Fauci Is Not Your God

Policy

NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci addresses the daily press briefing at the White House, January 21, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

His job is to relay information to the public, not threaten doom, or coax or trick us into doing things.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief pandemic adviser to President Joe Biden, is a bureaucrat. He’s not our parent, or our personal physician, or a shaman, or our life coach.

“We’ve done worse than most any other country,” Fauci told ABC over the weekend. “And we’re a highly developed rich country.” Fauci went on to say that the United States — on the verge of a ghastly milestone of 500,000 COVID deaths — had failed because of “disparate responses of different states versus the unified approach.”

This story of American ineptitude in the face of a pandemic, popular among statists, pessimists, and left-wingers pining for federalized control over states, is a myth. The United States has performed just as well as most Western nations, where fatality rates are between 100 and 190 per 100,000, with variations most likely due to density, climate, inherent social behavior, or, one imagines, reasons yet to be figured out. This is true before we even begin taking into consideration the disparity in ways nations count fatalities, the meticulousness with which they count them, or the transparency with which they report them.

Countries such as Britain, Belgium, Italy, and Portugal have somewhat higher fatality rates, and others such as Spain, Sweden, and France have a somewhat lower rate, but there’s no evidence that a more centralized plan would have saved American lives during the pandemic. The British, for instance, employ centralized control, with not only a single-payer health-insurance model but also a state that owns all medical facilities and employs all the medical personnel. Yet, to this point, Britain has fared worse during COVID than the United States by every quantifiable measure.

The problems with a centralized approach in a massive and free nation such as the United States, on the other hand, are quite evident. A “unified approach” in this country means the Fauci approach. And the Fauci approach would mean an Andrew Cuomo approach.

“We know that, when you do it properly, you bring down those cases. We have done it. We have done it in New York,” Fauci explained on PBS NewsHour back in July 2020. He would keep celebrating Cuomo’s model for the next six months.

New York has a higher coronavirus fatality rate than any country in the Western world. It is a place low in civil liberties and high in death toll. A Faucian centralized plan would have entailed strict lockdowns of the economy and the implementation of policies that compelled nursing homes in states such as Florida, with a high number of vulnerable elderly, to accept thousands of infected people. As it stands now, Florida’s fatality rate is nearly half of that in New Jersey or in Fauci’s exemplar, New York.

The lowest fatality rates in the country are in places such as Vermont and Utah and in Hawaii and Alaska. Why would they want to adopt New York’s approach? Perhaps island states or states with sparse populations and their social habits are better off fighting coronavirus without the federal government’s intervention.

Why should we trust Fauci with a national plan? Back in March, Fauci famously told Americans, “There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask.” (Fauci now says we should wear two masks. No thanks, Dad.)

The revisionist retelling of this comment has Fauci heroically averting a run on masks, but in reality, he detailed the many negative “consequences” of wearing them. It’s not surprising that health officials made mistakes in the early days of the pandemic. But why would we want Fauci empowered to transform his mistakes into national decrees?

In the early days of the pandemic, Fauci kept citing the estimate of 60–70 percent vaccination for reaching herd immunity. Later, he began saying “70, 75 percent.” Then he went to “75, 80, 85 percent.” He later admitted he was lying, because “polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine.”

I’m sorry the Constitution is inhibiting Fauci’s work, but he is a public-health official. His job is to relay information to the public, not to threaten doom, or coax or trick us into doing things. Yet even now, despite the immensely promising results of the vaccination program (the United States, incidentally, easily outperforms the European Union’s “unified approach”), Fauci is underplaying the effectiveness of the vaccine for the same reasons, one suspects, that he misled us about herd immunity. Even when most American are immunized, Fauci says, we won’t be back to “normal” until new infections drop “to a baseline that’s so low, it is virtually no threat.”

This is a disqualifying statement — an insane standard that no free society would ever indulge. For Fauci, herd immunity is effectively 99 percent.

Perhaps it’s understandable that an immunologist such as Fauci, who will continue to make more money than any other official in the United States government through all of this, isn’t very alarmed about the economic, social, and constitutional tradeoffs that accompany his approach. For a year, any criticism of Fauci was immediately slotted into the alleged debate between Donald Trump vs. “science.” But it’s Fauci’s technocratic instincts, not science, that makes him more likely to praise Chicom’s lackeys at the World Health Organization than the resilience of the United States.

