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Does The Coronavirus Make Our Constitutional Freedom Of Assembly Obsolete?

October 8, 2020

This article was written by Brandon Smith

Over the past couple of weeks a trend has become apparent in the state of Idaho, specifically in Moscow, Idaho in Latah County. The city council of Moscow has issued a mandatory mask order, and they are using police to enforce it. Bizarrely, the city had ZERO deaths from Covid at the time the mask order was instituted, meaning their action was in response to…nothing.

Idaho has had a total of 500 deaths from Covid since the beginning of the outbreak. To put this in perspective, the state also has around 400 deaths from diabetes every year, and 250 deaths from the flu/pneumonia according to the CDC. Perhaps they should ban sugar, and make masks mandatory for the flu as well, just to be safe…

The residents of Moscow are not too happy with the city council attempt to unilaterally enforce such mandates. Church congregations in particular are fighting back by holding outdoor services without masks. The city has responded by ARRESTING the pastors of any church that dare to defy mask laws.

I bring up this specific instance of coronavirus enforcement because the circumstances surrounded it are disturbing…

First, it is not surprising that Latah County is one of the ONLY counties in Idaho that leans to the far-left politically, and the majority of the city council of Moscow is made up of leftists. Moscow is also the home of the University of Idaho. It seems wherever the political left sets up shop, constitution violating mandates on the coronavirus are prevalent. Even if a state government is predominantly more conservative and less antagonistic on lockdowns, left leaning city and county officials have decided they are going to enforce their own restrictions anyway.

Second, the mask rules are being used against people who held meetings outdoors, and this is something I am seeing all over the world right now. Why is the science of virus behavior in outdoor open air environments not being discussed AT ALL in the mainstream? Why is no one talking about the fact that open air and UV rays from sunlight KILL microorganisms? The chance of contracting the coronavirus outdoors is next to zero, yet mask rules are being strictly instituted from Melbourne, Australia to New York, New York to Moscow, Idaho.

Government officials must surely be aware that the science contradicts these orders. And if this is the case, then this only confirms that such restrictions are not about saving lives; they are about control.

Third, the use of targeted arrests against organizers of group events is clearly an attempt to frighten the public into compliance without confronting their concerns directly. The goal is to encourage self censorship and to manipulate citizens to avoid public assembly without coming out openly and saying “We are banning public assembly”. It’s an end-run around the constitution, and these actions are increasing in the US.

As I have noted in past articles, I have been watching the draconian coronavirus measures in Australia and New Zealand very closely. My concerns rest on the other side of the world because what I see happening there is perhaps a beta-test for high intensity lockdown restrictions in other western nations including America.

Restrictions in these countries are rooted in what they are calling “Level 4 lockdowns”, and include mandatory mask orders (even outside), mandatory social distancing, bans on public assembly, church closures, citizens are not allowed to travel more than 3 miles from home (essentially people are under house arrest, with only one hour per day outside to exercise), people who contract the virus or are suspected of being infected can be locked up in Covid camps for as long as government officials deem it necessary, and in New Zealand these camps are managed by the military.

People speaking out against the lockdowns online are being arrested for “incitement”. Free speech in Australia is nearly dead.

I believe the establishment of medical tyranny is moving so quickly in Australia because the vast majority of the population has been disarmed and they have limited means to fight back. It’s an easy place to test out control measures. Protests are taking place, but without a means of self defense the citizenry is at the mercy of government and law enforcement. If the government wants to crack down violently on anti-lockdown groups, there will be little the public can do to stop them.

What I see happening in places like Moscow, Idaho is the initial stages of medical tyranny similar to what is happening in Australia. What I see is an incremental form of totalitarianism, and it simply cannot be tolerated.

We have heard it often during this pandemic event that we are “all in this together” and the lockdowns are “serving the greater good”, but this is nonsense. The constitutional rights of public assembly and freedom of religion in particular are being stifled, and these rights ARE the greater good. They are far more important than the lives of the select few people who are susceptible to the virus.

Beyond that, why are we not talking about the number of people that are losing their jobs due to the lockdowns? How about the number of people that will die over time from poverty or depression or economic collapse because of the lockdowns? Is it not a matter of the “greater good” that we end the restrictions rather than increase them?

