Like any long-term relationship, marriage, or business, America’s history includes successes and sadness, trials and triumphs, horrors and happiness, and mistakes and milestones.

Through it all, Americans have protected life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Infringing upon those rights always leads to turmoil.

Those rights have been put to the test in 2020 in ways we’ve never seen in our long history. The continued masking and muzzling of Americans and the growing expectation of mandatory vaccinations are three examples.

Inquiring about the logic leads to malice and hatred from the mob that chooses to comply without question.

Asking for proof of safety and effectiveness leads to attacks of one’s credibility.

Meanwhile, many businesses remain closed. People see other people everywhere, wearing masks, which further reinforce fear. In my opinion, it’s even worse for the kids who go through this.

And taking this beyond COVID-19, people are more afraid than ever to have an opinion about anything. If they do, and the wrong person hears it or takes it out of context, the mob will come after them, their career, or their reputation.

As a result, many Americans aren’t standing up for other Americans anymore. They’re only standing up for the mob.

More than ever, we need Americans to stand up for the rights afforded all of our citizens and the values that make our nation the greatest in the world.

That’s why I will remain unmasked, unmuzzled, unvaccinated, and unafraid.

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Unmasked

Why do so many people willingly cover their faces with masks that have no proof they reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus?

After all,

wearing a mask to keep the virus from escaping your mouth is like covering yourself with a chain-link fence in the woods, so you don’t get bit by a mosquito. 

Why do people wear a mask when there’s no science to show it’s safe for extended periods?

Breathing in your expired air is lower in oxygen and higher in carbon dioxide than unmasked air. There is no long-term research to show that’s smart or safe.

Of course, if you choose not to wear a mask, you’re immediately labeled as selfish. People will tell you you’re going to kill others.

“You don’t wear a mask for yourself; you wear it for others.” Or, “You wear a mask to slow the spread.”

Nice try with the peer pressure. 

Prove that the masks stop a 125 nm virus particle. Prove that breathing through a piece of cloth is harmless. 

Heck, even prove that keeping people from getting infected is a good idea. 

Nobody has shown that a mask is effective at anything other than spreading more fear, and providing a way to trigger virtue signaling.

Unmuzzled

The first amendment states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

U.S. Constitution

As of late, this amendment only applies to people with specific ideologies.

If your values are different from the far-left mob, you’re likely to be silenced, threatened, or canceled. You could put your career on the line if you say, “I support President Trump.”

When the threat to your livelihood or reputation is significant enough, what do you do?

Most people give in to the pressure and remain silent. They avoid speaking out, posting on social media, or joining a march against the “wrong” cause.

As long as they keep their opinions to themselves, they can remain safe from persecution.

Do you know where that sort of behavior takes place? In communist countries. Not in America.

You’re supposed to be able to say whatever you want. As long as your words don’t constitute a physical threat, you’re free to share them.

In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.,

A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

When you see your values being trampled on and your beliefs being challenged, it’s okay to speak up. It’s necessary.

The respectful debate about cultural issues leads to understanding and social improvement. That’s how our country evolves.

I believe there is a “silent majority,” many of whom work for other companies, quietly shaking their heads as they observe all this chaos. 

They feel conflicted. They know what’s going on isn’t right. They’re disturbed by the direction the country is headed. But they know if they do or say something that hit the radar of the morality mob, they could lose their jobs. They could also inflict unwanted damage on the companies they work for.

I know that mental conflict. I felt it for weeks myself. I wrestled with whether to stay with a company I loved, in a position I was good at, while remaining among the silent majority, or resign and use my voice.

I resigned.

Not everyone is in a position to do so. It took a leap of faith for me and my wife, too. But if some of us who are able don’t start speaking up, who will?

Unvaccinated

We were once encouraged to stay home and slow the spread so hospitals could prepare for severe COVID-19 cases. Today we’re sold the idea we need to remain on lockdown to keep people from getting it until there is a vaccine.

As though a vaccine is some perfectly safe shot of fairy dust that’ll prevent you from catching COVID.

Vaccines don’t work that way. They help some people avoid getting severely sick. 

Vaccines also cause severe injuries in others. If you believe they’re totally safe, you’re not doing your homework. 

It’s absurd to believe a pharma company will create a safe and effective vaccine in months when all others take years.

Do you know what does work? What had worked for most of human history? Herd immunity.

Our exposure to the virus from everyday living helps us as a population develop immunity against it. The stats are showing that too. Case numbers are climbing (though the COVID-19 case counts are questionable), but severe cases are becoming rarer relative to the case numbers.

If the COVID-19 virus is getting in me, it’ll be through my eyes, nose, or mouth. It ain’t getting in through a needle. 

Why would we shut down the country and wait for a man to make a vaccine when God’s given us the ability to develop immunity on our own?

Unafraid

Fear is a powerful tool. 

It keeps people quiet when they feel threatened.

It causes people to lay down their freedoms even when it’s irrational to do so.

It causes people to react like lunatics against those who don’t share that same fear.

And yet…

…we have bodies that give us strength,

…souls that give us tenacity,

…minds that give us logic and reason,

….and spirits that give us courage.

I’m committed to using my voice and unapologetically sharing my beliefs. It’s the least I can do for this country that holds so much promise for our citizens.

I will remain unafraid. How about you?

Unmasked. Unmuzzled. Unvaccinated. Unafraid.

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