An increasingly common talking point to emerge among Democrats opposed to President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall is to dismiss such a structure as terribly outdated — “medieval,” even — and ineffective at preventing illicit cross-border traffic.
One Democrat who has embraced that particular anti-wall talking point is 2020 candidate and California Sen. Kamala Harris, who emphasized the term in discussing Trump’s proposal during her recent town hall-style event on CNN.
Asked about a potential trade of permanent protections for enrollees in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — better known as DACA — in exchange for border wall construction funding, Harris exclaimed of DACA recipients and the wall, “This administration has decided to vilify them and to trade on them for the sake of this president’s medieval vanity project called a wall.”
Harris is certainly not alone in characterizing the proposed border wall as “medieval” — something from times past that has no place in the here and now –but there is something else rather “medieval” that Harris and her leftist comrades don’t want to talk about: the re-emergence of terrible communicable diseases that had been nearly wiped out in the modern age.
Case in point is a major outbreak of typhus in the Los Angeles area, a horrific and potentially fatal disease that was widespread from ancient times to the Middle Ages — the “medieval” period, if you will — up until the age of the pioneers in American history, according to The Daily Wire.
Beginning back around October, there have been at least 57 reported cases of typhus in the downtown Los Angeles area, up from only six in the summer of 2018. In all, L.A. public health officials reported at least 120 cases of typhus throughout 2018, and there is no sign of the disease’s spread slowing down anytime soon.
The bacterium which cause the disease are carried by fleas and found in feces, and while most of those who initially contracted the out-dated and nearly wiped out disease prevalent from the “medieval” era were those classified as “experiencing homelessness,” the disease has begun to spread to some non-homeless people who live or work near areas frequented by the large and growing homeless population in the L.A. area, including local government workers.
The local NBC affiliate reported that the infectious disease appeared to have spread from homeless encampments to City Hall, where several workers had contracted the disease and experienced the high fevers and horrific headaches that accompany it.
One of those workers is Deputy City Attorney Liz Greenwood, who told KNBC, “It felt like somebody was driving railroad stakes through my eyes and out the back of my neck.” She added, “Who gets typhus? It’s a medieval disease that’s caused by trash.”
Indeed, and trash has been piling up around the city of Los Angeles, especially in and around the many homeless encampments that have popped up in recent years, including one that is right next to City Hall. As noted, the disease is carried by fleas, who in turn are carried by the rats that scurry back and forth between the trashy homeless camps and City Hall, where the workers then contract the disease from the infectious fleas.
The city government, led by Democratic Mayor Eric Garcetti, began to try and clean up the voluminous amounts of trash on L.A. streets in the fall of 2018, but that appears to be a losing or stalemated battle, as new piles of trash appear just as quickly as they can be picked up.
Aside from the increased pick-up of trash around the city, some major local government offices have been fumigated — such as the L.A. Police Department’s Central Division office and main headquarters — but for some reason, the City Hall buildings have yet to be fumigated as well.
One of the worst places for typhus in L.A. that has become a focal point of concern is the infamous area known as Skid Row, which has long been frequented by the homeless. The epidemic hit that area so bad that it has now been dubbed the “typhus zone” by city officials.
Skid Row is most certainly not the only large homeless encampment in L.A., though, as the Los Angeles Times recently reported that the population of homeless individuals in and around L.A. has exploded by as much as 75 percent over just the past five years.
Officials estimate upwards of 60,000 homeless people in and around L.A. on any given day, who spend their time hanging out in a multitude of makeshift encampments, including one right by City Hall. Public health officials noted in October that there were at least 222 known homeless encampments in the area, including at least 50 such encampments that were “home” to 30 or more people at a time.
Obviously, the inhabitants of such camps aren’t exactly living a clean and healthy lifestyle, and the trash, rotting food and human feces that accumulate in those camps provide sustenance for the flea-covered rats that proceed to spread the infectious disease to the homeless and non-homeless alike.
If Kamala Harris is so concerned about preventing the return of “medieval” wall systems to defend the border, perhaps she ought to take a closer look at the equally “medieval” infectious diseases like typhus that are spreading rapidly among the growing homeless population in her own state, lest she be accused of hypocrisy and partisanship more than she already has been.
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