If Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, he would advocate for the civil liberties of all, regardless of one's vaccination status and personal convictions on the matter: If he were alive today, his "I Have a Dream" speech may have sounded something like this:
Seventy years ago, following the Nuremberg trials, American judges signed the Nuremberg Code, declaring that the voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential for any medical intervention. This momentous decree came as a great beacon of hope to millions of Jews who were experimented on, who suffered under medical tyranny, who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
But seventy years later, those who do not consent to compulsory vaccination are still not free. Seventy years later, the lives of those who do not vaccinate to appease pharmaceutical companies are still crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. In Rockford County New York 2019, officials restricted the travel of children under 18 years of age who do not consent to the MMR vaccine schedule. The children are not allowed to participate in society, and yet these children are no threat to society. Parents are threatened with six months in jail for deliberately defying these pharmaceutical dictates and the police are told to use their own discretion. Vanquished Jews must be turning over in their grave.
In California, lawmakers have declared that children cannot attend public school if their parents do not submit them to the required list of vaccines. Philosophical and religious exemption have been eliminated, making children the property of the state. Other states are also trying to take away parental rights and force them to vaccinate their kids in order to attend public school. In Iowa, a bill was proposed to enlist local law enforcement to target home school children to comply with vaccine mandates during quarterly home checkups.
Seventy years later, the unvaccinated live on a lonely island of exclusion in the midst of a vast ocean of information and technology. Tech giants such as Facebook, Pinterest, and Amazon are publicly de-platforming, de-monetizing, removing and/or relegating any information that questions vaccines. Seventy years later, the people who speak out about vaccine dangers are still languished in the corners of American society and find himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, that yes, it doesn’t matter if you are vaccine compliant, partially vaccinated, or not vaccinated at all, you would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given those who refuse vaccines a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path that offers justice for those who have been forcibly excluded from participating on social media platforms based on the color of their ideas. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of ideological censorship up to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Two thousand twenty is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the unvaccinated needed to blow off steam and will now comply will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the unvaccinated is granted his citizenship rights, in public and online. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the unvaccinated community must not lead us to a distrust of all medical professionals, for many of them are our brothers and sisters, as evidenced by their presence here today. They have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.
There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as everyone, regardless of their vaccination status, are allowed to participate in society and not be threatened with censorship, exclusion, arrest and imprisonment.
We can never be satisfied as long as our voices, heavy with the fatigue of online censorship, cannot be heard on the platforms that control the flow of information. We cannot be satisfied as long as our basic mobility is relegated to our own homes. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by social media policies that state: "Vaccine-hesitancy is a public health threat." We cannot be satisfied as long as the decision not to vaccinate is taken away in one state, and one’s mobility is limited in counties where the unvaccinated are deemed a “public health threat.” No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh after your voice has been silenced online, your voice quashed in Washington. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of segregation where you work, in the hospitals, and where send your kids to school. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Oregon, go back to California, go back to New York, go back to Iowa, go back to New Jersey, go back to the slums and ghettos and high places of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” – regardless of his or her vaccination status, regardless of his/her convictions.
I have a dream that one day in the sprawling counties of New York, the sons of the unvaccinated and the sons of the vaccine compliant will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even in the state of California, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression; will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. SB-277, the law that took away parental rights, must be overturned and tossed into the abyss of medical tyranny forever!
I have a dream that my children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by their vaccination status but by the health of their bodies and minds, free from pharmaceutical dictates.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in California, with its vicious censorship tech giants, with its bought off Senator Pan having his lips dripping with the words of segregation and discrimination -- one day right there in California, little boys and girls, unvaccinated, will be able to join hands with the little boys and girls in our public school system without being victimized by discrimination and segregation.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."
This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to my home with.
With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to go to school together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to get groceries together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning: My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride, From every mountainside, let freedom ring!
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.
And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous, corrupted slopes of California.
But not only that:
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, regardless of their vaccination status, those with natural immunity and those with augmented immunity, the vaccine damaged and those who don’t want to become vaccine damaged, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!