Since the death of Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan and the infection of two nurses who treated him in a Dallas hospital, the Obama administration has vociferously resisted calls from the public, lawmakers and medical professionals to implement travel restrictions to and from (more importantly from) West African nations in which Ebola is raging.
First, we were subjected to the incoherent entreaties from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr. Thomas Frieden and the director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who engaged in wholly unscientific, pre-packaged White House propaganda distribution concerning the disease.
One of the contentions these Obama minions have put forth is in misrepresenting calls for travel restrictions or travel bans as potentially hampering the efforts of Western aid workers in combating Ebola. Despite the fact that no one has called for measures preventing aid to areas in which Ebola is prevalent, Frieden, Fauci and others continue to warn that such policies could deter health-care workers from traveling to West Africa and threaten public health around the globe.
This makes no sense whatsoever, but the mantra continues, and few in the press have challenged this illogical drivel as illogical drivel.
Then, along comes Dr. Craig Spencer, who, after returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, breaks out with the infection, smack-dab in the middle of New York City. This, after resuming what he thought was “life as normal” for six days prior to becoming symptomatic.
One of the most notable concerns regarding Dr. Spencer is that he passed the so-called “enhanced screening” that had just been implemented at New York airports for parties who were arriving from West Africa.
Obviously, a bustling metropolis such as New York is one of the last places anyone would hope Ebola might rear its ugly head, but there it was. As a precautionary measure, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered health-care workers coming in from West Africa to undergo a 21-day quarantine upon their arrival in those states. Several other states followed suit.
In an almost uncanny twist, and right on the heels of the quarantine orders, along comes Kaci Hickox, a nurse who had just finished treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. Last Friday, she flew into Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey and was promptly quarantined.
Just as promptly, Hickox lawyered up and began screaming to the press and anyone else who would listen that the government was putting her through “emotional and physical stress” and that her “basic human rights” were being violated. In the ensuing firestorm – and after direct pressure from the White House – governors Cuomo and Christie folded like a crappy hand of cards; Hickox was released, and both states agreed to re-evaluate their quarantine policy.
One would think that Kaci Hickox, a health-care professional who had seen the devastation wrought by Ebola, and who understood the risks, would have considered it her civic duty to take one for Team America and sit out the quarantine. I mean, it isn’t like they were sending her to Gitmo. Instead, she chooses to re-define the term “diva” and raise as much hell as possible.
Well, there was a method to Ms. Hickox’s madness – and it lay in the fact that she just happened to be in the employ of the CDC.
Yes, you can pick your jaw up off the floor now, and as humorist Dave Barry was known to say: I am absolutely not making this up. Though efforts were made to scrub the evidence of Kaci Hickox’s affiliation with the CDC from online sources, enough remained to definitively determine that she was not only an employee of the CDC, but a registered Democrat and Obama supporter with a history of left-wing activism.
Earlier this year, Hickox featured prominently in the 63rd Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference, a CDC symposium on infectious diseases. Thus, it is no great intellectual leap in considering the timing of Hickox’s quarantine (and subsequent public meltdown), the “omission” of her ties to the CDC and her penchant for left-wing causes to arrive at the conclusion that this stunt just might have been an elaborate White House PR contrivance to foment opposition to Ebola quarantine efforts.
If the administration’s imperative for maintaining unfettered access on the part of potential Ebola carriers to this country isn’t perplexing enough: A State Department memo leaked to Fox News this week suggests that the Obama administration has been considering allowing non-American Ebola patients into the U.S. for treatment. This was confirmed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., who told Fox News that his office had received “information from within the administration” that such plans were being developed.
Are they insane? the reader may ask.
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