COVID WAR: Paul Blasts Fauci; Calls Reaction to Coronavirus ‘Fatal Conceit’

WASHINGTON — Senator Rand Paul on Tuesday tore into Dr. Anthony Fauci, referring to Fauci’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic as “fatal conceit.”

Paul’s comments came during a hearing on the pandemic in response to Fauci’s assertion that schools may need to stay closed in the fall.

“It is a fatal conceit to believe any one person or small group of people has the knowledge necessary to direct an economy or dictate public health behavior. I think government experts need to show caution in their prognostications,” Paul, a doctor and Kentucky Republican, told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. “It’s important to realize that if society meekly submits to an expert and that expert is wrong, a great deal of harm may occur when we allow one man’s policy or one group of small men and women to be foisted on an entire nation.”

“Take for example government experts who continue to call for schools and day care to stay closed or that recommend restrictions that make it impossible for a school to function. There are examples from all across the United States and around the world that show that young children rarely spread the virus,” Paul argued, pointing to countries that have reopened, including France, Denmark and Germany. “No spike when schools are opened. Central planners have enough knowledge somehow to tell a nation of some 330 million people what they can and can’t do.”

“We shouldn’t presume that a group of experts somehow knows what’s best for everyone,” Paul continued. “Only decentralized power and decision-making based on millions of individualized situations can arrive at what risk and behaviors each individual will choose. That’s what America was founded on, not a herd with Washington telling us what to do and like sheep we blindly follow.”

Paul then attacked Fauci directly accusing Trump’s Coronavirus task force head of being an dictator of sort.

“Dr. Fauci, every day we seem to hear from you things we can’t do. But when you’re asked, ‘Can we go back to school?’? I don’t hear much certitude at all. ‘Well, maybe.’ ‘It depends.’ Guess what? It’s rare for kids to transmit this. I don’t hear that coming from you. All I hear is, ‘We can’t do this, we can’t do that, we can’t play baseball,’” Paul said.

“Sen. Paul, I agree with so much of what you say, people putting opinions out without data. Sometimes you have to make extrapolations because you’re in a position where you need to give some sort of recommendation,” Fauci shot back. “If you were listening — and I think you were — to my opening statement and my response to one of the questions, I feel very strongly we need to do whatever we can to get the children back to school. I think we’re in lock agreement with that.”

“The other thing I’d like to clarify very briefly. I never said we can’t play a certain sport. What happens is the people in the sports industry … from the [MLB] Players Association, owners, people involved in the health of the players ask me opinions regarding certain facts about the spread of the virus. I give it, and then it gets interpreted that I’m saying you can’t play this sport or you can’t play that sport,” Fauci added.“The only thing I can do is to the best of my ability give you the facts and evidence associated with what I know about this outbreak.”


RAND PAUL: ‘I will support Trump’s pick of Kavanaugh for Supreme Court’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Rand Paul on Monday announced that he will endorse Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

Paul, (R-Ky.), had previously expressed concern over the president’s selection of Kavanaugh based on the United States Circuit Judge’s comments that national security outweighs the American citizen’s Fourth Amendment right to privacy.

“Kavanaugh’s position is basically that national security trumps privacy,” Paul had previously observed. “He said it very strongly and explicitly. And that worries me.”

However, a closed-door meeting with Kavanagh on Monday seemed to change the pro-Constitution Paul’s stance.

“After meeting Judge Kavanaugh and reviewing his record, I have decided to support his nomination, Paul said in a statement posted to Twitter. “No one will ever completely agree with a nominee (unless of course, you are the nominee). Each nominee however, must be judged on the totality of their views character and opinions.”

“I have expressed my concern over Judge Kavanaugh’s record on warrantless bulk collection of data and how that might apply to very important privacy cases before the Supreme Court,” Paul’s statement continued. “In reviewing his record on other privacy cases like Jones, and through my conversation with him, I have hope that in light of the new precedent in Carpenter v. United States, Judge Kavanaugh will be more open to a Fourth Amendment that protects digital records and property.”

“Of course, my vote is not a single-issue vote, and much of my reading and conversation has been in trying to figure out exactly how good Judge Kavanaugh will be on other issues before the Court,” the statement went on. “My conversation with Judge Kavanaugh reinforces my belief that he will evaluate cases before the Supreme Court from a textual and originalist point of view. I believe he will carefully adhere to the Constitution and will take his job to protect individual liberty seriously.”

Paul then went on to say that it was Kavanagh’s strong pro-Second Amendment stance that, in part, changed his mind.

“On issues such as property rights and reining in the administrative state, Judge Kavanaugh has a strong record and showed a deep commitment during our meeting.
His views on due process and mens rea show a thoughtful approach to the law and its applications. His views on war powers and separation of powers are encouraging.
Finally, his strong defenses of the First and Second Amendments in landmark cases show someone who isn’t afraid to challenge the status quo and will fight with backbone. Judge Kavanaugh will have my support and my vote to confirm him to the Supreme Court.”

Paul’s “yes” vote now greatly increases the chances of Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), although still officially undecided, have signaled that they will each give their okay. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), also expected to meet with Kavanaugh on Monday, is too expected to back the judge’s nomination.