Whatever Happened to the Ebola Panic?

Salon.com looks back at what some prominent conservative politicians were saying about the Ebola outbreak last year, but they’ve missed out on the really good examples of right wing hysteria and buffoonery on the subject. So I thought I’d fill in some of my favorites.

Joseph Farah of the Worldnetdaily, for instance, said that Obama was refusing to close the borders and sending a few hundred troops to help set up clinics in the countries most affected because he was deliberately trying to spread Ebola in America. He called it the Cloward-Piven-Ebola strategy and said it was all due to Obama’s “evil nature.”

Phyllis Schlafly likewise said that Obama was “letting these diseased people into this country to infect our own people.” Why he would want to do that in the middle of an election campaign was never explained, of course, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s a claim that appeals only to those already so beset with Obama Derangement Syndrome that neither evidence nor logic is necessary.

Rick Wiles offered a whole range of bizarre claims about Ebola. First he was very excited and hopeful about it, saying, Ebola could solve America’s problems with atheism, homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, pornography and abortion.” Then he decided it was really an Obama trick to kill and enslave Christians. He said that Obama “will place West African Ebola victims in Veterans Affairs hospitals throughout the United States of America. He’ll contaminate the VA hospitals with the Ebola virus.” And that he had “Ebola SWAT teams” that would force those with the disease into “Ebola Barry’s Ebola Recovery and Re-Education Camps,” after which “you’ll be a zombie, a walking dead.” And he was going to use Ebola to send millions of people into FEMA camps. And that Obama was going to use it to shut down churches. And also use it “as the cover to round up patriots who resist the takedown of the Republic.”

Glenn Beck dove in head first with his usual hyperbole, saying that Ebola is “literally going to be the death of all of us.”

John Hagee declared that Ebola was part of God’s judgement on America, which is odd because we only had a tiny number of cases, none of which ended up spreading. I guess God likes to punish Liberia for what America does. He’s a lot like George W. Bush that way.

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-eally stupid) opined that Obama was deliberately allowing Ebola into the United States in order to seize control of the country and become a dictator.

Not one to be outdone, Michael Savage also said that Obama “wants to infect the nation with Ebola” because he “wants equality and he wants fairness and it’s only fair that America have a nice epidemic or two or three or four in order to really feel what it’s like to be in the Third World.”

Larry Klayman claimed that Ebola promised an “imminent health crisis here at home” and that “suicide terrorists” would “opt to infect themselves and sneak into our country with the disease” to “create a massive epidemic.” He even filed one of his famous lawsuits, claiming that Ebola could be spread through the air (no it can’t) and that the Obama administration knew about it but did nothing to stop it because they wanted to help their “American Muslim ISIS suicide terrorists.”

Laurie Roth had a multi-level conspiracy theory. Obama was using Ebola to justify a “forced vaccination plan” that would “release something potentially fatal into our system, but also act as a tracker – the complete end of our privacy and freedom.” She quoted Walid and Theodore Shoebat, who said that, “ISIS is planning to bring in people through out America infected with EBOLA. They are most likely already peppered throughout many cities now.”

All of those people should, of course, be incredibly embarrassed about making such monumentally idiotic predictions, none of which came true. The Ebola “crisis” in the United States was a small handful people and was over in a few weeks. Even Liberia is now Ebola-free and there are only a small number of cases left in neighboring cases. They don’t feel embarrassed at all, however. They just casually move on to the next hysterical overreaction and their followers don’t notice how gloriously wrong they were — and are, about virtually everything. Being a far-right conspiracy crank means never having to admit to being full of shit.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/eo.raptor.3 eoraptor

    I am here to tell you… I work in Aurora, CO. As part of my daily commute, I walk through the parking lot of one of those big-chain hotels.

    Every morning, for the past two weeks, I have counted between 25 to 35 passenger vans — 12 seaters — with U.S. Government plates on them. All the people milling around the vans wear FEMA, or FEMA Volunteer, jackets. When I back through the parking lot, in the afternoons (I start work at 6:30 AM), all those vans are gone; only to be there again the following morning.

