The holiday season of 2020 will go down as a turning point in the annals of human history. It will become known as the time when Western society made a choice between surviving free, or plunging into a future of government enslavement.
For this holiday ‘season’ we are witness to a truly tyrannical restriction of basic human rights that is occurring in multiple states and cities across the America and in nations around the world. Executive authorities are acting as despots who believe they are accountable neither to God, the Constitution, or the people.
In America, all of this can be attributed to an unprecedented and tyrannical response to the COVID 19 pandemic by local and state authorities throughout the nation. By far the most despotic of these actions have been and are now being directed by those of the Democratic party persuasion, including New York, both city and the state, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Washington, Oregon, and of course, California.
These renewed orders for lockdowns and mask mandates are little more than state-declared house arrest for everyone, regardless of whether or not they are ill. These are unnecessary and unconstitutional orders which merit one response, non-compliance.
None of these state-mandated measures are necessary
This journal has covered the pandemic-panic and the draconian government responses in previous articles. The primary focus in those pieces was how certain American states and cities responded with lockdowns and mask mandates forced upon the people.
However, this is a global phenomenon and the responses of other nations and their success (or lack thereof) at containing COVID-19 is instructive. The example of Sweden’s national strategy against COVID is particularly enlightening as they engaged in no lock downs or required mask-wearing with successful results.
It is now clear from studying the numbers around the world that the ‘lockdowns’ made little or no difference in the spread and certainly not in the lethality of the virus pandemic. Sweden is perhaps the best example of this as they never did the ‘lockdowns’ and the data show that they are no worse off than most of Europe and actually are in better shape than places such as Italy and the United Kingdom that did the ‘lockdowns.’
The Swedish approach to the pandemic has been under scrutiny since last April when the World Health Organization’s emergencies expert Dr. Mike Ryan praised it as a potential worldwide model for COVID-19 response.
We have been witnessing over the past 9 months a living example of 10 million people whose authorities never shut down schools, stores or businesses. They followed a government policy much like that recommended in the recent Great Barrington Declaration of focused protection of vulnerable populations, and allowing everyone else to live their normal lives.
We have featured the Great Barrington Declaration in a previous piece. It is a document created by 3 physicians with stellar credentials and endorsed by over 30,000 other physicians and more than 12,000 medical and public health scientists!
Sweden reached a basic level of herd immunity as a result and though there is a recent rise in cases, the death rate from COVID is substantially lower than when they were first hit. Herd immunity is the natural version of what is provided artificially with a vaccine.
Moreover, no one seems to be paying attention to the actual lethality of COVID-19. Just how deadly is this virus?
The answer is, not very much. According to CDC figures, the survival rate of those who contract COVID from ages 0 to 19 is 99.997%! Tell us again why public schools are still closed, state authorities.
From ages 20-49, the survival rate is 99.98%. From 50-69 it is 99.5%, and from the age of 70+ the rate is 94.6%. We do not need the masks and lockdowns to keep us safe and they create far more problems than infection with COVID-19!
We now know according to a peer-reviewed, random controlled study of 6,000 people in Denmark that masks are ineffective in protecting the wearer from contracting the COVID-19. The study did not ascertain whether or not wearing a mask protects others from getting the disease, however, it stands to reason that if the virus can come through a mask from outside, it can also be breathed out from a wearer to others.
Moreover, almost no one is talking about the high potential for physical damage incurred by wearing a mask in both the short and long term. The obvious fact is that masks inhibit respiratory function and make it more difficult to breathe.
However, one German neurologist, Dr. Margarite Griesz-Brisson, warned just last month about how masks deprive us of much-needed oxygen and cause permanent damage to our brains.
