Now, it’s Ebola.
The Australian government response to Ebola contrasts starkly to the American. In approach and outcome. In doing what is right and necessary, as opposed to what is incompetent and politically correct.
Australia has issued a blanket visa ban on Ebola-hit countries.
Australia has also refused repeated requests to send medical personal to help battle the outbreak on the ground.
It has also not recorded a single case of Ebola.
The Immigration Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, said: “These measures include temporarily suspending our immigration programme, including our humanitarian programme from Ebola-affected countries, and this means we are not processing any application from these affected countries.”
All non-permanent or temporary visas were being cancelled and permanent visa holders who had not yet arrived in Australia will be required to submit to a 21-day quarantine period, he added.
Bravo. That’s leadership.
Meanwhile, tragically, incompetence and political correctness is spreading Ebola in America.
Author of Ebola, David Quammen, said on CNN: “You can’t isolate neighborhoods. You can’t isolate nations. It doesn’t work. And people talk about well, we shouldn’t allow any flights in from Liberia. I mean, we in America, how dare we turn our backs on Liberia given the fact that this is a country that was founded in the 1820s, 1830s because of American slavery. We have a responsibility to stay connected with them and help them see this through.”
One wonders if Quammen is volunteering to go to West Africa, or offering to house the New York doctor.
National Review recently covered the behavior of a British professor who declared that a BBC gardening show was actually coded racism and xenophobia. As the professor said, a program about gardening, with its natural focus on privileging some plants above other plants—that is, the ones the gardener wants in the garden—“is layered with, saturated with, racial meanings.”
Or this pearl, straight from Chapter 4 of the Left’s playbook, from Harvard Professor Joia Mukherjee:
“It’s easy for the world — the powerful world, who are largely non-African, non-people of color — to ignore the suffering of poor, black people,” she said on PRI’s “The World” last month. It’s easy, she said, to “other-ize” the Ebola crisis.
See? These are precisely the people and the mentality we are dealing with.
As Ebola victims are largely black and poor, it is “politically incorrect” for America to take steps to shield its own nation.
I’m still waiting for a gay, disabled, vegan, feminist, Ecuadorian wind turbine engineer to be in favor of stopping flights from West Africa.
Political correctness leads to timidity. Timidity is the disease of modern politics. We need a total lack of timidity. This is exactly what I talk about in my book The American Boomerang. Political correctness and its spawn, an open-borders mentality, both at the heart of progressivism, are an enormous obstacle is the greatest obstacle to an American renaissance.
The President has successfully implemented progressive ideals, enabling a country to experience the consequences of unbridled government expansion and identity politics in its purest form.
America, you need to protect your borders.
Nothing is more paramount than your health.
There will be backlash. The Australian government has come under steady and sustained attack from health experts, rights advocates and the center-Left for its position on Ebola.
But it has remained steadfast, refusing to budge. It has given an additional 10 million dollars to help fight the virus. By GDP, it is the second highest financial contributor, after the US.
America has already given 200 million dollars to fight the virus.
You’ve done everything you can.
The political correctness you are being asked to subscribe to is an attack on truth, clear thinking and plain speaking. In this instance, it’s an attack on your country and health.
They snarl, sneer, hiss, spit and finger wag. We tend to run. We shouldn’t.
America, it’s time to protect your borders.