No virus is worth this. It would not matter if we were talking about the Black Plague. Ultimately, though, Covid affects a very small portion of the US population. The real solution to the pandemic is simple:

The people who are most susceptible should voluntarily stay home and quarantine, and the rest of us should get on with our lives with an open economy and normal constitutional rights. Why is this option not being presented?

Mask laws in particular are truly bizarre. There is little evidence that cloth masks are effective in the slightest, but the idea that “everyone must wear a mask” in order for the masks to work reveals the true nature of the restrictions.

If your mask is useless unless I also wear a mask, then the masks we are wearing are not offering much protection and their enforcement should be questioned. The fact that numerous states and counties across the US have had infection spikes even with strict mask mandates suggests to me that the masks are pointless. Even the CDC questions the effectiveness of cloth masks and recommends N95 masks for healthcare workers until there is some evidence that cloth masks function.

If the CDC doesn’t believe they work very well, then why are people even wearing them, and why are people being arrested for refusing to use them? Again, the science does not support the mandates, so they must be about control rather than saving lives. If you can get a population acclimated to having the government involved in the smallest intricacies of their lives on a daily basis then freedom goes out the window and the establishment enjoys total power to do whatever they please.

Don’t get me wrong, if a person WANTS to wear a mask, or take other precautions no matter how dubious, then I have nothing bad to say about them. That is their decision. If a business wants to require masks before entering, then that is also their right as property owners. I can choose to not shop there if I don’t like it. But it is not anyone’s right to attempt to force others to comply with their baseless rules just so they can personally feel safer. If I’m not wearing a mask and you don’t like it, then don’t come near me; it’s very easy.  As leftists like to say:  My body my choice.

Take note of how many instances we have seen so far of Mask Nazis physically attacking people not wearing masks. Isn’t this the exact opposite of what they have been preaching?  Also take note that Mask Nazis tend to be avid supporters of BLM and Antifa mobs that ignore pandemic restrictions.  Again, they don’t care about health issues, they are angry because you are not submitting to their control.

Another terrifying development during the pandemic is the use of executive orders and executive authority to initiate restrictions without public oversight. Here is the bottom line: No government, whether it be federal, state or local, has the power to violate your constitutional rights. Period. If a law or executive order tramples on the Bill of Rights, then it is automatically null and void and should be defied. National emergencies do no supplant the constitution, regardless of what statists might claim.

Executive orders in particular are based on nothing other than color of law. In most cases they do not legally apply to the citizenry, only to government employees. Real laws are passed by the legislature, and are often added to a ballot to be voted on by the public. No governor, mayor, city council or president has the authority to assert new laws without oversight like a dictator.

The political left has been quick to point out these facts whenever Donald Trump issues executive orders, yet they are also quick to defend those orders issued by states and cities to enforce unconstitutional and illegal lockdowns.

In the end, whether you respect the Bill of Rights or not, laws are meaningless unless they are backed by principles. A law that is immoral and unjust should not be followed. Government representatives that abuse their positions to assert powers that are not granted them by the constitution should be unseated. The coronavirus changes nothing – Not a thing.

I would suggest that anyone who lives in a place that is trying to enforce restrictions that are contrary to the Bill of Rights act now to disrupt what is likely an incremental march towards medical tyranny. If you don’t stand in opposition to these actions now, they will only grow over time until a majority of people become conditioned to accept them.

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  • Montana Joe October 8, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    I truly believe that if the government had issued a prophylactic measure that closely resembled a donkey’s tail, surrounded by fake studies showing the tail’s efficacy, you would see a comparable amount of people parading around like a jack ass as you now see wearing masks.

    I have co-opted my child’s Power Ranger mask to wear where masks are ‘mandated’. Mock them.

  • Brandon Dubalos October 8, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Based and redpillled.

  • VforVoluntary October 8, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Hi Brandon,
    Good article as usual. You may be aware but didn’t mention that several hundred of us went to Moscow in the days following the arrests to protest and defy the orders and to encourage the residents of Moscow to do the same. Exactly zero of us were arrested or even cited. It’s a most pertinent example of your call to action. See the Questionable Authority and North Idaho Exposed Youtube channels for coverage.

