Pete Riehm
From 2 weeks to 2 years, the main casualties are liberty and truth
By Pete Riehm
January 10, 2022

The planet is coming up on two years of pandemic pandemonium and paranoia. In March 2020, Americans were told we needed to shut down the country for just two weeks to slow the surge of this dangerous unknown virus so as not to overwhelm our hospitals. The concept was not to eradicate COVID, but rather just to slow the spread enough to manage and weather the pandemic. That two weeks of shutdowns has turned into two years of senseless mandatory masking, highly questionable experimental vaccines, outright lies, and growing government tyranny. The Chinese virus, like the flu, can be deadly for those with other existing health problems, but the main casualties have been liberty and truth.

Once Americans accepted the tenuous proposition to surrender their liberties to get the spread of COVID under control, government bureaucrats went crazy with all manner of arbitrary nonsensical decrees. They dictated social distancing; we must keep six feet between people everywhere. But we now know there was no science for this social distancing silliness. It could have been six feet or sixteen, and this became apparent when the Centers of Disease Control woke up one day and said, well, three feet should work now. HUH?! What changed? Nothing. They made it all up.

In blue states or government facilities, the masking craze continues unabated. Again, there was never any science to indicate masks work, but governments defaulted to mask mandates because at least it looked like they were doing something. Aside from positive pressure lab masks, cloth masks and most any others available are about as effective against an airborne virus as a screen door on a submarine. There is unreported documentation that masks cause CO2 poisoning and ample evidence that masks not only impede airflow stifling the cleansing part of breathing, they capture and harbor bacteria and viruses. They are dirty! Children wearing the same mask all day increase exposure compared to freely breathing, but government officials don’t care – they just want the appearance of acting.

Africa has been using hydroxychloroquine for decades to control malaria and are having similar success against COVID. India uses ivermectin with tremendous success to treat COVID. So, why can’t Americans even debate the efficacy of these treatments?! The evidence is compelling and manifold that these therapeutics work, but if you mention it in the USA, social media will ban or censor you! Government will deny it and ridicule you! No one claims these are any kind of panacea, but their proven effectiveness should allow Americans to use them if they so choose. Why do our ruling elite want to deny Americans possible cures?!

While Americans were burdened with all manner of restrictions the first year of the pandemic, they were promised it would all be over when we finally have a vaccine. The infamous fork-tongued Dr. Fauci swore we could put the pandemic behind us when we attained about 70% vaccination. We achieved 70% and in many places 80 and over 90% vaccination rates, but lo and behold the vaccines have not slowed the spread and don’t even protect against COVID infections. And no one knows how many boosters they may demand. However, government insists we need to mandate vaccines for all even children! Children have over a 99.8% survival rate, so why would parents risk their kids long term health for an experimental vaccine with no history?! For a virus now not much worse than the flu, why are Americans being denied a personal choice?!

COVID19 has more variants than Microsoft Windows and they keep coming. The Delta variant was bemoaned as the most dangerous, but it dissipated. So, enter Omicron to keep up the pointless fearmongering. Reputable epidemiologists will explain that any virus will continue to mutate becoming more contagious but increasingly weaker, so Omicron should be a good omen. It’s spreading rapidly and the symptoms are much milder, so it should be indicating we are finally nearing the end of this pandemic. But you would not know that from the government. Biden told Americans especially the unvaccinated to prepare for a winter of more misery and death. They truly sound like they never want it to end; and they don’t. It’s a powerful means to control the citizenry.

What’s the end game here? It’s irresistible compliance and total control. Australia and Austria are already involuntarily quarantining their citizens even imprisoning them in interment camps. Could it come to America? In Washington state, a bill has been introduced to create a “strike force” to apprehend and quarantine people particularly the unvaccinated. Governments around the world are absolutely pursuing measures to punish the non-compliant. Your individual rights no longer matter; this is tyranny plain and simple.

Everything the government and media has lectured us about the pandemic and their policies to combat it have been essentially wrong and often blatant lies. From the beginning, the ruling elite has lied about the origins of the Chinese virus. The Wuhan lab leak theory was maligned as absurd and xenophobic, but now it’s the only viable explanation. Americans intrinsically knew COVID19 was a manmade contagion, so they are grateful Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks finally stated publicly that COVID19 is a biological weapon created by the Chinese Communist Party with American funding provided by the treacherous Dr. Fauci.

The Chinese economy is struggling, so it makes sense they would attack other economies to suffer with them; and it helps make Western democracies more accepting of totalitarian governance that China wishes to impose globally. Why would American Democrats embrace this sinister scheme? Because it helps them eviscerate election laws under the guise of allowing voters to safely vote remotely. It’s about voter fraud, cheating, stealing elections, and imposing leftist policies Americans would never vote for. That’s why Democrats are obsessed with perpetuating this fraudulent pandemic: they need it to cheat, but hopefully the Chinese virus will fade away long before the 2022 midterm elections.

“Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil on their beds! When the morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in the power of their hand. They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them away; they oppress a man and his house, a man and his inheritance. Therefore, thus says the Lord: behold, against this family I am devising disaster, from which you cannot remove your necks, and you shall not walk haughtily, for it will be a time of disaster” (Micah 2:1-3).

Pete Riehm is the host of Common Sense Radio heard 8 pm every Thursday on FMTalk106.5 or streaming at Email him at or on MEWE @PeteRiehm or read all his columns at

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Born to German immigrants, Pete Riehm grew up in Texas as a first generation American. Working his way through college, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve. After graduating from the University of Houston, Pete was commissioned into the United States Navy through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He also earned a Master's Degree in National Security from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas... (more)


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