Let’s take another run at the question of what makes for good leadership in a time of crisis. I’ll begin with a simple question. If you were to be admitted to the hospital suffering from COVID-19, who would you want to treat you — a pulmonary specialist or the hospital administrator?

The specialist is a doctor who is on the floor all the time, observing patients, reviewing their cases with nurses and technicians, consulting with other doctors working alongside her, and spending her downtime searching for information on treatment of the virus from fellow doctors around the world.

She is “all in” with her patients, wanting none to be lost.

The hospital administrator, on the other hand, may well never have seen the inside of a medical school and has as his concern the reputation of the institution and its financial solvency. He also wants patients to get well but he’ll not be anywhere near them. When he speaks in public he will be wise to make frequent reference to the high quality of care his doctors and staff members provide, and will defer to them for medical advice, for they are the ones to be trusted.

Now, you may see where this is going. Take a moment to think about it. In the case of our nation’s health in this time of pandemic, who would you prefer to listen to regarding the well-being of you, your family and your friends — a qualified doctor or a president who doesn’t know the effects of household bleach injected or ingested into your body?

Hmm. How long did that take?

Give me Dr. Anthony Fauci any day. Dr. Fauci has demonstrated leadership that has informed and inspired healthcare workers, governors, educators and ordinary citizens to do what is necessary to keep this enemy at bay until such time as thoroughly vetted medications and inoculations are available. As the head of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Fauci has managed to give wise counsel in spite of threats and intimidation from our self-proclaimed war-time president. He’s been muzzled but the fact that he hasn’t been fired is a testimony to his effectiveness and the respect he has earned.

This remarkable state of affairs leads me to conclude that one of the most important qualities of a leader is the capacity to listen and learn before speaking and acting. In spite of early warnings from the medical and scientific community, No. 45 would not listen. He denied the seriousness of this war and delayed making decisions that were crucial to the battle against an insidious enemy. Beyond that, he has made extravagant and unsubstantiated claims about medications and treatments that have no support from the medical and scientific community. And his inability or unwillingness to listen has put the nation in jeopardy. We can all be grateful for Dr. Fauci and scores of other leaders who are listening and collaborating in this battle for our lives.

Thomas Reynolds lives in Bridgewater.

(43) comments

Diana

prodigalson...you are the one showing your ignorance.no.where was I arguing about social security...Just said I was surprised you would collect social security when you make so much money...Try again.

prodigalson

Actually Diana, yes you were arguing about Social Security. You posted that “we all pay in more than we receive.” This contention is probably false, and it isn’t even difficult to prove. The numbers are there for all who wish to see them. You just choose not to, or are too obtuse to figure it out. Either way, you should check your facts before posting such nonsense.

prodigalson

That should read "provably false", not "probably false".

Diana

prodigal...sorry you don't know the difference between a statement and an argument...And I won't go as low as you and call you obtuse...[wink]

Diana

bishopsboy....hmmm...interesting....how you always misconstrue what is actually meant by thigs said..I never said Barkan did anything of the kind...Also, Biden is against defunding the police. Spin it how you want.

Lol...I remember how you all cried when Brett Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault..some of you had your hair on fire, Again your double standard. Trump has been accused how many times of sexual assault and being a pedophile? It's not off my table..so..lol

How would I know if Biden is going to talk with Chris Wallace? I don't have the hook ups and connections like you do to all the politicians...maybe you belong to Qanon?

BTW..maybe Trump was dusting out his bunker when he leamed: person, woman, man, camera, TV...

bishopsboy

Yawn.....the broken record changes gender but always the same old song.

Look, dearest Diana aka Driller aka Draft Dodger, I don't care what President Trump's shortcomings are. He is GREAT for America and I will be voting for him in November as will anyone else who isn't a sour grapes racist Democrat hack.

Diana

dearest bishopsboy...of course you don't care what his shortcomings are...the "billionaire" who hides his tax returns, the "genius" who hides his college grades, the "businessman" who bankrupted casinos, the "playboy" wno pays for sex, the "philanthropist" who defrauds charity, the "patriot" who dodged the draft and attacks veterans , the "man" who revels in dividing this country and who wants to be "king" with authority over every person in his kingdom. Yes, I can definitely see the appeal for some people, but there is nothing GREAT about him. Just MHO YMMV. You vote for whoever you want as I will do the same. I agree, you really do need a different song.

