Science has become like a magic talisman for the left, even though I suspect very few have spent much time in a lab, could tell you about Poppe’s “falsifiability” definition of science, or could say anything intelligent about Boyle’s Law. Also, medicine is informed by science, but not every medical decision is the product of science, and various “values” issues come into play, particularly when we’re dealing with public health. Here’s what is undeniable and no one cay say it’s anti-science or non-science:
1) Ebola is a very serious often deadly disease.
2) Ebola is contagious.
3) This particular strain of Ebola is more contagious than past strains.
4) There is almost no domestic Ebola; it all comes from visitors, whether native Africans or healthcare workers in the Ebola zone.
5) We can’t always or easily tell who has Ebola when they come here.
6) A Quarantine of health care worker would affect a few hundred people, and a travel ban a few tens of thousands of people that are, frankly, not contributing a great deal to our common life.
7) We do not have resources to track tens of thousands of people, and our ability to track and treat people declines as more people get Ebola.
8) Americans will die from the President’s policies that would not otherwise.
On the basis of supposed science, the President is saying troops who have minimal contact with Ebola patients are not there voluntarily should be quarantined, while a handful of admittedly heroic health care workers should be free to go about their business, even though at least four by my count–the two in Dallas, Brantley, and the Maine nurse–have gotten Ebola in Africa when they must deal with vomiting, diarrhea-ridden, dying Ebola patients.
The President looks so terrible on this that it is laughable. He wants to show he’s sophisticated–as with releasing terrorists from GITMO–but he’s showing, once again, how stupid, anti-American, malicious, and paralyzed by political correctness that he really is. And all of this, contrary to leftist self-congratulation, has very little to do with science and a lot to do with a basic disregard for the notion that America is a community with the basic right of self defense.