#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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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.
Thank you, my dear! God bless you splendidly in Jesus’ name.
Bravo to DR Lee for being brave enough to stand up to the police and stand up for protesters.
Being at the right place at the right time. You are blessed!
I am glad that by God’s grace the situation was controlled. Hopefully we are able to speak out more in Nigeria.
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.
What a courageous act! I pray for more people like this
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
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.
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.
Kudos to Dr cordie Lee, indeed his a brave and courageous man.
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.
I am very happy God controlled the situation through Dr.Cordie Lee. He really was at the right place at the right time.
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
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.
Wow! Bravo to Dr. Cordie for his patriotic and nationalistic zeal
We need courageous and fearless people like this in our society.
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.
We need Courageous and Strong willed folks like Dr. Cordie Lee Williams.
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.
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.
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
Nigeria should actually know what they want .and cry out for their freedom
Kudos!!! to doctor Cordi Lee for his bravery and patrotism and for reminding those police men of their place . Thank God he helped reduce the brutality they planned.
He did a great job. I wish the Nigerian Police could listen to we the citizens instead of killing us.
“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!
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!
We need people like Dr Lee Williams in our country..he was indeed very brave
Kudos to Dr Lee who was able to stand and defend the freedom and life of his fellow protesters.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An exciting narrative ma. Dr. Cordie did an excellent job by standing for the truth in the face of opposition.
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.
What a courageous and brave man.
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.
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
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.
Thank God for someone like Dr. Cordielee Williams and his wife and I hope more people emulate them.
Kudos to Dr Cordie Lee for his bravery
It is really important to be at the right place at the right time
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
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
I wish the Nigerian police can draw an example from this piece.nice post ma.
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.
Dr. Codie is actually a brave man for him to be this courageous and to him to carry out this task.
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.
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.
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.
God really used cordie to help the citizens,who knows what would have happened if not for his bravery.
“Unlawful orders.” Well that is what we’ve been feeding on in Nigeria. We only pray for a better system.
We need more of brave people like cordie in Nigeria, who would stand and speak up for the oppressed.
We should learn to be courageous and stand for what is right.
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.
Well, I am happy he spoke up. The fact that you obey law or take instruction isn’t an avenue to behave rashly
Wow what a courageous act, shout out to DR. Lee for his actions we need more people like him in this kind of situation.
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.
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.
We should know our right and how to use it.
God can use one person to save everyone or a whole lot of people.
Shout out to DR. Lee for his actions, people like this are what we need in our society.We citizens should know our right
Celebrate the grace of boldness in his life. I thank you ma for this
Wow, such a great Man!
Dr. Lee is truly an epitome of Courage.
Thanks you Ma, for this piece.
I’m amazed by his boldness, the fact that he stood out to confront these police officers, not minding if he get arrested, beaten or even shot.
Dr Cordie Lee Williams is indeed a brave and a courageous man.
God can indeed use anybody.
Cheers to the bravery of Dr. Lee
It only takes a good courage to do that.
This are the kind of people we need in this country, people that will boldly defend their rights without fear
This piece of information is an educative one, cordial approach to the difficulties and hardship of people in America make us still believe that people we will stand for truth out there.
God has not given us the spirit of fear but of boldness.
Thanks ma for sharing.
this shows that God can use anyone to change the lives of others.
What Dr Williams did, should be written in history. He was able to stand up for what is right
So surprising the way the least expected(Dr. Lee) liberated the whole protesters from the mess of an unnecessary lock down
I live Dr. Lee’s courage.
Dr. Cordie Lee Williams is a very brave and an inspiration to many. He stood for the people .
Thank God for his boldness. God was able to use him to calm the chaos.
Dr cordie Lee Williams prevented a lot from happening that day,I pray that more Americans will stand against the alteration of their country
This event reminds me of the end sars protest done in Lagos previously. I usually Thought that only Africa or Nigeria persay, could manhandle the citizens in the face of their rights.
We need more people like Dr.Cordie in our various societies, a dauntless man standing up to his oppressors.
Dr Cordie showed a very brave disposition. He made it known to the Police men harassing individuals that peaceful protests are our rights as citizens.
Dr.Cordie is very brave and we need mor people like him in Nigeria.
Dr. Cordie really deserve an accolade and I pray for my dear country Nigeria to have such police men who will hear the truth and listen to it rather than working against it .
Dr. Cordie Lee was brave enough to stand up for himself and the people (protesters) and that’s very commendable.
As Christians may God give us such courage too, to be able to defend ourselves.
If people like Dr. Cordie full this world, the government would mind their excesses.
We should always be bold and speak up at times
Thankfully peace prevailed.
We should all stand up to injustice but unfortunately the society we live in isn’t even reliable anymore . Many lose out just for speaking up and some are castigated and ostracized.
I commend Dr. Cordie’s courage and brevity, he actually averted the great massacre which would have been melted on the protesters if he hadn’t spoken out to the police.
This is a huge sacrifice to save lives. The VET, DR. Cordie Lee W is a hero.
He made use of the right words at the right time
Dr lee is really brave and wise ,dialogue is important
The character of Dr Lee should be emulated
We should learn to be courageous and stand for what is right
Kudos to Dr cordie Lee, indeed he is a courageous man.
Thank you mah for this post 👍
If only we can stand for our right and demand the appropriate thing to be done; criticize evil at the very spot, then our second salvation will be close.
God always makes a way for his people when they think there is no way, he just used Dr Cordie Lee to fight for his children and make their voices to be heard by the government. We thank God for the gift of Cordie Lee and we pray God sends such person to Nigeria to deliver us from the hands of the evil government. Amen. Thank you ma for the commentary
If we had like ten of Dr Cordie in Nigeria we won’t be struggling with bad government.
Wow, this is a discovery. We need this level of braveness to stand up for ourselves and others who can’t stand for themselves.
I admire Dr. Williams a lot, he is such a courageous and brave man.
Wow! I really enjoyed reading this. The bravery of Dr.Cordie is outstanding.
Thumbs up to Mr. Lee for such an outstanding bravery. This is indeed what we need in the society.
Bravo to him for the courage to speak out, hopefully this will happen in Nigeria but it seems it’s still far away, there is no bravery in stupidity (of which doing this in Nigeria to those trigger happy guys is). I must commend him for this because he understood his environment.
Permit me ma to ask though, Is this possible in Nigeria?
Dr. Cordie Lee Williams’ courage and leadership in defusing a potentially explosive situation during a protest in Sacramento is truly commendable. His reminder to the riot police about their duty to uphold the law and respect citizens’ constitutional rights is a crucial message that needs to be reiterated. It’s heartening to see people from all walks of life come together to stand against the erosion of their basic freedoms, and I hope this movement continues to grow and inspire others