- - Thursday, August 7, 2014

The ebola outbreak has become a story that illustrates the vast divide between the political class, the media elite and average Americans. The media is screaming “Don’t panic!” into everyone’s face, making fun of those who worry about an ebola outbreak here in the United States. Relax, everybody, the government has this thing under control!

That would be the same government that brought you the horror show at the Department of Veterans Affairs, right? The government that dumped Obamacare on us? The government that just found 327 vials of smallpox, dengue and spotted fever sitting forgotten in a storage room in Maryland?

This is the same government that says it can’t control the southern border. Hundreds of thousands of people are streaming across, bringing lice, scabies, tuberculosis and other diseases with them. The extent of the health crisis in the border detention centers was hidden from the American people. But, hey, you can trust them to alert us immediately if some ebola gets through, right?

It’s not as if people from the African nations suffering the worst of the ebola outbreak are going to walk across our border with Mexico, is it? Well, actually, yes, that has been happening. The Customs and Border Protection agency recently compiled a report that said border violators from more than 75 different countries have been arrested this year, including African nations currently battling ebola. We weren’t supposed to see that report, either. See it here.

There are fears that ebola can be spread by air travel. You can draw an air travel line from just about anywhere to anywhere else, if you bounce through a few hub cities. If ebola gets into Central American countries that already have problems with diseases like tuberculosis, is it really so foolish to worry that it might come northward through our porous border?

That’s assuming it doesn’t get here on an airplane first. Supposedly, the Transportation Security Agency has been trained to spot symptoms of ebola. But it incubates for up to three weeks before an infected person displays any symptoms, and the early stages resemble many other diseases and illnesses — coughing, vomiting, diarrhea. There have already been a couple of scares in the United States where people were tested for suspected ebola infections. Thank God they turned out to be other ailments, but that’s the scary thing: Ebola doesn’t really look like ebola until it’s pretty well advanced.

At the beginning of this ebola outbreak, we were assured it’s not actually very contagious. But then the current strain turned out to be much more contagious than originally thought. It spreads through body fluids, which is much less dangerous than an airborne infection — but it wouldn’t be that hard for terrorists to turn it into a weapon. A suicide attacker could deliberately infect himself, spend a few days getting into position and then dump his contaminated body fluids into the water supply.

There are plenty of other diseases that could be used that way, too, but the psychological impact of an ebola outbreak would be huge. Let’s hope it’s not tempting for the bad guys — and the good guys are ready for it, if they try.

Sure, it’s possible to get too worked up about the ebola threat, but it’s weird how insistently we’re being told not to worry about it at all, when we’ve got plenty of reasons to think our government might not be up to the challenge of protecting us — or eager to be totally honest with us.

Until our next briefing … This is The Rusty Humphries Rebellion.