Ebola has re-merged as a death sentence for many and the Left blames America.
The first Ebola death in the United States was a Liberian national who lied about not being in contact with Ebola in order to enter the U.S.
Thomas Eric Duncan is not a hero.
Thomas Eric Duncan is also not a victim of racism, white privilege, Western colonialism, the NRA, the Tea Party, global warming, or – America. (Oh, and, Bush is not to blame.)
Instead of blaming America first, Duncan’s relatives should thank America for doing her best to save his life.
Neither Hero Nor Martyr
Let me repeat, Duncan is not a hero. He lied to enter the United States, knowingly placing the lives of hundreds of people at risk. He also jeopardized his own family in Texas. (Selfless love? I think not.) Duncan brought Ebola to America.
Duncan is not a hero. Nor is Duncan a martyr. But the Left would like to regard him as a martyr – a martyr to everything they hate most about America.
A whole series of anti-American false narratives arose in the midst of Duncan’s plight. Political correctness insists that racism – not Ebola – was the cause of his death. The boogeymen of “white privilege” and “American privilege” resurfaced with a vengeance.
Somehow, the NRA, the Tea Party, and cuts in Medicaid (by a Republican governor in Texas, who also, coincidentally, might run again for president) are to blame for Duncan’s death.
Some suggest that Ebola and its victims are a result of European colonialism in Africa. Even global warming made the list of obvious culprits.
Each of these duplicitous charges besmirch America, the American people, American institutions, and American interests.
Undergirding many of these fallacious critiques is a worldview in which America is at fault for being so successful. According to their narrative, America is unworthy of her success because she exploited Third World (and other) countries. The wealth inequity between America and poor countries is prominently featured in their writings.
MSNBC host Krystal Ball expressly and explicitly blamed the NRA for the Ebola crisis, saying, “As the Ebola crisis continues, confusion and fear grows. So why are we still waiting on President Obama’s Surgeon General nominee to get to work? The answer: guns.”
Why? Because the NRA opposes the president’s unqualified nominee for Surgeon General.
Salon’s Joan Walsh blames Texas Governor Rick Perry, writing, “Medicaid wouldn’t have helped Duncan, but it might help someone exposed to him.” But, as Mediaite noted, Duncan wasn’t eligible for Medicaid anyway.
Celebrated talk show host Geraldo Rivera cites racism as the cause of Duncan’s death. Rivera tweeted, “Real shame of Dallas: Ebola fatality Thomas Duncan turned away from Presbyterian Hospital. Was it because he was too poor, black and uninsured?”
Yes, again, the blame America first crowd blames America for the death of a foreigner who illegally entered the United States knowing that he was jeopardizing everyone he came in contact with. But America is racist!
As reported by Mediaite, Rivera accused the hospital of negligence and racial stereotyping: “I think that they were negligent and stereotyped this poor, black, uninsured guy who’s just another poor, black, uninsured guy.”
Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is black, agrees with Rivera: “If a person who looks like me shows up without any insurance, they don’t get the same treatment.”
The Verge Verges on Hysteria
The sub-title highlights one cause of the Ebola crisis: “The real culprits in Ebola’s spread have been cuts to public health budgets.” The public health budgets referenced are for the World Health Organization and other foreign countries, not the U.S., begging the question: why is America to blame.
Race looms large in this diatribe, overshadowing everything else.
The writer, Arielle Duhaime-Ross, claims, “The current Ebola crisis has been tinged with racism and xenophobia” and asserts “American privilege – white privilege, especially – is floating to the surface, in even less subtle ways.”
“The difference in treatment for US patients and African patients is stark,” she writes, expressing outrage that the U.S. is not doing more for this impoverished continent, noting “Americans have preferred to focus on themselves.” (But wasn’t Duncan focusing on himself?)
Duhaime-Ross decries “racist xenophobic Americans,” and writes, “America: your xenophobia is showing.”
She actually began her column decrying journalists’ questions about Duncan’s citizenship, as if asking those questions was somehow odd. She writes:
“The first time a reporter asked a CDC representative whether Thomas Duncan – the first patient to receive an Ebola diagnosis in the US – was an American citizen, the question seemed pretty tame. One could excuse it as a general inquiry about the Duncan’s nationality during the first press conference announcing his diagnosis. But after the CDC declined to answer, the question kept coming. ‘Is he a citizen?’ reporters repeatedly asked. ‘Is he one of us?’ they meant.”
(As a journalist herself, she should know that journalists typically seek to highlight people from their own countries to please their audiences. If you are in another country, their newscasters will emphasize victims of a tragedy who are from their country. Nothing nefarious there.)
However, her shocking realization that the reporters meant “Is he one of us?” would only be shocking to someone whose view of America is diminished, who does not value the nature of American sovereignty and American citizenship. Open borders people seldom do.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings apparently expressed Duhaime-Ross’s sentiments in his tweet about Duncan: “He’s our citizen now.”
No. He’s. Not.
America is not the world’s welfare state, nor is she a continental MASH unit for treating all of the world’s people. Treating her as such is disrespectful and dishonors her origins, her heritage, and her worth.
 See Thomas Sowell, Race and Culture, Basic Books, 1995, http://www.amazon.com/Race-And-Culture-World-View/dp/0465067972. His book provides an excellent rebuttal to those charges.