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My Freedom

Dear Friends:

I wrote this on notebook paper several months ago. It’s been kicking around my pockets, my office, my briefcase since then. I have been waiting for the right time to publish it.

On October 4, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland not-so-implicitly warned parents complaining about mask mandates and CRT to local school boards that he would sic the FBI on them if they don’t back off. This is part of a pattern of this administration’s contemptuous intent to repress our civil rights. Vaccine mandates for federal employees. Vaccine mandates for businesses of 100 employees or more. Siccing the the IRS on anyone with a bank account or sale of $600 or more. Levying a “global tax” on all corporations doing business outside of the United States.

When I saw Dan Jeffries’ cartoon last week, I realized that now is our Tienemen Square moment. We stand now – peaceful yet firm – or let Washington roll over us. I’m encouraged by Gov. Phil Scott’s frank admission Tuesday that at this point, a mask mandate “won’t get one single person to wear a mask that doesn’t want to wear a mask.” Phil Scott sees what some politicos blinded by Potomac Fever can’t: government fiats are no match for a free, united, determined people.

Sign it, pass it around, change it, if you want. It’s a free country – our Constitution says so.

My Freedom

Constrained only by the Constitution, the Golden Rule, and my conscience,

I will travel when and where I please.

I will choose my own healthcare.

I will say what I want to say.

I will resist any attempt to take away these choices.

I will respect the rights of others.

Guy Page, 10/15/2021 Berlin, Vermont

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12 replies »

  1. Great set of rules. But what is so sad is to know that those over 40, our parents, our grandparents, etc. already were keenly aware and religiously honoring & abiding by these for generations — as they all were, as we knew, our inalienable rights.

    These days…we need to remind people that the government can NEVER remove such rights granted to us by GOD, not man.

    • Unfortunately, this is a naive point of view. Governments are removing more and more of our rights every day. After all, your ‘God given’ rights – life, liberty, private property, and the pursuit of happiness, as defined by the Constitution of our Republic – exist only, as Ben Franklin said, “if you can keep it”. And these days, very few of us appear willing to accept the responsibility to do so. As George Bernard Shaw opined a century ago – “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it”.

      History is replete with tyranny. Tyranny is the norm, not the exception. The ‘American Experiment’ is just that, a uniquely recent form of governance recognizing the importance of individual autonomy, born of a unique circumstance in world history. It is fragile, to say the least. It is under attack. And telling ourselves that “government can NEVER remove such rights” characterizes precisely the abdication of personal responsibility tyranny thrives on.

      Yes, your rights are inalienable. And they will follow you back to serfdom and the grave (your last right), unless you take the steps, now, that are necessary to protect and sustain your individual freedom.

  2. For years we have allowed government (on both sides of the aisle) to userp their authority in the office they were elected to sit. At the same time we allowed our schools to stop teaching the fundamentals of the U.S. Government and the duties of each branch. We have a generation of citizens who know we have a U.S. Constitution, but are unable to tell you what is says. Today law schools teach precedence but not the Constitution. We have created a playing field perfect for tyranny to take hold of every aspect of our daily lives. If we don’t stand up today, tomorrow will be to late. God gave us all the right of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. However it is our duty maintain those rights for the sake of the next generation. Evil always thrives when good people do and say nothing.

  3. Bigger government, control the populace, defund the police, CRT, flood the open borders with illegals and fentanyl: organized logistics

  4. It should be obvious to anyone that Garland would have been a disaster as a Supreme Court Justice and gives us another reason to be grateful for the Trump Presidency. It also exemplifies that Orwell’s 1984 was not just a cautionary tale of a dystopian future, but an explicite instruction manual for the Left.

  5. What happens when those rules collide? Say your contagious and your doctor asks you to wear a mask to protect others?

    • Hi Mike – good question and no collision because if my doctor tells me I am contagious, or if I even suspect it,
      I will choose per Golden Rule to mask AND quarantine.

  6. Amen- this IS the bottom line, as well as the top and the middle. Thank you so much for sharing this Guy

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