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“Trust the science,” every one of us has heard this phrase time and again over the last couple of years, yet, as much of the science has been misused by politicians to promote their agendas, fewer and fewer Americans are willing to trust the science being presented.
In recent news, Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, promised an overhaul of the CDC after their botched response to the coronavirus pandemic. Just days after the CDC made their announcement, and despite his statement just a month ago that he’d be around at least two more years, Dr. Anthony Fauci announced that he will be stepping down from his positions as the director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, as well as chief medical advisor to President Biden.
At 81 years of age, Fauci says he is NOT retiring, but pursuing the next chapter of his career. (I’m sure that we’re all curious what new chapter an octogenarian may presume to tackle next before his inevitable retirement.)
For those unfamiliar with Fauci’s back story, never in the history of the public health profession has anyone been so richly rewarded for doing so much harm to the public’s health.
Back in the 1980s, Fauci first made national news by warning that the AIDS virus could be spread by “routine close contact” among family members. Fauci believed that the “heterosexual breakout” of AIDS would decimate the general population. While that prospect terrified the public for more than a decade, it boosted public funding for his AIDS research, including a long and costly, yet failed, project to develop an AIDS vaccine.
More recently, it turns out that Fauci was the actual person that authorized U.S. funding for the dangerous “gain of function” research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. Later, when prominent virologists expressed concerns that the virus had been created in the Wuhan laboratory, in order to cover his ass(ets), Fauci publicly dismissed that possibility and persisted with the wet-market storyline that had no supporting evidence.
Even though the world’s leading epidemiologists had previously warned that lockdowns would be futile and cause catastrophic collateral damage, Fauci chose to simply ignore that advice. Fauci would go on to promote a series of policies for the U.S. (as well as for the rest of the world) that would do even more damage than the virus could.
Fauci’s public lockdowns are believed to be the costliest peacetime public-policy mistake made since the Great Depression, and Fauci got away with all of this by simply invoking the authority of science while violating its fundamental scientific principles.
Anthony Fauci, along with Deborah Birx and Robert Redfield, made up the lead of former President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 task force. Together the three were able to bully the Trump administration into following their dictates on COVID-19.
Scott Atlas, a health-policy analyst at the Hoover Institution, tried getting his colleagues at the meetings to consider the evidence that lockdowns and mask mandates were not working, but the three bureaucrats had no interest in debating it or bothering to read the studies.
To his amazement, they made no pretense of conducting any sort of cost-benefit analysis of their policies and never deigned to even discuss the vast social and economic collateral damage. They were bureaucrats solely focused on compelling the public to follow their arbitrary rules.
There was no reason to force vaccinations on people who had already acquired natural immunity to COVID-19, but the bureaucrats were determined to punish anyone who defied their authority and silence any scientist who criticized them. When eminent researchers from Oxford, Harvard and Stanford issued the Great Barrington Declaration, calling for a traditional public-health policy focused on protecting the vulnerable instead of shutting down society, Fauci dismissed it as “total nonsense,” and the mainstream media, as usual, parroted his claims.
Fauci became the highest-paid federal employee, earning more than $400,000 per year, and stands to collect a pension estimated at $350,000 a year. An appalling sum, considering the lasting harm he has done to we-the-peoples of the United States of America, as well as the rest of the world. But it’s a small price to be rid of him.
But while Fauci resigning is indicative of things to come, as other (democ)rats begin to jump from Biden’s sinking ship, it is fortunate to know that Fauci’s retirement will not shield Fauci from future congressional oversight, and his reign of terror may end soon.