  • Migue October 8, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    The worse thing is many people (some who I’ve talked to) have been VERY quick to accept these new conditions and have quite literally told me they have no problem giving up their rights/privacy (and would no problem take a vaccine which could affect their DNA, nanotech, etc.) simply for their convenience. However, many are also waking up, thanks to work like this article.

    One question Brandon, related to all this long-term planned destruction of so much and a topic I have not seen anyone even truly mention and go into:

    In your opinion, what do you feel will happen to financial markets and the whole business of trading markets like forex, stocks, commodities?

    That is, when the time comes where the dollar is no longer the reserve currency, and when they roll out a global digital currency… what will happen to trading currencies, gold, stocks etc.? Will this even be POSSIBLE for the common person to do? Will it be more restricted? What in itself would actually be traded (Silver / NewCoin?)? Would there be big differences or not really?

    Thanks, truly appreciate your thoughts on this. PS: congrats on the new site Brandon!

    • laura mcdonough October 9, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      Migue: 98 percent adults cannot process logic outside their daily occupations they were trained in to make a living. They will be ongoing sheeple and follow their change agent clergy to the FEMA camps for execution or become slaves inthe corp factories/farms. The don’t care if their families are broken up or they never see them again. Only two percent (most over sixty) are aware of the globalist ag. 21 soon to be because there are so few patriots today who will stand upagainst this. Most patriot groups if not all are “coffee drinking clubs” there are somenear me who meet at coffee shops. All talk no action incl Oath Keepers (old men too old to fight back).

  • Liam October 8, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    You’re wrong, Brandon. Forcing someone to wear a mask to enter their business is no one’s right as a business owner. It would be equivalent to forcing someone to bludgeon themselves in the head or any other senseless act of self-harm in order to shop. The masks themselves cause oxygen-deprivation and lasting harm if worn continuously. They should be rejected EVERYWHERE. They are merely conditioning for accepting a vaccine, and if they are not fought now, will be very hard to rid ourselves of in the future.

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      Brandon Smith October 8, 2020 at 10:47 pm

      No one is going to buy your comparison argument; it’s too over the top. Also, yes, private businesses on private property can make all kinds of demands before customers enter (no shirt, no shoes, no service), but that doesn’t mean you have to shop there. You can simply not give them your money. The best way to stop them from demanding masks is to let them know you will not be giving them your hard earned dollars because of their rules. If enough people do this they will change or go out of business.

      • laura mcdonough October 18, 2020 at 1:26 am

        The business’s corp. office rules for ex: a chain store mandates it, even tho’ employees hate it. Mom and pop businesses can do as they please and tell the governor to kiss off.

    • laura mcdonough October 9, 2020 at 1:28 pm

      The management tries to protect employees, he has to keep his business open and doesn’t want to train new people all at once if virus spreads and ppl can’t work.

    • laura mcdonough October 15, 2020 at 3:53 pm

      Some have sign on door: no mask no service. Now, get out of store asap, do your buying and get out. The workers are forced to wear them on their shift.

  • 383 October 8, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    While I can see the argument of how the controlavirus is trampling on our individual liberties – thus giving anyone a legal and moral justification to refuse the tyranny – I have to wonder if it is legal for them to impose these restrictions. I mean, seriously, as corrupt as the govt is will they actually put themselves in a position to deliberately do something that seems so easy for many to say “busted!”.

    Just a quick search pulls up the following from a legal site: Under the U.S. Constitution’s 10th Amendment and U.S. Supreme Court decisions over nearly 200 years, state governments have the primary authority to control the spread of dangerous diseases within their jurisdictions. The 10th Amendment, which gives states all powers not specifically given to the federal government, allows them the authority to take public health emergency actions, such as setting quarantines and business restrictions.

    In general there is a lot of disinformation about what is legal or not and many of us who do not speak legalese get caught up in only part of the story. ….Our favorite part of the story. From my experience visiting traffic court in the 80’s (somewhat frequently – because muscle car) it was full of people who knew their rights either at the time of being pulled over or standing in front of the commissioner only to leave with the fine or sentence. That said who will be the first to defy mask orders? Granted, the threat of financial ruin (fines) will keep most of us in check thus perpetuating the (possible) lie.

