WHILE MY LIFETIME FOCUS REMAINS THE HUMANITIES, AFTER MANY YEARS OF ACADEMIC WRITING, WITH MY SENSE OF SARCASM HEIGHTENED, I HAVE RE-KINDLED MY INTEREST IN TRAVEL AND HUMOR. I AM NOW WORKING IN THE GENRE OF HUMOR AND RE-VISITING THE BRIGHTER SIDE OF LIFE. OF COURSE, I AM ALSO SEEKING AN AGENT AND A PUBLISHER FOR MY CURRENT WORK IN PROGRESS. IN THE INTERIM, I POST A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE HUMAN CONDITION.
Turning Over New Leaf
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Let Us Strive to Contain It on Earth
Back on August 7, 2014, President Obama assured us that we
need not worry about the Ebola virus. It can and will be contained, he
indicated. That explanation did not satisfy me, but most Americans seem to rely
on our government’s assurances like fish in a hatchery at feeding time.
Now, things have changed. I guess the government has
realized that to contain the virus, somebody had to do something. Imagine that.
Here is the plan:
·Build 17 new treatment facilities. Good idea.
Meanwhile, as the disease spreads through West Africa, where it has already
killed thousands, we will continue to bring infected U.S. citizens back home to
be treated here. What could possibly go wrong?
·Send $763 million to fund the program, since no
one in West Africa ever squandered American aid dollars. We can rest assured
that every dime will reach those in need.
·The President plans to get the rest of the world
involved in the fight to prevent the spread of Ebola. I suppose because of his
tough reputation, he does not even have to say, “Pretty please.” So far, Cuba
and China have sent a few health workers, and I believe some other African
nation is planning to lend Sierra Leone an ambulance to transport the dead
numbering 2500 since the announcement about containing the disease.
·More than two months ago, West African nations
and American medical experts implored the White House to jump on the plans to
control Ebola. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama believes that
"making an investment here early is critical to trying to snuff out this
problem before it becomes a much more widespread problem." Although the
White House position two months ago was the virus would surely be contained,
today we were told it is "spiraling out of control." Gee, who knew?
·Another measure calls for sending 3000 American
troops to affected West African nations to help with the efforts to eradicate
the virus. Nothing could go wrong there.
·My favorite measure is the effort to make sure
airline personnel stay alert for signs of the virus in any passengers. Don’t
worry. You can trust your flight attendant.
·Of course, efforts will also be stepped up by
airport security personnel. When they are not confiscating nail clippers from little
old ladies, they can keep Ebola-infected people out of the U.S.A.
Certainly, something must be done and the effort must be
global. However, I have absolutely no faith in the present administration to
lead the world in anything. They are already too late. For example, months ago, Air France stopped all
flights to and from West Africa to help protect French citizens. We still have over two-hundred
thousand outstanding visas issued to nations affected by Ebola. What could go
I think I can add one more idea to the President’s overall
plan: Put up signs in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas forbidding
entry to anyone suffering from the Ebola virus. Let’s all work together to
confine this deadly disease to planet Earth.