Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) urged Americans to resist potential lockdown measures and other “bureaucratic power grabs” in a video posted on Twitter.
“They can’t arrest all of us. They can’t keep all of your kids home from school. They can’t keep every government building closed – although I’ve got a long list of ones they might keep closed or might ought to keep closed,” Paul said. “We don’t have to accept the mandates, lockdowns, and harmful policies of the petty tyrants and bureaucrats. We can simply say no, not again.”
“Nancy Pelosi — you will not arrest or stop me or anyone on my staff from doing our jobs. We have either had COVID, had the vaccine, or been offered the vaccine,” Paul continued. “We will make our own health choices. We will not show you a passport, we will not wear a mask, we will not be forced into random screenings and testings so you can continue your drunk-with-power rein over the Capitol.”
“President Biden — we will not accept your agencies’ mandates or your reported moves toward a lockdown,” Paul added. “No one should follow the CDC’s anti-science mask mandates. And if you want to shutdown federal agencies again — some of which aren’t even back to work yet — I will stop every bill coming through the Senate with an amendment to cut their funding if they don’t come back to work in person.”
Paul then took aim at teacher’s unions that have been allowing children to be “harmed physically and psychologically” by preventing children from attending school.
“Local bureaucrats and union bosses — we will not allow you to do more harm to our children again this year,” he said. “Children are not at any more risk from COVID than they are from the seasonal flu. Every adult who works in schools has either had the vaccine or had their chance to get vaccinated. There is no reason for mask mandates, part time schools, or any lockdown measures.”
“Children are falling behind in school and are being harmed physically and psychologically by the tactics that you have used to keep them from the classroom during the last year. We won’t allow it again,” Paul added. “If a school system attempts to keep the children from full-time, in-person school, I will hold up every bill with two amendments. One to defund them, and another to allow parents the choice of where the money goes for their child’s education.”
“Do I sound fed up to you? That’s because I am,” Paul said. “I’m not a career politician. I’ve practiced medicine for 33 years. I graduated from Duke Medical School, I worked in emergency rooms, I studied immunology and virology, and I ultimately chose to become an eye surgeon. I have been telling everyone for a year now that Dr. Anthony Fauci and other public health bureaucrats were not following science, and I’ve been proven right time and time again.”
Or will we stand together and say, absolutely not. Not this time. I choose freedom. pic.twitter.com/XrI2tjdAHW
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 8, 2021
“I’m not the only one who is fed up,” Paul continued. “I can’t go anywhere these days without people coming up and thanking me for standing up for them. Whether I’m at work, or at events in Kentucky, at airports, in restaurants, or in stores, people thank me for taking a stand. They thank me for standing up for actual science. For standing up for freedom. For standing against mandates, lockdowns, and bureaucratic power grabs.”
“I think the tide is turning as more and more people are willing to stand up. I see stories from across the country of parents standing up to the unions and school boards,” Paul continued. “I see brave moms standing up and saying, ‘My kids need to go back to school in-person.’ I see members of Congress refusing to comply with Petty Tyrant Pelosi.”
“We are at a moment of truth and a crossroads,” Paul concluded. “Will we allow these people to use fear and propaganda to do further harm to our society, economy, and children? Or will we stand together and say, absolutely not? Not this time. I choose freedom.”