Dr. Anthony Fauci has been one of the most controversial figures of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic between failed predictions and a brief stint as a media darling, but he’s attracting well-deserved criticism yet again.
As yet another wave of the novel virus sweeps through the country and elected officials roll out fresh restrictions on get-togethers and gatherings, Fauci addressed national resistance to such measures during a talk at the Washington National Cathedral on Friday, as reported by BizPac Review.
While noting the independent American spirit that resists being told what to do by a “ruler,” Fauci declared that now is the time for us to “do as you’re told.”
Yeah, that’s not going to go over very well.
Although he was pleased at this week’s announcement from Pfizer that a vaccine that is over 90% effective has been successfully developed, he insisted that more must be done to “stop the spread.”
His advice may bear a bit more weight had anything he told us back in March come to fruition or been effective.
“There are a number of things we can do. First of all, we’ve got to think globally. Pandemics are global, so we have to pull together globally,” he said, while speaking at the 2020 Ignatius Forum.
“We need to strengthen our international collaborations. We need to have people speaking to each other in surveillance. It’s got to be open and transparent. When you do that, you can detect it early and respond early,” the National Institutes of Health Director continued.
“Scientific approaches, technologies, are going to allow us to do what we did with this outbreak, rapidly make a vaccine. We can do even better than that, but you can’t do science alone. It’s got to be public health and classic science,” he stated.
“Are there countries now that hold up as models for a pretty good response to this?” the reporter asked Fauci.
“You know, the answer is yes, but right now it seems that every country is suffering,” Dr. Fauci replied.
“We are often compared with countries that are not comparable to us. We are not a little island of 5 million people that we can shut off. We’re not a country that would accept if a ruler tells us ‘You must do this,’” he added.
“I was talking with our U.K. colleagues just today who are saying the U.K. is similar to where we are now, because each of our countries have that independent spirit, we don’t want to be told what to do,” Fauci continued.
“Well, I understand that, but now is the time to do what you’re told,” he said, laughing. “And I think it really is something that we should be doing right now.”
The reason Americans resist “doing as we’re told” isn’t simply a cultural thing. It’s actually part of the framework of our republic.
We don’t have “rulers,” Dr. Fauci.
In a republic, we are the rulers. That’s the whole point. Our elected representatives and the officials they put in place in various state and federal agencies are still public servants, working to further the will of the American people.
“Experts” like Dr. Fauci don’t exist in a vacuum. Even if he had a 100% accuracy rate as far as his recommendations and predictions for the virus (which he most certainly does not), this is no justification for accepting tyranny.
No matter what the so-called “experts” tell us about the coronavirus, they are still subject to the scrutiny of the people.
And we decide when we will and will not be told what to do.
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