The Washington Post recently published a story saying that the relationship between President Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci had deteriorated to the point where the two haven’t spoken since June.
Other outlets quickly seized upon the story to frame the narrative that the White House is “undermining” Fauci and that it is dangerous to disparage “a highly-respected government infectious-disease expert, particularly as COVID cases are spiking across the nation. No matter that the “expert” has been wrong at nearly every turn.
The White House was correct in pointing to Dr. Fauci’s numerous mistakes, bad calls and contradictory statements. His failed models which resulted in bogus numbers, his contradictory mask-wearing advice, his flip-flopping on reopening and his penchant for saying one thing during the daily press briefings with President Trump, then telling a very different story and even criticizing the president on CNN later that same day, has left many Americans suspect of anything that comes out of Fauci’s mouth, not to mention the CDC and the WHO.
What makes Americans even more suspect is the fact that the moment the George Floyd riots ensued, the country was whipsawed from the perception that “we’re all gonna die” to not hearing the terms “Coronavirus” nor “COVID-19” uttered once during a news broadcast for weeks. Ostensibly, the cure for COVID-19 was George Floyd’s death. A pandemic so serious that it resulted in a nationwide shutdown and the destruction of our economy, livelihoods and lives, was suddenly no biggie. That is, until the riots became old news, after which Dr. Fauci suddenly reemerged and started talking about a “second wave”. Then, it was right back to “we’re all gonna die again.”
The White House provided the Washington Post with examples of Dr. Fauci’s myriad mistakes which were dismissed and defended as merely the result of extremely limited information during the early days of the pandemic. While Dr. Fauci – an infectious-disease “expert” familiar with pandemics – was given a pass for his mistakes, no such consideration was afforded President Trump for his misstatements, despite his lack of medical training. Truth be told, to this writer, President Trump’s track record and his gut instincts were – and are – far superior to Fauci’s medical training and decades of experience. Remember, Trump instituted his China travel ban even as Fauci was telling us – weeks later – that the US had nothing to worry about, that “people should not be walking around with masks,” that people should go on cruises and that it was a matter of personal choice whether or not people should have sex with those they met online through dating apps.
As of this writing, there have been 135,000 COVID-19 deaths in the US, 40% of which were in nursing homes. That’s 56 thousand people, so far, who have died in nursing homes and long-term care facilities because of the decision of governors like New Jersey’s Phil Murphy, New York’s Andrew Cuomo and others to force nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients.
In a headline, the New York Times posed the question, “Does Cuomo share blame for 6,200 virus deaths in N.Y. nursing homes?”
Share the blame? SHARE the blame? Really? REALLY? That this question is even being asked strains credulity. But, note how the question is framed. As governors attempt to deflect all blame for the deadly decisions which – as they, themselves asserted – were theirs alone to make, Andrew Cuomo is now trying to pin the blame on the medical people and workers in these facilities, claiming that they brought the virus in with them.
In another interesting wrinkle, patients who contracted COVID-19 in nursing homes and long-term care facilities – but who died in hospitals – are not counted as nursing home deaths. Conversely, if a patient died from something else but also tested positive for COVID-19, it was counted as a Covid-19 death.
So, here’s how this works. In order to keep the nursing home death rate lower in order to benefit Andrew Cuomo they don’t count patients who contracted Covid-19 in a nursing home who later died in a hospital. But then, in order to spike the COVID-19 case numbers – which then gets blamed on President Trump, churches and business owners – they count people who died with COVID-19 but not from Covid-19 as COVID deaths.
Give me one reason why we should believe anything that Anthony Fauci, the CDC, the WHO etc, have to say, especially in light of new revelations last week that a number of testing labs in Florida are reporting that 100 percent of their COVID-19 tests came back positive. How is this possible? How is that “believe the science” stuff workin’ for ya?
Dr. Deborah Birx, Anthony Fauci’s colleague and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force said, “There is nothing from the CDC that I can trust.” You might also recall that in the early weeks of the pandemic, Birx let a big secret out during a daily press conference in response to a reporter’s question when she said: “I think in this country, we’ve taken a very liberal approach to mortality.” She admitted that those who died with COVID-19 but not from COVID-19, who died from heart attacks, strokes, diabetes or other conditions…..but who also tested positive for COVID-19……were counted as COVID-19 deaths. “The intent is if someone dies with COVID-19, we are counting that as a COVID-19 death,” concluded Dr. Birx.
