It’s no secret that I think Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is a spineless fool who’s going to say and do whatever he feels like he has to do in order to win the GOP nomination in 2016.
While there are other politicians I despise more (Ted Cruz, John Boehner, Louie Gohmert), in my book Rand Paul easily ranks as one of the biggest cowards in Washington. I just see so much of George W. Bush in him it’s not even funny. Not that they’re the same type of politician, but it’s my belief that the only reason why either of them achieved the level of success they did in their political careers is because of who their fathers are. I can guarantee that if Rand Paul’s father isn’t Ron Paul, he sure as heck wouldn’t be a United States senator right now.
But while Paul has done several things throughout his political career that I’ve found absolutely ridiculous, his recent comments about Ebola really set me off.
Senator Paul didn’t just spew the typical right-wing propaganda about why people should be irrationally terrified of a possible Ebola outbreak (despite the fact that pretty much everything the CDC has said about the virus has been accurate). He took it a step further by ignoring proven scientific medical facts to simply say pretty much whatever the hell he felt like saying.
“This is an incredibly contagious disease,” Paul said. “People in full gloves and gowns are getting it. So really they need to be honest, this is a very transmissible disease.”
“They’re still learning about this,” he added. “We’re all still learning about this. But this is not something that is hard to catch, this is something that appears to be very easy to catch.”
So, because a handful of people who’ve been in direct contact with people dying of Ebola have happened to catch the virus, that makes it “very transmissible.”
These statements have proven to be completely false.
Let’s look at some basic facts, shall we? We’ve had four people within the United States contract Ebola. Of those four, one was directly from Liberia (Thomas Duncan), two were nurses who were in direct contact with Duncan during his final days and another health care worker who was treating Ebola patients in West Africa.
Not a single person who was in contact with any of these people has caught the virus.
That includes Duncan’s family, and they were in close contact with him for several days after he had started showing signs of the virus.
Ebola is not easy to catch; it’s only spread through infected bodily fluids by people who are already showing symptoms. If Ebola were easy to transmit then at least a couple of Duncan’s family would have gotten it, more Dallas health care workers would have been diagnosed with it, more aid workers in West Africa would be getting it and odds are several people on the plane who were flying with one of the Dallas nurses who took a flight from Cleveland would have already been diagnosed.
But that’s not what has been happening.
From the start the CDC, and basically every medical expert who’s discussed this virus, told people not to panic and that it was highly unlikely that Ebola would break out into any kind of pandemic. And despite the fact that exactly what these experts have said has come true, it hasn’t stopped people like Rand Paul from continuing to use Ebola fear-mongering heading into this year’s elections.
It’s both sad and pathetic.
Here we have a United States senator ignorantly pushing total and complete nonsense, despite the fact that nearly every medical expert on the planet (as well as the facts of what we’ve seen this past month in this country) is completely contradicting everything he said.
This just another example where facts and reality don’t seem to matter to Republicans. Their “reality” is seemingly based on what they want to be real, instead of actual reality.