While Dr. Fauci continues to issue sweeping proclamations with a dictatorial bent from Washington DC ranging from what actions governors must take to banning shaking hands ever again, MD’s across America are increasingly expressing skepticism. In this unthinking age of fetish worship for “the experts,” more experts are finally stepping up to express dissent.
It was almost a month ago (yes it’s been that long) that Ron MD, his column “The Great Coronavirus Hoax” on March 16, 2020. Despite the criticism he was a conspiracy theorist, Ron Paul did not deny or dispute that there was a virus or that people were dying from it or would die from it. In his own words he bluntly stated :
“That is not to say the disease is harmless. Without question, people will die from coronavirus. Those in vulnerable categories should take precautions to limit their risk of exposure.”
What he did was criticize the manner it was being presented, the hype and the panicked response and those who would take advantage of it. And as we have seen from the Colvin brothers who created shortages in several states and then tried to price gouge sanitizer THERE ARE ALWAYS PREDATORS WAITING TO PROFIT DURING A PERCEIVED CRISIS.
Ron Paul was dismissed but he is no longer alone.
Minnesota State Senator Scott Jensen, MD, has been extremely critical of the failure by Minnesota Legislature to pursue scientific policymaking in the past. During the present crisis, he has been in the middle of yet another battle, blasting the CDC guidelines for inflating COVID-19 death count on death certificates and re-assured his constituents (and patients) that the concern about COVID-19 has been largely overblown. He also pushed back against Fauci’s dismissal of detractors as Conspiracy Theorists :
“Jensen also reacted to Dr. Anthony Fauci’s response to a question about the potential for the number of coronavirus deaths being “padded,” in which the NIAID director described the prevalence of “conspiracy theories” during “challenging” times in public health.
“I would remind him that anytime health care intersects with dollars it gets awkward,” Jensen said.”
On April 6, 2020, ABC News reported: “CDC Director downplays coronavirus models, says death toll will be ‘much lower’ than projected.” The report also noticed that there was a fundamental difference between his attitude and the Surgeon General:
“Redfield’s remarks on Monday to AM 1030 KVOI Radio in Tucson, Arizona, struck a rosier tone than some other recent predictions. On Monday morning, for example, the U.S. Surgeon General equated the coming week’s fallout to the attacks on Pearl Harbor.”
April 8, 2020, MerionWest ran a piece by Joshua Leichtberg, M.D. titled “Pandemic Pandemonium: Has America Gotten It Wrong?” Critical of the current approach. As a physician in Southern California, he will be one of the most impacted healthcare providers. Leichtberg opened his piece with a bold statement criticizing Anthony Fauci :
“Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading expert in the federal government’s COVID-19 pandemic response, recently declared that he does not understand why all states in the United States have not imposed lockdown orders. A point-by-point analysis reveals why that approach may be a key mistake in an errant response to the coronavirus outbreak. The United States’ pandemic plan—like that of most of the world—has been counterintuitively counterproductive.”
On April 9, 2020, Ben Carson MD, appeared in Fox News report “Carson says ‘about 98 percent’ of people who get coronavirus will recover: ‘We can’t operate out of hysteria”
In Colorado, Kelly Victory MD is a Board-Certified Trauma and Emergency Specialist with over fifteen years of clinical experience according to her website. She has also been extremely critical on Twitter @DrKellyVictory of the discrepancies between models, contradictions about masks and Anthony Fauci.
While I’m not in the medical field, I was taught as a Freshman in college that the most important aspect of deciding who is credible or not when writing a paper is if the source is juried. Having a Ph.D. or citing a .edu doesn’t cut it for Department Chairs who have Ph.D.’s themselves and had to publish their scholarly information for .edu’s. In other words, you were expected to know how to think, not what to think.
For decades Americans have suffered from the Technocratic Fetish — the belief that an elite group of scientists in a particular field should be followed and obeyed without question and that the plebeian masses should not draw their conclusions. I have my theories about where this tendency comes from, but suffice to say it has grown worse in American life since the 1950s. It grew into a multi-headed hydra during Oprah Winfrey’s reign on television with her multitude of “life experts” most of whom themselves did not have the credentials for the technocratic positions they assumed.
Financial Guru Size Orman’s degree is in Social Work, Dr. Phil isn’t licensed to practice in California because what he does is classified as “entertainment” not clinical work. Canadian News source Macleans published an entire expose in 2011 titled “Oprah’s so-called experts.
While these individuals may have found a niche they were talented for, they also proved that “experts” were obsolete by following their success.
That’s not to say that experts in their field that have dedicated their education and research lives to particular subjects should not be heard out. But it does mean that their statements should be critically evaluated or questioned.
Ayn Rand was the major advocate of reason in the last century and used it to justify her atheism and disapproval of religion. In one of her last television interviews with Phil Donahue, she was challenged on whether she was smart enough to know if there was a God.
Phil Donahue “You’ve got to allow your not smart enough to know whether or not there’s a God.”
Ayn Rand “Yes I am and everybody here is.”
Phil Donahue “Is what?”
Ayn Rand “Smart enough. It doesn’t take much.”
In an era where Americans are deemed “smart enough” to know if there is a God or not, Americans are surely smart enough to know whether or not “the experts” know what they are talking about. This becomes even easier when so many of their peers in the medical profession are now publicly criticizing them and so many of their predictions have proven to be wrong.
Even the religious-minded who believe in God should remember Deuteronomy 18:22
“When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follows not nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously; thou shalt not be afraid of him.”
Americans should remember Oral Roberts’s “prophecy” to his television audience in 1987, that he had two months to raise $8 million or God would strike him dead. The year before Roberts had a similar prophetic vision that gave him till the end of the year. On March 1, 1987, he had fallen short $4.5 million. Roberts died on December 15, 2009.
And then Americans need to ask how much they trust experts that despite degrees, titles, careers and platforms, in a matter of weeks went from predicting millions of dead Americans down to a sixty-thousand death toll (as of this writing), mostly among the elderly and populations with pre-existing conditions.
Finally, Americans should remember that yes they are smart enough to know whats going on and responsible for how they choose to react. They should also remember that should they choose to believe people that despite having given multiple indicators they are not trustworthy, they are still responsible. If the economy was shuttered without cause and civil liberties trampled on, un-thinking Americans that chose to be ventriloquist dummies due to a technocratic fetish, they will be just as much to blame as “the experts” themselves.