Believe it or not but the American people used to be intelligent and brave enough to confront dangers without being treated as some delicate flower who could not be allowed out in the sun because it might get too much sunshine. We used to be a nation that welcomed challenges, but in modern America hysteria and fear are in the hearts of our leaders. Ebola is NOT going to sweep through this country. Some mistakes were made –by the way in the great state of Texas whose Governor Rick Perry continues to blame President Obama for errors committed by TEXAS HOSPITALS! There is something ludicrous when the Governor of Texas yells about President Obama when his own hospital was at fault. We now have a new dimension of hysteria. Dr. Chris Christie of the state of New Jersey has instituted 21 days of quarantine for any healthcare worker returning from Africa. Governor Christie is the same man who understands how to handle traffic on the George Washington Bridge, and now has become an expert on healthcare. Kaci Hickox, a nurse who returned from West Africa is now in quarantine even though she has NOT tested positive for Ebola.
President Obama has warned of “unintended consequences” of this hysterical response to Ebola. Governor Andrew Cuomo has joined the fear parade and also imposed quarantines. My question is whether these actions were proposed by medical leaders in the states of New York or New Jersey? As Mayor Bill de Blasio has stated: “The problem is the hero, having come back from the front, having done the right thing, is treated with disrespect.” Ms. Hickox feels as though she is being treated like a criminal. There are pygmies in our land, not giants of leadership!!