By Dessica Leigh, Contributor
Small Businesses are the backbone of America.
I don’t think any honest person would deny that fact. According to the website Small Biz Trends, 99.9% of all businesses are classified as small businesses across the United States. They employ 47.3% of all workers. Those are not percentages to ignore. When small businesses are forced to close their doors, nearly half of America suffers.
2020 has been a horrific year for small businesses due in large part to the Covid-19 “pandemic.” Yes, those are quotation marks. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that Covid-19 is a very real virus. I know that people have died. I’m not disputing that at all. What I do take issue with is the handling of the pandemic response.
Early in the phenomenon, I was one hundred percent on board with “14 Days to Slow the Spread” and “Flattening the Curve.” It *was* a novel virus after all, and while similar to others we had seen in the past, it was new on many levels. We didn’t know what we didn’t know, so taking a step back to evaluate made sense. Two weeks of closures weren’t ideal, but neither was the idea of a bunch of people dying needlessly. So we all listened to the “experts,” and we closed down everything.
Now, here we are, 9 months later, with many states still closed down, and for what? A virus with a 99.7% survival rate? People are starving…losing their homes…depression cases have tripled…and as of July, the suicide rate had already spiked, according to the head of the CDC. How much of that is related to people being laid off? How much is because they have lost everything they’ve sacrificed and worked for? It’s time to open back up. Beyond time, really.
Patriots like Mike Knick, who James Lane hosted on the American Reveille Podcast on December 16th, are standing up to their authoritarian governments and reopening for their communities. Mike owns a gym in Graham, Washington. As a result of his courage and refusal to continue capitulating to the unconstitutional order of Governor Jay Inslee, he is currently facing over $100K in fines, a number that increases by the day. Individual business owners across the country are doing the same, but they need support.
If every single small business across the United States opened tomorrow, there wouldn’t be enough “enforcers” to close them all down. Patriots, we are not descended from fearful men, so where is our courage? Where is that unbreakable American spirit that forged across the untamed wilderness to make habitable what had once been unknown? Are we so soft, so spoiled, so comfortable, that we’ll accept having our rights stripped away with nary a whimper?
STAND UP AMERICANS!
Recognize that we are being played. And if all else fails, fall back on the words of one of our great Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, who said, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.“ Our founders would be ashamed of the people we have become.
It is time to say “No more,” It is time to rise.
WATCH THE INTERVIEW WITH MIKE KNICK BELOW!
Definition of American:
a native or legal inhabitant of the U.S.
Definition of Reveille:
a signal to wake up.
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