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Give me Liberty.

As I started to quote the immortal words of Patrick Henry, it struck me that liberty is not something that is given, but something is earned. No governor, with the rich taste of tyranny on his lips, is going to monogamously going to say, “Just kidding about the whole gulag thing! April fools!”

So with the inspiration of our great forefathers, I do declare that I am taking back my liberty.

16 December 2020

To Governor Charles D. Baker:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to retake their Liberty.

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.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But 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, and to provide new Guards for their future security.[1]

Such has been the patient sufferance of these Citizens of the Commonwealth; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present Governor Charles Baker and his administration is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over this Commonwealth, using and abusing the powers granted to the Executive branch in Chapter S31, Acts 1950, Ch.639[2] and Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 17, Section 2A. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has failed to uphold the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment of assemblage, by supporting social justice protests[3] and placing restrictions on private gatherings[4] and worship services[5].

He attempted to subdue the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment by ignoring the declaration from the federal government establishing the gun industry as “essential”, shutting down locally-owned gun dealers and shooting ranges[6] on 31 March 2020 through 7 May 2020[7].

He has failed to uphold the Equal Protection Clause under the Fourteenth Amendment[8] by suppressing small businesses, restaurants, bars, and other places of commerce yet allowing commercial corporations to function uninhibited throughout of the pandemic. His designation of specific industries to certain reopening “phases” is equally nonsensical, for example, allowing the casinos gaming floors to reopen in Stage 3, but moving outdoor theme parks  and amusement parks to Stage 4[9].  

He has forbidden the Citizens to pursue their livelihoods uninhibited, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained[10]. When so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them[11].

He has issued guidelines utterly devoid of common sense, such as forbidding eating establishments to serve drinks without also serving food[12], prohibiting standing to eat food at the bar while simultaneously prohibiting seated patrons from eating at the bar[13], placing additional burdens on the bar and tavern owners throughout the Commonwealth. 

He has failed to abide by the laws, guidelines, and provisions of MGL Title XVI, Chapter 111, Section 92. [14]

 He has further failed to protect the Citizens’ pursual of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness by instituting a blanket curfew.[15]

He has contributed to the United States’ current mental health crisis, including a 40% increase in adults self-reporting anxiety, depression, stress-related symptoms, new or increased substance abuse, and suicidal ideation[16].

He has contributed to an anticipated rise in cancer diagnoses and deaths, as lockdowns prevented Citizens from receiving regular screenings and preventive health services[17].

He has contributed to a rise in opioid abuse and opioid deaths due to his lockdowns and social distancing mandates[18].

He has contributed to the 1 in 4 young adults (age 18-24) who have thought about killing themselves in the last 30 days because of Covid-related restrictions[19].

He has endangered Citizens’ lives with his lockdown orders, contributing to a 200% increase in domestic violence cases at Brigham and Women’s hospital alone[20].

He has, for that purpose obstructing natural travel between States enacted onerous travel restrictions in a violation of the privacy of the Citizens[21].

He has enabled a multitude of unelected officials, and sent hither swarms of public health employees to harass our people[22].

He has continued to enforce a mask mandate, even though no scientific evidence exists to support such an order[23][24].

He has continued to rely upon, and count positive RT-PCR tests in the “Dashboard of Public Health Indicators”, even though the PCR tests can yield a high false positivity rate due to their high amplification[25] [26].

For taking away, through Emergency Order, our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments; rendering We the People voiceless by continually bypassing the General Court in favor of Executive Orders [27].

For conspiring with the General Court to attempt to codify these restrictions to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness into law[28].

He destroyed the lives of our people[29] [30] [31].

He is at this creating further orders to restrict the actions of the Citizenry in response to the coronavirus pandemic[32]. He has simultaneously said that “Our health care system is keeping up[33],” while using hospital capacity as an excuse to execute restrictive lockdown measures. 

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, encouraged neighbor to report on neighbor[34], and has endeavored, perhaps unwittingly, to bring a cold civil war[35] to the Commonwealth.

