How does a West African 3rd world epidemic become a problem in the US? With things starting to look more and more like an episode out of Walking Dead, I can’t help but wonder why.
The best way to avoid infection and the proliferation of that disease is to ban all travel from the infected areas. The government and the left are saying that banning travel to the outbreak zones is panic talk, but they have yet to give one valid reason for why we shouldn’t ban travel to and from those areas.
To be fair, I see no reason for banning voluntary travel from the US to the infected zones, provided that it is a one way trip and the people making that trip are made aware of that before going into it.
Why should we not ban travel from those areas? Any arguments against a quarantine/travel ban must be framed in terms of US interests, not West African interests. So far all the arguments I have seen for keeping travel open have been framed in terms of what West Africa stands to benefit, or clouded in obfuscation.
Arguments based on obfuscation tend to follow this format: “No need to ban travel when we can enact better safety measures, blah blah blah…” The real question is why do we need travel from that part of the world, especially under these conditions? What benefit is there which outweighs the risk of spreading Ebola? The best safety measure is an outright ban, anything else is a trial and error process of experimentation.
I have yet to see any positive arguments for keeping travel from the outbreak zones open which are framed in terms of US interests. This isn’t West Africa, it’s the US, and we don’t live in Africa, we live in the US. We don’t live there, we live here, and we don’t need Ebola here. I know this sounds pedantic and gratuitous, but this issue is really a no brainer. If there is an outbreak of some disease in a 3rd world country it is neither our problem nor our responsibility in the US. The reason there are no arguments made in terms of a US perspective is because there is nothing to be gained from a US perspective by allowing travel from the outbreak zones to continue.
Now they are sending our military to “fight Ebola,” as if Ebola can be killed with bullets. Supposedly they are building hospitals and structures over there, but I fail to see how this is the responsibility of the American tax payer, or why an outbreak there justifies exposing our military personnel to a deadly disease. So what? Is there a shortage of labor in Africa that they can’t build their own buildings? Why don’t we send them some of our illegals who are supposedly so useful in building houses here? This whole thing makes no sense from a rational perspective.
Our government is guilty of treason, and needs to be tried according to our laws.