Usually, I can’t stand televised congressional hearings. The grandstanding and bloviating irritate me, and our elected officials seem more interested in getting a soundbite for a fundraising email than serving the American people.

But I make an exception to that rule when it involves the takedown of a high-and-mighty government bureaucrat.

During a recent hearing on Capitol Hill, Senator Rand Paul went after Dr. Anthony Fauci for his insane, evidence-free stance on masks and vaccines.

“You’ve been vaccinated, and you parade around in two masks for show. You can’t get it again. There’s virtually zero percent chance you’re going to get it. You’re defying everything we know about immunity by telling people to wear masks who have been vaccinated,” Sen. Paul said.

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Sen. Paul, who also happens to be a medical doctor, argues that Dr. Fauci’s insistence that vaccinated Americans wear masks is totally counterproductive. If we want people to get the vaccine, we should be reassuring them that they can go back to their normal lives after they take the shot—not fear-mongering about COVID-19 variants and hypothetical doomsday scenarios.

Sen. Paul is exactly right. As an endorser of the Convention of States Project, the senator believes that the American people have the right to self-governance. We the People should be able to make our own decisions about mask-wearing, and that’s especially true now that the vaccine is widely available.

Like all government bureaucrats, Dr. Fauci believes the opposite. Self-governance is dangerous because it means average American citizens would be empowered to judge the best course of action for themselves. He believes he knows what’s best for you, your family, and your community, and he believes he should use the awesome power of the federal government to impose his top-down dictates.

This kind of elitism is destroying what little trust was left between the federal government and liberty-loving Americans. After this pandemic ends, I won’t be surprised to see Americans’ confidence in Washington fall to record lows.

There is one silver lining. Sen. Paul’s epic takedown is only the latest in a series of revelations that have exposed the bureaucrats for what they are: power-hungry charlatans with no real regard for the science.

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At the beginning of the pandemic, Dr. Fauci ignored the science and discouraged the American people from wearing masks. Why? Because he worried average Americans couldn’t be trusted not to stockpile PPE.

On school reopening, Dr. Fauci has been even less consistent. He’s flip-flopped on schools for the last 12 months even though no data has ever indicated that schools are vectors of transmission.  

Now he’s telling us that vaccines aren’t enough to stop the spread of COVID-19 even though, as Sen. Paul points out, the vaccine virtually eliminates the chance of death.

Dr. Fauci isn’t interested in science. He’s interested in holding onto power for as long as he can.

This is why I founded the Convention of States Project and why Sen. Paul has endorsed it. Power-hungry bureaucrats shouldn’t run our country, and only an Article V Convention of States can put the states and the people back in the driver’s seat—for good.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.