“Political correctness is a poison to our security and defenses. It imposes a willful blindness…” – Pete Hegseth
Generally speaking, political correctness is nothing more than a nuisance we must tolerate from the left. It’s something we are forced to listen to when we sit in our English 101 classes, or when we watch CNN at the gym (because God forbid they play Fox—I’m looking at you, Planet Fitness), but rarely does it cause physical damage. Yes, political correctness can, and has, caused some severe indirect damage–the riots in Ferguson come to mind—but rarely, if ever, does it actually lead to direct physical harm. Well, we can now thank the politically correct elites for giving us the gift of Ebola.
When the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa began to become concerning, in terms of its potential to spread to the United States, my first thought was that we should, and would, ban all flights from the countries affected by the disease. It seems as though that would be a simple and rational decision, to essentially quarantine ourselves from the affected countries. But Obama had different plans.
First, Obama has sent several thousand troops to provide aid to the affected regions. According to WND, their “responsibilities will command control, logistics, civil affairs and medical help…Some of the first projects will be building medical response centers and a hospital…”
However, there is tremendous concern that these troops will be exposed to Ebola, and bring it back with them when they return to the United States. Talking recently with Laura Ingraham, Senator Rand Paul said:
“We also have to be concerned about 3,000 soldiers getting back on a ship. Where is disease most transmittable? When you’re at very close confines on a ship…We all know about cruises and how they get these diarrhea viruses that are transmitted very easily, and the whole ship gets sick. Can you imagine if a whole ship full of our soldiers gets Ebola? So I am concerned about it, and it’s a big mistake to downplay it and act as if it’s not a big deal…This could get beyond our control.”
Now, the White House has decided against banning flights from countries in which Ebola has killed hundreds. According to Charlie Spiering of Breitbart:
“White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that President Obama is still not considering a flight ban on trips from Africa as a result of Ebola…He explained that the federal government was still confident that airport screening procedures would be effective in helping stop Ebola infected travelers from entering the United States.”
Texas Governor Rick Perry agreed, saying that airport screenings, such as temperature checks, and quarantines would be enough. However, because Ebola symptoms often don’t begin manifesting until 21 days after initial infection, these procedures may have no impact if a carrier is in the early stages of infection.
Why are we not banning all incoming flights from Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and all the rest of the countries ravaged by Ebola? Political correctness. I believe that the reason the White House refuses to initiate a travel ban is because it may be seen as xenophobic, isolationist, and racist.
To the left, initiating a travel ban on countries primarily populated by black people likely feels unseemly and borderline racist. Additionally, because the United States must be the mother nation to the world, if we isolate ourselves from these countries, it will be as if we are turning our backs on poor African people.
Were the outbreak of Ebola coming from a primarily white nation, such as Germany, or Finland, I bet a travel ban would be initiated immediately–because it’s rational. But we must not risk offending, so a travel ban is out of the question. Instead, we’ll risk the lives of American citizens. Seems like a good idea. It’s not as if Ebola is a horrific and painful disease that practically melts you from the inside—Oh wait.
So thanks, political correctness. Ebola is a small price to pay if it means we don’t make liberals feel too much white guilt.