As seen on Tucker Carlson Tonight. As heard on Glenn Beck and Mark Levin. “In his famous Farewell Address, President Eisenhower warned about allowing public policy to become captive to a scientific elite without regard to the principles of our constitutional system and the goals of a free society. Eisenhower was prescient. During the COVID crisis, states like New York that embraced unadulterated Faucism saw poor results across the board, while states that pursued an Eisenhower-style approach like Florida protected freedom and performed better in education, economy and health outcomes. Executives are elected to lead and make tough decision...
Publisher: Post Hill Press (March 26, 2021) Paperback: 180 pages ISBN-10: 1637581114 ISBN-13: 978-1637581117 ASIN: B0917PZ3D3
Steve Deace is on BlazeTV radio and podcast for two hours each weekday, right after Glenn Beck. He’s also the author of several books and is a prolific writer. His 2013 column defending Duck Dynasty and traditional American values was the second most read column of the year for USA Today. In addition to USA Today, he’s also been a contributor to Breitbart, Business Insider, Townhall, and Politico. National media coast-to-coast recognize Deace as an influential voice in his home state of Iowa’s first in the nation caucuses. He’s frequently been quoted in the national media on political issues, especially presidential politics. Deace has also appeared on all three major cable news networks. Deace lives in Iowa with his wife, Amy, and their three children — Anastasia, Zoe, and Noah. You can visit his website at www.blazetv.com/deace to learn more.
Advance Praise for Faucian Bargain
“Steve Deace is a true patriot whose zeal for liberty is undeniable. Every day, Steve walks the walk when it comes to fighting for Americans’ fundamental rights. This book is written with a keen understanding of the pain and devastation we’ve all seen throughout this pandemic. Throughout, Steve’s passion for protecting Ameri-cans’ freedoms is ever-present.”
—U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
“In his famous Farewell Address, President Eisenhower warned about allowing public policy to become captive to a scientific elite without regard to the principles of our constitutional system and the goals of a free society. Eisenhower was prescient. During the COVID crisis, states like New York that embraced unadulterated Faucism saw poor results across the board, while states that pursued an Eisenhower-style approach like Florida protected freedom and performed better in education, economy and health outcomes. Executives are elected to lead and make tough decisions, and such leadership cannot be outsourced to health bureaucrats like Fauci.”
—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
“In this important book the authors do the job our uninquisitive media has failed to do throughout this ordeal. Confirming with cited and sourced details the enemy of both liberty and logic the lockdowns have proven to be. Which also proves too much power in the hands of an unelected bureaucrat, regardless of his intentions, can no longer be our new normal.”
—U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
“This is an important book, to both get answers to how we got here and to help us never succumb to something like this ever again. Permitting unelected bureaucrats to hold this much power indefinitely doesn’t end well.”
—Mark Levin, New York Times bestselling author and talk show host
“In their typical fashion, Steve Deace and Todd Erzen spare no expense in pursuit of truth. We’ve been told a lot of things during this pandemic, and a lot of them contradict each other. This book uses documented data and sources to cut through the clutter, most of it Fauci’s, and bring us to a place of reason and science.”
—Glenn Beck, New York Times best-selling author and Radio Hall of Fame broadcaster
“This book is needed to help us end this statist charade once and for all. The data clearly shows we can both protect the most vulnerable and restore our liberties. But for that to happen we need to follow the actual science, and not a liberal-media-created celebrity such as Fauci.”
—David Limbaugh, New York Times bestselling author
Dedicated to our children, and the next generation. May we pass on to them whatever is left of the American Dream.
“A Republic, If You Can Keep It”
According to legend, upon exiting the Constitutional Convention—where the now eighty-one-year-old Ben Franklin had just successfully lobbied his fellow Founding Fathers to ratify the US Constitution—he was confronted by a group of citizens wondering what sort of government the delegates had given these new United States of America.
“A republic, if you can keep it,” Franklin is said to have famously answered.
In other words, his generation had fulfilled its mission. It was now time for a new generation to answer history’s call to fulfill theirs, with independence already boldly declared and then successfully defended. These colonies were now free and independent states, further codified into law by the passing of the Tenth Amendment one year after the Constitution itself, which states:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Those twenty-eight words were the final words written into the Bill of Rights, which were the very first amendments to the Constitution. They are merely twenty-eight words, but they pack a wallop. For they reinforce, once more both bluntly and plainly, the original premise of our Constitution that makes it unique in all of human history—this governing document was meant to limit the power of the federal government, not the freedom of those it governs.
