I am starting to wonder if this is still the land of the free.

I would like to speak on behalf of the group that has organized the local Medical Freedom Rallies in Park Rapids. In case you think we are anti-vaxxers, think again. In case you think we are selfish and are for people dying of COVID, think again.

Let me explain why we feel compelled to take to the streets. It is out of solidarity with our fellow Americans that have been forced to choose between violating their conscientious beliefs about their body's health and providing for their family's needs in their chosen profession.

But it is about even more than the mandate to inject something in our bodies that has not been shown to stop the spread or prevent the disease.

Most nurses have strong immunity to COVID from being infected. This should matter.

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But it's about way more than that. It's about exercising our right to free speech in an attempt to remind people driving by that if the government can take these rights and freedoms, which are clearly protected under our constitution and the Civil Rights Act, from us now, then which rights and freedoms are protected in the future? What will make them stop at your freedoms and rights next? The pretense of public safety is used today, what will they use tomorrow to make you comply without question? Have you asked yourself if the facts add up? If they are really facts, even?

Vaccines, yes; mandates; no, because America stands for freedom of choice.

“I hope we once again remind people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts,” said Ronald Reagan in 1989.

Fellow Americans, you may not see it yet, but take it as a warning, that all freedoms and rights you hold dear are under attack. It's not about vaccines, it's about your and my most basic freedoms. Wake up, think for yourself and start paying attention.