Driller

Russian troll aka Ptrezelman aka bb, Explain the great ratings Stella Immanuel has been given by Dr. Trump. Watch out for the Aliens and their DNA used in medical treatments.

Driller

Russian Troll aka Pretzelman aka bb, So you are saying you pay taxes to help with Social Security and Medicare. If you are paying for me , then tell me why I paid into the system for 50 years and who did I pay for. Again, you are saying you have never contributed anything for the Country, only what the Government has made you do. In the words of that great American leader Dr. Trump , SO SAD!!

prodigalson

Good morning Driller. Mufalme Bishopsboy, my royal Zambian Brother, and leader of the Royal Zambian Republicans, is correct. The Social Security and Medicare taxes that you paid over the past 50 years (that is, assuming that unlike most Demokkkrats, you actually had a job) were used to pay the benefits of the seasoned citizens who were receiving benefits at that time. Now that you are receiving benefits, Mufalme Bishopsboy and I are paying (quite a lot I might add, since we are both successful business men with beautiful trophy wives) for your Social Security and Medicare benefits. Do you remember the days when you would receive a Social Security projection statement in the mail Harvey/Driller? Did you ever take note that there was no account balance listed on that statement? No? Well, that's because there is none. There is only a "projected monthly benefit". There is no "Social Security account" with your name on it Harvey/Hunter?Diana/Canoe/Driller, and there never has been. Social Security is nothing but a giant ponzi scheme, designed to "redistribute" wealth away from those who have more, and "redirected" toward those who have less. Unfortunately, it's a ponzi scheme that we are all legally obligated to participate in. I wish you well in your search for truth, my misguided, left wing, anti-American brother.

Diana

prodigalson...Glad to know you won't be collecting Social Security since you are so successful...leaves more for the rest of us who have less.[wink]

prodigalson

Oh, I’ll be collecting it Diana. Since 15.3% of my income has been stolen from me the past 30 years in order for the Demokkkrats to buy votes from you and Driller, I think the least our government can do is pay me back a portion of what I’ve paid in. Unfortunately, I’ve paid in far more than I will ever receive, and my portion will be more heavily taxed than yours due to the fact that I’ve worked hard and become successful.

Diana

prodigalson...I didn't think you liked social give back programs much less with anything to do with this giant "ponzi "scheme. I'm disappointed to learn this.

BTW...we all pay in more than we will ever receive...so cry me a river...and keep on paying [beam][beam]

prodigalson

No Diana, you are showing your ignorance. Not all of us do pay in more than we receive. In fact, there are many folks who never work a day in their lives, never pay a dime into the Social Security system, and still receive a check. I will repeat what I wrote in my previous post. Social Security is a wealth re-distribution scheme, designed to transfer assets from those who are successful to those who are not. This is not an opinion, it is a documented fact. Those who are at the bottom of the income scale receive a disproportionately large payment based upon the contributions that they have made. It's no secret, and for you to argue otherwise simply shows your ignorance. And to be clear, I'm not crying over this unfair system at all. Like other entrepreneurs, I have worked hard all of my life, and have overcome it. When I reach the age at which I will be eligible to receive benefits, you bet I plan to collect them. Otherwise, I won't even receive a small portion back of thousands of dollars in taxes that I've paid. But please don't try and pretend that Social Security is something that is not. It is what it is.

bishopsboy

St. Prodigal, you're wasting your time on Diana; her limited mind doesn't understand not everyone makes $25k a year and that some people pay well over $1M in FICA taxes over their working lives. One would have to live to be 92 and collect the maximum benefit to just break even at $1M paid in. So unless you are planning to live for several centuries, my royal brother, you will indeed never make back what you paid in.

