Warning sensors of those who cherish liberty and deplore government bullying should be flickering — perhaps even flailing frantically — at a recent admission by Dr. Anthony Fauci. Several days ago, in an interview over at TheHill.com, President Biden’s Chief Medical Advisor intimated the better way to have beaten the COVID virus would have been to smother even more freedoms.
Citing an alleged “50 to 60 percent” virus transmission rate from asymptomatic carriers (a claim many other medical professionals challenge, by the way) Fauci avowed: “Had we known that then, … there would have been much, much more stringent restrictions in the sense of very, very heavy, encouraging people to wear masks, physical distancing or what have you.”
“Much more stringent restrictions”?
“Very, very heavy, encouraging people”?
“Or what have you”?
Well, there’s nothing much to worry about when a big-government bureaucrat makes fuzzy, ominously open-ended statements like those, is there …
Yes, indeed, those infamously soul-crushing “mitigation steps” which harassed and hampered the daily doings of multitudes for so many months? Fauci apparently remains convinced they were the way to go in the battle against the Wuhan Flu. — so much so, in fact, they should have been cranked down on everyone even more severely.
Incomprehensibly, the internationally feted, eighty-one-year-old immunologist is suddenly implying the lockdowns weren’t draconian enough. To review: because of the U.S. government’s hyperventilating spasm against the coronavirus: the country’s economy was pounded into the gutter for nearly a year and a half (an “artificial coma” is how one pundit put it; “a deep state stranglehold” is Patriot Post’s Lewis Morris framing of it); businesses went — and are still going — belly-up, obliterating livelihoods and entrepreneurs’ lifelong dreams. Being shut away from humans for months on end meant children were developmentally and psychologically dinged, their educational advancement hobbled. Singing in church? Outlawed! Attending in-person religious gatherings at all? Outlawed! Marriage ceremonies were scratched or held in empty chambers, loved ones expired alone in hospital rooms (visitations forbidden); milestone events (school graduations, anniversary celebrations, family gatherings, holiday commemorations, etc.) were reduced to lame “virtual” simulacrums or stripped-down shadows of what they should have been.
The stuff of life and liberty, in short, was ground beneath the heel of antiseptically styled “mitigation” efforts — all of it because of the State’s overheated overreaction to a particularly aggressive strain of a flu-like disease.
And Anthony Fauci lately concedes the arrangement probably wasn’t restrictive enough?
So what does that mindset auger for the “experts”’ designs on the latest health scare, monkeypox?
WND’s Bob Unruh writes,
Apparently, monkeypox now is an “emergency” for the world.
That’s after World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus over the weekend claimed to have broken a 9-6 tie with his decision to give the outbreak that status.
Critics say he overreacted, especially as multiple members of a special advisory committee found the problem “did not yet rise to the title of global emergency.” …
“Reuters bizarrely described Tedros overriding the panel to declare a global emergency a ‘tie-breaker,’ despite nine versus six not being a tie. Tedros himself described the situation as such, claiming he ‘had to act as a tie-breaker’ ” … Breitbart reported.
One can’t help but wonder what is Dr. Fauci’s gloss on this development. On the heels of this multi-national body’s alarum that monkeypox is on the planetary prowl, will he be urging federal and state authorities to shutter San Francisco’s saturnalian “bathhouses”? Targeting the assorted other gay hook-up hot spots scattered across the fruited plain? The hard numbers, after all, confirm the virus is being spread nearly exclusively by homosexual activity — or, to use what has become the acceptable identifier for this cohort: by “men-who-have-sex-with-men”. Should we be anticipating word from the NIAID Director/rock star that it’s time to officially nix same-sex orgies?
I’d say the likelihood of that diktat is doubtful — especially since, when Fauci was asked in April 2020 how anonymous erotic trysts ought to be regarded in those earliest days of the pandemic … he blinked.
A contemporaneous New York Post account reported a Snapchat interviewer pressed “America’s Doctor”, “If you’re swiping on a dating app like Tinder, or Bumble or Grindr … and you’re just kind of like, ‘Maybe it’s fine if this one stranger comes over.’ What do you say to that person?”
“You know, that’s tough,” replied the befuddled National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director to the curveball. “Because that’s what’s called relative risk.”
Then he dropped the bombshell. “If you’re willing to take a risk — and you know, everybody has their own tolerance for risks — you could figure out if you want to meet somebody,” … “If you want to go a little bit more intimate, well, then that’s your choice regarding a risk.”
Alrighty then. Suddenly, the good doc was all in favor of adults making cautious, informed decisions on their own. What a novel proposition …
Except, we’ve learned when it comes to SARS-CoV-2 Dr. Fauci and his fellow-traveling health fascists (Faucists?) are normally antagonistic toward the concept of providing facts, data, and analysis to adults and then permitting them to make their own cost/benefit/risk assessment — and live their lives accordingly.
Regarding the “woke” high-priests of medicine’s monkeypox recommendations, however? Erick Erickson observes,
The same public health community that shut down churches, beaches, businesses and schools and demanded we stop seeing our grandparents is made up of the same public health officials who cannot bring themselves to prohibit group sexual activities. There will be no “two weeks of no orgies” to stop the spread of monkeypox despite two years of shutdowns to stop COVID-19. Remember, in February of 2021, European police busted down doors to stop sex parties because of COVID-19. But they will not do the same for monkeypox.
Author/radio host Ben Shapiro has offered similar perspectives (8-1-22) – but a bit less … umm … diplomatically:
The most extreme response to monkeypox continues to be the complete unwillingness of anyone in the media chattering class or in the Democratic Party to simply say “Stop having gay orgies.” I understand that this is unpopular with a particular segment of the Democratic base, but you guys literally advocated for the shutdown of all of American life — all of it: Kids going to school, going to the park with your children, being able to go to work, killing hundreds of thousands of small businesses — for COVID, an airborne virus. This is a virus that is passed almost entirely between gay men having sex with one another. And you can’t say, “Stop having sex with randos.” …So apparently the one activity in American public life in which we cannot expect anyone to have any sense of self-control is gay orgies. That’s the big one.
Dr. Fauci? Other than “don’t stigmatize!” … Any thoughts?
Two hundred years ago, Talleyrand is reputed to have said of the Bourbon dynasty, “They have learned nothing, and they have forgotten nothing.”
A couple of centuries later, Fauci and Co. remind us that diagnosis may not apply only to French Kings.