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Is President Barack Obola the October Surprise Republicans Need for a Wave?

President Barack Obola has given Republicans a gift, albeit an unwelcome one.

The logic of flying an Ebola infected doctor into Atlanta gave most of us pause to question the sanity of a government that would allow a disease that has been confined to sporadic and intermittent breakouts in relatively low density population countries, mostly in small villages, into America. Sure, the disease has been on our shores in labs, and who can forget the 1989 Ebola scare in Reston, Va?

It’s a little known fact, or perhaps a dark matter best forgotten, but the child care facility on Isaac Newton Square in Reston, Va., was once the epicenter of a new strain of Ebola.

As cars rush by the suburban landscape just 20 minutes from the nation’s capital, it’s hard to imagine that 25 years ago, soldiers in spacesuits were moving in and out of  a “monkey house” there – a building where primates shipped into the U.S. for research were quarantined by a private company, Hazelton Research Products, before being delivered to laboratories across the country.

But the monkeys there were dying. And as it turned out, they were dying from Ebola.

Specialists at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRID) not far away in Frederick County, Md., made the initial diagnosis. After consulting with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), they led a team of specialists and soldiers from an animal unit to euthanize the monkeys and test them, as well as sterilize Hazelton. It was December 1989.

The CDC was also on the ground – to make sure the monkey handlers at Hazelton were not infected, too. They weren’t.

“It turned out, unbelievably at the time, that the strain of the virus that killed the monkeys was almost as virulent as the African strain – even though the caretakers were not infected,” recalled Dr. Frederick Murphy, a pathologist and professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch. At the time, he was director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases at the CDC, and one of the high-level officials called to Reston to assess the monkey outbreak.

Health officials were freaking out, the CDC was deeply concerned and anyone in Northern Virginia that sneezed in public was avoided.

We were told that this was potentially the start of a major pandemic and we were all in grave danger to this threat.

And 25 years later little more is known about Ebola than in 1989 and there is no cure. And the treatment – so far – is still much the same. Fluids and rest. Take two aspirin and call the morgue in the morning.

It turned out that the strain of Ebola in Reston was fatal to the monkeys, but not to humans. But there was a panic, no doubt about it. Quarantine, isolation, massive precautions for importing monkeys were started to prevent an outbreak that might wipe us all out.

And then in 1996, an Ebola Reston outbreak infected more monkeys in Texas. This resulted in a ban on monkeys from the Philippines, where they thought the monkeys might have picked up the virus.

But in 2014, President Barack Obola refuses to restrict flights from African countries. His administration is concerned about the economic impact on Liberia – and not the life and health of Americans. Funny, as I recall there was no such concern when Obama banned flights into Israel while Hamas was shelling innocent civilians.

But Republicans have been handed a great weapon to win in November. Where are the ads blaming the sick American children suffering from the Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) on Obama’s open border policies? There is ample evidence that this virus comes from South America. An article in American Thinker states:

Unfortunately for the rest of America, liberals are not going to realize the damage they have wrought on all of us until they personally experience the ramifications of supporting Barack Obama.

At this juncture, maybe an illegal-immigrant-caused mini pandemic will rouse liberals out of the fevered delusion that this president somehow has the best interests of the nation’s children at heart.

What is obvious is that Barack Obama does have the best interests of children at heart: illegal immigrant children harboring viruses and communicable diseases. American children who are defenseless against the onslaught, not so much.

Maybe liberals haven’t noticed yet, but it hasn’t taken all that long for the infective consequences of President Obama’s refusal to put Americans first to befall the most innocent among us. For starters, Ohio, California, and Kansas are just a few of the states already struggling to contain measles outbreaks.

And now we have cheap flights from Liberia to the US and free health care for anyone making it into this country with Ebola. (And just how much is this criminal’s treatment costing us?)

Not hitting the Democrats on this is an opportunity missed. Often these weapons are used to win elections and the issue is mostly trumped up. But not the diseases resulting from a failure to control our borders. This is a real threat to America and President Obola stands by worried about the economy of Liberia.

This is the October surprise Republicans need to win back the Senate. Enforcing our laws and borders is not just a political issue, it is now a health issue.

Now where are the ads?

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

16 Responses to “Is President Barack Obola the October Surprise Republicans Need for a Wave?”

  1. Bob Shannon

    Many reputable economists have had a sinking feeling that with extended unemployment benefits running out, the Federal Reserves failed experiment to jump start an economy with artificial stimulus clearly stalling, and the just beginning real world consequences of the Affordable Care Act starting to sink in, the U.S is in perhaps an economic dilemma that won’t be fixed anytime soon. Add to that gloomy mix the unwillingness , or total lack of any political courage to do anything about any of this you have a recipe for disaster in the waiting.

    Congress could enact new travel restrictions today on not just banning flights from countries where this disease is running rampant, but also as David Cameron said yesterday ” refuse to allow returning ISIS traitors back onto British soil” Cameron went on to add ” you chose your allegiance” referring to British citizens who freely traveled to Syria to take up arms against the West.

    Why am I supporting Libertarian candidates ? The question should be ” Why would you support anyone else ” , particularly two political parties that have visited this very havoc on our Nation.

    Bob Shannon

  2. Anonymous says:

    Three people sick with a disease we can isolate and treat doesn’t seem like a killer October surprise. Also the comparison between Liberia and Israel seems trivial and silly. Flights flying into Israel were liable to be shot down by Hamas – I think that ranks higher than “someone might be sick on board,” and regardless we screen people from these countries and will probably increase our screening in the coming weeks. This hardly seems like the sky is falling.

  3. Gene Lefty says:

    After watching the Republican’s from 2000-06 in Washington, and in Virginia from 2010-14, why aren’t you writing about quarantining the Republican Party? Why didn’t someone call the CDC then?

    Your line ” nothing is more liberal than a a Republican with a majority” , then why do you hope that they get control of the Senate??????

    And Mr. Shannon, I believe you intended to take the Republican Party away from the Republican’s if I understood you correctly a couple years ago? Looks like they beat you to the punch, and took the Tea Party from the Tea Party?

    You guys are entertainers! You crack me up with your jokes, ah, I mean writing!!!!!!!


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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