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Editor, the Advocate:

“Dr. Fauci Patiently Shuts Down Rand Paul for Minimizing Virus Fears,” says Daily Beast headline May 12. Daily Beast leans left politically, any arguments there? Rand Paul is an elected U.S. republican senator. My concern is not their exchange at this hearing, you can read some of that give and take on the Daily Beast.

In fact, I firmly believe Fauci is a stand-up guy and does not see himself as the ‘end all’ in determining our country’s path forward with this coronavirus. My concern is those people who do see him as the ‘end all.’ Especially concerning is the Democrats’ party leader Joe Biden, when asked if he were president right now, what would he be telling governors to do? Biden said this same day, “I would be telling governors to listen to Dr. Fauci. Listen to the scientists.”

And this very Daily Beast headline most certainly portrays Fauci the superior of Paul and whose advice must not be questioned. Clearly the appointed advisory doctor is applauded for shutting down the elected, but conservative, senator. Like Rand Paul or not, like his voters or not, like his party affiliation or not, like his thoughts on reopening the economy or not, he has been elected by at least some of the citizens of Kentucky to represent them.

Fauci is an invited adviser, nothing more, represents no constituency, and his advice should not be taken as policy directive. His opinion is only one of many in the process of planning our future.

I also do not believe Fauci’s intent was to “shut down” Paul but the Beast panders to the left’s agenda and celebrates Fauci the scientist slaying Paul the conservative dragon.

Steve Fiedler, Victoria

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Steve Fiedler

Hey mr. g. here’s my take on being honest about all this political stuff. It all cuts both ways don’t you think? Trump is despised by many on the left and most of the media because of what he says and does and the way he does it. I can see that and understand why. We on the right see what Pelosi, schumer, Schiff, Nadler, aoc do and say and how they go about doing it and I for one despise them for that. Perhaps you can see and understand why. We on the right see trump as the champion for our cause. Left sees him as public enemy no. 1. Left sees Pelosi et al as champions of their cause. Right sees them as smug and pompous. And about rule of law. The world is full with lawyers because we want law ruled our way, not the other guy’s way. What is rule of law to one guy is unlawful to another. Seems to me rule of law is now kinda like ‘common sense’. What is common sense to one guy is nonsense to another. Seems ‘common ground’ has also fallen into that hole. One guy is not giving any of his political ground and the other guy is equally entrenched not giving any of his. Period. Compromise is now a sign of weakness. An 80s band said the future’s so bright I gotta wear shades. I’m not feelin’ it. sf

Mike Gomez

Ron,You don’t know anything about me. I have stated many times that I am an unabashed Obama democrat. You can place the labels as you want. I don’t know anything about true classical liberals nor do I care. I’ve stated many times and I am not into labels. Socialism? That has a clear definition which those on the right have been misusing for as long as I have been alive. If you have to go to YouTube to find the definition of a label, your researching skills must be terrible..

Mike Gomez

I saw that exchange between Senator Paul and the esteemed Dr. Fauci but I thought it was Paul doing the president’s bidding.I do agree that the Dailybeast has a left wing bias....You are concerned because Joe Biden, our presumptive nominee said he would advice governors to listen to the science and data and Dr. Fauci. Every immunologist I know agree with his advice not so much with Rand Paul. Perhaps Breitbart will paint the picture you want.

Steve Fiedler

about the immunoligists. they are touted by much of the media and liberal leaders as 'the end all' as rand paul put it. biden deferred to the scientists. biden said "listen to dr. fauci. listen to the scientists." no mention of listen to your senators or your mayors, those elected to represent folks who do not necessarily defer to the scientists. i wonder now, should we add a fourth branch of government, the Science Branch?

Mike Gomez

I just hope your hate for liberals doesn’t cloud your judgment from accepting science and data.

Steve Fiedler

it takes you two replies mr. g. but true to today's liberal form you do play the hate card against someone with whom you disagree. yes i am a conservative, yes i disagree with most of the liberal worldview but i challenge you to demonstrate "hate for liberals" in what i write

Mike Gomez

I don’t even know what a liberal is,so I’m confused when someone says in true form. The definition of these labels keep changing. I’ve always said that conservatives in Victoria take it to mean, not conservative. Yes,it’s hate and divisiveness when you take a simple statement of “ listen to the science and data” into another Republican sound bite

Ron Sandidge

Mike knows what you are talking about. He is NOT a true classical liberal which is the true form of liberalism. Liberals of today are bastardized ones which is why they now accept their true open for of socialism, etc. People like Dave Rubin you will find on YouTube are true classical liberals, a homosexual man married to a homosexual man but will discuss with anyone and can change his mind, which is why he left the Democrat party and the progressives/post modernists who run it now. Check his channel out and watch.

Mike Gomez

You are correct Steve. I don’t know what to call those on the right anymore, they don’t believe in the conservative values yesteryear. I can remember just three years ago, Conservatives were all about rule of law. The other day I heard the president call the FBI,human scum, today’s conservatives remained silent. We are hurt General Michael Flynn plead guilty and apologized to the court but now he’s a martyr and someone conservatives look up to. I can remember when conservatives hated tariffs and called their party “ The party of family values.” Look who they voted for. I went with a label that is pretty descriptive. I guess I could’ve said right of center but that might imply that they were just a smidgen off the center. Back in the day, I used to have good discussions with my conservative friends but we knew where the line was... We stayed off religion,abortion,or race. We discussed the pros and cons of the policies. They are my friends not a label. I don’t call them right wingers because I know where they stand and have stood.

Ron Sandidge

Mike you don't know anything about Brietbart except what the fake news CNN and MSNBC says about them because I know you never have read them. Why do you not say DOCTOR Rand Paul? Another progressive wording trick. And Joe Biden goes with science? Science says there are only 2 gender's/sexes and a child in the third trimester is killed during an abortion. Question, why do you kill a living cancerous growth in a human but abort a living human person? Joe would be upset he loves little children.

Mike Gomez

Ron,You have no idea what I have read but I know of Breitbart and I didn’t get it from cable TV. The right seems to think that we plant ourselves in front of TV programmed to receive two channels. I know all about Oan News ,Breitbart,and all the rest of RW media. Progressive wording trick? I have never heard Senator Rand Paul being addressed as Dr. Paul. I am aware Rand Paul is an ophthalmologistS. There have been several doctors who served in Congress throughout the years add today who are not addressed as a doctor when talking about political matters.I hope you don’t think that he and Dr. Fauci are on the same level. Why do right wingers always find a way to bring up abortion. You ask them about the pandemic ( what about abortion?) Go ask them about re-opening the country (what about abortion) or just about abortion. Abortion and same-sex marriage.

Steve Fiedler

interesting mr g. how in the one reply you are not into labels but in next reply you handily throw about 'right wingers'.

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