Steve A. Stone
Dear Friends and Patriots,
We used to lead. Now, we are the led. And, we should be ecstatic about it! At least someone, somewhere, is doing what needs to be done. We just need to follow their lead to ensure all will turn out okay.
The Biden administration follows in the footsteps of the administration of Barack Obama in many respects. One of the primary ways it mimics is in its refusal to be a world leader – in anything other than irrelevance and inanity. Since January of last year Americans have endured daily insults from Washington; issued under the guise of COVID response rules, guidelines and recommendations. We’ve had to put up with nonsensical masking and quarantine rules, social distancing guidelines based upon nothing, mandatory business shutdowns that have wrecked our economy, unemployment compensation programs that fueled historically high labor shortages, intrusions onto private property, and most recently – mandatory vaccine programs. Our government has issued declaration after declaration, many to countermand previous declarations, seemingly aimed at instilling fear in people instead of doing any actual good in combatting what is obviously not a serious pandemic.
No one wants to minimize the tragedies and heartache that accompanies the very real deaths from COVID 19, but when the numbers are examined closely it’s easy to conclude that if the “seasonal” flu had ever received the same level of attention we have allowed our government to give COVID our country would have ceased to exist decades ago. This event in our history is an aberration, and a truly dumb aberration. Why have we allowed it? Why do we struggle to maintain our normal lives and passively accept the nonsense that constantly emanates from Washington? Why invite cognitive dissonance?
Yes, it’s true there have been protests here and there. We’ve seen occasional gatherings of hundreds at a time. But, in general, protests against the medical tyranny imposed on us by our government have been silent and peaceful. We sit in our homes, offices, and work sites and kvetch in small groups, but little more. One must wonder if the decades-long social conditioning efforts of progressives in power have succeeded in converting the entire nation into sheeple who are largely incapable of doing more than following along wherever the likes of Dr. Anthony Fauci choose to lead us. If that’s not true, then why do we see such a lack of visible and audible reaction from our populace?
Across the world anti-vaxx protests have been going on for months, mostly on weekends, but often during the week. The weekend protests are attended by throngs, and reported to be in the tens of thousands. The protests are mostly peaceful, but there have been occasional incidents of arson reported. Here’s just a brief list of where mass protests have been occurring:
Canada –all across the country since late summer, especially at hospitals, to protest mandatory child vaccinations. Anti-lockdown demonstrations started in Toronto in April 2020, and continue.
Germany – almost all major cities have experienced mass demonstrations since April 2020. One just last week in Bremen had over 20,000 marchers. Another, held in August in Berlin, drew a crowd of 30,000. Most of the rallies appear to range from 200 to 2,000 in attendance. The authorities identify a group calling itself “Querdeken,” which translates to “lateral thinking”, as the main organizer of the protest rallies. Querdeken has a broad-base of support, though German government authorities tend to characterize it as a right-wing populist movement.
Greece – major demonstrations were held in March and April 2021, with protester attendance of around 5,000. Keep in mind Greece is one of the poorest countries in Europe and has been under the thumb of the UN and World Bank for several years. Greeks have become accustomed to being pushed around by governmental authorities, yet they still have the gumption to rise up occasionally and be heard.
France – a nation famous for student protests every time the cost to attend a university goes up by a sou, has had many small protests throughout the past two years, but this year the French got serious. On 21 July of this year a nationwide protest was called, with a turnout of over 200,000. A week later, on 7 August, the crowds were estimated at 237,000, spread across 198 locations. On 14 August official estimates were as high as 250,000 across the 200 locations counted. Since August the protest crowds have been smaller, but they’re still huge in comparison to those in almost any other nation. I admit it; I have to admire the French.
Belgium – a protest held in Brussels on 17 Nov. 2021 had 35,000 people show up. The crowd got out of hand and attacked police and set fires. It wasn’t the best of shows.