Dr. Margarite Griesz-Brisson MD, PhD is a Consultant Neurologist and Neurophysiologist with a PhD in Pharmacology, with special interest in neurotoxicology, environmental medicine, neuroregeneration and neuroplasticity. This is what she has to say about facemasks and their effects on our brains:
“The reinhalation of our exhaled air will without a doubt create oxygen deficiency and a flooding of carbon dioxide. We know that the human brain is very sensitive to oxygen deprivation. There are nerve cells for example in the hippocampus that can’t be longer than 3 minutes without oxygen – they cannot survive. The acute warning symptoms are headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, issues in concentration, slowing down of reaction time – reactions of the cognitive system. However, when you have chronic oxygen deprivation, all of those symptoms disappear, because you get used to it. But your efficiency will remain impaired and the under-supply of oxygen in your brain continues to progress.
She goes on to warn that this will result in the death of nerve cells that cannot regenerate.
The second problem is that the nerve cells in your brain are unable to divide themselves normally. So in case our governments will generously allow as to get rid of the masks and go back to breathing oxygen freely again in a few months, the lost nerve cells will no longer be regenerated. What is gone is gone.
She then issues an alarm concerning children and adolescents being required to wear masks.
For children and adolescents, masks are an absolute no-no. Children and adolescents have an extremely active and adaptive immune system and they need a constant interaction with the microbiome of the Earth. Their brain is also incredibly active, as it has so much to learn. The child’s brain, or the youth’s brain, is thirsting for oxygen. The more metabolically active the organ is, the more oxygen it requires. In children and adolescents every organ is metabolically active. To deprive a child’s or an adolescent’s brain from oxygen, or to restrict it in any way, is not only dangerous to their health, it is absolutely criminal. Oxygen deficiency inhibits the development of the brain, and the damage that has taken place as a result CANNOT be reversed
However, there is another crucial reason that non-compliance is necessary. It is because the tyrannical Left has tasted greater power through these fear-induced lockdowns and mask mandates, and they crave even more power over us now.
The Left wants the COVID tyranny to continue and expand
The new press of lockdowns and mask mandates from Leftist mayors and governors are another attempt to imbibe in the heady brew of power over their populace. They are becoming drunk with this brew and are issuing more restrictive decrees through the holiday season of 2020.
Here are but a few examples of the newest restrictions these tyrants are placing on their citizens this holiday season.
California Governor Gavin Newsome ordered a month-long statewide curfew on November 19th in the wake of a surge of coronavirus.
New York City schools were ordered closed by Mayor Bill De Blasio effective November 19th because of a 3% rise in COVID cases citywide. The schools were only reopened last April and and this will now affect over 300,000 children in the city.
The Mayor of New Jersey’s largest city called for a 10-day “shelter in place” lockdown starting Wednesday, November 25, 2020. Yes, this just happened to be the day before Thanksgiving.
Most recently, the Governor of Connecticut is imposing a $10,000 fine on businesses who dare to violate COVID restrictions, and Mayor De Blasio announced NYC holiday travel quarantine rules which would be strictly enforced by his new enforcement team headed by Sherriff Joe Fucito, since NYPD rightly doesn’t want to be the “mask police.”
“Sheriff teams will be out in force as the holidays approach,” he continued. “There will be vehicle checkpoints at key bridges and crossings throughout New York City. Sheriff will also be conducting checkpoints at curbside drop-off bus stops — so, out-of-state buses coming into New York City, when they drop off at the curb, they will be met by sheriff teams.” Those sheriff teams will make sure people know exactly what they must do in order to comply with New York’s quarantine orders, Fucito said. Anyone who does not follow the travel quarantine rules should know: “There will be consequences,” including mandatory quarantine orders from the health commissioner, summons, and fines. And he tied holiday gatherings to other unsavory gatherings such as “illegal fight clubs, underground raves, and illegal gambling dens.”
So now, according to Warren Wilhelm, aka Bill De Blasio, a family holiday gathering is akin to an illegal fight club!? He is one of a growing number of mayors and governors who are providing the final piece of evidence that these COVID ‘executive orders’ are quests for raw political power.