    Even scarier, I’ve heard nothing on the media about FEMA’s presence here, or about all the xians who must be disappearing all over the Denver Metro area. Coincidence? I think not.

    Now, I’m not saying all these xians are being rounded up and sent to FEMA re-education camps. I’m just asking questions here.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    The Ebola “crisis” in the United States was a small handful people and was over in a few weeks.

    It was getting stronger and stronger, spreading from person to person, city to city and state to state, ready to pounce and consume us all.

     

    Then the election was over.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    You forgot the officials who actually tried to force people returning from Africa into quarantines.

  • raven

    What was odd about the over the top panic over Ebola was how it hits its peak right before the last election.

    And then just plain died right afterwards.

    I’m sure a lot of it was just politically motivated. Trying to stir up fear in one party’s voting base.

    Ironically, the only two cases of in USA transmission were in a xian hospital, Texas Presbyterian. Connect the dots people!!! The xians were trying to kill us all. Fortunately, they aren’t very smart or competent and didn’t manage to kill anyone. Both of those nurses survived thanks to medical treatment by the federal government. Thanks, Obama.

  • raven

    You forgot the officials who actually tried to force people returning from Africa into quarantines.

    Some of whom were not any where near the Ebola epidemic. They were in fact, thousands of miles away.

    IIRC, some Catholic school in Kentucky asked someone not to show up because they had just returned from Kenya.

    Kentucky teacher resigns after school tells her to stay home …

    www. dailymail .co.uk/…/Teacher-60-resigns-school-orders-stay-home-21…

    Nov 5, 2014 – Teacher, 60, resigns after her school orders her to stay home for 21 days for visiting … was asked to stay away from St Margaret Mary Catholic School because of parents’ and … to her and that the decision was based on ‘ignorance’, she told WLKY. …

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.criley jason the cripple

    “All of those people should, of course, be incredibly embarrassed about making such monumentally idiotic predictions, none of which came true. … They just casually move on to the next hysterical overreaction and their followers don’t notice how gloriously wrong they were — and are, about virtually everything. Being a far-right conspiracy crank means never having to admit to being full of shit.”

    It’s a lot like how Fox News responded when the President said they demonize the poor. How they could look at the camera with a straight face and lie about the things they have said, even though they know we have tapes of them saying it.

    If you were to ask these people listed above about their “predictions”, they would probably stare at you the same way, and deny they said any such thing, or accuse you of taking them out of context.

  • dugglebogey

    We are still having the ebola panic. It’s just magically transformed into the marines invading Texas, some some such nonsense.

  • raven

    We are still having the ebola panic. It’s just magically transformed into the marines invading Texas, some some such nonsense.

    Good point.

    Jade Helm 15 is the new Ebola. The Affordable Care Act was the old Ebola before Ebola was even…Ebola.

    Which will be followed when nothing happens by the New New Ebola. And then the New New New Ebola. Because there is always something imaginary for them to melt down in a puddle of pure, raw fear.

  • Kevin Kehres

    Well, see…it’s like this.

    All of the Guatemalan children that have crossed the borders carry a special strain of Ebola. At Obama’s signal during Operation Jade Helm, they’re going to come out of hiding and infect all of the people who have been primed by the HAARP-activated chemtrails. This will then allow Obama to declare martial law and confiscate all of the guns under the aegis of UN Agenda 21. After the guns are confiscated, Christians will be sent to FEMA death camps. The 150 million secret Muslims who are also in the country will then take over all of the Christian property. Obama will declare himself dictator for life, and declare the US to be a gay-atheist-Muslim republic. Then the lizard people will reveal themselves and start taking all of our water.

    …at least that’s what I heard.

  • sugarfrosted

    The death of “the Fairness Doctrine” led to the creation of the conservative echo chamber. It gave them short term gains, but it had to get more extreme for them to compete.

    Now it’s gotten to the point that this is mainstream and they can’t have viable candidates for presidential elections.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    sugarfrosted “Now it’s gotten to the point that this is mainstream and they can’t have viable candidates for presidential elections.”

