The White House recently deleted a petition demanding President Obama do more to stop the spread of Ebola in the U.S.
The Obama administration said the petition, which urged the White House to take proper action to fight Ebola, was removed from Whitehouse.gov because it “violated” the “Terms of Participation.”
“The petition you are trying to access has been removed from the site under our Moderation Policy because it is in violation of our Terms of Participation,” the White House stated. “While you can’t sign this petition, there may be other petitions on We the People on a similar issue that you’d like to add your name to.”
Of course, no where in the First Amendment does it state citizens can only petition the government for a redress of grievances if they accept terms and conditions written by the White House.
So, by removing the petition, it appears the Obama administration is more interested in controlling the narrative surrounding the Ebola pandemic than actually stopping the disease.
For one thing, Obama refuses to ban travel from Ebola-struck African countries despite Marine Gen. John Kelly warning the outbreak in Africa could lead to “mass migration into the U.S.” of those infected with Ebola seeking treatment.
“If it breaks out, it’s literally, ‘Katie bar the door,’ and there will be mass migration into the United States,” Kelly said in remarks to the National Defense University. “They will run away from Ebola, or if they suspect they are infected, they will try to get to the United States for treatment.”
But Obama has downplayed this possibility, choosing instead to make boastful statements, which have been refuted time and again by reality, that U.S. officials have procedures in place to stop Ebola.
“We know how to fight this disease,” the president claimed in a speech on Saturday. “We know the protocols and we know that when they’re followed, they work.”
The protocols he refers to have largely been ignored by federal agencies, including the White House which added only five of the 18 health centers recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to restrain an Ebola outbreak.
But many of the CDC’s protocols are largely worthless anyways and some are even dangerous, like the agency’s inaccurate Ebola “Safety Guide” on handling protective equipment which was refuted by several medical experts.
The CDC, like many other bureaucracies, has gotten too politicized to fully perform its intended purpose.
“Rather than fight disease, the CDC now pushes for mandatory motorcycle helmet laws, and studies playground accidents, video games and violence, and ‘social norming’ in schools,” Dr. Richard Amerling, M.D., of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons wrote. “No wonder it can’t handle Ebola.”