Driller

Pretzelman Jr. aka prod , I don't know if you are bragging, but I do know you are crying. If you have become so wealthy,I'M glad EMU backed you and your Fake Royale Zambian Brother to get you where you are at today. Again, I say you two have never done anything for this Country, only what you are forced to do. Just wondering, did you show your trophy wife all the names you have called me and Democrats in your posts? Keep working and paying taxes and keep crying about paying the taxes.

prodigalson

Good morning Driller, and thank you once again for your kind words. No, I wasn't bragging or crying, just stating facts. You Demokkkrats operate and make decisions based upon pure emotion, which leads to poor decision making. You should try making your decisions based upon facts Driller. It would yield more positive results, I assure you.

bishopsboy

Dearest Draft Dodger, you make me laugh.

Driller

Russian Troll aka Pretzelman aka bb, Another lie from you and Dr. Trump, Biden said he doesn't agree with the idea of defunding police, but for sure you never saw this on FOX. Don't worry about Biden taking over, you better worry about what Dr. Trump will do to you with his little green men on the streets from Nov. to Jan 2021. Hadn't heard much from you lately, figured you were putting up your Confederate flag and got overheated or didn't wear a mask and got the "Virus". Maybe you got run over by Dr. Trump's train, as he is backing off his Jacksonville Convention, so back to N.C. while eating crow. and backing off the not paying schools if they don't open. I'll bet Dr. Trump will be doing a lot of backing up on a lot more of his tough talk. Looks like the Republican'ts are starting to buck Dr. Trump because they see what is coming. I guess I'll be stuck in the U.S. in Nov. since Americans can't go anywhere, because of Dr. Trump's incompetence in handling the "Virus".

bishopsboy

From Now This interview with activist Ady Barkan:

“But do we agree that we can redirect some of the [police] funding?” Barkan asked Biden.

“Yes, absolutely,” said the former vice president.

This sounds a lot like defunding to me, Draft Dodger. The "redirecting" is for the vary same things the defund the police movement is asking for. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then it is a duck, my Canuck friend, regardless of what you call it.

Of course, the senile old rapist probably doesn't remember anything he said 5 minutes earlier or what he read from a prepared statement..

Diana

bishopsboy..again...you are getting your misinformation from another right wing rag..Redirecting is not the same as defunding....ie.. police need better training in how to deal with mentally unstable people.. You keep calling Biden a rapist, but you forget to tell how many women have accused Trump of sexual assault..his own wife accused him of rape. And we know he's a pedophile..he bragged about walking into the Miss Teen USA dressing room when these underage girls were naked...

Senile..I've never seen anybody as happy as Trump was that he remembered : Person, woman, man, camera,TV..Quackers to you my friend.

BTW...you cross a line accusing a veteran of being a draft dodger..what have you done in service to this country?

Driller

Diana. Great Post!! 100% agree with you!! Sure Russian Troll has said he didn't serve, probably he was and still is in Moscow. If you notice Russian Troll, is always parsing words of other people. Not much parsing of words as Dr. Trump has thrown his cheerleaders under the bus by encouraging everyone to wear a mask, since it is Patriotic to do and after 144,000 Americans deaths, Dr. Trump now says the "Virus" is to be taken seriously. I think it is more the results of the new polling.

bishopsboy

Dearest Diana, what have I done for this country? I pay for Draft Dodger’s Medicare and Social Security.

If Draft Dodger dishes it out, he should expect to receive it back. As St. Prodigal says, if he can’t run with the big dogs, then he needs to stay on the porch.

bishopsboy

Dearest Diana, Ady Barkan is a PROGRESSIVE activst and NowThis is a PROGRESSIVE site so get your facts straight. However, I do agree with you that both Barkan and NowThis are garbage, as is anything wearing the progressive label.

As I have posted many times before (but will do so again for Draft Dodger's benefit), none of Trump's alleged or real sexual misconduct is relevant since the Democrats took Democrat sexual misconduct off the table during the Clinton regime. If that's how the Democrats play the game, then I will play by the same rules. There's only going to be ONE set of rule that apply to everyone.

Biden is suffering from dementia as 56% of Independents and 38% of Democrats in the latest Zogby poll believe. The hair sniffing pedophile rapist belongs in a memory care unit, not the Oval Office. Prediction: If elected, Biden will be the first President removed from office via the 25th Amendment.

bishopsboy

Well Draft Dodger, the truth is Congressional Democrats stole your social security money for pork barrel projects instead of investing it as they should have. As a result, you Boomers who are receiving full benefits are depleting the reserves so that by the time I reach retirement age, I'll only receive 80 cents for every dollar otherwise owed. The other 20 cents on a dollar that rightfully belongs to me is going into your pocket now instead of my pocket later thanks to the Democrats.

