The Alabama state motto is “Audemus jura nostra defendere,” – which translates to“We Dare to Defend our Rights” or “We Dare to Maintain our Rights.” Do we? Do we dare to defend our rights? Honest question, I know my answer, and I answer this question with a resoundingly positive and affirmative YES! How do you answer this question; do you dare to maintain or defend your rights?
Over the weekend, a news article caught my attention. First-class and Business-class passengers on a flight can remove their face masks in-flight. Seriously, a person’s financial standing can determine their liberty in being maskless. How do you consider COVID “health mandates” now? Does the fact that a person’s wealth determines their health and freedom cause you to determine your answer to Alabama’s State Motto differently?
Let’s be clear, COVID-19 is a virus, like Measles, Mumps, Chicken Pox, etc., and frankly, COVID-19 is not 1/3 as dangerous or deadly as measles and exists naturally in the common cold. These are all basic facts, and the human-animal has been fighting the common cold, viral, and bacterial infections throughout its entire history. Yet, COVID-19, and all its variants, have been allowed to capture a hysterical government and media response to equal no other viral disease outbreak in history. In light of Alabama’s State Motto, how do you answer the question posed? Does your answer shift where COVID is concerned? Why?
Here in Phoenix, AZ., I had Denny’s Restaurant refuse me service for not wearing a mask. When I walked in, the entire customer base was without a mask. The manager refusing service claimed it was his right to refuse service. Except, wasn’t this the same excuse used by that bankrupted baker in Colorado and others, and the law demanded the small business owners were in the wrong? These small business owners held the intellectual property rights to their products and services. The Denny’s Manager does not even have that much. Do we dare to maintain our rights? Do we dare to defend our rights?
No; I am not in any way, shape, or form condoning violence in the maintenance or defense of our rights. I am asking you, what are you willing to do to ensure the rights and liberties you have enjoyed are available for your grandchildren. I advocate smarter and more intelligent action to seize our rights and liberties from the petty tyrants who have designed a method for stealing our remaining liberties and freedoms.
What and Who are these petty tyrants?
James Abyad quoted the Urban Dictionary for the definition of petty, which exactly expresses the sentiment of petty. Urban Dictionary defines petty as “making things, events, or actions normal people dismiss as trivial or insignificant into excuses to be upset, uncooperative, childish, or stubborn.” It further defines it as “a person who is purposefully childish with the intent of eliciting a reaction,” or “someone who does something in an attempt to hurt another person but makes themselves look stupid.” Tyrant is a cruel and oppressive ruler, per Webster. Hence, a Petty Tyrant is a childish, insignificant, oppressive ruler.
The manager at Denny’s Restaurant is one. The fraudulent president is one. A lot of the current political class, whatever that means, fits in this category. America does not believe in classes of people, and I refuse to support a lie fed to the people by the media, placing the corporate media voices into the same category as petty tyrants needing to be refused a future. What about the police officer who makes up laws to hinder and thwart; no, this does not paint all police officers as petty tyrants.
The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints reveres as scripture a book called “The Doctrine and Covenants.” Doctrine and Covenants 121:39 states, “We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.” Petty tyranny is “unrighteous dominion.” I, for one, am fed up with facing people drunk on the power they assume (suppose) and then use that power to afflict and torment others! Do we dare to defend our rights from petty tyrants? Do we dare to maintain our rights in the face of petty tyranny?
Do we dare to stand up for someone else’s rights, knowing that if another’s rights are removed today, tomorrow the tyrants will come for us? A manager at a Wildflower Bakery, also here in Phoenix, AZ. One of my favorite places to eat spent 15-minutes venting her spleen at me for having the nerve not to wear a mask, not wear a mask in public, refusing to wear a mask in her store, and not using curbside delivery as designed in the app to order food. Except, curbside delivery was broken in the app that day, I could not explain I have a medical condition that prevents my safe wearing of masks, and I just wanted to get my food and leave. Her employees stood by in shame, hung their heads, and witnessed this abuse of my rights in utter silence!
I have been arrested three times by the VA Federal Police for having the gall to seek medical attention at a VA Medical Center while not wearing a mask. I have been injured three times while being arrested. The hit list of illegal, immoral, and unethical treatment is long, but the worst part is the silence of those witnessing this charade. Do we dare to defend our rights? Do we dare to maintain our rights? Will we help others in their defense and maintenance of their rights?
Doctrine and Covenants 121:37 “… when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved;…”
Does my suggestion for honoring Proclamation 97, as President Abraham Lincoln issued, make a little more sense now? The petty tyrants have acted to cover their sins, gratify their pride, massage their vain ambitions, and exercise control and dominion through compulsion upon every person they can. COVID-SILLINESS has brought out the very worst in petty tyrants and silenced many who previously would have spoken up. We need divine help. We also need to reopen ourselves to the maintenance and defense of freedoms and rights wherever the opportunity presents.
Let us be Americans [A(h)-ME-I-CAN] in word and deed, living and uniting to maintain and defend our rights and freedoms!
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