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In America, we have taken our freedom for granted because, while we have been willing to fight to defend the freedom of others, we have never been called upon to defend it in our own backyard. Most Americans have never imagined we would experience a serious threat to autonomy and freedom of thought, speech, conscience, and assembly
When the government threatens to take away an individual’s right to employment, education, health care, and the ability to enter a store to buy food, enter a hospital or travel on public transportation, there is no other word for it but tyranny
It doesn’t have to be like this. We can refuse to be psychologically manipulated so we are unable to engage in rational thinking and are crippled by fear. We can push back against the authoritarians taking away our freedom and trying to divide us.
With the exception of Pearl Harbor and September 11, 2001, Americans have not been attacked by an enemy on our own soil. Unlike countries in Europe during World War II, America has never been occupied by a military force or locked down under martial law. We have never seen soldiers in armored vehicles patrolling the streets, warning us to stay in our homes or face arrest — or worse.
Beginning in 1776, when our freedom-seeking founders wrote the Declaration of Independence1 and stood their ground from Lexington and Concord to Saratoga and Valley Forge,2 and then came together to create a constitutional Republic dedicated to protecting individual and minority rights,3 the United States of America has defined and served as a beacon for liberty for people around the world.4
This summer, we watched soldiers patrolling the streets of Sydney, Australia, with helicopters overhead blaring warnings to stunned, locked-down people to stay in their homes in the name of public health.5,6,7 We have watched hundreds of thousands of people, young and old, gather together again and again in the streets of Paris, London, Rome, Athens and Berlin.8,9,10,11,12
They are marching against authoritarianism, the kind of Orwellian authoritarianism embodied in government-issued vaccine passports that punish citizens for simply defending the right to make a voluntary medical decision for themselves and their minor children,13 a decision about whether to be injected with a biological pharmaceutical product that can cause serious reactions,14,15,16,17 injure,18,19,20,21 kill22,23,24 or fail to work.25,26,27,28 The signs they carry say:
“No forced testing, no forced vaccines”
“Stop the dictatorship”
“Hands off our children”
“My body is mine”
“Big Pharma shackles freedom”
“No to the Pass of shame”
“Better to die free than live as a slave”
In what has become a prophetic primal scream for liberty, governments are ordering the police to break up the largely peaceful demonstrators29,30 flooding the big cities and small villages of western Europe, the first populations to organize massive public protests against old fashioned tyranny dressed up in 21st-century clothes.
The people of Europe were the first to stand up for freedom during this government-declared public health emergency because they know how tyranny begins. They know what it looks like and they remember what it feels like. They remember and are declaring, “Never again.”