Politicians are like hammers looking for nails to pound. The difference is that politicians will pry up otherwise perfectly good boards only to pound them back down as loud as they can to show that they can do something. – Tom Roland
The current crisis is now Ebola. Don’t get me wrong – Ebola is a nasty disease with a frightenly high mortality rate especially in underdeveloped countries. However, the tactics that our government is taking to prevent this disease from affecting the American people is absolutely wrong.
History has shown that the only way to prevent the spread of disease is to quarantine the area in which the epidemic is prevalent. Aid is then rendered to that area to help the afflicted and end the epidemic.
However, history is being ignored on a grand scale by this Administration and its sycophants. The reasons are as bizarre as the people uttering their nonsense.
First out of the box is the inane Texas Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee who stated:
“I don’t think we gain anything by spending our time talking about quarantines of entire countries. We don’t have an epidemic, and for that reason I don’t think that calling for a quarantine of countries answers the question. We have to turn internally and look at our own selves and make sure our health infrastructure is where it needs to be.”
The way to prevent a disease from spreading while working to stop it at its source is to stop the migration of infected people. Our health infrastructure can be strengthened, but let’s work on keeping the the epidemic from ever occurring in this country in the first place.
Next on the list is Wisconsin Democratic Representative Gwen Moore who stated the following in support of her fellow Representative:
“Aside from being impractical, this reactionary strategy will force Ebola patients underground making it nearly impossible to track their movements, hinder the capacity for international healthcare workers to transport and administer critical aid, and erode the continent’s fragile economy,”
The last thing that an Ebola patient wants to do is go “underground” – they want and need hospitalization or they will die. Moreover, while the concern for the African continents’ economy is touching, Rep. Moore’s concerns should lie more with the American people. And I hardly call quarantining an area with an epidemic “reactionary” – it’s called self-preservation and protecting the people that you, Rep. Moore, were elected to represent.
Also, one would think that the head of the CDC would support a quarantine, or at least travel restrictions. And you would be wrong. CDC Tom Frieden stated his opposition to travel restrictions from countries that are known Ebola “hot zones,” and that “cutting commercial ties would hurt these fledgling democracies.” The CDC is now concerned over the economic health of an infected country? I’ll leave you to ponder the rationality of this statement…
I also understand that the President has appointed a person to be in charge of the Ebola crisis (if it can be called that). That’s the good(?) news – someone who can be responsible (hah!) and be held accountable (double-hah!). However, the appointee, Ron Klain, does not have a medical background, but is a former White House advisor. Obviously, the political connection is all that is needed to oversee the response to a health-related crisis. Almost sounds as credible as having a bunch of politicians determine the health insurance and care for the entire country…oh wait…that did happen…
Last is the insane ranting of the politicos. First, the NRA is causing the Ebola outbreak in Africa (MSNBC), then the Democrats accusing the Republicans of causing the epidemic. I’m waiting for someone on the Left to state that it’s the United States fault that Ebola even exists, and that it was created to depopulate Africa so that a US-backed corporation will have access to all the natural resources that Africa has (diamonds, gold, silver, copper, chocolate…) because the tin-hat society certainly has theorized this is the case – why shouldn’t the wacko-wing of the Liberals drink up this pitcher of Kool-Aid?
Obviously, I’m no big fan of this Administration, nor of politicians in general. Politicians are, for the most part, self-serving and will exploit any crisis to further their personal and political agendas. In many respects, politicians create more problems than they solve. Just look at the unintended consequences of ObamaCare, and one doesn’t have to go much further for examples.
From what I have seen of the politicians, and especially of this Administration, is either gross incompetence, or a cold, calculating plan to exert even more control over the citizens of the United States. Warning – tin-hat zone ahead!
The War on Drugs and later the War on Terror, both through legislation, exerted more control over the people of the United States by passing laws which restricted rights and expanded the authority of the government. No-knock warrants became common-place, confiscation of property became easier if the person was even accused (not convicted) of a drug-related crime, warrantless wiretaps were granted on suspicion of criminal activities, and so on. In recent times, we have the NSA storing and possibly listening in on private conversations in violation of the 4th Amendment, but that does not seem to matter to our government. The apparent abuses just do not seem to stop.
A scenario that I can come up with concerning the Ebola virus is this: People are allowed to travel from known infected zones and bring the virus with them. More and more people are exposed and become sick, rapidly overwhelming the health system. Legislation is rapidly passed giving powers of the government (Federal, State, and Local) to restrict domestic travel and commerce. Civil rights are suspended as well as the Bill of Rights for the term of the crisis, only the crisis ends but the restrictions do not. We the People have lost more of our freedom.
So much for the ranting & back to reality…
The course of action that the Administration will not serve the American people, but serves a political agenda. That agenda does not serve the American people’s interests, nor does it defend this country from a disease with frightening implications.
This latest crisis, manufactured or not, should serve as a warning for those who are considering their voting selections for this mid-term election. You, the voter, need to forget if there is a D, a R, or an I after the candidate’s name, and cast your vote for the most competent person for the position the candidate is running for.
I’ll tell you right now, the clowns in the White House are not competent – use them as examples of who not to vote for.