You hear it all the time.
“It’ll all go away.”
“It’s falling apart.”
“I am just waiting for the court cases to make it all stop.”
“They can’t keep it up forever.”
There are too many variations on the theme to list them all. The general thrust of these comments is that Covid restrictions will eventually melt away and we will be allowed to return to our normal lives.
Those who hold to this mentality are not actively seeking to change anything. They’re just waiting for the system to revert back to the pre-Covid era. This is the wrong approach.
The goal isn’t to wait for governmental powers and corporate bureaucracies to remove the restrictions they’ve placed on us. The goal must be to actually change the legal structure so that these oppressive tactics that violate basic human rights and freedoms never occur again.
If we don’t do that, then government and corporate entities will simply introduce a new crisis and trample our freedoms once again.
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We must seek system-wide change by holding people accountable. There must be prosecutions and real penalties for violating our liberties.
No, simply going back to the way it was before is insufficient. We must change the laws and policies that allowed these oppressive tactics to be imposed on us in the first place.
Start by saying, “No.” Why obey inhuman orders and treatments anyway?
I’ve seen Alaskans say “no” in several ways. Many refuse to wear masks, or only patronize businesses that do not mandate them. Others attend school board and city or borough meetings to demand that Covid restrictions be lifted. Then there are the “Freedom” and “Trucker” rallies all around the world, including here in Alaska. Join in!
Finally, contact your elected state representatives to demand investigations and legal reform to prevent these abuses from ever happening again.
The time to end these restrictions on our freedoms is long overdue. Take action!
The views expressed here are those of the author.
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