#MEGAPHONEMARINE- FREEDOM AND THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE

There is such a thing as being at the right place at the right time. Question is, can we pick up the courage to rise to the occasion that presents itself? Well, this US Marine Vet has become famous for doing just that.

The vet, Dr. Cordie Lee Williams, is a chiropractor with a thriving practice but he was worried that ordinary Americans’ civil liberties were being trampled upon during the COVID-19 lockdowns that were unnecessarily extended in his state, California. He was especially concerned that people were not allowed to go back to work. As a result, they were losing their jobs and businesses. So he, his wife (who is also a doctor) and their two kids, started attending peaceful protests in different parts of the state. But the governor, Gavin Newsom, was adamant.

When Cordie heard that there would be a protest in the state capital, Sacramento, he decided to go but without his family because Sacramento was eight hours away from their home.

When he flew in that fateful morning (a few days ago) for the protest in front of the State Capitol, everything was calm.and casual. But by midday, hundreds of police were arriving from different areas (possibly outside Sacramento) in full riot gear and the pushing and shoving began. Some protesters were beaten and arrested. A sniper was spotted at the top of the Capitol Building and the situation was spiralling out of control.

Almost by reflex, Cordie who wasn’t really one of the organisers of the protest, grabbed a megaphone, climbed a nearby boat and literally talked down the hostile policemen (likely California Highway Patrol) and defused the situation.

What did he say that touched the policemen? He reminded them that their job was to maintain law and order and not to brutalise innocent citizens exercising their constitutional rights to peacefully protest injustice. He reminded them that their acts were being recorded and that, “I am just following orders,” is no excuse to do something unethical and immoral. He declared that, as a former Marine, he knew that in the military and paramilitary establishments there is a distinction between lawful and unlawful orders. He asked them to do a gut check and determine if the order they had been given to manhandle unarmed protestors was lawful.

To tighten the screws, he reminded them they would be going home to meet their families. Would they be proud that this is what they did today? Is this what they signed up for- beating women, children and men who came to demand their rights? Most importantly, he pointed out that: “You guys are getting a paycheck but, (pardon my language) how many of these folks out here are getting fu#ked right now?,” to which there was a loud chorus of affirmation from the protesters. He said their actions meant they were endorsing that terrible wrong.

On a lighter note, he teased the riot police for not social distancing. Long story short, if the governor or a policeman higher up wanted a tragedy to result, God prevented it through this guy.

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His story which he’s sharing on so many platforms as the invitations are pouring in shows that the protests against the lockdowns in America are not just attended by rednecks, uneducated folks and Trump supporters. As Cordie said in a Facebook live with fellow doctor and activist, Eric Nepute, there are lots of Black, Latino and Asian Americans at these rallies. The people who have suffered economically in this season are also on both sides of the political aisle and are amply represented at these events.

The protests are evolving into more than just a demand to ease the lockdowns that have devastated the economy, but a rallying of patriotic Americans who refuse to allow their country to be turned into a Communist country where government tramples on the citizens’ fundamental rights and people are denied the right to choose: whether it is about going to work; wearing masks and gloves; going to parks and beaches; granting access to their medical information and being vaccinated; having a peaceful assembly, be it for protests or worship; etc. To further this goal, Cordie and his friends have formed a nonprofit, 1776 Forever Free, 1776 being the year the Anerican Declaration of Independence was made.

I join the millions of people who are applauding Cordie and pray that more Americans will stand against the alteration of their country by the left, because if America is no longer the land of the free, I shudder to think of what will happen to the rest of the world.

(You can watch the video of the event by clicking on the urll below.)

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Image credit: Cordie Lee Williams’ Facebook page

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I am a university lecturer. I teach Mass Communication, mostly writing courses like Feature and Interpretative Writing, Magazine Article Writing and News Writing, and let’s just say I’ve been doing this for a long time. As you have probably guessed, I am a born-again Christian.

67 comments

  • Augusta Enekunoh Etim

    Wow, shout out to Dr. Cordie Lee Williams,for being exceptionally brave, Truly God can use one man to change any situation for good and well done Ma for putting this write up together.

  • Awforkansi Kamsi

    Bravo to DR Lee for being brave enough to stand up to the police and stand up for protesters.

  • Ossai Chidimma Linda

    I am glad that by God’s grace the situation was controlled. Hopefully we are able to speak out more in Nigeria.

    • Emelife Assumpta M

      Dr. Cordie Lee Williams is indeed a brave man, he is a freedom fighter. He stood out to defend and protect the freedom and life of his fellow protesters. It is our Civic right to protest peacefully if a particular law or order affects us in a negative way. We need people like Dr. Lee in our country, those that are willing to fight for their rights in a peaceful way.

  • Ejiofor Emmanuel

    What a courageous act! I pray for more people like this

  • Chikwesiri Uka

    This is a typical example of the end sars situation in Nigeria, which was becoming something more than just a protest against a special police unit, it was becoming a protest against bad governance and it was bringing young people together. Looking past their differences and ethnicity, they had unity and one voice, till the government did the unthinkable. Fortunately enough, America has not sunk that low and I pray she never does.