Diana

bishopsboy...Ady Barkan being a progressive doesn't mean something said won't get into a conservative rag, but I'm sure you already know that. My facts are straight. You twist facts the way you want them to be.

You can deflect all you want from Trump. He is still known for sexual; misconduct and being a pediphile..Nothing you say can negate that. Just shows your double standard. Nothing else.

I hate to tell you that millions of other people pay into Medicare and Social Security, you alone aren't paying..So again, what have you done in service for this country? You have crossed a line with your draft dodger rhetoric. That doesn't make you a big dog..just a little chihuahua with a big yap, my dear friend.

BTW remember these words : person, woman, man, camera ,TV

bishopsboy

Dearest Diana, so you are saying a radical progressive set Biden up to look like a fool by tricking him into admitting he agrees with the goals of the Defund the Police crowd? Interesting.

Regarding Trump’s bad behavior, you Democrats took the sexual misconduct stuff off the table a long time ago when it was your guy being criticized so stop whining when I apply the same Democrat rules to my guy.

At least Trump can remember the words and doesn’t hide in a basement from interviewers. When is Biden going to face Chris Wallace in a live interview? His excuse was he’s busy! I guess he has to dust his basement shelves again. Or maybe Biden forgot he dusted them 5 minutes ago.

Driller

Russian Troll aka Pretzelman jr aka prod, Have you got your mask yet, since Dr. Trump says it is patriotic to wear one. Seems like Dr. Trump has had one press conference on the "Virus" and keeps telling the same lies he told 3 months ago. I am wishing you well as Dr. Trump wishes Ghislaine Maxwell well. Looks like another pardon is coming .

bootsielawson

Keep screaming polls, it worked so well for you last time. I'm sure all those people whose towns are burning can't wait to vote demonkkkrat again!

newshound

Dr Fauci has been sitting in his ivory tower for 30-40 years and likely hasn’t seen or treated a real patient in 30-40 years. He’s been collecting a government paycheck of a half-million dollars and also taking money from the health lobby. He is no hero...just another bureaucrat.

prodigalson

Thomas, you need to get help for your galloping case of TDS. President Trump has handled this situation beautifully, starting with his decision to shut down flights from China and from Europe early on. Demokkkrats called him a racist and a xenophobe for doing so, of course, but his decision likely saved thousands upon thousands of lives. President Trump is also smart enough to realize that there is a very large human cost to a forced government shutdown of the entire U.S. economy, and he has done a wonderful job of balancing the health risks of the Chinese flu and the economic risks of what could have been a worldwide depression. The result of President Trump's decisive actions are that hospital systems have not been overwhelmed by The Chinese flu, as originally feared, and after a short, sharp economic recession caused by a forced government shutdown of the U.S. economic system, the economy is roaring back to life, the unemployment rate is coming down, jobs are being created at a record pace (4.8 million last month and over 2 million the prior month), and the stock market is resuming its upward march. I know that this is really bad news for you Demokkkrats, but those are the facts. You're going to have to find another hoax Thomas, because this one has run its course.

LVW

LOL, cut back on the Kool-Aid. Comparing the US coronavirus cases to, say, countries in Europe provide hard, cold facts to counter your argument. States that opened too early are shutting back down. Trump never cared about this virus until it started affecting his reelection chances, and that continues today: he decided to restart his daily coronavirus briefings not because of the increasing cases, but because he is getting hammered in the presidential polls. It was, is, and always will be about Trump. When will you finally realize you are being played?

