On the last weekend before Thanksgiving, the usual suspects were whipping up fear in order to coerce Americans into canceling their family gatherings and Dr. Anthony Fauci laid the guilt trip on those who would invite grandma and grandpa to dinner.
Democrat governors have turned the screws by imposing another round of lockdowns in time for one of the nation’s most cherished and enduring holiday traditions of enjoying dinner with their extended families.
These petty tyrants have never had it better than in this sad year when COVID and the mass hysteria whipped up by the media have allowed mayors and governors to imbue themselves with dictatorial powers and career bureaucrats and so-called “experts” have been showered with attention.
One of those bureaucrats is Dr. Fauci, a man who has been attached like a bloodsucking leech on the backs of the American taxpayer as head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since Ronald Reagan was president.
Fauci has become a fixture on the Sunday morning “news” shows and yesterday was no different when he joined the loathsome partisan hack Chuck Todd on NBC’s flagship “Meet The Press” to put a damper on Thanksgiving.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that families need to consider the risks of gathering indoors. He said families especially need to take into account if their gatherings plan to include those who are elderly or have underlying conditions affecting their immune system.
“I think the people in this country need to realistically do a risk-benefit assessment,” he said. “Every family is different. Everyone has a different level of risk that they want to tolerate.”
The NIAID director acknowledged that holiday gatherings “have been such joyous things in the past,” but added “this is a very special situation.”
“So you don’t want to call it all off, but you want to say at least give you and your family the benefit of having considered what is the risk-benefit of doing that as opposed to constraining what you do to the very core people who live in your home,” he said. “You just need to consider it and make your own decision.”
Fauci emphasized that the almost exponentially rising numbers in the country “doesn’t necessarily” have to continue.
While Fauci’s remarks give more leeway to those who aren’t in Democrat-controlled states in terms of having their holiday dinner, the clear implication is that if they do, then it may be granny’s last turkey day.
Fauci also showed up on CNN last Sunday where he chatted with whiny Jake Tapper and suggested that once Thanksgiving has been canceled, that Christmas is next on the hit list.
TAPPER: So, not until the second or third quarter of 2021, though? Christmas is probably not going to be possible?
FAUCI: Yes, I’m — well, I think that, if we get most of the country vaccinated in the second, third quarter of the year, and the vaccine continues to prove its efficacy, and people adhere to those fundamental measures, I think we can start approaching the degree — it’s not going to be a light switch, Jake.
We are not going to turn it on and off, going from where we are to completely normal. It’s going to be a gradual accrual of more normality as the weeks and the months go by, as we get well into 2021.
It’s long past time to put this elf on the shelf.