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Coronavirus Shows Why We Need Separation of Medicine and State!

This article was originally published by
Ron Paul at The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and

It seems like only yesterday. Americans were denied the right to
go to their churches. They were denied the right to visit their
loved ones in the hospital. They were denied the right to open
their businesses and go to work to provide for themselves and their
families. They were denied the right to go to restaurants, to bars,
to hair salons.

No laws were passed denying these rights. Even that would be
illegal and immoral. But what happened was worse. They were denied
these basic rights by governors, county judges, and even local
mayors who used the coronavirus outbreak as an excuse to rule by
decree. They stole power that was not theirs to take and wielded it
at all levels to force America into three months of house

Then, in the midst of stay-at-home orders across the country,
the same governors and local officials who locked Americans in
their homes suddenly came around with their keys and threw open the
doors. Suddenly not only was it OK to go out into the street, it
was required to go out into the street!

What happened? A cure? A miraculous vaccine? No. The officials
who locked Americans up found a cause they felt required Americans
in the streets to protest. Police had killed a black man, George
Floyd, in their custody in Minneapolis and suddenly the need to
protest trumped the need to “stay home, save lives.â€

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Suddenly the same health “experts†who told us we must not
gather in crowds or there will be death in the millions from
coronavirus issued statements supporting gathering in crowds. An
open letter on the George Floyd protests signed by more than 1,200
doctors and other health professionals clarified that they “do
not condemn these gatherings as risky for Covid-19 transmission.â€
However, they wrote, “this should not be confused with a
permissive stance on all gatherings, particularly protests against
stay-at-home orders.â€

Did the coronavirus develop some kind of superior intelligence
enabling it to distinguish between those who were congregating for
a “good cause†and those who were congregating for a “bad
cause� Of course not. What has happened from the beginning of
this shameful coronavirus episode is the politicization of public
health at the hands of authoritarians.

Two prestigious medical journals, The Lancet and the New England
Journal of Medicine, were forced to retract studies they had
published concluding that Hydroxychloroquine was harmful to COVID
patients. The rush to print the studies looks very much like a
political move rather than one based on scientific principles. Once
President Trump revealed that he was taking hydroxychloroquine the
mainstream media and even “expert†journals began attacking the

This is what happens when medicine merges with the state. We get
the worst of both. We get career bureaucrat, Dr. Fauci, telling us
we can never shake hands again and that we must stay home until a
vaccine is found. Meanwhile, doctors across the globe are reporting
that this variation of the coronavirus is disappearing on its

We have a tradition of separation of church and state in the
United States for good reason. The merger of state and church
invites oppression and corruption. We need to adopt this same
approach to medicine and the state. We now see how this merger has
produced the same kind of widespread tyranny and corruption.

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