He has ignored his own “reopening Massachusetts” guidelines, promising a “return to normalcy” when the “development of vaccines and/or treatments enable resumption of “new normal””. The first batch of vaccinations was delivered to Massachusetts on 14 December 2020[36] . Instead of prioritizing those most at risk of death of COVID-19 (those with one or more comorbidity, adults over 65 years of age, he has chosen to prioritize criminals. He is preventing the vaccine from reaching the general public until late spring, 2021[37]

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the humblest terms: Our repeated Petitions[38] [39] have been answered only by repeated injury. A Governor whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our brethren in Washington DC. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by the Executive of the Commonwealth, as the citizens of other states have warned of the Executives in their States, to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us39. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here, generations ago. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity. We have conjured them by our common kindred ties to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounce them, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, Citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of this Commonwealth, solemnly publish and declare, That these Citizens are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent people; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the Executive Orders stemming from the Emergency Order issued on 10 March 2020, and do declare all “Governor’s COVID-19 Orders” and “Reopening Massachusetts” null and void, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent People may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


[1] https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript

[2] https://www.mass.gov/lists/emergency-preparedness-laws-and-regulations

[3] https://www.masslive.com/boston/2020/05/gov-charlie-baker-understands-protests-in-massachusetts-after-death-of-george-floyd-i-cant-imagine-why-people-wouldnt-want-to-get-out-on-the-streets.html

[4] https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-state-of-emergency#limits-on-gatherings-

[5] https://www.mass.gov/info-details/safety-standards-and-checklist-places-of-worship

[6] https://www.mass.gov/doc/march-31-2020-essential-services-extension-order/download

[7] https://gunowners.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/MA-order.pdf

[8] https://constitutionallawreporter.com/amendment-14-01/equal-protection-clause/#EPRational

[9] https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-when-can-my-business-reopen

[10] https://www.mass.gov/doc/may-18-2020-re-opening-massachusetts-order/download

[11] https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-order-58/download

[12] https://www.mass.gov/info-details/safety-standards-and-checklist-restaurants#phase-ii-step-1-downloads-and-translations-  (Paragraph 5)

[13] https://www.mass.gov/doc/restaurants-protocol-summary-english/download

[14] https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXVI/Chapter111/Section92

[15] https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-order-57/download

[16] https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/12/health/mental-health-second-wave-coronavirus-wellness/index.html

[17] https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2768946

[18] https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/health_policy/Provisional-Drug-Overdose-Deaths-by-Quarter-Demographic-Characteristics-Q1-2020.pdf

[19] https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6932a1.htm

[20] https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2020-08-18/radiology-study-suggests-horrifying-rise-in-domestic-violence-during-pandemic

[21] https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order

[22] https://www.mass.gov/doc/revised-gatherings-order-august-7-2020/download (Section 6)

[23] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25903751/

[24] https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M20-6817

[25] https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanres/article/PIIS2213-2600(20)30453-7/fulltext

[26] https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/29/health/coronavirus-testing.html

[27] https://www.mass.gov/news/declaration-of-a-state-of-emergency-to-respond-to-covid-19

[28] https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD5116

[29] https://www.aier.org/article/cost-of-us-lockdowns-a-preliminary-report/

[30] https://boston.cbslocal.com/2020/06/11/coronavirus-stores-close-massachusetts-quarantine-economy-unemployment-dorothys-boutique/

[31] https://www.boston25news.com/news/health/thousands-massachusetts-restaurants-stay-closed-permanently/RT2I2PFWXNG5PIT7NGFZYSX2XY/

[32] https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-order-57/download

[33] https://www.boston.com/news/coronavirus/2020/04/21/massachusetts-ventilator-icu-bed-ration-guidance-revised-coronavirus

[34] https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-covid-19-compliance

[35] Try a couple of experiments: 1. Put up a post challenging the science of the lockdowns, and then walk into a store massless. Time how long it takes a store employee or a Kustomer Karen to chase you down and call you “irresponsible”, selfish”, or “Grandma-killer”.

[36] https://boston.cbslocal.com/2020/12/14/covid-19-coronavirus-vaccine-massachusetts-boston-medical-center-shipment/

[37] https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine-in-massachusetts

[38] https://boston.cbslocal.com/2020/05/04/coronavirus-protest-gathering-massachusetts-statehouse-reopen-economy/

[39] https://www.change.org/search?q=massachusetts&offset=0

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Unmasking the Political Weaponization of SARS-CoV-2, Part I

Part I: Legalese

Ladies and gentlemen, we have been had.

