“I know I respect people’s freedom, but…”
—-Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Chief Medical Advisor to the President
Fauci was talking about the need for everyone to get vaccinated, but it doesn’t matter what he was talking about. When government officials, whether they are elected or not, follow statements like “I respect people’s/personal freedom/liberty/rights with the word “but,” that’s all Americans need to hear to know that the speaker does not respect our freedom, liberty or rights, and that not only he or she cannot and must not be trusted, no government that continues to employ such an official can be trusted either.
Make no mistake: all Americans should get vaccinated. It is a civic duty, and it is essential that they do so a quickly as possible. But also make no mistake about this: the widespread vaccine hesitancy is almost entirely the fault of the government on all levels, its elected officials, its employees , it’s cheerleaders, and the health community as well. They have lied, flip-flopped, abused their power and repeatedly violated their own rules, which will always suggest to anyone but human-sheep hybrids that there are unstated and ominous agendas in their pronouncements. Fauci, though he is not alone by any means, is a prime offender. In March 2020, as the pandemic began, he explained in a 60 Minutes interview that he felt community use of masks was unnecessary. A few months later, he argued that his statements were not meant to imply that he felt the data to justify the use of cloth masks was insufficient, but that if he had he endorsed mask wearing (of any kind), mass panic would ensue and lead to a surgical and N95 mask shortage among health care workers, who needed the masks more.
OK, now we know. Fauci does not believe in personal freedom, and proved it by demonstrating that he thinks the government should withhold information from the public so that their freedom to act is hobbled by insufficient information. (Obviously the news media also believes this.) Like so many others of his “We know best, believe us and pay no attention the what we do” elite class, he is also arrogant and thinks we are stupid. That photo above of Fauci neither wearing his mask not social distancing was taken as he watched a Nats baseball game in an otherwise empty staudium, after ostentatiously standing in front of the pitching mound and throwing (sort of) out the first pitch while wearing a mask although there was no human being within 50 feet of him. Nobody can trust him, and nobody should. Nor should anyone trust his many fellow health professionals, who publicly endorsed the George Floyd mobs while everyone else was being ordered to stay inside and out of large groups. Nancy Pelosi went maskless to her hairdresser. Chicago Mayor Lightfoot was unmasked with her hairdresser. Mayors and governors and CDC officials violated their own mandates, sometimes on the same day they made them. Of course a lot of Americans don’t trust their words or motives. It’s insulting to assume they would.
I don’t know how the governments, local, state and national, or the health authorities, can rebuild trust sufficiently that the public feels that it is safe and rational to do what they say it is necessary to do. It is a massive problem for all of us and the nation, but it is Fauci and his associates and peers that are primarily at fault, and it is up to them to solve it. A good start would be firing Fauci, whom I will never believe about anything.
Another positive step would be not following statements about how much government officials believes in freedom or liberty with “but.”