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Op-Ed: Our “New Normal:” It’s Time to Speak Up!

By • September 30, 2021

Note: The following Op-Ed was submitted by Representative Karey Hanks (R-Saint Anthony). Op-Eds do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch.

By Rep. Karey Hanks (R-Saint Anthony)

Can you believe the changes to our lives over the last 20 months? Remember when we were told it would be a 2 week lockdown, that included schools and “nonessential” business shutdowns? Next, we were required to wear masks and social distance until the “vaccine” was ready. Many millions received the COVID-19 shot with the promise that no more masks or social distancing would be required. Pundits speak about the “new normal,” and here we are being coerced to mask up, be vaccinated, and show “papers” proving we’ve been vaccinated. How quickly we surrendered our fundamental Constitutional rights, because of the FEAR of contracting a virus with a 99% recovery rate, and the FEAR of standing up to unlawful edicts.

Over 50% of Idahoans have chosen not to receive the COVID-19 shot. Reasons vary, including that many of us have had COVID and have natural immunity. So many are attempting to shame or scare the “unvaccinated” into ignoring our God-given right to choose what is best for ourselves. Our nation, state, communities, and families are being split apart on this issue of forced vaccination.

Why are so many people in Idaho refusing this shot? Maybe because as Americans, and especially Idahoans, we don’t like to be forced. We are not the government’s children! Maybe because we have already had COVID and have natural immunity. Maybe because this “vaccine” has been rushed through in less than a year, with incomplete trials. Maybe because we have done our own research and will not be manipulated by the fear tactics of certain medical experts (ie. Fauci) and media pundits.

Why are so many health professionals refusing the shot, and why are members of Congress exempt? Many questions and not enough answers.

Winston Churchill said: “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” After the atrocities committed during the Nazi era (and even before that), the Nuremberg Code was adopted because, “The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential…to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion…and should have sufficient knowledge…of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision.”

Note the words coercion and free power of choice. Can we expect those who are breadwinners with a family, mortgage and other obligations, not to feel coerced into receiving the shot when their jobs and careers are on the line?

Our “new normal” will continue until we overcome fear, turn to God for guidance, and stand together and declare “Enough is enough!”

(A modern twist on Martin Niemoller’s famous poem:)

First they came after small/nonessential businesses, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a small business owner.

Then they came after the nurses and other healthcare workers, and I didn’t speak up, because I was not a healthcare worker.

Then they came for federal employees, teachers and children, and I didn’t speak up, because I was none of those.

Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me.

It is time to speak up.


Tags: Covid-19, Karey Hanks, Martin Niemoller, Republican

11 thoughts on “Op-Ed: Our “New Normal:” It’s Time to Speak Up!

  1. This shows what kind of stupid people we are electing to represent the people of Idaho. She talks about the “new normal” but she is the “new stupid”.

    1. And your comment shows what kind of stupid people seem to be moving to Idaho, most likely from one of those coastal states, thinking you can infect our right to our own choice as to whether we should or should not take the shot.
      Perhaps you should return to your last state and fix the disaster you left behind, rather than trying to taint our state of Idaho with the same rhetoric you left behind.

    2. Well YOU can have that “new normal” and I’ll take my country and my life back.
      There is a risk group for Covid death and illness and I’m not in it. I had the virus and it was just a virus because I’m NOT in the risk group. We SEE it. You can’t lie to us. You wear your dumb worthless mask, and get the shot that is reducing your T cell function. I will not comply. It is all NONSENSE.
      -RN

  2. We do need to speak up.
    These Synthetic Pathogen Injections are proving to be near useless against the new variants.
    These Synthetic Pathogen Injections are causing a lot of injuries, some permanent, and they are also causing deaths either initially or when the “vaccinated” body self destructs from not knowing how to react naturally to new diseases. These problems are just now coming to light.
    These Synthetic Pathogens should be BANNED.
    Over the counter Therapeutics and Advice needs to be made available for all now.

  3. Some of have been out spoke from day one. I’ve spent a year beingcsneared at, talked down to like I’m an idiot and worse of all is I have lost family and friends because they are trusting in the course they get their news from. Their all alive but refuse to even talk on a phone. This is hill to die on. Without our freedom we are nothing more than property of the state or big business. Stand tall, scream loud and proud and be informed on our leadership.

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