Seventy (70) days ago, on March 10, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts publicly declared that the Commonwealth was under a State of Emergency with regards to the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, more commonly referred to as COVID-19 or simply “coronavirus”. The following Sunday, March 15, the order was extended to prohibit gatherings of more than 25 persons, and forced the closure of all dine-in services at restaurants and bars, effective March 17. Fifty-eight (58) days ago, on March 23 and under the direction of the Massachusetts Department of Pubic Health, Gov. Baker issued a two-week “stay at home” order, closing all businesses not deemed “essential” and effectively halting all medical care unrelated to COVID-19 in anticipation of an onslaught of critically ill patients.

The onslaught never materialized. And today, on May 20, 2020, that “stay-at-home” order has been extended six weeks past its initial expiration date, and Massachusetts citizens are being fined for having the audacity to reopen their businesses in ways Not Approved by the governor.

Boston, we have a problem. Sam Adams, John Hancock, and Paul Revere are probably turning in their graves to see us lay down and accept this blatant violation of our God-given rights.

Before I even attempt to get into the problem of mandating closures and masks and plexiglass at registers, I need to point out something very, very important that I’m willing to stake my livelihood and good name that most citizens of the Commonwealth are unaware of:

Once a state of emergency is declared in Massachusetts, there is virtually no limit on the governor’s power, including his ability to “temporarily” suspend our Constitutional rights of assemblage and travel. I put “temporarily” in quotation because there is also no expiration date on a declared state of emergency in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The powers of the governor during a state of emergency are enumerated in the “Civil Defense Act”, Acts of 1950, Chapter 639. This includes:

for the protection of the public, take possession (1) of any land or building, machinery or equipment; (2) of any horses, vehicles, motor vehicles, aircraft, ships, boats or any other means of conveyance, rolling stock of steam, diesel, electric railroads or of street railways; (3) of any cattle, poultry and any provisions for man or beast, and any fuel, gasoline or other means of propulsion which may be necessary or convenient for the use of the military or naval forces of the commonwealth or of the United States, or for the better protection or welfare of the commonwealth or its inhabitants as intended under this act.

Translated into 2020 terms, the Commonwealth can seize both the means of productions and the goods and services produced, including things like UPS trucks and the contents of the local Wal-Mart. The provision does include “reasonable compensation” for said seizures, but we all know what you and I think is reasonable differs from what Beacon Hill considers reasonable.

Further:

Whoever violates any provision of any such executive order or general regualtion issued or promulgated by the governor, for the violation of which no other penalty is provided by law, shall be punished by imprisonment of not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars, or both

The (only) good news in all this is that according to MGL Part I, Title II, Chapter 17, Section 2a, “Upon declaration by the governor that such emergency has terminated, all powers granted to and exercised by the commissioner under this section shall terminate.” Presumably this means that when the governor does get around to ending the State of Emergency, all orders issued during that time (such as mandatory masks and social distancing) are also null and void.*

Why do I take the time to spell all this out, when I usually limit myself to my open personal opinions, based on established fact? Because up until about three weeks ago, when I found a Facebook post by a local lawyer explaining some of what I have written above, I was woefully ignorant regarding the ways my own elected officials could control my life and liberty without my explicit consent, to the point of bypassing the negative-rights enshrined in the Constitution. Then-State Senator Barak Obama was correct when he explained in a 2001 interview that, “generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties – it says what the states can’t do to you. It says what the federal government can’t do to you. But it doesn’t say what the federal government. ..must do on your behalf. And that hasn’t shifted.”

I am not okay with the steps the state has taken to suppress our civil liberties in light of the threat of the Chinese coronavirus. I think in the coming weeks and months, We The People are going to need to stand up and loudly remind the likes of Baker, Brown, Whitmer, Cuomo, and Newsom that they are not without limits and that we citizens are not without recourse.

*I’m not a lawyer, nor have I verified this presumption with a lawyer. This is my understanding of the law as written.

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The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Jumped the Shark

When the World Health Organization and President Trump declared that the novel SARS-Cov-2 had reached pandemic levels (which only means that a large number of people in multiple geographic locations are affected; it has nothing to do with the severity of the illness), I was, like most Americans, concerned. My family, like most, took extra precautions such as washing our hands more frequently, keeping bottles of hand-sanitizer in our bags and cars, and making an effort to avoid anyone with a sniffle.

Since then, the entire response to COVID-19 has spun completely out of control, to the point that I refuse to take it seriously any more.