Smaller, continuous protests have been held in many cities across the world. This is a partial list of places to watch: Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Israel, Lebanon, The Philippines, Thailand, Kazakhstan, India, Malaysia, Kenya, South Africa, Bulgaria, Belarus, Russia, Sweden, Ireland, Spain, Ukraine, and there are others.
The question posed should be obvious – Where Are WE? We’re a nation that has always trumpeted our pride in being the leaders of anything regarding the promotion of individual liberty and freedom, yet we’re pikers when it comes to protesting medical tyranny. We’ve had small demonstrations here and there, most recently in response to the mandatory vaccine rules imposed by corporations. But, we’re not heard loudly enough from such paltry efforts.
The people of America need to comprehend that this is 1963 and 1964 all over again. Instead of being the American Negro, who protested un-Constitutional, unequal treatment (aka, racial discrimination) – all Americans are affected. To repeat: unlike in the early ‘60s, this involves every single living American. We’re all being discriminated against by our government. We’re all being subjected to the same tyranny. We’re all watching our nation dissolve as a result.
Many have chosen to accept the notion of living in fear. They’ve accepted government propaganda regarding COVID and the so-called vaccines as literal truth. Those who have done so are either too scared or too lazy to do their own study and develop an informed opinion and rational basis for their acquiescence. Meanwhile a significant percentage of Americans have obviously rejected the idea of blind obedience and have gone down a different path.
A truly rational person would question why Congress has exempted itself and its staffs from any vaxx mandates. Similarly they would wonder why, if the COVID vax is so great, are none of the Executive Branch Cabinet officers required to get vaccinated, and why doesn’t any mandate apply to anyone working at the White House? If our so-called leaders truly believe in the necessity of the vaxx, wouldn’t they be among the first to demonstrate it. Yet … they don’t. And, they offer no real explanation for it, even as the same organizations require every member of the U.S. military forces and all civil servants to accept being jabbed – or be dismissed.
It’s way past time for all Americans to comprehend what’s at stake today. Everyone should understand the truth that our government has turned on us and our Constitution. We are no longer governed according to our Constitution, and we have become subjects of a tyrannical regime. Our government imposes rules upon us all, seemingly by the whim of Deep Staters. Few protest when new rules are imposed. We wait for law suits, assuming court challenges will prove our point – that the cavalier imposition of nonsensical rules is discriminatory, un-Constitutional, and not based on existing law. Then, when the law suits reach the federal courts, too often the judges fail to protect the interests of the people; which is supposed to be their primary obligation. Instead, far too many judges have sided with the government against us.
This week the Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases against vaxx mandates. Arguments are to be held in January. That means court decisions probably won’t be handed down until early summer. A few media pundits have been heard to utter encouraging words already – stating the cases are well-based in law, citing provisions of the Fourth and Tenth Amendments as their basis for optimism. Such optimism has little foundation in recent history, however. The Supreme Court has a bad record in protecting the interests of the people, a record that hasn’t improved with President Trump’s own appointees. The people keep getting sold out due to the timidity of the Supremes. One has to wonder what sword is dangling over their heads. The only truly reliable justice we can point to on that court is Clarence Thomas. He’s the only true American there. The rest vary in their fidelity to the Constitution, from occasionally strong support to outright and continual rejection of all it means. It’s a mistake to place faith in any untrustworthy court, and our Supreme Court has become totally untrustworthy. They are correct in feeling jammed-up due to the inaction and erroneous actions of Congress, but their gripe is with that body, so why take it out on all Americans? Yet, they seem to do so, and with great regularity.
Let’s get to the primary question of today – what should we all be doing? My personal perspective tells me the answer is simple – do whatever you can. Everyone can come up with excuses to sit on the sidelines and watch, but is that what our nation needs? That answer is obvious. We need action. We need help. We need people to start thinking out of the box and to find ways to lend a hand to save our nation. Will marches save it? Maybe not, but not marching and not protesting in any way certainly won’t. It’s true that most people can’t be front line warriors. The needs of family and other hard commitments preclude direct involvement most of the time. But, think about that. How hard would it be to take a vacation day and donate it to a protest aimed at saving our country? How difficult is it to arrange for a baby-sitter for half a day so you can be on a front line, letting your voice be heard? Is it too much to ask you to make a few signs, print a few flyers, or make a few phone calls? Is it, really? Ask yourself and do what your inner voice tells you.
