We don’t like being negative.
We think it’s wrong to constantly bicker, express anger, and go after people, especially by name.
No matter how righteous, it is at the very least not spiritually mature. At worst, it will deepen (even greatly) one’s purgatory. Flee from those whose commerce is to defame.
And so it is, with hesitation, that we say:
Mr. William Henry Gates III, for the sake of your family as well as this country — and world — please retrench. Retreat. Get off the world stage. Keep funding the good causes you fund (not the ones that promote birth control, abortion, and genetic meddling; the good causes of public hygiene and agricultural aid to poor nations), but remove yourself from center stage, especially in matters of health.
You have problems that we need not repeat here, recent ones that have made headlines globally. We’re sorry to hear about them, and genuinely surprised that your marital union wasn’t quite as presented in front of cameras. Now your wife is seeking an annulment in the Catholic Church. We do give her credit for this (if not for other issues that contravene the faith). We also give you credit for allowing her to raise your children Catholic, despite your apparent agnosticism and comments to the effect that you can imagine better uses of your time on Sundays. (Like: golfing?)
But Bill, your judgment in private shows that we can’t trust your public judgment either. As we noted in a recent “special report,” you spent a lot of time with Jeffrey Epstein, after he was convicted of promoting child prostitution. You flew on his jet. You were at his place on a good number of occasions.
We’re not God, and can’t judge Mr. Epstein (or you), but overwhelming evidence points to his various homes as cesspools of abuse and impurity.
You have been linked to him and now, without repeating other gossip, it seems you were not quite the aw-shucks western techie, the homey family man, the sweater-wearing guy near a fireplace, your public images purveyed. We’re not sure — to be frank — who you are.
But we are certain that however right you have been about aspects of the current pandemic, your judgment, and for all we know (we assume the opposite) your motives, could be as skewed as the sort of decision-making that led to where you now are.
Take a bow from the limelight. Exit the stage.
Over the weekend the Wall Street Journal said Microsoft Corporation board members — your own company! — decided that you needed to step down from its board in 2020 as they pursued an investigation into a prior romantic relationship with a female Microsoft employee that was deemed inappropriate. It would be gossip if it wasn’t something germain to public welfare (which it is).
Back off. Get your own house in order before telling everyone else what to do (and in some cases trying to force them).
Vaccines? We do not wish your opinion on those. This is a delicate issue and you are no longer in a position of trust. We also urge you at the least to divest yourself of holdings in the vaccine company MedeVac if you are going to posit public opinions. And we urge you to stop defending the grip pharmaceutical companies have on vaccine recipes — but rather to share them with nations that cannot afford to pay off the patents. You are supposed to be about saving lives in third-world countries.
The spirit of control that pervades you — from Windows to vaccines — is disconcerting, even alarming.
Kudos to you for wanting to give your truly incredible fortune — 145,000 million dollars — to various causes instead of simply hoarding it. Incredible it is. As The New York Times, which exposed your Epstein connections, recently said, “The fortune of Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates exceeds the size of Morocco’s annual economy, combines the value of Ford, Twitter, and Marriott International, and is triple the endowment of Harvard.”
Not bad. You could hand everyone in a city the size of Topeka, Kansas, a million dollars each.
At the same time, let us say that no one needs or should be allowed to accumulate that level of wealth. This nation called America used to tax people like you (during the 1960s) at eighty percent. Spread it to the poor — and not for birth control and abortion. Fund agencies that are trying to preserve God’s Creation. Goodness, your home is Seattle is valued at $160 million. During this difficult period, you have moved to a golf course community in Palm Spring that is $12.5 million. You own homes all over the place while people around the world have dirt floors on which to eat and sleep.
Do give it away. Thank you for sending a message to fellow mega-billionaires to be philanthropists.
But Bill: get out of the health business. It’s an area that takes exquisitely fine-tuned morality and judgment. You don’t have that. Nor can we consider you transparent. Your public images is at great variance with what we are not (skim) reading.
Who needs gossip.
Who needs judgment.
But also, who needs the opinions of those who seek to solve world turmoil while perhaps being someone very different than we knew and while facing tremendous turmoil in their own lives.