By John and Andy Schlafly
“Fire Fauci” should be the campaign slogan for every Republican, as the policies pursued by health official Anthony Fauci concerning Covid-19 have been a complete disaster. The emergence of a new variant should have been anticipated, but instead we learn that current vaccines may be ineffective against it.
Approaching two years into this pandemic, Americans are fed up with the pompous Fauci still in control while disrupting our daily lives. On Sunday he accused Republicans of lying, but he is the one who has put our country on a path of never-ending government control over our work, travel, and even our children's education.
He says that requiring vaccination in order to fly on a domestic airplane is possible as the Omicron variant arrives here from Africa and inevitably spreads across our country. The World Health Organization had been proceeding through the Greek alphabet to name variants, but deliberately skipped over Xi to avoid offending the Chinese dictator Xi Jinping who allowed the original to escape in 2019.
One can no longer deny that the original coronavirus almost certainly emerged from the notorious Wuhan Institute of Virology, yet for more than a year Fauci has either ducked that issue or not been asked it by the lollipop questions he receives on television. American taxpayer dollars may have even been used to develop Covid-19.
Fauci is apparently angry about being mocked by the new “FAUCI Act,” which would cut off funding for highly dangerous “gain-of-function” research in Chinese labs like the one that may have produced Covid-19. Fauci does not take criticism well, but has not heard enough of it yet from top Republicans.
Fauci declared on Sunday that “I represent science” and implied that his policies are “to save millions of lives.” But in fact his policies have fared far worse than the health record in poorer countries that successfully allow over-the-counter access to inexpensive medication such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine.
Fauci’s policies have resulted in patients dying in hospitals without receiving early treatment recommended by practicing physicians. To promote Fauci’s vaccine strategy, some hospitals even treat non-vaccinated patients worse than vaccinated ones.
Fauci has failed to facilitate access to early treatment and instead herded millions into vaccination by falsely invoking science. His approach is no more scientific than thinly disguised socialist approaches to other issues, such as energy.
On Tuesday, the president of Covid vaccine manufacturer Moderna predicted that current vaccines will not be effective enough against this new Omicron variant. That demonstrates the futility of the vaccine strategy imposed by Fauci and Biden on many Americans.
After nearly a year of pursuing a vaccine strategy, Fauci and Biden have not saved lives compared with other countries that have eschewed the vaccine. Now Americans are left vulnerable to new variants of the coronavirus while other countries are better prepared with their strategies based on early treatment and natural immunity.
On Monday a Trump-appointed federal judge in St. Louis, Matthew Schelp, slapped an injunction against Joe Biden and his Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to block its mindless vaccine mandate against health care workers in 10 states funded by that federal agency. Physicians and nurses on the front lines know best and should not be ordered to be vaccinated.
Once again, the Midwest leads in freeing us from Biden’s suffocating and unhelpful vaccine mandates. Last week the immense auto workers’ union, based in Detroit, blocked the big three car companies from imposing the vaccine mandate against workers there.
Yet Biden, based on Fauci’s recommendations, attempts to require most health care workers to receive the vaccine. By issuing a preliminary injunction against Biden and his vaccine mandate, Judge Schelp explained how arbitrary and capricious it is.
He observed that the mandate could be devastating for access to care at rural health facilities, where shortages in workers are already acute. Physicians and nurses are free to quit their jobs rather than take the jab, which means that the unwanted Covid vaccine mandate has the effect of denying essential medical care to the public.
Judge Schelp found that there is not even evidence that the vaccine mandate for health care workers would slow the spread of Covid-19. He added that CMS even “admits that the continued efficacy of the vaccine is uncertain.”
Judge Schelp was dismayed at how the Biden Administration looked only at comments by the side supporting a vaccine mandate, while completely ignoring abundant evidence submitted in opposition to it. Other courts should follow Judge Schelp’s lead to protect workers outside of the Midwest.
Democrats should realize that Covid has become a losing issue for them, an albatross around their neck. They are not going to be able to scapegoat Republicans or Trump for Biden’s continuing failure on this issue.
John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.