Some of you may recall Gourmeltz – the Fredericksburg, VA restaurant that refused to close its doors or “mask” its customers during the height of Sickness Psychosis two years ago. It just got Hut! Hut! Hutted! by armed government workers – because its owner, Matt Strickland, continued to serve customers after the state had revoked his ABC license as punishment for not “masking” his customers.
Strickland appealed and enforcement was held in abeyance – until just now.
A half-dozen AGWs descended on Gourmeltz the other day over the ABC license issue, which is an entirely bogus issue in that the only reason Strickland’s ABC license was suspended in the first place was because he refused to play Sickness Kabuki. It had nothing to do with alcohol – and everything to do with obedience.
In spite of the fact that Strickland – and everyone else who refused to play Kabuki – was right about the imbecility and the evil of Kabuki.
Strickland was among the few business owners who refused to play along, for his own sake as well as the sake of everyone else. For being a stand-up guy, in January of 2021, the Virginia Department of Health suspended Gourmeltz’ health permit. That “case” was eventually dropped, but the Virginia Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control picked up the baton. On Nov. 14, Strickland’s ABC license was suspended for 90 days, after a court ruled that he had “violated the state’s COVID-19 emergency restrictions at the height of the pandemic.”
Actually, it is something worse. Because unlike Colonel Mustard – who is a fictitious character – Matt Strickland is a flesh-and-blood man, whose lifeblood (his business) is being attacked for no other reason than his resistance to tyranny.
He did not open his restaurant without the required licenses. He simply refused to close it on the orders of tyrants, on the basis of their say-so only. No law was passed requiring business owners to close their doors at the barked command of a “health” bureaucrat elected by no one. No law was passed requiring anyone to wear a “mask” as a condition of being allowed to patronize a restaurant.
Instead an “emergency” was declared – and “health” bureaucrats empowered. Decrees were issued – and enforced.
Going on three years hence, almost all of the “emergency” decrees have been lifted (though the “emergency” itself will likely never be declared over) but heroes like Strickland are still being punished by the armed-and-badged order-followers who risibly like to think of themselves as “heroes.”
But it is people who do not mindlessly follow orders who are actually heroic. It takes courage to say No – especially to armed-and-badged order-enforcers such as the ones that descended upon Gourmeltz.
“So what are you all doing?” Strickland asks one well-fed AGW, who can barely fit within his Tacticool body armor, paid for by the wealth stolen from people like Strickland and everyone else who earns an honest living. As opposed to those who take their living.
The badged mongoloid gapes like the mongoloid tax-feeder it is.
“How do you feel,” Strickland continues, “about coming to shut down a man’s business for not following COVID mandates?”
“Just doing my job,” replies another automaton – who looks as if he’d like to put a bullet in Strickland’s head for having the audacity to challenge his Authority.
Strickland tries to shame the thugs he’s legally helpless to resist. “Not only did (the COVID mandates) not do anything (in terms of people’s health) they also have been found to be detrimental to the community,” all of which is entirely correct.
“We’re not here to discuss that,” the order-enforcing mongoloid replies.
“Everyone one of you,” Strickland tells them, “is part of the problem. You’re the reason we’re in the situation we’re in. So many people were ‘just doing their job.’ ” Just as they “did their job” in Germany, during the late unpleasantness there.
If more people had said No – and refused to do their jobs – the country would never have gotten into the mess it’s become.
“There’s no excuse. I have no idea how any of you guys can live with yourselves.”
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