Ever since the start of this whole coronavirus flapdoodle, public health officials have not exactly covered themselves in glory. They’ve been wrong about just about everything. New research papers published just within the past week have confirmed – AGAIN – that social distancing and masks don’t actually do anything to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Yet multiple states still have those restrictions in place.
One bright spot in all of this nonsense has been the epic and ongoing feud between two doctors: Anthony Fauci, and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).
Every time that Fauci has appeared before Rand Paul in committee hearings, they’ve gone at it. Let’s review the track record on how every one of those battles has gone.
In the summer of 2020, the big debate was over whether schools would be able to reopen in the fall. In a faceoff against Fauci, Sen. Rand Paul said:
“There’s a great deal of evidence that’s actually good—good evidence—that kids aren’t transmitting this. It’s rare. And that kids are staying healthy, and that yes we can open our schools.”
Fauci pitched a hissy fit. Teachers and kids would be DYING if schools reopened too soon. Fauci called for strict, expensive and ridiculous federal regulations for schools to be able to reopen. Kids would have to be six feet apart and separated in plastic bubbles, while taking staggered classes (since there’s not enough room in classrooms for social distancing).
Who won that round? Well, Rand Paul, obviously. At the end of November, Fauci finally changed his mind and said that it turns out that kids don’t actually spread the virus or even really get sick from it. “Not like one would have suspected,” Fauci conceded.
I can think of a couple of people who suspected it. One of them is named Senator Rand Paul. (And the other is Ron DeSantis.)
The second time the two doctors squared off was just a few months ago in March 2021. That was the time when Rand Paul asked Fauci why he was still wearing two masks after being vaccinated:
“You’re telling everyone to wear a mask. If we’re not spreading the infection, isn’t it just theater? You have the vaccine and you’re wearing two masks, isn’t that theater?”
“Here we go again with the theater,” sneered the crusty little gnome Fauci.
Just two days later, the CDC flip-flopped on vaccinated people wearing masks. Public health officials had realized that their stupid and ridiculous post-vaccination masking requirements were causing people to avoid getting the shot. What was the point if there was no benefit to taking the shot?
Fauci pretty much admitted a few days later that, yeah, the whole thing was theater.
During their latest matchup, Rand Paul lit Fauci up. He went directly at Fauci in a hearing and demanded to know why Fauci had authorized grant money (US taxpayer dollars) to the Wuhan Institute of Virology that was directly used to study gain of function research on bat coronaviruses. The little gnome was furious:
“Senator Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely and completely incorrect,” sneered Fauci.
Fauci flat-out denied that he had signed off on any NIH grants to the Communist Chinese Party to study how to make bat coronaviruses more dangerous and capable of jumping to humans.
But Rand Paul had receipts. Fauci made the grant to a nonprofit called EcoHealth, and EcoHealth turned around and sent the money to Wuhan so that the ChiComs could study bats collected from caves in China. Fauci lied to the American people and lied under oath to a Senate committee (but don’t expect Fauci to get the Roger Stone treatment for lying to Congress).
I count that as three scorching victories for Rand Paul over Anthony Fauci. Unlike Dr. Fauci, who seems to spend most of his time writing weird love letters to Hillary Clinton and posing for Vanity Fair cover shoots, Rand Paul is a doctor who treats patients in the real world all the time. Paul donates his time to perform eye surgeries on poor and disadvantaged children and adults.
The next time a public health emergency comes along, can we put Rand Paul in charge of it? He seems to know what he’s doing, unlike the rest of the yahoos in charge.