As for Dr. Fauci, his inconsistencies and self-contradictions are many. In the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Fauci wrote on February 28th: “The overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to
those of a severe seasonal flu.” He repeatedly said that “America has nothing to worry about,” said it was safe to go on cruises and even to date those one might meet through online dating apps.
Let’s also recall what Dr. Fauci said about masks in March, weeks after President Trump instituted his China travel ban, something with which Fauci disagreed:
“The masks are important for someone who’s infected to prevent them from infecting someone else. Right now, in the United States, people should not be walking around with masks…..there’s no reason to be walking around with a mask. When you’re in the middle of an outbreak, wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better. It might even block a droplet. But it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is.”
In the first few months of the pandemic, we were treated to a steady, daily diet of death tolls and were told that we must “flatten the curve.” We no longer hear that term nor are the death tolls reported. Now, in mid-July, we’re told we must “stop the spread.” The former was about reducing the death rates, the latter, about reducing the number of new cases.
As of this writing, over the past month COVID-19 cases have spiked, up 134%, yet deaths are down 39%. Dr. Scott Atlas tells us: “It doesn’t matter how many people catch the virus. It matters what people catch the virus.” He is absolutely spot-on. The spikes we’re seeing are among those age 18-34, those least-likely to succumb to the virus.
As an interesting side note, the media are telling us that the spikes are due to the reopening of churches. How many 18-34-year-olds do YOU know who practice religion and/or attend church? Then, ask yourself how many 18-34-year-olds do you see protesting, rioting, burning cities and tearing down statues across the country? How much social-distancing and mask-wearing do you see going on at these protests?
Yet, we’re expected to somehow believe that a 75-year old woman sitting in church for one hour, one day a week – while wearing a mask and sitting 6 feet away from the next person in the pew – is responsible for COVID spikes across the country while throngs of unmasked people yelling at the tops of their lungs haven’t contributed to the spikes in the least.
Meanwhile, the same leftist mayors and governors – who tell us that the protests are not the reason for the spikes, who say that they are necessary and will be permitted – also consider large gatherings like weddings, family reunions, parades etc either verboten or soon-to-be. In Philadelphia, Mayor Jim Kenney has already canceled the annual New Years Day Mummers Parade, five months in advance. When you consider how much we’ve learned since this pandemic began in March and when you consider how wrong the so-called “experts” have been, how can Kenney or anyone possibly predict with any certainty what the situation will be next January?
The reason the number of new COVID cases leads every newscast while the number of deaths is not mentioned is because anyone with a calculator or smart phone can punch in the numbers and see that the death rates are dropping…..and with them, the mortality rate. The COVID-19 survival rate is above 99%, “more akin to those of a severe seasonal flu,” as Dr. Fauci secretly told his colleagues in the New England Journal of Medicine back in February, fully-aware that 99.9999 percent of the general public would never see those words nor do the research to find them. Meanwhile, Dr. Scott Jensen (also a state senator from Minnesota) says that he’s being investigated for “spreading COVID-19 misinformation” because of his comparisons of COVID-19 to the flu, for holding the same opinions that Dr. Fauci expressed in February. Jensen is also being cited for his comments that federal guidance could cause doctors to overcount COVID-19 cases and saying that there’s a financial incentive to inflating the numbers, despite Dr. Birx admitting same several months ago.
We also know that doctors are being pressured to list COVID-19 as the cause of death on death certificates because hospitals receive a 20% premium from the government by doing so.
I stated months ago that there was a move by the Democrats and the media to instill a relentless fear across the country. People who live in fear can be more easily controlled and are more willing to give up their rights and freedoms if they believe that doing so will save their lives. I also stated that once we reopened, that the media would no longer be able to show images of empty sidewalks, empty roads and highways as a means to maintain fear and that all they would have left is bombarding us with images of everyone wearing masks. The only way that can be accomplished is if outdoor mask-wearing is mandated……and that is precisely what is happening little by little, in states across the country. The Democrats are even pushing for a national mandate.
