As good citizens and good people, it is incumbent on us to care about the health and well-being of our fellow human beings.
While we try to be gentle with the questions lest someone accuse of us of being busybodies, there are times that our neighbor or our friend appears to be so ill, we have to ask if something’s wrong.
One of those times is now, and here’s the question: Is U.S. Senator Rand Paul all right?
Over the weekend, the senator seemingly took a turn for the worse and posted a three-minute speech on Twitter questioning the judgment and good intentions of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control — the nation’s preeminent body of scientists and doctors — in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic that is growing by leaps and bounds because of the delta variant.
Senator Paul seems not to perceive the reality of the moment. In fact, he urged people to just ignore it. Ignore the CDC, ignore the vaccine, ignore the mask mandates, ignore social distancing and ignore the doctors. By extension, he asks us to ignore all the evidence that COVID-19 is a disease that must be stopped.
Ignore the science.
Ignore the health advice.
Ignore the illnesses.
Ignore the deaths.
Senator Paul often points out that he is a doctor, but he is an ophthalmologist board-certified by a board he created. He is not an virologist, or an immunologist. To call into question the validity of advice from those who are during a pandemic is staggeringly irresponsible.
And so, we are faced with the task of staging an intervention for a person who seems to be in pronounced, and accelerating, cognitive decline.
Senator Paul, are you all right?