The evidence of a tyrant is shown by how he or she abides by the orders they issue to everyone else. When they violate the orders, it feeds their sense of importance and privilege, and pushes them to keep the tyranny going as long as they can.
There have been many examples of this behavior from mayors and governors throughout the pandemic panic. One of the latest examples comes from the reliable Lefty Governor Newsome of California as relayed by Brandon Tatum in the following video.
Mr. Tatum is a former police officer and a refreshingly plain-spoken man. His thought that this tyranny may be related to a further step of requiring the taking of a vaccine if one wishes to keep a business open is his own speculation.
However, it would be consistent with the behavior of these state and city dictators around the nation. Power and wealth often combines to make the temptation for further power almost irresistible.
Moreover, none other than renowned Dr. Anthony Fauchi has recently suggested that such “health” measures might be necessary even after a vaccine is available! Although he was not specific, you can be certain that masking, lockdowns, and “social distancing” will be among those measures.
We are being manipulated by fear
The Leftist forces in America and around the globe have been using the pandemic to cause terror in the citizens under their sway. This includes not only the governmental tyrants but their Leftmedia allies as well.
Consequently, they have also worked diligently to use the fear-mongering and manipulate the populace into giving away individual liberties and ceding freedom to the state. This has been to the detriment of the health and well-being of every person.
The physical and psychological harm these draconian measures has already done is enormous as featured in the aforementioned Great Barrington Declaration. Moreover, there is a significant negative effect to society itself because of the messages the lockdowns and mask requirements are sending to each of us.
This is a very perceptive quote from Irish journalist John Waters last July concerning mandatory mask-wearing,
At the very height of this alleged pandemic, back in April, there was no talk of compulsory masks. In all of May, when the figures were dying down to nothing…there was no talk of compulsory masks. In June, when there were no cases virtually at all, there was no talk of compulsory masks. Now, when it’s all but disappeared, it’s gone, they are now bringing in compulsory masks. The reason for that is they need …to create visibility of the terror they want to create in the people and that’s why this is so important to them. These are really sinister people we’re dealing with now… these politicians… They are the enemies of the Irish people. Because the mask is a way of denying the very human face of the person. It is a way of taking away the individual unique humanity of each person and turning us all into zombies and restoring us all to a kind of animal state. So that no longer when we look at each other coming down the street, we see Tom or Mary or Mick, my friend, my brother, but instead as a festering mess of bacteria and viruses which is a danger to my health. [emphasis mine]
Mr. Waters calls ‘these politicians… enemies of the Irish people,’ and he is correct. He would also be correct if he were an American saying that the Leftist politicians are now enemies of American citizens.
Perhaps most harmful of all will be the effects upon the children in society. Through school closures and the masking rules, children are being taught by example to be isolated from and fearful of being around other children.
Our children are being molded in fear of taking any risks because there are so many foolish adults who have been enslaved by fear of COVID. Here are some pertinent observations about this from radio host Bill Spadea on the November 20th episode of Hold the Line with Buck Sexton. It’s not simply that the children should be in school,
It’s how they are in school. The idea of children being isolated, distanced, masked and being taught to fear one another, God forbid you hug your friend or go play ball outside or inside of the gym or it might kill someone’s grandma…is a horrific, horrific mental assault and emotional assault upon these kids.
This is the psychological manipulation and the beginning of societal enslavement of us and our children. We the people of the United States of America must not allow such tyrannical behavior and fear-mongering by power-mad politicians and Leftist elites with their media allies.
After all we have seen this year from the despotic government leaders, does anyone really believe that they won’t try to clamp down on Christmas as well as Thanksgiving? The Leftist political power-brokers have now savored the flavor of control over you and I, and they will not want to ever relinquish that.
The Bill of Rights doesn’t go away simply at the whim of government officials, and thankfully some are beginning to stand against the tyrants. Large numbers of citizens and law enforcement must join them and say, “We will not comply,” and it must be done across the nation.