    I’m not making a case of right or wrong but human nature simply demands the path of least resistance. And we are dealing with a bunch of lawyers and human behavior experts whose sole existence is to devise a way to impose practically anything on the public – good or bad. Oh, just wear the mask and go about your business and no one will bother you. ….Look monogrammed designer masks now. I for one believe this is how people are voluntarily walking into their own 5G prisons and closing the door behind them smiling the whole time believing they are free.

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      Brandon Smith October 8, 2020 at 10:38 pm

      That is incorrect. The 10th Amendment does NOT allow for violations of the Bill of Rights, as we can see by the Supreme Court’s rulings on Jim Crow laws. Also, the lockdown restrictions ARE NOT LAWS, they are unilateral executive orders which have not passed through any legislature. Therefore, any assertion that states can force health measures is in contradiction to previous Supreme Court rulings; in other words, they are merely violating the constitution when it suits them to do so. Nor can the Federal Government violate the Bill of Right in the name of executive orders which, again, ARE NOT LAW, only color of law.

      That said, I think you misunderstand the message of the article. At no point did I say we should take the bastards to court. That would be a waste of time. As noted in the article, laws are meaningless unless that are backed by principles and morals. People are already defying mask orders across the country, the revolt has already begun and it will only continue to grow.

      • 383 October 9, 2020 at 6:12 pm

        My point at the time of writing wasn’t to take them to court, but since you mentioned it, how would that be a waste of time? Aside from the fact that anything that bucks the main stream agenda of centralized control would in fact be met with more red tape than you could shake a stick at. How does one deal with a bunch of crooks like this? After all if what you say is correct (I can’t comment if you are right or wrong), but if you are indeed correct, the establishment has and is blatantly violating the Bill of Rights and as a result can be knocked over with a feather – legally. Antifa tactics are not the answer IMO and protests seem to only serve more chaos. Commenting on message boards might gather many people with the same mindset but in reality I see any commenting anywhere as a 100 flowers campaign tactic. But here we are months later and even if the liberty movement gets a victory by lunchtime today the damage is done. And from my experience being in the repair business, it’s much easier to destroy something than it is to fix it. With 40m out of work and the arrival of record breaking fires on the West Coast adding insult to injury with military precision, I completely agree with you that the actual harm done in the name of safety is far greater and will be proven greater as time goes on than the actual virus itself. And this of course is by design. The only thing that perpetuates this mass manipulation of the public is people’s fear of death.

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          Brandon Smith October 9, 2020 at 9:36 pm

          Tyrants do not respect laws, they exploit laws. They ignore laws that are inconvenient to them and make laws that are convenient to them. Even though the constitutional case against medical tyranny is rock solid, it does not matter because the elites will ignore this regardless. I would think this is obvious. There is only one solution – Decouple from the corrupt system, and if they try to stop you (which they will), take them down.

  • Deltaeus October 9, 2020 at 8:18 am

    Hi Brandon,
    Your observation that Australians are compliant is spot on, but using it as a support for a 2nd amendment argument is mixing chalk and cheese.
    I think you’ll find that people in Australia are compliant because the media speaks with one uniform voice and most people are not aware of anything they’re not told by the media, much like in the US.

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      Brandon Smith October 9, 2020 at 9:27 am

      I didn’t say that Australians are “compliant” because they don’t have a 2nd Amendment; I said that hard medical tyranny is being tested in Australia because there is no 2nd Amendment and Australians cannot physically fight back even if they wanted to. There’s a big difference. Also, MANY Australians are NOT compliant right now and are holding protests, but they are being rounded up and arrested exactly because of the reasons I described. It’s easy to wrap everything up in a nice neat little bundle and say “those people are just brainwashed”, but it’s never as simple as that.

  • JonJon October 9, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    If anyone thinks that this nonsense will be going away anytime soon they are living in a fantasy world.
    Take a look at this document put out by the Word Bank and you’ll see on page# 6 (it is the first page after the table of contents) they have stated that their Covid Response Program will be in effect until March 31st 2025.

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