As much as I enjoy beating this President up for his own personal incompetence and that of his sycophants, we need to put Ebola into perspective.
In 2012—the last year for which we have verified statistics—roughly 92 people a day died on our highways.
So far, one guy came into a Dallas hospital from West Africa after having been exposed to Ebola—having lied about where he had been—and died. He infected two nurses who treated him.
This is definitely a matter of concern, but hardly the political contagion that the Sunday morning TV talking heads seem to think it; nor is it the leading edge of a bubonic plague-like outbreak in our cities.
That said, fixing this would be a lot easier if the citizens actually believed that their government was competent to fix the problems government is actually supposed to fix.
We learned something very important during and after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, which smacked down New Orleans.
We learned that if you truly want to be safe from a disaster, you cannot depend on the government to bail you out.
In that case, the single most corrupt city in the single most corrupt state in the entire nation was depending on the usual slate of clowns they had elected to step up and show some leadership–and it didn’t happen.
So they blamed George Bush, who happened to be President.
Never mind that first response to things like Hurricanes and pandemics is from the local authorities.
And in absolute fairness to this President, that is still the case.
It should tell you something about this country that even after the thorough screwing the healthcare system in this nation has taken from the current administration in terms of economics, the Ebola “outbreak” was limited, even though our treatments for this strain of the virus are only experimental.
It goes to show you what a little attention to cleanliness and public health will do. If this had been the late 19th century, the numbers might have been a stark contrast.
The point here is that Ebola is just another in the continuum of threats we face every day, and it doesn’t even rank as high up on the list as bad driving. Not nearly as high.
Those politicians who are seeking some advantage from the very small incident that occurred in Texas are going to find that the American public is a lot smarter than they are.
Can radical jihadists attack the United States with some bio-terror threat?
Of course. So can anybody else who wants to—somebody like the late Tim McVeigh whose weapon of choice was fertilizer and diesel fuel in Oklahoma City. You don’t have to be too technically sophisticated; and if you are willing to die in the process, it’s even easier.
There is, however, a limit to the number of people who are willing to kill themselves along with you.
Here are the medical facts of life.
When we needed an antibiotic in the world, a Scottish scientist discovered penicillin in a moldy petri dish. Scientists from the Northern Regional Research Lab in Peoria, Illinois during World War Two figured out from a moldy cantaloupe how to mass produce it.
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