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‘When tyranny becomes the law…’ – RPI Sept. 20th Update

Posted by M. C. on September 19, 2020

Speaking of Nazi Germany, in Thursday’s press conference, where Texas Governor Greg Abbott magnanimously announced that he was “allowing” a few more customers to enter a few more select businesses, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick actually suggested that certain people who are “safe to be around” should wear arm bands to signify their “safe” status.

How did that work out last time, eh Dan?

https://mailchi.mp/ronpaulinstitute/maskprotest?e=4e0de347c8

 

Your author’s daughter (right) and son (background) protesting.

‘…rebellion becomes duty’

Dear Friends of the Ron Paul Institute:

Today my son and one of my daughters joined me to participate in the “Open Brazoria County” weekly protest along the main drag of our current hometown, Lake Jackson, TX. The protests have been continuing for several weeks with the goal being to end the unconstitutional, illegal, and criminally unethical restrictions on the citizens of Brazoria County and Texas in the name of fighting a virus. 

Despite what many may think about the heart of “Ron Paul Country” here on the Texas Gulf Coast, there has been a depressing acceptance of the idea that some minor elected officials can somehow order certain businesses and institutions (like churches and bars) to remain closed while “allowing” others to continue in operation, and that the same officials somehow have the authority to tell us what we must wear on our bodies in the name of fighting a virus.

Suddenly our health – indeed our very physical being – no longer belongs to us, but has been expropriated by the state in the name of some larger gargantuan struggle. If it sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve probably read some of the great dystopian literature of the past 100 or so years. Or perhaps studied Soviet communism or Nazi Germany.

Speaking of Nazi Germany, in Thursday’s press conference, where Texas Governor Greg Abbott magnanimously announced that he was “allowing” a few more customers to enter a few more select businesses, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick actually suggested that certain people who are “safe to be around” should wear arm bands to signify their “safe” status.

How did that work out last time, eh Dan?

So on a rare beautifully mild day in Lake Jackson there were about 30 or so of us standing in the green patch alongside Lake Jackson’s busy main street holding up signs enforcing the idea that we must actively oppose tyranny if we are to remain free.

One man had a parrot on his shoulder.

We of a certain age were leavened by the energy and enthusiasm of so many youngsters happily holding their signs in-between chasing each other, running around madly, and tumbling somersaults.

Those homeschoolers!

Where I had been steadily disheartened by the seemingly universal acceptance here that one must comply with clearly illegal demands that we mask ourselves, I found myself absolutely thrilled by the response to our protest.

It is important to quantify as accurately as possible support versus opposition to one’s cause, and as I stood next to my son watching the cars go by (it was a very busy day!) we were heartened to conclude that support versus opposition to our cause was running literally more than 100 to one.

I had no idea what the actual sentiment regarding masks and other restrictions was because my only experience was in viewing the near-total mask compliance in the local grocery stores.

That is why today was so exhilarating. Car after car, truck after truck, SUV after SUV was honking horns and giving thumbs up, two thumbs up, and cheering us. Even Dr. Paul’s daughter-in-law passed by our protest and leaned all the way out the car with two thumbs in the air! We love you Peggy!

Of the hundreds of thumbs up and enthusiastic honks, there were literally two (maybe three, it’s hard to tell) negative reactions. One of the negative reactions was depressingly hilarious: two older people drove by with their masks tight across their faces in a car alone honking and pointing to their own masks. If anything, their sad protest of our protest demonstrated the absurdity of their cause.

“Why are you masking alone in your car?”
“Because they said to.”

We noticed a few squad cars from Lake Jackson’s finest circling around several times in the course of our protest. While it may seem fashionable in today’s climate to expect the worst from police officers, my son and I actually witnessed one officer passing by smiling and waving to us. My son said, “I am not at all surprised; they have to go around their whole day with those horrible masks on their faces.”

The pro-maskers like to claim the high ground by saying they are “doing it for you,” but the reality is that those of us who refuse to wear a mask under any condition are actually “doing it for you” in the hopes that those who are required to wear these unhealthy and unscientific rags will soon be free from their burden. I hope the police and the grocery store checkers and everyone else will soon be free to choose whether they put a mask on their face or not.

No one should be forced to wear a mask; no one should be prevented from wearing a mask.

They want to divide we who refuse to relinquish our civil liberties to state bureaucrats by constructing a strawman that we are “deniers” who “hate science” and believe the virus was somehow all a grand conspiracy, etc. That is what people do who have no argument. They toss straw. It is entirely logical to understand that disease poses a great risk to certain sectors of our population while strongly opposing state-tyranny over the entire population in the name of fighting said disease.

Last week in Pennsylvania a Federal judge ruled that lockdown orders were unconstitutional. As Dr. Paul always says, we do not need 50 percent plus one out there on the main drag of Lake Jackson or your own home town. If you want to be able to make your own choices about your health. If you are worried about a DARPA-funded chip inserted inside your body to alter your DNA in the name of “fighting a virus,” the time for making your opinion known is now. 

They are not backing off and they are emboldened by our silence. We all have a duty to fight to preserve our liberty. There are many ways to do so. Find you way and go for it!

 
Many of you will recognize my son from our RPI conferences…

Sincerely yours,

Daniel McAdams
Executive Director
Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

Be seeing you

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