    • She’s very close to it. People that peacefully protested at the capital in January have been labelled terrorists and being held in jail without bail, even in solitary confinement, while those committing actual destruction are treated to catch and release. #smh

    • Obiosa Oluchukwu Reward

      Fighting or speaking up to get our right isn’t a bad thing but just like they say too much of everything is bad. lf we are given this right. we should also do our part as people that have rights.
      Even in the Bible Jesus destroy the table of the sellers in the temple.
      We should know Our right. and also perform our obligation as Citizens. Then if we are fighting or protesting we then know it’s for a good cause.

  • Ajah Ugochi Agnes

    How I wish people can speak out and defend their nation like Dr. Cordie Lee Williams. It takes the grace of God for one to be courageous. Thumbs up to him for his bravery.

  • Dr Cordiee lee Williams is a courageous man. He puts everybody as his family and was able to subdue the situation.

  • Ndukwe Akwara

    Kudos to Dr cordie Lee, indeed his a brave and courageous man.

  • Ibeh Lorretta Chiamaka

    Dr. Cordie Lee Williams is indeed a brave and courageous man. He became the voice of the people. Not minding the consequences he still did not relent on making sure that the voice of the people are heard and also saving them from police brutality.

  • Udop Reyner Ivor

    I am very happy God controlled the situation through Dr.Cordie Lee. He really was at the right place at the right time.

  • EMMANUEL AGBOWO

    Thanks for making me know this exceptional brave codie ma.

  • It takes courage and most importantly the grace of God for someone to fight for his or her right.
    Dr. Cordie Lee Williams is a brave man for doing that.

  • Wow !what a brave heart not everybody can do this because of fear of the government

  • Ugwu Doris chinenye

    OMG I felt so guilty about Dr cordie Lee’s actions towards the police… Without minding what comes up to him after that. This has been a problem in Nigeria I pray some people like this man will encourage us to speak up against our rights violation by the police brutality and SARS.

  • Madubugwu Happiness Tochukwu

    Wow! Bravo to Dr. Cordie for his patriotic and nationalistic zeal

  • Eze Nelson Emeka

    We need courageous and fearless people like this in our society.

  • Kelly Anwulika Bernice

    Kudos to Dr cordie Lee williams,I love people that really stand for their right and make police see their wrong because they always feel they are right to maltreat their fellow human being just because they are on uniform.

  • Wakwe Stephanie Ada

    We need Courageous and Strong willed folks like Dr. Cordie Lee Williams.

  • Dick-Unegbu Jennifer

    This is a great reaction coming from Dr. Cordie, thanks. He made them realise the rights of the people, which is having a peaceful protest. What a great timing.

  • Chukwu Joy Chioma

    As powerful as this sounds, the speaker’s aim can only be achieved if the people being addressed are willing to listen and be rational.

  • Chukwu Joy Chioma

    As powerful as this sounds, the speaker’s aim can only be achieved if the people being addressed are willing to listen and be rational

  • Abangwu Tochi

    Nigeria should actually know what they want .and cry out for their freedom

  • John Adoyi

    He did a great job. I wish the Nigerian Police could listen to we the citizens instead of killing us.

  • Nwokedi Fortune Odinakachi

    “I’m just following orders” is the what we usually hear as an excuse for brutality. It’s disheartening!
    Shout out to Cordie for courage and bravery!

  • Ekechukwu Francisca

    Dr Cordie Lee Williams was at the right place at the right time. He used the right words to get the right thing done. What bravery and heroism!

  • Alaedu Chioma Gloria

    We need people like Dr Lee Williams in our country..he was indeed very brave

  • Igwenagu Somtochukwu Osinachi

    Kudos to Dr Lee who was able to stand and defend the freedom and life of his fellow protesters.

  • Ugwu Somtochukwu

    Thank God for using Dr Lee to save the people. He is indeed a brave man. We need to pray for Divine courage to speak out in our country Nigeria.

  • Okafor Agatha Ifeoma

    Dr. Cordie lee Williams possess the spirit of love, he is a patriotic member of the society. Courageous and fearless spirit helps fight injustice in the society

  • Asogwa Christian Tochukwu

    We need people like Dr.Cordie in our country,things go bad because good people won’t speak up .We should get rid of the fear of not speaking out.

  • Emilia Edwin

    Shout out to Dr cordie for his bravery and timely intervention. The police were able to hear him speak because they have the interest of the people at heart. Compare this America situation to the Nigeria endsars, there were many “cordies” at the toll gate that night but there was no “american-like police” there. It saddens me knowing that we and the westerns are world apart…may we always find a listening ear whenever we need one.

  • Akpan Sarah Precious

    Dr. Cordie is indeed brave, he stepped into the scene and melted everyone’s heart.
    I wish Nigeria police can listen to the people the way the America police listened to Dr. Cordie.

