Have you been infected with ebola? If not then just wait, it will only be a matter of minutes.
That is what American politicians and occupants of the cesspool that is cable news want you to believe. And now that New York City has seen it’s first documented case of the virus the panic button is being beaten to a pulp.
As if they haven’t done a terrible enough job of governing their respective states, the incompetent twins, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York and Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey have both instituted a mandatory 21-day quarantine for medical workers returning from the countries that are being hit hardest by the epidemic. The quarantine comes in the wake of a 33-year old American doctor being diagnosed with ebola upon his return to New York from West Africa where he was helping to treat the disease with Doctors Without Borders. Cuomo and Christie are naturally overreacting to the irrational voting bases that they desperately need, especially Cuomo whose fate as his state’s top politician will be decided in less than two weeks.
Rather than telling their constituents the truth, that ebola isn’t as contagious as colds, influenza, or the measles and that the nation’s health professionals and it’s western medicine are more than capable of curing infected people Cuomo, Christie, and their political brethren are using a global epidemic to advance their political careers. While doing so they have also made it less likely for American medical personnel to travel to places like Liberia because they know that they would be facing a mandatory banishment from society upon their return. If the goal is to wipeout ebola worldwide Governor “bridgegate” and Governor “hydraulic fracking” have thrown a monkey wrench into the plans.
Laurie Garrett, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations told The Washington Post that “For everybody who is professionally trying to go to the three epidemic countries, the situation has become more difficult with each passing day and each ebola case- or alleged ebola case-named in the United States.”
The reality is that for the good ol’ USA the scary prognostications are not coming to fruition. The original American doctors that were diagnosed with ebola, Nancy Writebol and Kent Brantly have been cured of the disease and are resuming their everyday lives. Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse who contracted the disease while she was treating the late Thomas Eric Duncan is already ebola free and was pictured hugging President Obama in the White House last Friday. The medical staffs that were responsible for the care of all three have been free of any symptoms.
The fact is America does not and has never had anything to worry about when it comes to this deadly disease, the fact is America is a nation that has the economic means and deep pool of worldwide doctors to make ebola a non factor on it’s shores. The fact is America as one of the world’s wealthiest nations should be shrouded in it’s guilt of not doing something about the ebola epidemic much earlier.
The same cable news outlets that go out of their way to terrify the naive every hour on the hour were pretty much silent on the issue from 1976 until earlier this month when during that time period a reported 10,000 cases were documented in West Africa alone by the World Health Organization. Of course MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News weren’t going to mention that because there was no potential for a spike in their ratings. Dead Africans, who cares when Allison Grimes won’t say who she voted for in the 2012 Presidential Election.
All of those members of the House of Representatives, all of those Senators who now take the time out of their not so busy schedules to proclaim that we are all going to die if the country isn’t roped off, How many of them went to the floor of their respective chambers and called for an overwhelming abundance of aid to Africa when it was desperately needed a year ago or five years ago or twenty years ago? My guess would be not too many.
The ebola epidemic is not and never has been about America, outside of our dreadful healthcare system treating and streeting Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan to his death because he was poor, black and didn’t have insurance.–which is another subject entirely–It’s about Africa and the other poor regions of the world needing help in corralling a virus that is killing people by the hundreds. If anything the clowns we elect and the news outlets that we listen to have once again exposed the extreme narcissism and selfishness that we as a nation are inflicted with and unfortunately those things are more dangerous to us than this easily curable disease.