Media Availability: Ken Blackwell and Lori Roman: In God We Trust: Government—Not So Much
September 9, 2021
Naples, FL — On the cusp of the Biden Administration’s anticipated announcement today of more authoritarian vaccination mandates, American Constitutional Rights Union (ACRU) Policy Board Member Ken Blackwell and ACRU President Lori Roman assert growing distrust in the government in their most recent article for Breitbart.
They make the case that recent actions by local, state and federal officials and bureaucrats have created a renewed distrust of government reminiscent of the founders’ and that the distrust has led to a backlash of resistance.
Those who relish the unyielding power of the state over the individual have had a good year. Lockdowns by tyrannical governors and state and local bureaucrats, along with expansive authority seized out of thin air by the CDC and other arms of the federal government, have made America almost unrecognizable as a bastion of freedom.
Local public schools, once trusted unequivocally by parents, have revealed themselves not only as just another arm of the government, but one controlled by teachers’ unions doing the bidding of one political party. Lockdowns and mask and vaccination mandates have been enacted against the wishes of many parents.
Yes, the statists have had a good run. But the backlash has arrived. Americans are renewing their distrust of government in a manner reminiscent of the founders. And who could blame them?
American Constitutional Rights Union has experienced feedback from Americans that indicate that government assurances and actions related to vaccinations and other measures have led to rampant distrust. ACRU has received many calls and emails from distraught Americans who are afraid of losing their jobs or being forced to vaccinate their children as they have concerns about side effects. Many Americans feel that medical choice and privacy have been eradicated by local, state and federal authorities.
Blackwell and Roman continue:
The government agencies (NIH, FDA, CDC, etc.) have proven to be shockingly incompetent and inconsistent, while unflinching in their authoritarianism. It would be comical if it were not so tragic.
Tyrannical state authorities and local health departments have grabbed authority with the gusto of the Gestapo. They have closed churches and threatened pastors across the nation. Last November, American Constitutional Rights Union assisted Dr. Dennis Jackman at Community United Methodist Church in Anne Arundel County Maryland when he received a citation for not wearing a mask while alone in his church and he was threatened with church closure and possible jail time.
A recent victory for a church that fought California and Los Angeles County for the right to conduct in-person worship has shown the tide is turning. The officials who had threatened to jail the pastor have been given a resounding slap down.
Grace Community Church of Sun Valley will receive $800,000 from the state and county to cover the legal costs of their challenge for religious freedom. This and other settlements have been made possible by the Supreme Court’s ruling against California’s church lockdowns.
And the recall of California Governor Gavin Newsom is one more indicator of the rebellion of the American people against tyranny and incompetence at the highest levels.
The tide is also turning in public schools. A wave of parent activism has swept over the country leading to heated school board meetings and a rise in homeschooling. For many parents, the pandemic exposed the indoctrination of their children through Critical Race Theory and politically charged lessons. Mask mandates were then the tipping point.
The rate of homeschooling in America doubled in just six months in 2020 from 5.4% to 11% and the homeschooling rate for black students rose most dramatically from 3.3% to 16.1%. Predictably, this has led to calls by the Left to ban homeschooling; however, this movement has gained fervor that will likely not dissipate.
The nation is quickly being divided. But not as the Left intends. The Left strategically fosters division to advance their agenda of bigger government and less personal freedom. But this time, it appears to be backfiring.
Thomas Jefferson once said, “…under pretence of governing they have divided their nations into two classes, wolves and sheep.”
For the last year and a half, it appeared that the wolves had complete control of the sheep. That is changing.
The American concept of liberty is rooted in resistance to government actions that threaten that liberty.
The feature ends with the words of Thomas Jefferson from a letter to Abigail Adams in 1787: “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all.”
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