Jesus was playing golf in the desert one day. He brought Moses along as his caddy. They come to an unusually tough hole. There’s a large pond in the way. Jesus takes a good look, and says to Moses… “You know Moses, I think I can get across on one. Hand me the 9-iron. Moses shakes his head. “Pretty far Jesus, better try it in two,” he says. “Ah Moses,” says Jesus. “I’ve seen Arnold Palmer make this shot. If he can do it, so can I.” Moses rolls his eyes and gives Jesus the club. Jesus swings. Sure enough, ball lands in the water.
Jesus signals to Moses, who dutifully trots over to the pond, raises his staff and parts the waters and retrieves the ball. Jesus takes another good look at the pond. After a while, he turns to Moses… “Pass me the 9-iron again.” Moses slowly shakes his head again. “Will ya listen to me for Christ’s sake, you can’t make that shot. It’s too far.”
“No no,” says Jesus. “I’ve seen Arnold Palmer do it. If he can do it, then so can I.” Moses looks over at Jesus… “Okay, but if you miss, you’ll have to get the ball yourself.” Jesus swings. … Ball drops in the water. Jesus looks over to Moses. “Nuh-uh. I told ya.” So Jesus runs over to the edge of the pond and slowly starts walking across. Just then, another golfer comes up to Moses, points to Jesus and asks, “Hey, who does that guy think he is, Jesus Christ?”
“Nah,” says Moses. “Arnold Palmer.”
I don’t know. Whenever I’d used to think of this joke, I could feel a smile come over my face. Now, not so much. Because now, all that comes to mind is all those annoying doctor politicians like Richard Pan in California or Elizabeth Steiner Hayward in Oregon who think they’re God (or at least God’s gift… ) and seem dead set on trying to pass legislation to severely restrict or altogether eliminate exemptions for parents who do not wish to vaccinate their children.
I watch them get up and preach before the cameras, behind their pulpits, and put on their best Father knows best imitations, and I think, “What gall to use their medical titles to help push a political agenda.” They know that their doctorhood is akin to sainthood in the current climate. How many people in their right mind would dare question a doctor or a scientist on vaccines. After all, don’t all those drug ads on TV end with, “Ask your doctor.”
The doctors and the scientists must have the science right, right? I mean, they’re like Christ, right? Omniscient. Infallible. Or at least they think they are. They miraculously heal the sick. They can walk on water. Or at least they think they can. That’s what they were taught in school.
Retired neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock hit the nail on the head when he noted:
What we are seeing is an arrogance that exceeds all arrogance we’ve seen in medicine before, and that is they’re teaching medical students that you are the brightest people on earth… medicine is so far advanced you know things that no one else could know, and therefore you don’t have to listen to your patients, because you know what’s best. And so you no longer interact with your patient in deciding on procedures and treatments; you tell them what to do. And if they don’t do it, you tell them to get out of your office.
Let’s be clear, the position of guys and gals like Dr. Pan and Dr. Steiner on vaccines and vaccination policy isn’t about science. Nope, not even close. If it were, there would be a civil, dynamic, and open debate about the science. Instead, what the mainstream argues is that there is no debate, that the science is settled… even though the whole point of science is that it is never settled. That’s precisely the beauty of science, that it is an evolutionary process.
The mainstream position has never been about science, but rather power, control, and greed. It is about demanding fidelity and conformity at all cost by fanatically claiming the moral high ground, discouraging doubt, and silencing dissent and free thought — kind of like the Catholic Church did before the Enlightenment and the Age of Reason, and kind of like radical Islam tends to do in certain unpleasant parts of the world today. And all in the name of what an elite group of business leaders — propped up by a cadre of beholden doctors, scientists, and government bureaucrats — cleverly refer to as the “greater good.”
It is the antithesis of what it means to be an American — the freedom to tell anyone you like to go take a flying leap.