Driller

LVW Great post!!! I agree 100%. The other Russian troll, Pretzelman Jr. aka prod, keeps saying the economy is back and gives numbers of the jobs created, but he forgets to mention the 1.5 million new unemployment claims week after week.

prodigalson

Good morning Driller, and thank you once again for your many kind words. Driller, you and LVW apparently live in a dream world, where every time we have some kind of national emergency or crisis, we just shut the country down, go home, confine ourselves to our basements, don masks, and live (if you want to call this living) in fear. Driller, this Demokkkrat fear mongering has run its course, and people are refusing to comply with these nonsensical mandates any longer. As the actual data on the Chinese flu is coming in, it is becoming ever more clear that death rates are actually going down, and they were never that high to begin with. I know that you Demokkkrats are desperate to get rid of President Trump, and I know that nothing you've tried so far has worked (The Mueller/Russia hoax, The Impeachment Hoax, etc.), but I'm telling you, this Chinese flu scare isn't going to work either, particularly in light of the fact that your presumptive nominee is a senile old rapist, who actually stated that 120 million people (that's approximately 1/3 of the country) has died of The Chinese Flu. Driller, you really do need to give up your atheistic, communistic belief system, and come out of the darkness into the light. The water is warm, my friend. Come on in.

Canoe12

Prodigal also fails to note that the recent jobs "growth" is simply the return of the paid workforce that was previously unemployed due to the virus and Trump's disastrous policies. In other words, these are not NEW jobs. Trump is playing the Cult again by causing the extended loss of millions of jobs through his inept, ignorant leadership, then claiming he is "winning" when the SAME workforce begins to return to their jobs. It's the same, worn out con-game that he's played all of his life. Some people just never learn.

newshound

Anyone who thinks Trump or any government hack can control the virus—without a complete destruction of society — is a fool in a face mask. You think it can then....sleep with it on, eat with it on, shower with it on, exercise with it on ... Live in fear, crawl in your personal bubble until Fauchi says its ok to leave.

Driller

newshound, Maybe if the country would have listened to the experts 3 months ago, rather than listening to Dr. Trump and the Republican'ts calling it a "hoax", don't forget Gas Mask Gaetz and his stunt on the House floor, we would be a lot better off. With 140,000 dead Americans in the past 5 months is something to be uneasy about. Have you bought your mask since Dr. Trump has changed his mind, for a day, and says a mask is now patriotic?

bishopsboy

LVW, you're wise enough to not put too much faith in polls routinely oversampling Democrats. A far more telling poll is the one showing President Trump has lost no ground with blacks over the recent racial strife while Biden is slipping below Hillary’s levels of black support. Young blacks are particularly uninspired by a senile racist old white guy hiding in a basement just they were unenthusiastic about creepy power hungry old white woman in 2016. This could be a warning sign of a huge disaster coming for Biden in November, and I hope it is.

LVW

Bb: Trump cares about polls; he is the one reacting to them, not me. Having said that, the majority of voters have Trump fatigue, so this race is Biden's to lose (which he is more than capable of doing, unfortunately).

Driller

Russian Troll aka Pretzelman aka bb, keep on thinking how great Dr. Trump is doing with the blacks, now tell me how he is doing with the women in the suburbs. You're right, it could be a warning of what may be to come in Nov. Get used to hearing President Biden.

bishopsboy

Dearest Draft Dodger, keep flying that Canadian flag since you may want to sneak back across the border in November if your buddy Biden wins. Once Biden defunds the police, fills the streets MS-13 gang members, and attempts to take guns from law abiding citizens, another civil war is likely to break out. Canada would be a good place for you to hide until the real men straighten things out.

Driller

Pretzelman Jr aka Prod. Open your eyes and tell me who is running the Country? Who shut the country down ? How many Republican Governors are now backing off their re-opening plans? As I have said before, wait until Oct. and see where the Country is under Dr. Trump's incompetent leadership. 147,000 Americans dead in 6 months and Dr. Trump is doing a great job, I'm glad only 35% of Americans think Dr. Trump is doing a great job.

prodigalson

Good morning Driller, I know that you Demokkkrats were hoping that there would be millions of deaths due to the Chinese Flu (Joe Biden, the senile old rapist, inadvertantly admitted as much when he claimed that 120 million U.S. citizens have already died of The Chinese Flu), and I know that you Demokkkrats were also hoping that you would be able to hold the economy down until November so that you could get Joe Biden, the senile old rapist, elected, but Driller, it's not going to happen. The economy is coming back, the virus is going away, and people are moving on with their lives. I wish you well in your search for truth, my left wing, bitter, angry brother.

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