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Since it first emerged weeks ago, the deadly coronavirus has sickened nearly 10,000 people in China and killed about 200.
Meanwhile, here in the United States, so far just a handful of Americans have been stricken while the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has imposed a quarantine on nearly 200 who have traveled from the epicenter of the disease outbreak in China.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a celebrated immunologist who heads up the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has taken a prominent role in heading up the American response.
Americans should rest easier knowing that a top scientist like Dr. Fauci is taking point on such an important crisis.
Among his accomplishments, Fauci played a significant role in the early 2000s in creating the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and in driving development of biodefense drugs and vaccines following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Clearly, Dr Fauci is one of the top minds in his field.
And working at the National Institutes of Health for more than a half-century, he’s worked closely with political appointees and administrations of both parties.
So I suppose, then, that Dr Fauci could easily be tagged as a member of that conspiracy theory, fever dream creation of Donald Trump supporters everywhere: the so-called US “deep state.”
Except that he’s not. Dr. Fauci has performed at a level of excellence regardless of who has happened to occupy the Oval Office.
And Fauci certainly is not unique. Just because they aren’t necessarily well known like Fauci, the millions of other professionals in the federal workforce are just as professional and personally invested in carrying out their duties.
I’ll say for the record here that I have a personal perspective here, having been part of that workforce twice: once as an employee and once as a contractor, and once each under a Democratic and Republican president.
And it made no difference to me or my colleagues whose presidential photo happened to be hanging in the lobby.
Indeed, the federal workforce has seen many Republican presidents come and go. Not one of them before suggested that their workforce was somehow working against them.
Rather than obsess over absurd conspiracy theories, Americans should be proud of a federal workforce which shows up every day to perform cutting-edge research, investigate accidents, care for our national parks, and administer any number of federal programs which make a positive difference for millions of your fellow American citizens.
But if you insist on calling these clearly devoted, professional folks the “deep state,” then thank goodness for the deep state.
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