It’s déjà vu – a repeat of the 1976 swine flu scare.

Consider … one Marine at the 29 Palms Base in California came down with the dreaded “pick your own politically correct name” flu. Before you could blink an eye, he was confined to quarters as was his roommate. As many as 37 others Marines were quarantined.

Earth to Washington:That’s the correct procedure when dealing with a somewhat mysterious, contagious and possibly deadly disease. In this case, it’s swine flu.

It’s basic epidemiology – isolate the contagion carrier until you can determine the seriousness of the illness, how it spreads and the source.

Earth to Obama, Napolitano, the CDC, the Department of Health and Human Services, and everyone else involved in this growing fiasco: Your primary job is to protect American citizens, which includes protecting their health.

The following is a definition from Webster’s New World Dictionary:“Quarantine: The period, originally 40 days, during which a vessel suspected of carrying a contagious disease is detained in port. Also: any isolation imposed to keep contagious disease from spreading.”

From the American Heritage College Dictionary: “Quarantine: A period of time during which a vehicle, person, or material suspected of carrying a contagious disease is detained at a port of entry under enforced isolation to prevent disease from entering a country. Also: Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.”

Earth to Washington again: That’s why the Marines were isolated.

Why does our government avoid such basic protections for all Americans when we’re faced with a communicable disease that health officials say could possibly be as deadly as the Spanish flu of 1918, which killed 50 million worldwide.

We know the source of the current flu is Mexico.

We know virtually all the recorded cases involve people who had just traveled in Mexico.

We know the Mexican government is taking correct steps to protect its citizens – shutting schools and entertainment venues, restricting travel and business operations and generally all the day-to-day gatherings.

We know other countries are restricting travel in and out of Mexico and quarantining people exposed to the virus.

We know tourism to and from Mexico is curtailed.

So what does our government do?

“Wash your hands everyone and sneeze in your sleeve!”

It’s no different than normal germ avoidance.

Do we restrict air, ship or train travel? No.

Do we restrict farm workers and others crossing borders to enter this country? No.

Do we do anything to stop the thousands of illegals crossing our borders daily? No.

None of this is done – even when we know the disease originated in Mexico. Question that, and you’re accused of racism.

Defenders of the government policy avoid mentioning that the only death in the U.S. so far was a child from Mexico City who traveled to Texas. He developed symptoms, but before they got serious enough for hospitalization, he spent a day at the Houston indoor mall spreading who knows how much virus among Americans.

One of the most ridiculous official defenses is that doing anything at the border is like “closing the barn door after the horses are out.”

Nonsense! If the barn is full of disease, shutting the door at least isolates the virus in the barn.

A closed border stops more people bringing it across the border and infecting other healthy Americans.

Shockingly, with people worldwide wearing protective masks, our own U.S. border and customs agents were ordered not to wear them!

Perhaps we don’t want to insult Mexicans wearing masks who are crossing the border legally or not.

Sorry. No government has a right to force employees to expose themselves to possible deadly contagion without protection.

All the while, the Obama government races at warp speed to implement every item on his “wish list” to transform this country into his version of a socialist Shangri-la.

People are distracted by flu scare headlines while Chrysler melts, hate crime laws are passed, plans continue for media censorship and nationalizing health care. The government is running banks and credit card companies, setting salaries, involving itself in student loans, trying to fill
administration posts and now, naming a new Supreme Court justice – all, as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue and the death toll increases.

But something else is going on – the fast track order to drug companies to develop a vaccine for this “mysterious” new flu.

It’s like the massive campaign by the Ford administration in 1976. It said a swine flu epidemic was imminent because an Army private died from it and an epidemic could be as bad as 1918.

With such horrors on TV nightly, it was easy to get Americans frightened enough to take the advice of the “experts,” most of whom were politicians who jumped on the bandwagon led by President Ford.

Congress ordered the rush development of a vaccine and the president ordered a nationwide vaccination program, begun in October.

Thousands were inoculated, including me, a young and naïve TV reporter who fell for the hype.

Within days, I was so sick I couldn’t raise my head. I’ve never been so sick in my life – in bed for more than 10 days. I thought I was dying. But I was lucky. I survived with no side effects.

However, within weeks, hundreds of people got sick, many with the long-lasting Guillain-Barre syndrome, a neuromuscular paralysis, and more than 30 died

It was so bad that vaccinations were stopped in mid-December.

There was no epidemic, and the only recorded flu death was the original soldier.

Now, they’re developing a new vaccine for today’s “flu.” I’ll be used, not tested. Will it work or cause more problems than the disease itself?

I don’t plan to find out. I haven’t had a flu shot since 1976, and I’ll never have another. I don’t like politically motivated medicine.

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