Thursday, January 27, 2022

A Titanic hearing on COVID 

Thousands of Americans gathered on the national mall Sunday for the "Defeat the Mandates" rally led by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., whose new book, "The Real Anthony Fauci," has already sold more than 500,000 copies. The diverse crowd somehow got there despite airline cancellations and cities, including Washington, D.C., requiring proof of vaccination before customers can be served in restaurants.

The next day, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., courageously convened a panel discussion of some of the world's most highly credentialed experts on infectious disease. Entitled "Covid-19: A Second Opinion," the meeting was held in the historic Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building, whose marble columns and heavy red drapes have provided the backdrop to many famous congressional hearings.

Sen. Johnson's convocation may be the most important hearing in the 110 years since the Senate heard from survivors of the Titanic disaster in the very same room. Senators conducted the Titanic hearing in 1912 in order to determine why 1,500 of the Titanic's 2,200 passengers needlessly perished in that catastrophe.