Monday, July 27, 2020

It's a national shame

Thank you, Doctor
There's been so much misinformation, innuendo and hate aimed at -- of all people! -- Dr. Anthony Fauci that he and his family have received death threats. All because he's a learned scientist who follows data and speaks the truth. But, because he's not in lockstep with President Trump, he's become a target of conspiracy theorists and hate mongers.

Ladies and gentlemen, Donald Trump is not an infectious disease specialist. In fact, when it comes to science, he's proven himself to be the real-life embodiment of the Paul Simon lyric because he hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest. For example, our President:

•  Dismissed DNA evidence (see his steadfast refusal to admit the Central Park 5 were innocent)  
•  Maintains that windmills cause cancer
•  Doesn't believe our own government reports on climate change 

Meanwhile, Dr. Fauci is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, the American College of Physicians, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Association of Immunologists, and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. 

He was at the forefront of AIDS research and already has saved countless souls with his compassionate and passionate and frank work. And he's trying to save you, too, even if you're a nut job who insists on believing that he's part of a deep state plot to bring down Trump, or a profiteer whose pockets are lined every time Remdesivir is prescribed.

I suppose, though, that the "Plandemic" crowd will continue to demonize him as they eschew masks and social distancing, and maybe lick doorknobs to prove what free thinkers they are. And the disease will continue to spread to the rest of us, while they deny any responsibility for their reckless actions. It's beyond depressing, isn't it?

This is why more honorable men and women don't enter public service. They're vilified by rabid right wing provocateurs and their paranoid followers. Dr. Fauci is not the first. Look what happened to Sen. John McCain, General James Mattis, General John Kelly and Robert Mueller. The same people that label them losers and traitors treat Roger Stone's release as a cause for celebration ... and spread baseless rumors about Dr. Fauci. God help them.