I haven’t been a front-line warrior very often. I had commitments. I missed demonstrations because of work commitments I couldn’t defer. But, I’m fully retired now, and I’m trying to do much better. I show up. I raise my voice. I carry a sign. I march. I write. And … I am not afraid.
The most amazing statement of the 20th Century was uttered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, when he uttered the admonition, “The only thing we have to fear – is fear itself.” Many years ago I decided to confront all my fears and conquer them. I was afraid of heights, the dark, spiders, and tight spaces. One by one I found ways to systematically overcome them. All but that last one. That one has proved particularly difficult. But, along the way I discovered another fear I had to conquer. It was the same fear President Roosevelt spoke of – fear itself. I began to understand precisely what he was talking about and realized that of all the things I should fear it was being afraid that was the one thing that I had to fear the most. Being afraid can paralyze you. It can freeze you into inaction. Once I began to comprehend that great truth many things in my life changed. If I was in a particularly dicey situation I learned to stop and examine my emotional response. If I determined that I was afraid, I would try to pinpoint the exact source of my fear. In most cases that source turned out to be inconsequential and I could shove it aside and forge on. But, I had to learn how to do that self-examination, and to do it in a matter of a couple of minutes. Most of our fears are irrational. Once we identify and confront them we usually find they melt away and we can proceed with some degree of confidence. I’ve viewed scenes in war movies that perfectly capture just that situation. You’ve probably seen them, too. A soldier is preparing to assault his enemy who’s entrenched in a strong defensive position. He hesitates. His comrade senses his fear and says, “Hey, do you think you’re going to live forever?” With that, they leap from their positon and go on to do the job they were ordered to do.
The last paragraph is meant to deal with the situation of many of our neighbors, who are paralyzed by fear. They’ve been conditioned to be ashamed and afraid. They drank the Kool-Aide offered by our government and are now almost incapable of independent thought and action. Our duty is to love our neighbors enough to go and explain the truth of our nation’s situation and encourage them to lend a hand; to overcome their fear and take some meaningful action. All they need do is find out which front-line activist group is in their area, call them up, and offer to help in some meaningful way. They might be surprised by the reaction. They might find that their best contribution is just to show up and give a few people a ride. It might be to print off 100 flyers and deliver them to one of the organization’s officials. It might be as simple as stuffing some envelopes and sticking on postage stamps. Every little bit helps. What’s there to be afraid of?
Think of it this way – all around the world we’re watching other people do better than us. They’re showing up. They’re letting their voices be heard. They’re demonstrating for truth, freedom, and liberty and showing that they’ve conquered fear. Should any of us do less than they? Are we lesser beings?
Our founders, those original American patriots, showed up. They conquered their fear. They made a difference, and every generation of Americans since has benefitted from their sacrifices. Some of them gave all; all of them gave some. Are we truly lesser than they? History will judge us all. If we want it to be a positive judgment it’s up to each of us as individuals, then all of us together.
It can’t be that hard. After all, the French and Canadians have it figured out.
These are hard thoughts to bear during this Christmas season. But nothing about history takes a pause for holidays. Wars go on. Lives go on. Politics goes on. Tyranny goes on. Those who seek justice, freedom, and liberty must go on as well. We can take a break to worship and to enjoy fellowship and a Christmas dinner with our friends and family, but we can never forget that it could be our last Christmas holiday if we aren’t willing to ensure it isn’t. Now is the time for all of us to decide who we are. Are we truly Americans, or are we something less?
Steve© Steve A. Stone
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