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Freedom-Loving Americans Not Bombing Iraq For Some Odd Reason

Eccentric lockdown protesters talking as if the real threat to their freedom was the US government. What an oddball idea

Watching footage from the Pennsylvania anti-lockdown protest I was stunned to hear the speaker say the attendees were fighting for their freedom. Surely that can’t be right. Everybody knows to fight for their freedoms Americans have to sign up for the military and travel to exotic countries and occupy them. The speaker was making it sound as if the real threat to Americans’ freedoms were not foreigners an ocean or two away but their own local, state and federal governments — just preposterous!

Credit where it is due. So far it is the Americans who are leading the resistance to the Covid Rogue occupation. So far no other country has a comparable protest movement. Could there actually be something to the “Land of the Free”? Let’s hope so.

Aside from the few thousands marching 22 percent say they support the protesters. That’s 60 million people. That’s a lot of freedom-lovers.

About 2,000 people honked, cheered and jeered against coronavirus restrictions Monday in Harrisburg, Pa., the latest and one of the largest rallies in a growing movement nationwide against governors balancing healthcare and economic concerns.

Motorists honked horns while circling the Capitol. Protesters waved flags and signs that said “Freedom is essential” and “Rednecks 2 reopen PA,” while urging Gov. Tom Wolf to end the shutdown of non-essential businesses.

“Unfortunately, some people have lost their lives to the virus,” said state GOP Rep. Aaron Bernstine, amid the signs for “Work not welfare” and “Church is essential.” “My heart goes out to every one of those people. But my heart also goes out to the 1.5 million people in Pennsylvania out of work.”

But Wolf, a Democrat who threatened to veto a bill to ease restrictions from the Republican legislature, has said the nationwide lack of testing materials remained an obstacle to gradually reopening the economy.

“We each feel that we are responsible citizens,” said Matthew Bellis, a member of ReOpen PA, one of the groups that organized the rally, with Pennsylvanians Against Excessive Quarantine and End the Lockdown PA. “We are adults and want to be treated as such.”

Banners flew across the West during the weekend demanding governors reopen states for business in Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Washington state. But healthcare workers in Denver also demonstrated their concerns by wearing scrubs while blocking protesting motorists.

Across Tennessee, hundreds of people urged an end to Gov. Bill Lee’s statewide shutdown order, with protests Sunday outside the Capitol in Nashville, and in cities including Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jackson and Memphis.

After Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers extended his stay-at-home order to May 26, about 1,000 protesters protested the move with signs and flags Saturday in Brookfield and about 70 people turned out Sunday in Madison.

“We have never cowered to a virus in this country before – ever,” Kirsten Lombard, 53, of McFarland, said outside the Capitol building. “I don’t know why we are now.”

More protests planned

More confrontations are on tap, organized through social media often with just a few days’ notice. Rallies are planned Tuesday in North CarolinaWednesday in Virginia and Friday in Wisconsin.

   

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