(RightWing.org) – In early 2020 when the China Virus pandemic hit, Dr. Anthony Fauci became a household name across America. As the head of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the chief medical advisor to President Trump, Fauci is respected in many circles. However, since then, the doctor’s views, assessments, and warnings have come into question as America begins to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
While Fauci may be a brilliant doctor, he’s a terrible politician. Yet, he’s done a lot of politicking over the last year in the media. As America’s trusted authority on COVID-19, he contradicted himself, the CDC, and according to former President Donald Trump, consistently offered bad advice.
In a recent statement, Fauci pessimistically called for double masking and said that masks could be with America through 2022. He often pessimistically suggests that the pandemic will be with America far longer than many who study the virus suggest. According to some, herd immunity could be around the corner, and a return to normalcy could happen as early as this summer.
Senator Rand Paul and Dr. Fauci Square Off, Again
Several months ago, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) challenged Fauci on his contradictions surrounding masks. A medical doctor himself, Paul made a point to expose Fauci’s contradictions and demonstrate how he’s playing politics. The senator started by asking a simple question: if someone contracted COVID-19 or received a vaccination, is it settled science they are no longer spreading the virus? If that’s the case, then aren’t masks just “theater?”
In the video below of a hearing on March 18, Paul shares numerous studies regarding immunity and triggers a reaction from Dr. Fauci. The senator argues the studies show that optimism should be the aim. Paul later argues that if officials want to give people the incentive to get the vaccine, they need to offer hope. Yet, he contends that Fauci is pessimistic in his calls for more unnecessary government controls when Americans need an optimistic message the most.
Paul is an avid libertarian Republican. He doesn’t like the government intruding into people’s lives just because it can. In his view, people who are not spreading the virus are forced to wear masks because of government control, not because of science. The masks in and of themselves aren’t an issue for those at risk of contracting COVID-19. It’s the symbolism of government control for those who no longer spread it that appears to bother Paul so much.
Over the last year, Fauci said masks weren’t needed and could do more harm than good. Then, he advised that masks should be mandated. Now, he’s suggesting a double mask as hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19 drop dramatically.
Is Fauci following the science, or is he playing politics?
That was the heart of Rand Paul’s questions during Thursday’s hearing. Fauci is a doctor, not a policymaker or elected official who is tasked with designing policy by the voters. In America, there’s a delicate balance between government controls and ensuring liberties. It’s not Fauci’s job to decide those things. Yet, he tries to anyway.
In fact, he’s been so political that he’s admitted to lying to the American people because he didn’t think they could handle the facts. However, he’s not even giving the facts if he’s admitting to withholding or manipulating them.
In any relationship, not being honest is grounds for distrust and ending relationships.
America deserves better than what Dr. Fauci offered us. He’s called into question his truthfulness.
When that happens, what’s left?
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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