Moving the Goalposts and Medical Claims Fraud
In March, the White House, in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (NIH and CDC), released their plan for “15 Days to Slow the Spread”, which encouraged extra attention to hygiene and staying close to home in order to keep medical services from being overwhelmed by patients with this novel (new) coronavirus. This was accomplished. With a few exceptions in New York City and the greater Boston area, hospitals not only were not overrun, but ended up furloughing and even laying off staff as revenue dropped. Now, two month later, we are told that shutdowns must continue until either a cure or a vaccine is found.

This, my dear friends, is nonsense.

The first influenza vaccine was developed in 1940  and is widely available today. Even still, the flu infects millions and kills tens of thousands every single year. There is no cure, and even Tamiflu is useless if the disease is not caught in time.

It has also come to light that hospitals may be committing fraud by listing COVID-19 as the principal diagnosis in cases where having the virus is second to another illness such as cancer. This basically means that if a patient is admitted to the hospital because of symptoms from their cancer, and doctors discover that the patient also has coronavirus, they will put down “coronavirus” on the claim form before listing the “cancer” diagnosis. This is a huge deal for Medicare patients, because Medicare pays hospitals a pre-determined rate for services based on that first-listed diagnosis (Diagnosis related groups, or DRGs). Medicare will pay $13k for a patient with COVID-19 ($39k if the patient is put on a ventilator) as opposed to maybe $5k for a patient with pneumonia. Ergo, hospitals have a financial incentive to get as many coronavirus cases as possible.

Conflicts of Interest
Dr. Fauci dismissed evidence that a combination of hydroxychloroquine, azythromycin, and zinc could be an effective treatment. Instead, he pushed for Remdesivir. The difference? The first three drugs cost pennies, the Remdesivir thousands. He claimed he was concerned about potential side effects from the HCQ, conveniently ignoring the fact that any medicine comes with risks and side effects. (See Dystonia. It Sucks.) I’m sure this is only a coincidence, but Dr. Fauci also holds several patents related to HIV/AIDS treatment. Fauci is also a part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Global Vaccine Action Plan” where he serves on the Leadership Council. Bill Gates has been very vocal in the last several weeks about developing a coronavirus vaccine.

Inconsistent Practices Encroaching on Civil Rights
Why is it okay for people to “social distance” in grocery stores, but not parks and beaches? Why are people being fined for attending church services in their cars?Why are counties releasing inmates from prison (a quarantined community if there ever was one) and yet a Texas mother was thrown in jail for operating her own business? “We the People” are routinely threatened with prison or fines for trying to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads.

Masks are the newest example of virtue-signaling. Just a few weeks ago, the CDC recommended that masks not be worn because, frankly, they’re pretty useless. Today, anyone who dares step outside without being suffocated in their own CO2 are threatened with fines, prison, and the social media equivalent of being tarred and feathered.

If homemade cloth masks are truly effective, why not hand them out to the prisoners and keep them behind bars where they belong?

Governor Cuomo Should Be Arrested for Manslaughter
We knew early on that the elderly and those with pre-existing systemic conditions (diabetes, congestive heart failure, ESRD) are most at risk, and yet Gov. Cuomo of New York refused to let nursing homes turn away patients who tested positive for the virus, allowing the virus to spread like wildfire. Some patients who were admitted even came with their own body bag.

Hyperbole and CNN
“If it saves even one life!” is hysterical cow manure. Are we going to take cars off the road because 30,000 or more are killed in motor vehicle accidents each year? Of course not. Abortion facilities remain open, while cancer patients have been forced to delay or forgo therapies and surgeries that could have prolonged or even saved their lives. People have died from heart attacks and strokes because they were too afraid to seek medical attention in the emergency room. That type of hysteria comes directly from the nightly news.

As if that weren’t enough, on Thursday, CNN is hosting “A CNN Global Town Hall: Coronavirus Facts and Fears” featuring none other than teenage climate change expert Greta Thunberg. That link is to MSN, by the way, not Babylon Bee or the Onion.  Do they really expect the average American, who is more concerned with making sure he still has a job so he can keep the lights on, to take them seriously?

Stop letting the mainstream media, left-wing politicos, and neighborhood Karens scare you into thinking this is the end of the world.

It isn’t. Not even close.

Now go wash your hands.

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