The mask is the new shackle. It is a way for power-hungry leftists to restrain us, to control us and to further divide us……the mask-wearers vs the mask non-wearers, spawning millions of “Mask Nazis” across the country. Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that “real men wear masks.” Does that mean that men who do not wear masks are not real men? Dr. Oz says that wearing a mask is a “sign of respect.” Is choosing not to wear a mask a sign of disrespect? The left is creating the narrative that those who willingly give up their Constitutional rights as “real men” and “respectful” and those who refuse to give up their rights as “not real men” or “disrespectful.” They have made the mask political as they have done with everything else. The same people who tell us mask-wearing is about health are the very people who have closed our gyms while allowing liquor stores and marijuana stores to remain open. These people who are so concerned about our health keep our businesses and churches closed or only partially-reopened, ignoring our spiritual, mental and emotional health.
Reopening schools is also another political football. Dr. Anthony Fauci has publicly warned about the “unintended consequences” of not reopening schools and that keeping them closed in the fall might be “a bit of a reach.” The same people who insist we listen to the experts/science treat the advice of experts and the science as if they were buffet items. They take a heapin’ helpin’ of those items that fit their political agenda and eschew those which do not. Now, if you think the Democrats really care about children, remember, this is the same Party who embraces abortions at any time for any reason, who endorses and funds Planned Parenthood, who runs around with it’s collective hair on fire on the rare occasion when a child is shot in a school, yet ignores the regular slaughter of children on the streets of Democrat-run cities across the country, Chicago, New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia foremost among them.
In Los Angeles County – the second-largest teachers union in the country – teachers are refusing to go back to school unless the following demands are met: A federal bailout of at least $500 billion for the schools; Medicare for All; a $10 billion wealth tax; a $4.5 million millionaire tax; defunding of the police; and ending charter schools. It’s worth noting that most of the children that come out of Los Angeles schools can barely read, write or do math. Yet, none of the union’s demands would do a damned thing to improve the education of a single child. But, as we know, teachers’ union’s demands are rarely, if ever, about the children.
You see, poorly-educated children grow up to be adults who cannot compete in the marketplace, who cannot properly support themselves or their families. The result? They rely on subsidies to survive and become government-dependent, voting for the Democrat Party, the Party who “creates subsidy to create dependency to create constituency,” to quote the late, great Dr. Charles Krauthammer. Additionally, parents who insist on keeping their kids home – and who must then quit their jobs in order to stay home with their kids – will see their incomes suffer and may, likewise, need to turn to the government (read: Democrats) for free checks.
To take this theme a little further, does it surprise you that liquor stores and marijuana dispensaries are considered “essential businesses” while schools and churches are not? Adults who spend most of their time in a stupor are, likewise, generally unable to take care of themselves and turn to the Democrats who are constantly dangling the carrot of “free stuff”.
Recue Dr. Krauthammer’s quote. As dependency expands, so too the Democrat Party. As Fox News Tucker Carlson said, “the more people you get dependent on government checks, the more powerful the people issuing those checks become.”
To reiterate what I have stated in previous COVID-themed blogs, the virus is a major concern for a minority of the population and a minor concern for a majority of the population. The spikes among the youngest, healthiest among us MUST happen if herd immunity to the virus is to be created and if we are ever going to be able to get a handle on it. The elderly and those with comorbidities and compromised immune systems need to take extra precautions while the rest of us need to resume our lives. Those who fear for their lives should stay home rather than label those of us who are unwilling to give up our Constitutional rights as evil, selfish people.
The response to this pandemic is, was and always will be entirely political. As labs cook their books to spike the numbers, as not one prediction has come to pass, as the “experts” flip flop and contradict themselves, as other experts who were previously censored and banned from social media are proven right, more and more Americans are realizing that they’ve been hoodwinked on a grand scale. When they see President Trump – rather than governors – being blamed for negative news even as governors like Andrew Cuomo have insisted since day one that they, alone, had the authority to make decisions for their states, that breeze you feel is a national head-wagging……..much needed, given our “real-feel” temperature at the South Jersey shore today will be 109 degrees.