    To be fair, the same has happened among you Leftists. I mean, look at how corrupt Hillary Clinton is, accepting all that dirty money to her foundation for quid pro quo! If anything, your side has it worse, because my side is “cursed” with Moral Americans Standing for Exceptionalism*, while yours is saddled with all the things we make up about her.

     

    * Donate to my superpac, MASEPac, very little which will go to help elect the nutjobs that infest my party.

  • John Pieret

    Whatever Happened to the Ebola Panic?

    It stopped being scary enough to cause rubes to send money.

  • Larry

    All of those people should, of course, be incredibly embarrassed about making such monumentally idiotic predictions, none of which came true.

    Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Good one, Ed! I see you still have your stand-up chops.

    <uncontrolled maniacal laughter continues>

  • grumpyoldfart

    The scare campaign was a complete success. The hoi polloi have already forgotten about Ebola but deep down, in the back of their minds, they realize that they only just avoided a calamity.

    They’re not quite sure what it was, but they vaguely recall that it was only the vigilance of their right wing Christian leaders that saved them from almost certain death (so let’s vote Republican at the next election).

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    What DID happen to The Ebola Panic? They showed such promise. I saw them at Lollapalooza in ’95, then they seemed to disappear.

  • llewelly

    naturally the faithful heard the warnings of the prophets, painted their doorframes with lamb’s blood, and the destroying angel of the LORD passed them by. So of course it’s no surprise they are ok.

  • Kermit Sansoo

    Kevin Kehres says: All of the Guatemalan children that have crossed the borders carry a special strain of Ebola. At Obama’s signal during Operation Jade Helm, they’re going to come out of hiding and infect all of the people who have been primed by the HAARP-activated chemtrails. This will then allow Obama to declare martial law and confiscate all of the guns under the aegis of UN Agenda 21. After the guns are confiscated, Christians will be sent to FEMA death camps. The 150 million secret Muslims who are also in the country will then take over all of the Christian property. Obama will declare himself dictator for life, and declare the US to be a gay-atheist-Muslim republic. Then the lizard people will reveal themselves and start taking all of our water.

    …at least that’s what I heard.

    .

    That’s all true, of course. But if you buy my book “Christ’s Shield of Sovereign Fortitude” I’ll explain the unpublished and still-secret punctuation needed to notify the US “government” that you are aware of their pretensions to legality, and you will not abide by it. Like all tyrannical oppressive governments, they will back right down when faced with a sovereign citizen armed with knowledge of the True Law. So show your patriotism, show your courage, and don’t let them take you to those ebola-contaminated camps filled with strange children who don’t know how to mind and who seem to be speaking strange languages, if they are languages. Buy now and get a free copy of Quantum-Proof Passwords, my short pamphlet of passwords that cannot be broken by any liberal FBI science lab. Use them for your email, your bank accounts, your computer logons. Hurry, while supplies last!

  • dingojack

    theschwa – they went on tour, ate bad food, slept in crummy motels, got falling-down drunk, got bad reviews, became ass-achingly bored and began an internecine feud (just for fun I heard) — then came home exhausted. After that, they just kinda faded away.

    Oh wait — was I thinking of The Stone Roses?

    😉 Dingo

  • carpenterman

    I was panicking about Ebola before Ebola Panic was cool.

  • cry4turtles

    I got some tin foil for sale, especially blessed by Jesus.

  • dingojack

    Whatever Happened to the Ebola Panic?

    Maybe the Ebola Picnic Panic went the way of ‘the revolution’.

    (Sorry, it’s been running through my head since I first saw the headline).

    Dingo

  • leni

    I guess God likes to punish Liberia for what America does. He’s a lot like George W. Bush that way.

    I enjoyed that very much.

  • Nick Gotts

    And then there were those wingnuts who insisted that the CDC was wrong to oppose quarantine for medical workers returning from West Africa. Oh, wait! Not a wingnut. Just a numpty who thinks they know better than the relevant scientific experts.