(CNSNews.com) - The emergence of Ebola as a global threat has highlighted deeper problems: The "maximum absurdity" of people calling travel bans racist; and the failure of government to protect its citizens from a deadly disease, conservative pundit Patrick Buchanan told Fox News's Sean Hannity Tuesday night.
"You know, the post-World War II generation, the greatest generation, had common sense. What we are seeing now is an utter absence of common sense when people talking about, look, you know, we've got to open the doors to people who are good people; but they're carrying a deadly disease that's comparable to the bubonic plague!"
Buchanan said if Ebola mutates into an airborne disease, such as influenza, airline flights would have to be shut down. He said there's nothing racist about travel bans:
"And the least thing we can do, from what we know now, is to have folks quarantined for days before they come back to this country from places like that, and shut down the airline travel where everybody can get on to an airliner. This isn't done out of hatred of Liberia. No country's ever been more generous to Africa than the United States."
Buchanan said if there are two or three more situations like the one in Dallas, where a Liberian man brought Ebola into an unsuspecting community, the Obama administration "will turn around, pronto," and agree to a travel ban.
"Look, the first duty of a government, any government, is to protect the lives and safety and health of its people," Buchanan said. "Why in heaven's name wouldn't you want to protect our country from what, unhappily, is happening over there?"
Buchanan said Americans need to start thinking "patriotically and not globally."
"Our first duty is to our families. It's to one another. Sean, when I was a kid, we had nine children in the Buchanan family, two parents. We were regularly quarantined for measles, mumps, scarlet fever, and things like that, and chicken pox. It wasn't because they disliked Catholic families, large families. It was to protect the community."
Buchanan said the nation's borders should have been controlled long ago, to reduce crime, and to reduce the potential for terrorism, and to prevent the spread of disease.