It’s no secret that authoritarian government is increasingly intruding into our daily lives through coercive medical mandates, free speech violations, religious liberty restrictions, threats to employment and the radical indoctrination of our children via the public school system.

At the same time, whole swaths of Americans are being canceled and swept from the public square over disagreements about the experimental jabs, critical race theory, parental rights, LGBTQ sexual ideologies and the freedom to seek and receive medical services in accord with our conscience and deeply held beliefs.

Here at the Watchman, we get calls, emails and messages from dozens of Alaskans each week, expressing frustration and fear that they are being bullied and coerced into compliance.

“You can’t even extend a handshake these days without thinking twice about how it might be viewed by the virus police.”

Many are understandably afraid to speak out for fear of losing their livelihoods or publicly destroying their reputation in a world that has grown increasingly intolerant of anyone who dares question the official talking points of government sanctioned bureaucrats.

As the cultural landscape shifts beneath our feet, neighbors are pitted against neighbors, brothers against brothers – even religious communities are fracturing.

You can’t even extend a handshake these days without thinking twice about how it might be viewed by the virus police.

Meanwhile, mass communication and entertainment have melded into one monolithic, leftist echo chamber. Sports, movies, SNL, all the major cable news channels and mainstream media outlets march in lockstep as ambassadors of a worldview that undermines traditional beliefs about marriage, family, human sexuality, religious liberty and Constitutional rights.

But freedom-loving Americans from all walks and all races are not extinct – not by a long shot. In fact, they live and work and worship by the millions across this nation. Together, they are mobilizing resources and forming new grassroots organizations in Alaska and around the nation to protect and defend our religious, cultural and political heritage.

Homeschooling is exploding, as is enrollment in private and religious schools. Networks of healthcare providers are assembling to provide what – until yesterday – was considered ethical and traditional care. Fathers and mothers are joining forces to defend parental rights. Terminated employees are building networks to support one another in defending their right to earn a living and feed their families.

All of this is happening without government funding or assistance. It’s 100% grassroots.

There is historical president for this kind of action. We saw it when immigrants first came to America and formed health care co-opts, schools, private insurance, hospitals and employment networks. These religious and fraternal organizations met needs which the government simply could not or would not address.

As government expanded its role into education, healthcare and insurance, many of these organization became moot, and have since faded into history or morphed into social clubs for greybeards.

We have reached the point where these organic institutions must be revived, and new ones formed.

This is, in fact, already happening in every major town in Alaska. We write about them often at the Watchman, and will do so more in the days and weeks ahead.

It’s not enough to hunker down and try to weather this storm. It will not pass without a struggle. We must identify and collaborate with fellow Americans willing to defend and hand down the values, beliefs and freedoms that made this country the envy of the world.

In doing so, let us be shrewd as serpents, innocent as doves, and tenacious as lions.

11.18 > Alaskans must forge new alliances

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • NAV says:

    Great article and video Mr. Davidson
    I assure you accountability is coming to Alaska soon, though I am not able to share with you right now things are playing out to hold all these perpetrator’s accountable. It will shock most of Alaskans when this comes out because it will be undeniable for those who are guilty. I told you when the 1st two speakers finished at the symposium on the 1st night that the Senator and her sister put together it was the shot across the bow to those guilty of violating Alaskans civil rights and civil liberties.
    John 8:32 ESV
    And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

  • Steve P Peterson says:

    I agree. We are in for an uphill battle, but battle we must or be swept away. The only path forward that they have left us is to construct a parallel society alongside the old one which they have ruined. Sad to see so many of our neighbors holding onto the warped “new normal” which the authoritarians have created, but those folks have made the choice to follow blindly after the “science” which keeps them subjugated and terrorized.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    We need to stand together!!!
    They’ll know we are Christian’s by are love by are love they’ll know we are Christian’s

  • Linda says:

    I am very thankful for The Alaska Watchman. Thank you for keeping us truthfully informed.

  • Carrie says:

    Anchor Point

  • Angela Miller says:

    Well Said, Yes We must hold the line , and get our beautiful state back together as it once was.
    No new norms

  • Steven M Eayrs says:

    Thank you Joel for standing up and being a voice. I am sure that it has not been without some opposition and threats. Truth just seems to get some people upset. You are in my prayers for continued strength to press thru.
    In Christ, Steve E.

  • david Boyle says:

    The Truth WILL set you free. Never fear or you will lose. Fear is the second strongest emotion. Love is THE strongest. We are all in this together and must not let the Left/socialist divide us. This Silent Majority is huge and is becoming angry. We need to convert this anger to activism to ensure the best outcomes. Thanks you Joel D for putting the Truth out.