Our Limits Are Being Tested

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A man holds a flag as he attends a rally to protest stay-at-home orders put into place due to the COVID-19 outbreak Tuesday, April 21, 2020, outside the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. Several hundred gathered to protest the restrictions and urge the reopening of businesses closed in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

There are drones barking propaganda to people in New Jersey, governors ignoring the Constitution by imposing rules on the people that they themselves do not follow, and religious gatherings being broken up and punished by authorities.

This isn’t a scene from a fictional book about a totalitarian takeover of the United States. This is happening right now as we speak. As I type these words, elected leaders have donned figurative crowns and are ruling over the people with an iron fist, completely disregarding the natural freedoms possessed by the American people. What’s worse is that they’re doing it all in the name of “safety.”

The excuse of “safety” and “security” has always been used by tyrants to impose their will on the people and whether they’re third-world dictators or American politicians, the pattern remains the same. Authoritarians always mask their ambitions with good intentions, the same material the road to Hell is paved with.

The response to this attempt at seizing power has been somewhat appropriate. As my colleagues have reported, protests have popped up in blue states where the tyranny has gone too far.

Kira Davis reported on the Huntington Beach protest in California:

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Huntington Beach on Friday to protest Governor Gavin Newsom’s current approach to coronavirus policies, particularly his executive order to close all state beaches and parks in Orange County only. Many see it as an act of retribution for several municipalities voting to begin reopening procedures as well as the growing number of residents in Orange County who are rejecting the governor’s timeline for reopening.

Jennifer Van Laar reported on the protest that occurred in downtown Los Angeles.

Streiff reported the protests in North Carolina, where healthcare workers are coming forward on how the hospitals are nearly empty and one reported that her superiors were asking her if she wanted to take time off.

More protests have occurred and more are being planned. This isn’t even counting the businesses who have refused to stay closed any longer and have opened for business in spite of the lockdown orders.

These responses are good. They show the would-be dictators that Americans will not be pushed around, nor will they blindly submit to authority. This is imperative to teach them. It’s horrifying to think about how far they would push their unconstitutional power if we were to lay down and accept any orders given to us.

If they’re abusing them even in the face of resistance, then one can only imagine what it would look like if they went completely uncontested.

But while these are great, I’m not sure it’s enough. There needs to be more defiance, more demonstrations, more businesses opening, and less social distancing. The pressure on our elected leaders should increase until such a time where they understand fully that their attempts at being rulers are ultimately fruitless.

It’s my opinion that we should see talk of recall elections and lawsuits that bring legal repercussions for the denial of our God-given rights.

The point isn’t just to show these leaders what happens when they try to tread on us. I want it to be an example for all leaders across the nation.

We should want the message to be completely clear: If you think you’re above us, or that you rule us, or that your authority sets you apart somehow, then you will lose everything. Your position will be stripped from you, your name will go down in infamy and you will be used as an example. You’ll be a warning to other leaders. You were elected by the people. You did not ascend to a throne, nor were gifted authority by birthright. Yours is a position of service where you’re allowed to be there because the people have deemed it so. These same people can remove you from your position should they deem it fit to do so. You answer to the people; the people do not answer to you.

At this time, our willingness to stand up to authority is paramount. They are willingly testing our limits and we should show them where they are.


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