Vote for Science

A bunch of doctor-friends and I were recently lamenting that none of the larger physicians’ institutions were taking a strong stance on the presidential election. I was jealous of my RN colleagues as their largest union organization and a group of over 700 nurses recently declared unequivocal support for Biden/ Harris.

Even the editorial board of Scientific American, which had never ever taken sides in an election, spoke up in support of Biden and his science-respecting policies. Other science-minded journals like, well, Science, and Nature published brutal excoriations of Trump’s harmful actions against humanity, the environment, the planet, all that is good and wholly factual…

Eager and willing to speak up in support of facts (and common sense, and human decency…) a sizable group of us clinicians (physicians and an NP) organized and co-wrote a strongly worded and painfully detailed OpEd outlining the current administration’s many coronavirus failures. The piece was almost ready to pitch, but then the first presidential debate debacle happened, so we had to update it. Then the Trump got COVID, and we had to update it again. And again when Trump took his joyride. And again when Trump went home and unmasked his infective blowhole.

This administration is spewing so much COVID-spreading crap, I don’t know if we can keep up, or if this piece we all worked so hard on will ever get published.

So I was extremely thankful and relieved today to see this unusual editorial titled “Dying in a Leadership Vacuum” published in the highly respected, venerable New England Journal of Medicine (the NEJM). Whew!

These staunch clinician-scientists mince no words in their scathing review of the current administration’s inadequate, nay, “dangerously incompetent”, even “failed” pandemic response:

Our current leaders have undercut trust in science and in government,causing damage that will certainly outlast them. Instead of relying on expertise, the administration has turned to uninformed ‘opinion leaders’ and charlatans who obscure the truth and facilitate the promulgation of outright lies.

This statement, of course, referring to the gaggle of quacks the administration assembled to tout it’s preferred coronavirus treatments… Which, interestingly, the President did not trust for his own treatment. Anyone see hydroxychloroquine on his meds list? Right.

The NEJM is SO venerable and the editorial— signed by every single one of it’s American physician editors– is so unusual, that it was quite newsworthy, picked up by the New York Times, CNN, the Boston Globe, and many others.

Though they do not explicitly endorse Biden, their point is unmistaken:

When it comes to the response to the largest public health crisis of our time, our current political leaders have demonstrated that they are dangerously incompetent. We should not abet them and enable the deaths of thousands more Americans by allowing them to keep their jobs.

Vote for science. Vote the assholes out. Vote Biden/Harris in. I’m glad they said it. I agree; Many of us agree. You should too.

@DoctorsFor Biden #VoteHealth

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