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American Inertia

 

 

” I’ve borrowed Kathy Shaidle’s headline because I think that sums up John Derbyshire’s column better than the one he and his editors chose: “The Impotent Eagle.” It’s not that we are incapable of doing anything, it’s that we can’t rouse ourselves to do anything.

  John was my colleague at National Review for many years, where I regarded him as a gloomier version of me, and he regarded me as a hopeless Pollyanna. Nevertheless, much of what he writes today will be familiar to readers of both After America and The [Un]documented Mark Steyn, personally autographed copies of which make kind and thoughtful Christmas presents and really aren’t as suicidally depressing as you might think. Derb’s mournful refrain was taken from a throwaway line a correspondent made re immigration:

Replied my friend:

‘I think that withdrawing birthright citizenship from the children of illegals would be a good move, and highly appropriate. I don’t see why we couldn’t do it going forward. But of course we won’t, because we can’t do anything.’

It was that closing phrase that stuck in my mind. We can’t do anything. It’s so damn true.

   John focuses on the big headlines: the Afghan war… immigration… law enforcement in Ferguson… America can’t win wars, enforce its borders, prevent looting. He could have added a bazillion others: build a flood barrier that prevents one measly not-so-Superstorm Sandy ruining people’s lives for years after… replace the dingy decrepit dump of LaGuardia with an airport that isn’t a total embarrassment to one of the world’s great cities… upgrade the most primitive bank cards in the developed world… stiffen Republican spines to come up with plans for debt reduction that kick in before the middle of the century…

  But I’m increasingly struck by how “we can’t do anything” applies to all the small stuff, too. If you’ve ever spent hours on the phone going round in circles with your health insurer over some nothing little thing, you’ll be aware that “we can’t do anything” is not a monopoly of the big geopolitical strategists. The whole joint seems to be seizing up, and it bothers me. Americans now have less health-care freedom and less banking freedom than many Continental Europeans. But let’s not get all comparative about this. In absolute terms – and certainly in comparison with the America that was – too much of daily life has become over-complicated and over-regulated and over-sclerotic, and too many people are content to string along with it. “

 

Mr Steyn’s piece is , of course , the mandatory read of the day 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enterovirus Spreads Across The Nation

 

 

 

 

 

 

” There is another virus sweeping the country. The enterovirus mostly strikes children and causes a severe respiratory illness. In the past three weeks, it has spread from 12 states to 42 states plus D.C.

  Nine-year-old Jayden Broadway started struggling for breath on a Friday afternoon. His mother Melissa Lewis says by the next day, she was rushing him to a Denver-area emergency room.

  Lewis says it’s “petrifying” to your child unable to breath. She says, “It is absolutely the scariest thing ever to see your child not be able to take a breath.”

  Doctors told Lewis her son had contracted the enterovirus D68. For most patients, the virus causes symptoms of the common cold. In children like Jayden with Asthma, symptoms can be more severe. Still, he was lucky. Doctors at the Children’s Hospital Colorado have treated 10 children who came down with polio-like symptoms.”

 

 

   Read more here and read our previous post : Are Obama’s Illegal Children Infecting Our Schools With EV-D68 Virus ?

 

 

 

Meanwhile USA Today is reporting on the first deaths attributed to the virus …

 

” Federal health officials are investigating whether a rare respiratory virus sweeping the country contributed to the deaths of four people, including a 10-year-old Rhode Island girl who was hospitalized.

  So far, no deaths have been directly attributed to enterovirus D68.

  Doctors in several states have reported that some children hospitalized with breathing problems caused by the bug have developed paralysis in their arms and legs.

  As of Wednesday, 500 people in 42 states and the District of Columbia were confirmed to be sick with EV-D68, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Almost all infections have been among children, many of whom had asthma or a history of wheezing.

  Earlier in the week, the CDC reported 277 infections in 40 states; two weeks ago, the tally stood at 160 infections in 22 states. “

 

 

Here is a picture of ten year old  Emily Otrando of Rhode Island , who died of the virus .

 

 

 

 

Anyone that believes the State is doing a good job of protecting it’s citizens really is not paying attention . Read more about the rapid rise and spread of this insidious disease …

 

First Enterovirus D68 death reported in Rhode Island: Detected in other deaths

Enterovirus D68 found in 4 patients who have died, including 10-year-old girl

Health officials investigate role of Enterovirus D68

New Enterovirus Strain Claims Four Lives

Girl’s death first tied to enterovirus