June 5, 2006, - 11:18 am
By Debbie Schlussel
25 years ago, today, the Centers for Disease Control recognized a new disease. They called it GRID–Gay-Related Immuno-Deficiency.
But amid political pressure from the PC and Gay lobbies, the name was changed to AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). We were told, “This is not a gay disease. This is everyone’s disease.” We heard dire predictions about millions dropping like flies from this disease. Millions of straight, non-gay, non-drug user Americans.
And yet, it never happened. Other than disease-infested athletes who slept around with disease-infested groupies like, say, a guy named “Magic,” there really weren’t too many straight people struck by the disease, unless they were prostitutes, complete sluts, and/or intravenous drug users who shared needles.
Remember all the annoying celebs with their red AIDS ribbons and all the few reasonable ones who were ridiculed when they refused to sport the ribbons at awards shows?
As reader Joel G. points out, our fave media pimp, HOprah, got in on the act, too:
Remember back in 1990 (I think it was 1990 or around that time) when Hoprah got on her show and pontificated that in 10 years time 1 in 5 Americans who were heterosexuals woudl be dying of AIDS? Guess what Hoprah, you were wrong! Nobody has ever called her or the other “AIDS breakng out into the heterosexual community” out on their fear tactics.
The millions we were told about dropping like flies just didn’t happen. In fact, it turned out that in America, AIDS really isn’t “our” disease. But drunken Congressman allocate medical research funds to the disease in such disproportionate amounts that you’d think it still is “our” disease, that you’d still think millions were or are about to drop like flies. They aren’t.
Yes, that is happening in Africa. And maybe that says something about behavior there. But it just simply isn’t happening here. So, when are non-breast cancers, heart disease, and other less hip afflictions going to get their fair share of research dollars? We’re certainly not advocating expanding the research dollars and making government even more bankrupt and large. And we’re not saying that AIDS shouldn’t be researched and treated. We’re saying there are other diseases. The world’s cosmos is not San Francisco . . . or even DuPont Circle (memo to Barney Frank).
We’re saying it’s time to stop the insanity. Time to redistribute much of the disproportionate amount medical research money from the red ribbon disease of Elton John’s friends and needle park inhabitants to the rest of us who have other, equally pressing maladies that run in our families by the misfortune of genes versus someone else’s irresponsible behavior in George Michael’s back seat and drug dens.
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