As a generation, the Founding Fathers had two things in common—a reverential fear of God and a fear of too much power placed in the hands of fallible/fallen human beings. One of the textbooks popular during the years when many of them were being educated was called Cato’s Letters. It is full of admonitions like this one:
The love of power is natural. It is insatiable, it is whetted, not cloyed by possession. Power renders man wanton, insolent of others, and fond of themselves.
Enter Anthony Fauci.
Cato’s Letters is not a book of prophecy but of history, though we will argue in the book you’re about to read that excerpt is a brutally perfect description of Fauci’s ongoing reign. Its authors were not sages peering into a crystal ball foretelling our future, or the rise of the most powerful and dangerous bureaucrat in American history in our time.
Rather, they knew long before George Santayana did that those who have not learned from history are doomed to repeat it. They were not drunk on Utopian notions about the nature of man. They accepted the realization there are forces at work within the creation beyond us, that we are not the ultimate power down here. They also accepted the biblical notion that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” as a mission statement for our species, which an accurate reading of history continually (and sadly) reinforced.
Therefore, the Founding Fathers they helped mentor understood there was an ironic tension in their central claim: on the one hand they sought to overthrow a king’s power, but on the other (if successful) they knew better than to now claim that same power for themselves—lest they become like that which they despised.
The great George Orwell was similarly not a prophet, but as an astute observer of history he understood history not only repeats but it often rhymes. He, too, recognized that revolutions—particularly when the goal is the empowering of the state but merely under different wannabe despots or do-gooders this time—often turn out to look a lot like that which they had just overthrown.
The final line of his classic Animal Farm sums it up perfectly:
The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.
Another textbook the Founding Fathers learned much from was the Good Book itself. Jewish history and Mosaic Law, or the “Old Testament,” was influential and often cited throughout their writings and public discourse, residual evidence of which still exists throughout our nation’s Capitol to this day. One of the pivotal moments in Jewish history as told in the Old Testament ironically comes during the only book that doesn’t specifically mention God by name—Esther.
Esther is the Hebrew wife of Xerxes the Great, the most powerful man in the world at the time as the king of the mighty Persian Empire. Such a vast and powerful state was too much for a singular man to run, so it required a similarly vast and powerful bureaucracy to maintain it. Not even a ruler as wise and empathetic as Solomon could rule over so much by himself, let alone one from a line of ruthless conquerors such as Xerxes.
And yet at the exact same time King Xerxes is making a young Jewish girl the star (Esther literally meant “star” in Farsi) of his kingdom as his new queen, the Jewish people she came from are existentially threatened. Not so much by King Xerxes himself, but by his administrative state. Specifically its de facto prime minister Haman, who was manipulating his influence within the bureaucracy as a means to plot a genocide of the Jewish people. That plot is only successfully foiled when Esther risks her own life to disclose it to King Xerxes before it is hatched.
One of the great works of modern fiction is J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, where even the Dark Lord Sauron requires bureaucracy to maintain his hold on power from behind his Black Gate. Whether it’s the rings he forged himself to hold the various kingdoms of Middle Earth in line, or his servant Saruman dispatching the vile Wormtongue to be the true tyrannical power behind King Théoden’s rotting throne.
That makes it a clean sweep. Scripture, history, philosophy, and fiction all tell the cautionary tale of a bureaucracy (or a singular bureaucrat) gone wild.
However, one nation’s bureaucracy is another nation’s “checks and balances.” When the Founding Fathers established three independent branches of government with their eighteen enumerated powers, as well as thirteen distinct and independent state governments complete with all their various local and community infrastructures, they were not intending to create an administrative state of perpetual unelected bureaucracy. The very assertion that you were a nongovernmental organization come to solve a current social or political issue—with ample taxpayer funding, of course—would’ve gotten you tarred and feathered in their midst.
Instead, they desired layers of liberty insurance. It was precisely because they didn’t trust human nature as a basic instinct that they sought to create layers of competitive accountability. Meaning “we the people” would have multiple peaceable options on the table to have the rule of law upheld, our God-given rights maintained, and our liberty prized. And each of these layers would be a check-and-balance on the other, because the competitive tension among them would disincentivize consolidation towards despotism.
