Lockdown or Liberty

...we are calling for a recognition of the abuses of power that have negatively affected all of us over the past 2 years, and which continue with unlawful mandates and personal restrictions.

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“Those who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

–Benjamin Franklin

To understand our collective objection to the lockdowns, restrictions, and the forced closure of schools, businesses, and houses of worship over the past 2 years, one must look at these actions through the eyes of our nation’s founding fathers.  They understood that this nation could and would succeed when freedom reigned and abuses from those in leadership were stymied, by only allowing a limited government.  They would, just as we do now, consider these actions to be abuses of power, because government officials, particularly those who are unelected, effectively removed the individual’s right to all the promises guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.  Indeed, the restrictions and interventions now imposed upon the citizens of this Country are akin and parallel to the very grievances so eloquently catalogued in the Declaration of Independence.  The threat and issuance of mandates by the federal government and restrictions on individual freedom is precisely the focus of concerns raised by the founders of this nation in the Federalist Papers. 

These documents laid the foundation for what would be an experiment of how a common man could prosper if given equal footing and equal guarantees of individual rights.  That experiment led to the building up of the greatest nation this earth has ever witnessed.  A common man could become uncommonly successful because he was unleashed, unchained, and free to do as he pleased to better his own station in life.  Conversely, we see how progress and individual success is stifled when the government usurps the power and rights given to individuals.  This nation is a Constitutional Republic, a democratic government, but not a democracy.  Majority rule cannot, and should not, overrule the guarantee of individual rights.  However, in the past 2 years, we have seen and have been negatively affected by excessive, unnecessary, ineffective, and illegal abuses of power by government officials at the local, state, and federal levels.  We have gone from a nation of citizens, to a nation of subjects, under totalitarian rule. 

Thomas Jefferson, when writing the reasons for declaring independence from England, penned the words that laid the foundation for individual rights… “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  These rights belong to men, not governments or government officials!  Thomas Jefferson listed abuses of power by “the present King of Great Britain” (King George)… “declaring themselves invested with power”, “erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance”, and then said we should resist when he wrote “when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government.”  Thomas Jefferson was addressing King George of England, but we could change the name and list our current government leaders here as well.  History is repeating itself. 

As healthcare providers, business owners, and licensed professionals, we are obligated to the patients whom we serve, our families for whom we provide, and those who lead our profession and licensing boards (as agents of the government).  The first two obligations go hand in hand and we understand that one enhances the other, mutually.  The last obligation, to our profession and licensing boards, must not go against the obligations to our patients, to our families, and it must not diminish or do away with our individual autonomy.  If the obligation to our profession and licensing board does any of those, it must be thrown off as a matter of duty and virtue.  With lockdowns, restrictions, and the forced closure of our businesses, our patients suffered from lack of care, our families suffered from lack of income and stability, and our profession suffered (and is suffering) from lack of credibility because our leaders have not stepped up to refute the junk science and abuses of power that have negatively affected us, the people they claim to represent.  We are now stepping up, as a group of healthcare providers, to resist and “throw off such Government” as Thomas Jefferson penned in the Declaration of Independence.

While we are not calling for a revolution to overthrow the government, we are calling for a recognition of the abuses of power that have negatively affected all of us over the past 2 years, and which continue with unlawful mandates and personal restrictions.  We are also calling for a repeal of all Executive Orders and power grabs that have succeeded to trample the individual rights guaranteed to us as citizens.  These unlawful power grabs, enacted under “Emergency Use Authority” to “protect” us, have a tendency to live on in perpetuity if we, the people, do not stand up and fight for the rights that have been taken away from us.  John Adams wrote that “Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”  We are standing in the gap, united, to secure the rights and freedoms that are guaranteed us, to ensure that our liberty is maintained and not lost to be forgotten, for ourselves and for those who will come after us. It is our duty, honor, and obligation to do this in order to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and Our Posterity”as written in the Preamble to the United States Constitution.

Christopher E. Roberts, DDS

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