Early on, I was a big fan of Dr. Anthony Fauci. I thought that as chief medical advisor to President Trump, he was providing the American public with the most accurate and important information.
As time passed, however, I began to see Fauci as a typical bureaucrat – changing his positions with any shift in the political winds. The first sign was when he reversed himself on past mistaken statements – acting as if he had never changed his opinions.
The most glaring lack of veracity was when he refused to admit – and the media never challenged him – that initially, he told the American people that Covid-19 would not be a significant problem and would not have a major impact on the United States. Presumably, that is what he was telling the White House Corona Virus Task Force and Trump.
That may explain why Trump was so optimistic in the earliest days of the pandemic. He was stating what Fauci was stating. He was listening to the scientists. Of course, the anti-Trump news media does not report on Fauci’s erroneous past statements.
Last Spring, Fauci was a skeptic on masking and did not see the need to get tested if there were no symptoms. He advised against wearing masks as a protective measure. They may have some value in preventing an infected person from spreading the virus but offered little to no protection against getting the virus, said Fauci.
When asked if he would get tested, Fauci responded to the very credibility of the question. “Why would I get tested. I don’t have symptoms,” he protested.
Now that Fauci has been taken on as medical advisor for President Biden, his messages have changed dramatically.
He is now openly critical of the policies he once enacted and praised. As White House advisor to Trump, Fauci said that the response to the pandemic must be customized by the differing situations in the various states.
He specifically did not believe in a one-size-fits-all policy – with the federal government micromanaging the pandemic. Now that he works for Biden – who has more of a big government authoritarian approach – Fauci views the reliance on states as one of the mistakes that worsened the pandemic in America. Today, he claims that the pandemic is one problem that needs one unified point of management.
Most recently, Fauci is calling for a continuation of the extreme personal protective measures even for those who have been vaccinated with a 95 percent efficacy. That is in direct conflict to his early opinion that the vaccines would make folks safe from contracting the virus – with some question as to whether they can carry the virus. Farci considered that “improbable.” Now that Biden is going all in on the fearmongering, Fauci is essentially saying that getting vaccinated warrants no change in extreme protective measure.
Fauci has maintained silence even as Biden takes dishonest credit for the current level of vaccine distribution – which was in place during the Trump presidency. Fauci not only does not defend his old boss, but he ignores his own positive role in producing the warp speed introduction and dissemination of the vaccines. But rather, he buys into his new boss’ false narrative.
Like any bureaucrat who was wrong in the past, Fauci relies on the public to have a short memory. He also knows that the left-wing press will not challenge him – but rather serve as cheerleaders. They will not bring up all those inconsistencies in his advice over the past year – those mistakes in judgment that potentially cost lives – as they repeatedly do with Trump.
Fauci is both a medical professional and a bureaucrat. The more we see of him, the more we see the bureaucrat. He maintains his credibility and public image despite the pitch and yaws of his advice thanks to a fawning media that protects his image – giving him a not entirely deserved sense of sincerity – and an ability to re-invent himself in the service of different bosses with dramatically different policies.
Unfortunately, Fauci has just become another media medical authority who has an agenda. As a bureaucrat, his agenda seems to begin with preserving his power and position above his accuracy and integrity as a professional medical authority.
So, there ‘tis.