Yet all it takes for “checks and balances” to become bureaucracy, and bureaucracy to devolve into an all-powerful and self-perpetuating administrative state, is for self-governing men and women to do nothing. There is no government system that can sufficiently restrain the fallen nature of man once man no longer acknowledges he is fallen.
Unfortunately, recent generations of Americans have not answered history’s call but rather kicked the can down the road. Thus setting the stage for a problematic figure such as Fauci to emerge as the most powerful and dangerous bureaucrat in American history. Figures such as Fauci are rarely the cause but the effect of the culture from whence they came. Only in the last fifty years or so of American history would it be possible for an uber-crat like Fauci to be conceived.
In his farewell address back in 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower warned we were poised to be held hostage by a celebrity class of allegedly infallible experts:
Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been over-shadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers. The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded. Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite. [emphasis added]
The bad news is we not only didn’t heed Ike’s warning, but succumbed to it. The good news is there’s still time to do something about it. For if a book such as this can be freely written and read, then we still have enough freedom to push back.
This book will not argue that COVID-19 isn’t a serious disease or that coronavirus isn’t a serious pandemic. But it will not exaggerate the seriousness, either. We, the authors of this book, believe the truth is its own reward, and the truth should be set free to have its say. So it will be stated, and cited, in bold colors and not pale pastels. But while even far more vicious contagions such as the Spanish flu eventually come and go, the tyrannical precedents set by this current one threaten to remain long after it’s a threat.
Thus threatening whatever is left of our constitutional republic.
Nor will this book seek to turn Fauci into a real-life caricature of a Goldstein or Snowball. His name is on the marquee, yes, but the truth is he’s not really the main villain. Fauci is not some sinister figure who cynically manipulated these events in order to rise to power. As you will see in this book, he contradicts himself way too much, and is too easily exposed, to be considered that sort of mastermind. He’s more Apple Dumpling Gang than Nicolae Carpathia.
Fauci is not the disease but the symptom. He’s the construct of the Matrix, at worst an Agent Smith if you will, not the Matrix itself. For our federal leviathan to exist and sustain, it requires multitudes of figureheads such as a Fauci. And if Fauci weren’t there to step to the microphone, it would’ve just been someone else.
The likes of Fauci within the DC swamp are, well, legion.
That’s because we have been derelict in answering history’s call. Largely because prior to coronavirus we were drunk on comfort and complacency. But COVID-19 has taught us, harshly, that all we’ve been blessed to take for granted and which previous generations had to fight for can be taken away faster than you can say “nonessential business.” That even here, in twenty-first-century America, you can wake up one day and toilet paper is not only rationed, but the local business that sustained your family for decades can be erased from memory. That the local church that brought grace and mercy to the community can be shuttered. That funerals, graduations, weddings, proms, and other rites of passage that testify to the fact life is more than a mere survival rate can be cancelled with no makeup date promised.
A republic if you can keep it.
To that end, this book sees the role it has to play in such a cause as arming you, the reader, with the most devastating weapon of our current technological age—information. Some of this information is so important, and will be so foreign to the Fake News narrative/panic porn you’ve been bombarded with, that it will need to be repeated. Just as the COVID vaccines emerging at the time this book was written require more than one dose, so will some of the truths you’ll come to learn in this book.
Whosoever controls the flow of information in any culture ultimately has control. We will use this book as a compilation of information, all true and all sourced, that allows you to practice true self-government. Each of you reading this, if we do our jobs, will now have the power of information in your hands. Power to wield to your city councils while debating more flat-earth, voodoo mitigation efforts that have repeatedly proven not to work. Or your state legislatures, your governors, your members of Congress, and so on. Once you’ve read this book, everyone who claims to rule you will be without excuse—but so will you.
Do not simply read this book and then say “cool story, bro.” This book is a weapon but not just against Fauci as a person as much as what he represents. For if we don’t stop this now there will be others like him in the future, and they may not even pretend to be as charming as he does. If you’re afraid of the power you’ve seen displayed by this man none of us voted for, and who many of us didn’t even know existed just two years ago, you’re right to be. But fear all the more the prospect that Fauci, if unchecked, will be the baseline for whatever comes next. And rest assured, something wicked this way comes. Here, and no further. The line must be drawn here.
The answer is us. A republic, and we must keep it.