August 25, 2014 8:19 am -

As West Africa is engulfed in the worst Ebola outbreak since the illness was discovered in 1976, some right wing Congressmen are using the crisis to find something else to blame on illegals coming across the southern border.  Congressman Louie Gihmert (R-Tex) led the charge by saying he feared “undocumented Democrats” were crossing the border with the virus.  This, he insists is “not fear mongering”

“Because they see people coming across as undocumented Democrats. And so, they want to keep the surge of people coming in illegally, even though it includes a big spike in Other-Than-Mexicans, OTMs as we call them. It includes a spike in people from countries where terrorism abounds. We have people coming in from countries where Ebola is located.”


Others have followed suit, and now at least two other members of the US House leveled the same charge.  Congressmen Phil Gingrey (R-GA) and Todd Rokita (R-IN).

Other than the blatant racism, there’s a real problem with these disingenuous claims of concern; they miss the point and preclude any real conversation about a very real, global health threat.  This outbreak has killed more people that all the other outbreaks combined.  The World Health Organization (WHO) says they are way behind the ball. There are many, many more cases than have been reported, and it will take a minimum of six to nine months to control.  By then it could have gone all over the place.   And the person (or people) with it won’t cross our southern border, they will fly into NYC or LA.

No, I am not suggesting there is a threat that it will spread here. Most experts think it will come here but our health system can handle it and we can squash it easily.  What I am saying is three (Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone) countries face humanitarian and economic devastation.  There are more than one million people living under quarantine, 50,000 in one Monrovian slum alone (West Point).  The US Congress needs less fear mongering about illegals from the south and more talk of how we can help in a time when we might be the only country with the capacity to do so.[su_sky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

27 responses to No, Congressman Crazy, Illegals Aren’t Bringing Ebola

  1. Foundryman August 25th, 2014 at 8:39 am

    The guy is not crazy, he’s just stupid, amazingly stupid.

    Edit….No, I take it back…He is crazy, and stupid…

    • William August 25th, 2014 at 8:42 am

      Illegal aliens…always with the illegal aliens this guy

      • Foundryman August 25th, 2014 at 8:43 am

        Must be cell mates with Tom Tancredo and Steve King…

    • Budda August 25th, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Took the words right out of my mouth. These nuts really are delusional.

    • raincheck August 25th, 2014 at 10:32 am

      But still “amazingly” “crazy and stupid”

    • Judgeforyourself37 August 25th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      Not just bat cr#p crazy and stupid these people are scary due to the fact that the Faux Noise watchers and the Limbahhh, listeners actually believe what they say.

    • Lwayno August 26th, 2014 at 8:43 am

      WTF? oh! It’s Texass that explains everything!

  2. William August 25th, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Fox News update………(thanks Obama).

    • Foundryman August 25th, 2014 at 8:40 am


      • Larry Schmitt August 25th, 2014 at 9:50 am

        And Mooslim atheists.

  3. jasperjava August 25th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Another geographically-challenged conservative who thinks Sierra Leone is a place in Mexico.

    • Larry Schmitt August 25th, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Isn’t it between the Sierra Madre and Sierra Nevada?

    • William August 25th, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Seriously? OTM’s? Other than Mexicans? Well that narrows it down, doesn’t it?

  4. raincheck August 25th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    “No, I am not suggesting there is a threat that it will spread here. Most
    experts think it will come here but our health system can handle it and
    we can squash it easily.”

  5. mea_mark August 25th, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I wonder if Louie Gohmert was elected because he was an amusing idiot and the people of his district just don’t think anybody can do a good job. Might as well be entertained by your Government representative if you don’t think they will do anything good.

    • raincheck August 25th, 2014 at 11:05 am


  6. tiredoftea August 25th, 2014 at 11:46 am


    • Dwendt44 August 25th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      Are you sure? there are plenty of candidates for that esteemed honor.

      • tiredoftea August 25th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

        Yes, plenty of candidates, only one Louie who constantly takes the prize.

        • Dean Davidson August 25th, 2014 at 6:13 pm

          I was going to say the Congressional District that keeps sending him to Washington but I bet they just want him to be stupid somewhere else

          • tiredoftea August 25th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

            You’d think! My guess is that they are the actual example of low info voters who pay no attention other than he’s an R on the ticket.

  7. uzza August 25th, 2014 at 11:57 am

    The Ebola virus is dangerous, but not as much as the one that’s infecting Congress.

  8. Judgeforyourself37 August 25th, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    OMG, illegal aliens???? You mean we are being invaded by another species from another planet? Well, not to worry the folks from the planet Zorch will soon return once they get a belly full of the bat cr#p crazy, scary, and yes. amazingly stupid Tea Party folks and the RWNJ Republicans.

  9. Bunya August 25th, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Just like Gohmert to spread fabrications unwarranted fear among the masses.

    Besides, it just stands to reason that the same group of people responsible for 911, tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes and any other natural disaster, would also be responsible for an ebola outbreak.

    I’m talking to you gay folks out there! Don’t even THINK of spreading the ebola virus here in the US, lest we sic Pat Robertson on you.

  10. liberalMD August 25th, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    The Republicans have turned fearmongering into an art form. They are notorious for stirring up people with unlikely but possible situations; recently, they are taking utterly impossible scenarios and agitating the public. The Ebola virus is not an airborne vector; it is spread by direct contact, so unless these Republicans are going to route the children from Central America through western Africa before coming to the U.S. and entertaining them with more than casual contact, there is no fear presently for the spread of the virus.

    Particularly deplorable is that Phil Gingrey is spreading such garbage(that’s Doctor Phil Gingrey from Georgia). For him to spread such nonsense not only betrays the public’s trust but violates the Hippocratic Oath that he took when he graduated from medical school. Either his medical school should rescind his medical diploma or his state medical board should pull his license for propagating such rubbish.

  11. FanOfTravel August 25th, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    What a moron…he’s no doubt michele backwards replacement…in fact he almost makes her look sane…NAY!!!!!

  12. DavidInTahoe August 26th, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Louie Gohmert bringing the lulz! Love this guy. If he didn’t exist, we’d have to make him up!