• I'm a doctor and a Democrat, and I won't let the mob force me to choose

    From Johnny@21:1/5 to All on Fri May 20 08:13:59 2022
    By Pierre Kory
    Published May 20, 2022

    The high-profile back-and-forth between Elon Musk and Twitter has jump
    started a national conversation about the broader re-alignment of our
    cultural priorities and ideology. In the face of blowback from
    progressives, Musk has argued that today’s Democratic Party, "has been hijacked by extremists," morphing fellow center-left liberals like
    myself to align with current perspectives of those held by

    He's right—and the Democrat party’s newfound and aggressive affinity
    for censoring debate and strong-arming doctors is making many of us
    rethink our political allegiance.

    I’m a lifelong Democrat. I voted for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and
    Joe Biden. I used to have an inherent aversion to Republicans, as I
    joke with colleagues, similar to how the vaccinated feel about the
    unvaccinated today. But as the pandemic unfolded, and I discussed with
    doctors across the country and around the world my experience treating patients, I met many new conservative colleagues and friends who put
    politics aside to focus on doing our best at the bedside. It made me
    more tolerant and understanding of their worldviews.

    At the same time, I used to view Democrats, and the center-left more
    broadly, as the champions of free speech both in civil society and in
    our professional institutions. But now, as with today’s progressive
    political movement, medical boards are adopting policies that censor
    opinions, defining such speech as mis- or disinformation, especially
    scientific opinions around COVID. Medical professionals who refuse to
    toe the party line risk censorship, cancellation, and even the loss of license—a fate far worse than getting banned from Twitter.

    The trend is forcing doctors who exhibit critical thinking to face an existential choice: join the mob and support what many of us believe
    are dangerous policies without a sound scientific basis, or stand up
    and risk losing your livelihood.



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