Saturday, February 27, 2021

Dr. Rachel Levine Meets Dr. Rand Paul

Smug and supercilious Monica Hesse makes a strange effort to challenge Senator Rand Paul’s views of the current transgender social contagion.

You see, Hesse knows the truth about transgenderism. She is effectively a true believer and she wants to hold Rand Paul to account for not knowing as much as she does. Besides, Dr. Paul is an eye doctor and Dr. Rachel Levine, candidate for assistant secretary of HHS, is a pediatrician.

Of course, Levine is transgendered. To speak the unspeakable, anyone who thinks that Levine looks like a woman needs to see an eye doctor, at the least.

Note Hesse’s dismissive and contemptuous tone:

Rachel Levine, the physician nominated to become the Biden administration’s assistant secretary of health, came to her confirmation hearing prepared to politely discuss matters such as the covid pandemic, the opioid epidemic, behavioral health and racial disparities in medical treatment.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), however, seemed more interested in talking about children’s genitals.

“Dr. Levine, you have supported [minors] being given hormone blockers, and surgical reconstruction of a child’s genitalia,” Paul said, in a tirade in which he also conflated genital mutilation (a horrifying practice that public health experts view as a human rights violation) with the transition-related surgeries chosen by some transgender individuals to help their bodies conform with their gender identity.

Genital mutilation is bad, though one recalls that when Egypt elected as president a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, one Mohamed Morsi, after his organization provided easy access to female genital mutilation, the first world leader to visit Cairo to legitimize his election was that great champion of women’s rights-- Hillary Clinton.

But, I digress. Hesse is saying that when a transgender female undergoes surgical castration, it is not genital mutilation because-- take a deep breath-- of the intention. You see, if an individual believes with deep conviction that he is really a she, when he undergoes surgical or chemical castration, his goal is to make his body conform to his belief. To imagine that this is no longer mutilation beggars belief. The same applies to female children who take puberty blocking hormones and to teenage girls who have double mastectomies.

Now, Hesse is clearly convinced that Rand Paul was wrong. After all, Paul was citing the preponderance of the research, showing that children are influenced into becoming transgender by their teachers and their peers. As Abigail Shrier and Lisa Littman have shown, transgenderism seems precisely to be a social contagion. Paul also noted that the vast majority of children who believe they are transgendered, ultimately change their minds.

About that the all-knowing pretentious fool Hesse has nothing to say, except to prostrate herself before the brilliance of Dr. Levine. Seriously, does it get any worse:

 She [Dr. Rachel Levine]  would have been within her rights to be enraged by Paul’s ignorance, but she responded on Thursday by repeating a steady message: 

“Transgender medicine is a complex and nuanced field,” she said twice. It was composed of “robust research,” and standards of care. She would be happy, she said, to come to Paul’s office and discuss the issue in-depth.

She continues with an absurd non sequitur:

In Paul’s telling, children chose to be transgender because of peer pressure, or pressure from doctors. In his world, those children would be fine if only doctors like Levine would deny them treatment.

In truth, as noted by everyone who has studied the question, the vast majority of such children change their minds. If they are treated, thus mutilated by physicians, the damage is irreversible.

As for Dr. Levine’s special expertise, in public health, the reason she was purportedly chosen for the job, Tyler O’Neil reports on Sen. Richard Burr’s outline of her qualifications:

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) laid out the scandal in his opening remarks at Levine’s confirmation hearing on Thursday.

“Along with testing challenges from last spring, your state failed to adequately protect nursing home residents from the virus and is making unacceptable mistakes in the vaccine distribution process,” Burr noted.

“Pennsylvania ranks as one of the most dangerous states for long-term care residents battling COVID-19. Fifty-two percent of Pennsylvania COVID-19 deaths came from nursing homes, and three in ten of the deadliest facilities in the country were in Pennsylvania. Your state came in 46th in the country in its effort to put safeguards in place that managed the spread of infections in these settings with only 16 percent of the state’s nursing homes receiving infection control inspections that could have saved residents from the spread of COVID-19,” Burr claimed.

Indeed, 52 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Pennsylvania have occurred in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. As for the 46th in the country rating, that appears to trace back to Families for Better Care, which ranked Pennsylvania near last for dangerous conditions in nursing homes when it released its 2019 Nursing Home Report Card.

So, Dr. Levine failed in Pennsylvania. She might be nominated for the Andrew Cuomo award as the Lord High Executioner of the coronavirus. For the Biden administration that counts as a qualification. 

1 comment:

Bruce Hall said...

Biden likes to appoint people who failed at a lower level to oversee the same things at a higher level: