Thomas Duncan, 1st Ebola patient diagnosed in U.S., died today in Dallas
The General Election is just around the bend. Many of the races and candidates have been covered here. But today we digress from campaigns to a single politician —- Barack Hussein Obama.
As the President of the United States, he is the man entrusted with the solemn duty of keeping American citizens safe. Yet he is now risking the lives of the populace with policies designed to further the spread of a deadly contagion. More concerned with political correctness and a commitment to open borders, he refuses too impose any travel restrictions from the West African nations where death runs rampant. Several African nations, including Kenya and Nigeria have issued travel bans. Additionally, Obama has inexplicably sent American troops, unprepared to deal with a deadly epidemic, to the infected areas.
The U.S. State Department currently allows applicants with HIV/AIDS to apply and enter our country. Those infected with tuberculosis, leprosy, or other afflictions “of public health significance” can apply for waivers.
Ebola, with no treatment or known cure, is rapidly becoming a global health crisis of monumental proportions. According to this September CDC report, which admits under-reporting of the actual cases, the number of Ebola outbreaks in Liberia and Sierra Leone could escalate to between 550,000 and 1.4 million by January 2015, and rise even higher if there are no “additional interventions or changes in community behavior.”
Another assessment published by WHO experts in the New England Journal of Medicine reports the fatality rate of the outbreak in West Africa is 71% and assesses the “current epidemiologic outlook [as] bleak.” “The Ebola epidemic,” they write, is “in grave danger of spiraling out of control.”
Against this backdrop, we invite you to read the illuminating commentary “Ebola and Obama” by Dr. Thomas Sowell. It’s printed in Human Events, known for its powerful, conservative voices.