COVID-19 Lockdown Protests: #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.
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.)
Image credit: Cordie Lee Williams’ Facebook page
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