MOSHE HILL OPINION COLUMNS MARCH 08 2023
So after over three years of lying to the public, some federal organizations are finally admitting that there is a possibility that COVID-19, the virus that decimated the global economy and killed millions of people around the world, may have originated at the virology lab in Wuhan. Anyone who was surprised by this announcement is the last remaining constituency of government bureaucrats who feed on the gullibility of the masses.
What would have been done differently is somewhat irrelevant, unfortunately. Harsher measures on China, like sanctions and payment demands, or greater mitigation efforts had it become publicly known the origins of the virus, are all hypothetical. The real issue is that the people whose main authority over the public is their own credibility are found without any. Over the past few years, there isn’t an agency that exists that is deemed trustworthy by the American people.
This matters because the agencies that run our country, for better or worse, do exist and they are not going away. The Department of Energy will still flush money down the green energy toilet, and the Department of Health and Human Services will still push for radical “affirming” medications and surgeries on children. The “Deep State” that President Trump referred to is alive and well, and filled with people who are ready, willing, and able to take the trillions of dollars allocated to them through Congress and spend it however they’d like.
The pandemic origins are some of the more consequential of the lies told by the government, most specifically Dr. Anthony Fauci. The specific manipulation of facts, data, and truth changed the trajectory of the country. Businesses closed, jobs were lost, people died alone or lived in isolation, and (perhaps) elections were affected.
A new memo from the Republican-led Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic members claims that Fauci, then-director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, “prompted” the drafting of the article “The Proximal Origin of SARS-CoV-2” to disprove the theory that the virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China. The article was published in Nature Medicine in March 2020 and was co-authored by Dr. Kristian Andersen and several other scientists. The memo suggests that Fauci and at least 12 other scientists were warned about the possibility of a lab leak during a conference call in the early days of the pandemic.
The evidence reviewed by the Select Subcommittee reportedly shows that Fauci and Collins were sent a draft of the article before it was published, and they had the opportunity to edit and approve it. The memo alleges that Andersen wrote to Nature before the article was published, saying that he wanted to bring some clarity to the discussion around the origins of the virus. According to the memo, Andersen privately did not find that the narrative of the pangolin sequences data disproved a lab leak theory, despite saying so publicly. The memo suggests that Dr. Fauci and other scientists may have tried to downplay the possibility of a lab leak and may have worked to promote the natural origin theory instead.
They get away with this because, until now, people believed them when they said that a problem was a problem, and they had the solution. The masks are off now, and that means that the American people have to stop being so gullible about what is happening in the world. How many people will be outraged that they were lied to about this, but will immediately listen to John Kerry when he tells them to stop using gas stoves before he boards his private airplane? How many people will be shocked and then take their fourth or fifth booster shot?
The only way for there to be a competent government is to create a government that has little to no power over everyday lives, and only intervenes on a limited and specific basis. That means that these agencies must be gutted of their authority and personnel, with lifetime bureaucrats who have been wrong for decades sent packing.
As the 2024 race heats up, with more and more people entering to challenge Trump for the Republican nomination, reducing the size and scope of the federal government must be a strong aspect of any presidential platform. In his first term, Trump did an excellent job on undoing many of the bloated regulations of these agencies. (Hilariously enough, the Democrats and the media tried to pin the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, on this deregulation effort until that narrative completely collapsed. This emphasizes the point that the government will lie to the public for their own benefit.) Much more can be done.
Governor Ron DeSantis is on his book tour and recently did an event with the Republican Jewish Coalition, hosted by Ben Shapiro. In this event, he discussed what measures he took in his administration to prevent leaks from his office and reductions in the size and scope of the agencies in Florida. This is the blueprint that the next President must follow. If we don’t demand it, then we shouldn’t be surprised when the next crisis arises and we are being lied to yet again.