Some are already engaging in non-compliance, and the rest of us must join them
These tyrannical COVID restrictions are violations of the personal liberties of millions of Americans put in place by fiat, with no new laws being passed by the legislatures. It is time for the public to resist these attempts to control our basic freedoms, and it must begin with mass non-compliance to the tyrannical edicts of Leftist overlords.
Some within the law enforcement community itself have begun such resistance already by a refusal to enforce COVID restrictions in their jurisdictions. For instance, NYPD has stated they won’t enforce restrictions on the size of holiday family gatherings.
Another example is of a Sherriff in Fulton County, New York who succinctly explains their position.
“With regard to the Thanksgiving Executive Order, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office will NOT be enforcing it against our County residents. Frankly, I am not sure it could sustain a Constitutional challenge in Court for several reasons including your house is your castle. And as a Sheriff with a law degree, I couldn’t in good faith attempt to defend it in Court, so I won’t. Who and how many people you invite into your home is your business…
On the other side of the country, some law enforcement agencies in Oregon have also stated that their policy will be non-enforcement of Governor Kate Brown’s holiday despotism.
Several sheriff’s departments in Oregon say they’re not going to enforce COVID-19 restrictions or make arrests during the COVID-19 ‘freeze’ that Gov. Kate Brown put in place this week… Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon says it is ultimately the individual’s decision on whether they adhere to these health and safety measures. “To me, it’s what is our role in our community?” Yon said. “We are not the Gestapo, that’s not what we’re about.”
Sherriff Yon is absolutely correct. This is the correct stance against the unconstitutional executive orders of a power-hungry politician.
There has also emerged pushback against COVID tyranny by small businesses, as exemplified by a video of a business in Buffalo, New York, resisting the efforts of local health officials and law enforcement seeking to shut them down.
When I first viewed this I felt a bit of pride to be an American sharing the country with people who took a firm but peaceful stand against local tyranny. We all have the ability to do these kinds of things and if we do it in large numbers, the anti-liberty Left can be turned back.
As Americans, we cannot afford to be paralyzed by a virus while our liberties are being stolen. We cannot allow the governing executives to continue to make our homes our prisons under the auspice of a “public health emergency” that never ends!
We cannot abide government mandates that make showing our faces and breathing unencumbered illegal while visiting damage upon us, our children, and our society by twisting it to become suspicious and fearful of family, friends and neighbors in the irrational hope that government can ‘keep us safe.’ It can’t.
All of human life is a balance between risk that is acceptable in order to live freely, and risk that is intolerable and immediate enough to warrant precaution. Only in the most extreme of cases can the risk allow the temporary suspension of basic, individual human rights such as those in our Bill of Rights.
President Trump has said it before, “In America, we worship God, not government.” It is time for Americans in vast numbers to turn towards God to help us and stop bowing to officials who take power over us by their edicts and even deny that believers can gather to worship God.
In the name of pandemic panic, officials such as Gov. Newsome and Gov. Cuomo have sought to limit the numbers of people attending services with threats to shut them down. Recently these efforts were rebuked in a Supreme Court ruling stating that such restrictions violated the First Amendment protection of religious freedom.
For the follower of Christ, the Apostle Peter offers this remedy when confronted with tyrannical action against their efforts to speak the truth of the gospel. We are now in the season of Advent, and the church should lead the way in non-compliance with any government ‘health regulations’ used as an excuse to shut-down the practice of Christianity.
But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. Acts 5:29 [ESV]
When any authority, be it local, state, or national, denies believers the right to assemble and worship our LORD, it has become a choice of compliance or obedience to God. That is why we must use every peaceful method within our grasp to fight this new attempt at subjugation of our land under the cruel heel of godless Socialists.
That is also why we must first come to our LORD in repentance and ask for His wisdom, grace, strength and love to endure whatever awaits us. For then we will have the favor of God and His promise to restore our land.
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 [ESV]
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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