information," the president said. "And the fact is that a major success of our civilization is our ability to prevent diseases that in the past have devastated folks. And measles is preventable."
It was both fascinating and scary to listen to some contenders for the Republican nomination for President fall over themselves trying to explain why they either don't believe in vaccinating their children against measles or why other parents should have a choice. As reported in the Washington Post Chris Christie believes parents should have a choice; Rand Paul an Ophthalmologist who isn't certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, the only recognized body that certifies doctors in his specialty, said "I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines." In a subsequent interview he said while suggesting vaccines were "a good thing I think the parents should have some input. The state doesn't own your children."