The United States of America was founded on the promises of freedom and liberty after breaking free from a tyrant.
Today we face a similar battle, not with wanting to break free from the King of England but wanting to break free from Democratic politicians and unelected bureaucrats who think they are kings.
They are exercising powers during this pandemic that they simply do not have.
They seek to control every aspect of our lives. And if we don’t comply, they punish us.
Harassment and intimidation are tactics that they deploy freely and often.
We have governors and mayors overreaching their authority and executive powers with stay-at-home orders and mask mandates — further decimating businesses — especially small businesses and family-owned restaurants.
We have employers and organizations mandating vaccines — forcing employees to either get vaccinated or get fired. In one example in Illinois, a teacher was Educator of the Year only five years ago.
Today, that teacher is on unpaid leave, and not allowed on school grounds. Why? Because they chose not to get vaccinated.
To borrow a phrase from the Democrats, ''My body, My choice.''
At Chicago-based United Airlines, a federal judge has temporarily halted United's policy of placing employees with a religious exemption on unpaid leave with no access to health benefits.
Until the issue is settled in court, United has amended its policy — unvaccinated employees must wear N95 or KN95 masks inside and outside — and when eating, they are asked to eat outside away from other employees or in a room alone.
Unbelievable. But that's not all.
We have mandates issued by governors forcing children to wear masks in school for seven hours a day — even while they are outside on the playground.
But in Illinois, there's more.
If a local school district chooses to defy the governor's mask mandate, that district goes immediately on probation. And if they are still defiant even after being placed on a ''probationary'' status, they become an ''unrecognized'' school by the state, meaning they lose state funding and their ability to participate in athletic competitions.
And graduating seniors would receive high school diplomas that are not recognized by the State of Illinois.
Good luck applying to a college or university with a diploma not recognized by your home state.
And to make matters worse, we have a media that is aligned with the power-hungry politicians and unelected bureaucrats. And we have Big Tech that's controlling and censoring what we say on social media.
Post anything that challenges mandates and you'll find your accounts suspended or even deleted.
In just a short period of time, we've become more like the U.S.S.R. than the U.S.A.
But there's hope.
All throughout the country, people from all walks of life are joining forces and standing up for freedom by exercising their rights — because when we stand up, they stand down.
Organizations and groups have formed to challenge local school board officials and mayors and governors.
And in Illinois, Nick Richmond, a local parent and businessman, decided that it was time to push back against mandates and formed an organization called Freedom Initiative NOW — funding it with his own money.
He's even launched a legal defense fund as part of the Freedom Initiative — teaming up with Illinois-based attorneys to represent firefighters, police officers, teachers and everyday people who lack the financial resources to challenge these mandates in court. Because again, when we stand up, they stand down.
And every event is packed with hundreds and hundreds of freedom-loving patriots.
Last month it hosted former White House press secretary under former President Donald Trump and Fox News host Kayleigh McEnany. Last week it hosted author and podcast host David Harris Jr. for the event, ''We the People Will Not be Silenced.''
They say that adversity doesn't build character, it reveals it.
And during this pandemic, we've seen millions of Americans like Nick Richmond standing up for what's right and standing up for each other. As the saying goes, E pluribus unum — ''out of many, one.''
Freedom isn't free; We will use every legal avenue possible and won't allow these politicians to take it from us.
Mark Vargas currently hosts a radio show, "Mark My Words with Mark Vargas" on AM 560 The Answer. Follow Mark on Twitter: @markavargas. Read Mark Vargas' Reports — Click Here Now
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