A few words about contagious diseases:
- They’re spread by microbes.
- Microbes don’t carry passports.
- Microbes aren’t intimidated by guns.
- Microbes are indifferent to politicians’ preferences.
- Microbes don’t distinguish among human transportation mechanisms.
- All a microbe cares about is its vector: the living body that shelters it.
You probably knew all that. The Gentle Readers of Liberty’s Torch mostly paid attention in high school biology class. So why did I bother typing it? On the extremely remote chance that some member of our political elite might stop by seeking the information. If we go by their actions, they seem not to possess it.
In consequence, New York City, America’s media hub and the Western world’s financial center, is now host to an Ebola patient. How much of your next paycheck would you be willing to bet that Craig Spencer hasn’t infected at least one other person since he arrived in these United States?
Doctors Without Borders has a glow of sanctity about it. Yet this supposedly admirable eleemosynary organization is thoroughly statist in orientation and has been at the center of several humanitarian disasters. If you haven’t read Jean-Francois Revel’s The Flight From Truth, his revelations about Medecins Sans Frontiers are only one of the many reasons you should do so. Its philosophy and practices are among the worst outcroppings of transnational progressivism in our time.
It is clear that at least one Doctor Without Borders had no qualms about risking the lives of untold thousands of Americans. Perhaps he's stupid; I've known enough genuinely stupid doctors to be under no illusions about the intellectual level of the medical profession. Or perhaps he thinks it's no more than we deserve.
At any rate, the Ebola virus is now in the Big Apple. Yet my wife keeps haranguing me about my reluctance to leave the house. It is to laugh.
It often seems to me that the threats to the United States "have us outnumbered," such that we are no longer capable of withstanding them. There are certainly enough of them. Worse, our political class appears determined to create or import as many more as possible.
I think we've crossed a threshold. There was an America that is no longer; have a small convincer to that effect. The America that is shares nothing but the name with that lost predecessor. Whether or not you yearn for the former, you suffer with the latter. Whether the former can be restored is increasingly doubtful.
It is possible that the State's atomization strategy has gone far enough to thwart effective resistance to the completion of its totalitarian agenda. The introduction of "faceless fears" such as Ebola would certainly assist in that effort. "Lone wolf" terrorism is in that category as well.
Is there anyone out there who doesn't get the point of the following:
If you do get it, how can you imagine that the rapid multiplication of threats to life, health, and property we can all see proliferating around us, while our supposed "protectors" not only do nothing to thwart them but actively assist in their proliferation, is "just a coincidence?"
Time to check the pantry and count the bullets once more.