Given the hyper-alarmism concerning “Coronavirus” with which the public is relentlessly besieged by both Big Government and Big Media, one would think that no cost would be spared in the effort to defeat this Plague that is decimating the world, correct?
But when we consider what the Chicken Littles are mentioning, it is fair to ask:
How seriously the panic-stricken genuinely take this?
Given all of the sudden talk of “social distancing,” “self-isolation,” and “flattening the curve,” one would think that everyone should be on board with bringing immigration to a grinding and, because there are always diseases and viruses that pose threats to Americans, a halt.
Americans from all walks of life, irrespectively of their political persuasions, should be this.
The logic of “social distancing,” “self-isolating,” and “flattening the curve” inescapably precludes allowing, to say nothing of encouraging, into our country.
And it contradicts the logic (or illogic) of a policy that invites people from countries with high incidences of dangerous diseases.
The person who supports “self-isolation” and “social distancing” while continuing to support America’s modus operandi vis-à-vis immigration is like the person who, for the purpose of slowing the spread of a dangerous disease, severs ties with others by locking himself in his home. At the same time, though, he invites limitless numbers of people from countries with conditions that make those countries breeding grounds for infectious diseases.
The irrationality should be seen for what it is.
So, why no loud, unabashed calls to End Immigration NOW (or something to this effect)?
To President Trump’s credit, he has implemented some travel bans—which his enemies in the Democratic Party have resisted and for which they have hurled the all too predictable accusations of “racism” and “xenophobia” at him.
But even these travel bans are highly selective. If this is the State of National Emergency that the President has declared it to be, and the State of Emergency that the governors of many states have declared it to be, then, first and foremost, one would think that all Americans, irrespectively of any other differences that may divide them, would be unanimous in demanding that travel from other countries, especially travel from those countries with Third World conditions, should be ended instantaneously.
The United States military, which exists in order to protect have injected back into the body politic numerous diseases, potentially diseases, over which America had long ago prevailed.should be stationed along our nation’s borders, specifically along our southern border. This is the measure that be taken to insure that the flood of illegal aliens that our politicians have shamelessly allowed and, particularly in the case of Democrats, aggressively , come to an end once and for all. In addition to violating America’s sovereignty, these aliens who circumvent just those health-screening procedures that are designed to protect American citizens
Not even Trump, who, many of us have never forgotten, ran explicitly on a platform to “build that wall” on our southern border (that wall that still hasn’t been built), has used this as an occasion to promote stronger border security.
Nothing less than a resounding, unanimous, unabashed call for closing America’s doors indefinitely, until the Black Plague 2.0 has completed its sweep over the land, is required to convince the skeptical among us that those who are screaming loudest about it aren’t just using this a pretext for other, perhaps less obvious, purposes.
Beyond this—and while I don’t wish to stray too far afield—anyone who is genuinely interested in protecting the well-being of our fellow Americans from infectious diseases should be thinking about, , severely restricting the numbers of people who enter the United States each year, particularly when they are entering from underdeveloped countries. The Open Borders crowd, the Democratic Party that is its home, and all of the Big Con, America-Is-An-Idea types who have zealously (recklessly) been embracing unrelenting immigration from anywhere in the world since forever should be unceremoniously put out of business…
So far, I haven’t heard anyone, neither Republican nor Democrat, neither “liberal” nor “conservative”, make any such calls.
But as they claim, politicians who are now annexing to themselves exponentially more power over the lives of Americans than even that (awesome) amount of power that they already exercised are doing so for the sake of protecting Americans from infectious disease, then not only should they be of one mind and will when it comes to stopping all entry into America for purposes; they should recognize the need for upending our current immigration system and stopping entry into America so as to protect citizens from infectious diseases that are known to be carried by immigrants.
Especially telling about the conspicuous, virtually unanimous silence on this subject is that Hispanics, i.e., the members of just that group that is disproportionately represented among those aliens that have been illegally crossing our southern border for decades, are also disproportionately represented among Tuberculosis (TB) carriers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), even though TB, which “was once a leading cause of death in the United States,” has been declining “in almost all racial and ethnic groups” over the decades, it nevertheless remains the case that “Hispanics/Latinos continue to have a disproportionately higher burden of TB.”
The numbers are stunning. In 2015, the CDC reports that 28% of all people with TB within the United States were Hispanic. Among foreign-born TB patients, nearly were Hispanic. With 4.8 cases per 100,000 population, Hispanics carry TB at a rate that of “white, non-Hispanic people” (who carry it at a rate of .6 cases per 100,000 population).
In 2017, TB killed human beings globally.
Back in the mid-1990s, Peter Brimelow’s supplied readers with facts that virtually no one else dared to talk about until fairly recently (and even now, in the thick of the Apocalypse that Big Media and Big Government would have us think is upon us, far too few people are willing to reckon with ((politically ))reality).
For starters, the resurgence of TB in America, Brimelow wrote, is “largely…because of immigration from regions like Latin America where the disease is endemic (foreign-born cases accounted for nearly two thirds of the increase in the last decade….).” Elaborating, the author shares some staggering figures: “In 1991, some 27 percent of U.S. cases were foreign born; over 60 percent of California’s cases, and 30 to 80 percent of the cases in some immigrant-heavy Washington suburbs.”
“Cholera, malaria, dengue fever [similar to the “Yellow Fever”]:
Though Brimelow penned these words decades ago, his essential point remains as accurate today as it was a quarter of a century ago. And that point is that immigration does indeed pose health risks for Americans.
So, then, shouldn’t the country “self-isolate” or “self-quarantine” from the rest of the world, or at least from the countless foreigners who, by hook or by crook, seek to enter America If not, why not? How is “social distancing” from those who would aspire to enter the United States not the only morally viable course of action with respect to “flattening the curve” of, not just the spread of COVID-19, but any and all potentially dangerous viruses?
Don’t expect things to change significantly, if at all, with either our immigration policy or that of any other Western country. That no one in either Big Government or Big Media is advocating these measures—massive and indefinite immigration restriction in order to protect citizens not just from the latest coronavirus, but from dangerous viruses of all kinds—suggests what some of us suspect:
Those in Big Government and Big Media spreading the panic are powered by motives other than what appears on the surface, for if their professed intentions were sincere and they favored this massive contraction of our civil society to protect us from infectious disease, then they should have long ago favored immigration restrictions so as to protect us from infectious diseases of carried disproportionately by foreigners seeking to enter our land.
In the next installment of this series on Coronavirus hysteria, I will show how and why the reasonable can’t but conclude that this is indeed a hysteria that has possessed the country—and the world.
Jack Kerwick [send him mail] received his doctoral degree in philosophy from Temple University. His area of specialization is ethics and political philosophy. He is a professor of philosophy at several colleges and universities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Jack blogs at Beliefnet.com: At the Intersection of Faith & Culture.