In Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” a shallow and vain monarch is duped by swindlers into believing that his new, tailor-made garment is made of magical fabric that makes people who are foolish and unfit for the throne invisible.
The entire kingdom, including the emperor himself, is duped into believing that the beautiful clothing exists, leaving only one little kid who, not knowing any better, blurts out the truth during a huge parade as the emperor preens before his subjects.
That fairytale was most certainly not written about Americans, who are sovereigns in our own right and have a tendency to say anything we want, whenever we want, whether in the face of parading authorities or not.
And this week, a group of New Yorkers handed our country’s own great con artist Dr. Anthony Fauci, as well as the administration he’s duped into wearing his metaphoric ensemble, a brusque welcome to Harlem.
According to the New York Post, Fauci was joined by first lady Jill Biden on a visit to a Harlem immunization site, where he was greeted by angry demonstrators with bullhorns, posters, and plenty to say about his conduct during the previous 15 months.
The protest comes as a result of the ongoing fallout from a Freedom of Information Act email dump that revealed Fauci has been speaking out of both sides of his mouth throughout the federal response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The gathering in Harlem shouted and chanted at Fauci and Biden’s motorcade as it neared Abyssinian Baptist Church, which has been doubling as a vaccine site, according to a video posted to Twitter.
As the automobiles neared the building and the party began to emerge from the vehicles, shouts of “F*** Joe Biden!” could be heard, followed by a loud “Fire Fauci” chant.
— Scootercaster (@ScooterCasterNY) June 6, 2021
“‘We will not comply, Dr. Fauci!’ one man shouted through a bullhorn,” the Post reported.
Another individual demanded that the responding officers detain Fauci, “Arrest Fauci. He was right there,” he reportedly told the officers. “You should have arrested Fauci.”
Of course, while enraged Americans everywhere can sympathize with the sentiment, we understand that the NYPD can’t just arrest the person, as much as we’d like to see him punished for his behavior.
What can and must happen is that, if there is any indication at all that Fauci should be arrested or fired, the investigation into this should begin immediately.
From the beginning, this guy has been all over the place. He’s gone back and forth on whether or not we should wear masks, school closures, the number of masks we should wear, the efficacy of social distance, how long we should wear masks after getting vaccinated, the origin of the virus, and everything else he’s ever stated regarding masks.
And now we know that not only did what he said in private contradict what he wrote in private but that he also assumed the virus originated in a Wuhan lab and that he sent and received polite — some could even call cozy — missives from a prominent Chinese health official, among other things.
All of this happened while he was reveling in the sunshine of popularity, as he rose to become the authoritarian, COVID-addicted left’s media darling, landing magazine covers, television appearances, and a book contract.
The greeting inside the church appeared to be warmer, though it wasn’t quite burning, according to the Post’s description.
One nonagenarian wore her Sunday best for the event after her grandson persuaded her to get the shot, which she had been apprehensive about as a “black woman in America.” Her grandson, on the other hand, stated that “she always dresses up on Sundays” and that she had not done so because of Fauci and Biden’s presence.
While the first lady was pleased to see children receive the vaccine, such as a 14-year-old who refused to hold her hand during his vaccination and a tween who said she’d brag (or rather, it’d be a “solid flex,” as she put it) to her friends that she got hers at the same time as Jill Biden, another 12-year-old was less than impressed.
“Who are you? What is that person? When queried about Fauci’s attendance at the immunization location, Lazarus Harouna remarked, “I’ve never seen him before in my life.”
“It didn’t mean much, to be honest,” Biden replied when questioned about the significance of his presence that day.
While it’s difficult to get many 12-year-olds excited about anything, the contrast between this uninterested child and the unafraid young critic of the proverbial emperor from Andersen’s tale, whom he saw parading down the street in his underwear as the deluded, unquestioning crowd cheered, is poignant.
The youth’s apathy in the face of what’s going on in our country should inspire us all the more to be like the youngster in the tale and cease blindly following whatever officialdom dictates without pausing to think and observe for ourselves.
This is America, and there have always been plenty of outspoken, unafraid critics of Fauci and the narrative he has established, which has been wildly abused for partisan posturing and chillingly authoritarian overreach on the part of elected leaders across the pandemic.
While these critiques range from the unduly enthusiastic and uninformed to the authoritative and educated, we have all been regarded as one monolithic “anti-science” group by those who cover themselves in Fauci’s shine of officialdom and authority.
However, it’s a good thing no one stopped pulling on the strands because it’s starting to unravel now.