Joan Baez, the iconic folksinger, painted that, posted it, and wrote, “Dr. Fauci continues to be disrespected & marginalized by the administration’s lack of commitment to science. My painting offers the message to TRUST FAUCI. We can put our faith in science & truth, not lies, smoke screens & snake oil.”
It is amazing to me that so many people who continue to blame President Trump for the results of the Wuhan virus simultaneously exonerate and extol Dr. Fauci, whose advice the administration has almost completely followed, who has frequently contradicted himself, who was saying in March that there wasn’t much to worry about, who initially said not to wear masks and then admitted that was intentional disinformation, and did this:
Moreover, the argument that policymakers should blindly follow the opinions of scientists is ignorant, and indeed infantile. All a doctor is going to care about is the disease; he will not consider the practical aspects of his advice in other areas, like wrecking education, strangling the arts, crashing the economy, and indeed, that is something to which his expertise does not extend. Dyed in the DNA liberals like Baez want a virtual dictatorship by scientists because of climate change, which Baez almost certainly knows nothing about other than what people like Al Gore have told her.
Baez abuses her outsized prominence and influence (though it has diminished with time) with such a declaration. It’s essentially a cheap shot at the President based on animus, and little else….also ironic, since Joan claims to be dedicated to “truth.” Science is not truth; it is an ongoing systemic inquiry into complex questions and issues, and the second it concludes that it is conclusive, it is no longer science. (Replace “science” with “ethics,” and that’s still an accurate statement.
That Joan Baez could write and publish something so fatuous shows that she trusts scientists not because she understands science, but because she doesn’t.
Nice painting, though!