  • Chisom Efobi

    This sadly reminds me of the End SARS protest which was a peaceful protest until the government did the unthinkable killing innocents which made people lose their fathers, mothers ,sisters,brothers, you name them, all in the name of fighting for a better Nigeria.
    Till date the question is asked ‘Who gave the order’? ??
    May their souls and the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace Amen.

  • Mecha Favour

    Dr. Cordie Lee really presented his thoughts well that made the policemen to calm down. He was courageous in his actions which everyone should emulate.

  • Dr. Cordie Lee Williams is really a wise man. I must say that people like him are very rare to find. If we have up to 60% of persons like him in our own country, Nigeria will be a better nation.

    • Victor Adimchimma Ogenyi

      Dr. Codie was so brave for him to carry out the task. We actually have right to choose what ever we want since we claim we are operating a democratic society.

  • Okwa Ihuoma Jessica

    An exciting narrative ma. Dr. Cordie did an excellent job by standing for the truth in the face of opposition.

  • Chukwuemeka uchechukwu pepertua

    If freedom is denied from the citizens,someone has to advocate for freedom in every societ that is exactly what Dr Codie did in this post.

  • Victoria Chigere

    What a courageous and brave man.

  • Manifest Eja

    Wow, he is a man of value.
    The police officers did the right thing by listening to him, I wish the Police in Nigeria can learn from this.

  • Obong Phebe

    Wow, I admire the young guy’s action because it is one in a million that can actually do that for his or her country knowing the state of the county where he or she residents. And one main lesson I learnt from his action is that, God might have assigned you to rescue some persons with just your voice and if you don’t do it, you forever deal with the guilt if anything bad happens

  • Nwikwu chidera judith

    This is indeed a good example of courage and also being in the right place at the right time. He was able to stand up to them because he knew what he wanted to achieve.

  • Igboka chidimma

    Thank God for someone like Dr. Cordielee Williams and his wife and I hope more people emulate them.

  • Zita Ezechi

    Kudos to Dr Cordie Lee for his bravery
    It is really important to be at the right place at the right time

  • Ossai Joy Adanne

    Dr. Cordie Lee Williams is indeed a man of integrity he helped to stand up for what is right in his country.

  • He took a bold and very good step that ended the protest in peace. It takes a person who has his/ her country at heart to take this nice step and avoid unnecessary actions that might result to regret and pain.
    More of his kind I pray especially in my country Nigeria

  • Nnochiri Chinecherem Nnabuike

    Dr. Cordie Lee took a brave and courageous at to be the voice of the people not minding what might happen next. I pray Nigerian citizens will emulate this, so that together will speak up against human rights violation

  • Victor Izuchukwu

    I wish the Nigerian police can draw an example from this piece.nice post ma.

  • Odey-Oko Victor

    A lot of people need to understand that some decisions are meant to be reasonable before acting on it. You don’t just do so because you are told to do so, ask yourself Why am i doing this, is it for the right cause, will i put people in danger etc.

    • Victor Adimchimma Ogenyi

      Dr. Codie is actually a brave man for him to be this courageous and to him to carry out this task.

  • Ede Ndidiamaka Patience

    Wow!!! God bless Dr. Cordie Lee Williams for that act. I wish someone will stand for Nigerians this way. Fulani heads men are killing people here and there.

  • If only the Nigerian government can learn from this situation. He was able to abate the situation because things are working there but in our country, we do not have freedom of expression in the true sense. I applaud his bravery to speak and abate the situation.

  • Njepuome Nmesoma .O.

    I’m so glad God put him in the right place and at the right time but most importantly am glad God gave him the wisdom to say the right things.
    Kudos Dr. Cordie we need more of such people in the society who won’t be afriad to speak up when they see people doing wrong.

  • Ojobo Somtochukwu praise

    We should all learn from the courageous act displayed by Dr.Cordie Lee Willams. Courage isn’t an easy quality to possess because most people want to but fear to speak up.

  • Okochi Chinonso

    God really used cordie to help the citizens,who knows what would have happened if not for his bravery.

  • Emeka Nnaji

    “Unlawful orders.” Well that is what we’ve been feeding on in Nigeria. We only pray for a better system.

  • Soje praise

    We need more of brave people like cordie in Nigeria, who would stand and speak up for the oppressed.

  • Nweze Somto Maryann

    We should learn to be courageous and stand for what is right.

  • Obajie Chinonyerem

    Dr. Cordie is a really wise man. Most times, violence can’t be solved with violence that the art of conflict resolving talks comes in.

  • Nebo cynthia chinaza

    Wow what a courageous act, shout out to DR. Lee for his actions we need more people like him in this kind of situation.

  • Onuzulike Chukwuebuka Prosper

    What Dr. Cordie Lee Williams did is worth emulating. He took a brave step not minding what might happen next. He fought for the right of the citizens and saved them from police brutality.

  • Ekeh ifunanya Cynthia

    I thought this kind of wicked act only happen in my country but it seems others are suffering from it too,how can we claim to be a democratic country when we can not even carry out a simple peaceful protest without the government harassing unarmed innocent citizens,thats so unlawful and unfair.

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