October 22, 2014
Where is C. Everett Koop when We Need Him?
In his response to the Ebola crisis, President Obama appears to be channeling the spirit of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, for whom he has expressed deep admiration. Like FDR, Obama seems to be committed to the mantra, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” But there are worse things than experiencing fear -- death being among them. Controlling our emotional response to what the director of the World Health Organization called “the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times” will not stop the spread of disease. Viruses and microbes have no regard for the emotional state of anyone, be that person calm or hysterical. But for the Left, emotion rather than rationality is the key to public policy. The idea is that if we all stay calm, maybe the Ebola crisis will just disappear. This is one reason why Obama, ever committed to his image as the secular Messiah, tried by example to show he certainly was...(Read Full Article)