Which is one reason why the press should never have canonized Fauci in the first place; but his preening, deceptive performance is another great reason America should avoid a “unified approach” to policy.

David Harsanyi is a senior writer for National Review and the author of First Freedom: A Ride through America’s Enduring History with the Gun


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15 Comments

  1. It’s funny that I have seen patents and documents showing where this guy was involved in the development of COVID-19 viruses as early as 1999. So I take it he should know something about it. Instead of going to jail he’s a celebrity.

  2. don’t forget he is the one that ILLEGALLY used our tax payer money to pay the chicoms to weaponise this virus. He also started out saying it was nothing to worry about. If anyone is responsible for this pandemic, he should be right at the head of the list with the demonrat leaders

  3. . This guy doesn’t have a clue about what is actually going on!!! I will listen to him and follow along just like I do with little joey biteme….NOT !!!!!!!!

  4. It is my opinion and assumption Anthony Fauci is nothing more than a puppet for the Communist party and Chinese Government. As is the leader of our Republican party. Strange bed fellows for both of them.

  5. The Federal Government has limited powers and all other powers reside in the states. The various states decided different approaches would work better for them while others went a different route. Some “locked down”, others didn’t. West Virginia has outstripped all others vaccinating it’s citizens, despite being labeled by all the elites as a bunch of dumb hillbillies who only worry about their Bibles and guns. Now a few are trying to figure out whether the “lock down” approach was worth it since FL and CA seem to be about the same. The technocrats (including MDs) in government can’t come up with programs that benefit each different population area; they only screw things up worse.

  6. Here are some questions you should ask yourself about COVID-19

    1. Should a virus with up to a 99.8% recovery rate be considered a nationwide or worldwide pandemic? If so, why?
    2. Does that recovery rate percentage justify:
    • Shutting down the Country?
    • Government mandates to close most small and many medium size businesses?
    • Closing down Restaurants?
    • Government control over which businesses are essential?
    • Government allowing violent protesters to gather, but don’t allow gatherings at houses of worship?
    3. If schools are the safest place to be (according to scientists) and COVID is almost non-existent in children, then:
    • Why is the Government preventing schools from opening and denying our children their right to an education?
    • Why is the Government knowingly putting our children in mental, emotional and physical danger by doing this?
    • What has been the emotional, mental and physical result of parents who cannot go to work due to the school shutdowns?
    4. Did you know that 90% of the PCR 40 cycle COVID tests were false positives? Meaning ugh the traces of virus were so small that the patients were not infectious.
    • Now that they changed to a 10 cycle PCR test, the positive rate is extremely low.
    5. Why is the government lying about the actual numbers of COVID-19 deaths?
    • Why aren’t we told that only about 25% of “COVID” deaths were actually a result of COVID-19?
    • Why weren’t we told that out of that number, a largest percentage of those deaths were elderly people with underlying health conditions?
    • Why weren’t we told that hospitals listing COVID-19 as the cause of death are paid tens of thousands of dollars for each case?
    6. Do you know that wearing masks reduces your oxygen intake levels and increases your carbon- monoxide intake levels? Did you know that too little of one or too much of the other can literally kill you?
    • Two masks make it even worse and does not prevent liquid particles from escaping. If you don’t believe me, go out in the cold, put on the masks, breath in and out and watch smoke come out through and around your mask. MASKS DON’T WORK!!
    7. Did you know that between 30 and 50 thousand people die of the Flu each year out of the approximate 3 million cases? About the same recovery rate as COVID-19.
    • Why have we never closed down a city, state or country because of the Flu?
    8. Did you know that the U.S. had less deaths in 2020 (with the Corona pandemic) then 2019 (without the deadly virus)?

    What is the end game of the Government?

    For more factual information on COVID-19, check out:
    KUSI News: Dr. Simone Gold discusses benefits of Hydroxychloroquine – America’s Frontline Doctors

    Glenn Beck: Doctor Exposes the Real reason… – America’s Frontline Doctors

  7. In 1984 the good ‘doctor’ toured the country promising an AIDS vaccine. In a year.
    But then, pharma companies developed ‘treatments’ (not vaccines) that every patient would have to take forever. People who want to prevent HIV have to take them too. Thousands of dollars per person, all paid by the government, to big pharma companies. Now that’s a whole lot better for Anthony Fauci, but not so hot for the rest of us.

    Out for himself, the good doctor is doing it again. I didn’t trust him in 1985 and nobody should trust him today.

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