The COVID pandemic was manufactured.
Now, when I say that, it doesn’t mean that COVID-19 isn’t real or that we haven’t lost thousands of American lives because of it.
What it means is that the mass hysteria pushed by a Leftist-run mainstream media created a panic like nothing our country has ever seen.
The fear was real…
But it was pumped up by mainstream media companies looking to get ratings, boost advertising, and do their puppet masters’ bidding by creating an environment that would spread financial ruin and insecurity.
Well, that’s the simplest answer…
The American economy was HUMMING under Donald Trump – and as we moved closer and closer to re-election, they needed SOMETHING that would damage his image more than mean tweets, and a pandemic was just the ticket.
No, I do not believe that Left created or unleashed COVID-19 on the world to get rid of President Trump. But I do know that they don’t let a crisis go by without taking advantage of it – and in this case, they took advantage BIG time.
The lockdowns RUINED the economy and created the perfect storm for Dems to institute new voting laws and take advantage of lax election security to possibly pull off the biggest coup our country has ever experienced.
However, in ruining the economy, they ruined American lives along the way.
That’s either something they didn’t think about or didn’t care about – and in some places around America, they’re STILL destroying lives, with certain states continuing to keep their citizens locked down tight.
Enough Is Enough: Matt Strickland Stands Up
Well, one man has had enough, and he’s decided to fight back.
Matt Strickland is an Army veteran with tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. When he finished his military career, he decided to go into business for himself and launched his artisanal sandwich outfit, Gourmeltz, out of a food truck back in 2016.
Business went incredibly well, and by 2020 he moved out of the truck and into a brick-and-mortar storefront in Fredericksburg, VA, located just outside of Washington DC.
He and his wife, Marie, along with their children, run the combination restaurant and bar, and they were well on their way to success when the pandemic hit.
The shutdowns hit the Strickland clan pretty hard. Strickland his family attempted to do carryout-only business due to the strict limitation of the lockdowns, but they were unable to generate enough income to maintain operations.
In June, VA Governor Ralph Northam told business they could reopen their business—but of course, the Blue state continues to impose numerous regulations and capacity limits on indoor dining.
“We followed all the governor’s mandates when the COVID stuff first happened,” Strickland said. “Because I didn’t know what COVID was about just like anybody else.”
But none of the rules made any sense to Strickland.
“Nobody could sit at a bar, but you could put a table up next to the bar and sit,” he said. “You had to wear a mask just to walk in but when you sit down, you can take it off. [The] regulations made no common sense.
Showing The Government Who’s The REAL Boss
So, using the leadership skills that military duty instills in servicemen and women, Strickland fully reopened his restaurant, disregarding Northam’s guidelines.
Strickland said, “I allowed my customers to make their own decisions as far as if they’re comfortable wearing a mask or not comfortable sitting at a bar or not.”
Of course, the VA government came calling, warning him that he needed to start following the mandates again.
They even threatened to shut Strickland down and suspend his health license—which they eventually did because of his noncompliance. But being the maverick he is, Strickland and his family continued operating the business as normal, leading the state to attempt a court-ordered injunction to shut Gourmeltz down.
Strickland fought it…
And recently, a Spotsylvania County court denied that request, claiming that there was “no evidence” to support the state’s claims of harm and that, per a local health official, there were “no known cases of COVID-19” traced back to Strickland’s restaurant.
Alright! A win for the little guy!!
But that win may be short-lived, as the case will soon go to full trial, where Matt Strickland will be arguing that Northam’s orders are illegal violations of his constitutional rights.
We’ll see how it goes, but for now, Strickland and company are going about their day’s business as usual.
“One thing I can tell you is that nothing’s going to change here at Gourmeltz,” he said. “We’re always going to be open. We’re going to fight for our rights and our freedoms as long as we have to.”
However, all that being said, what’s important is that the community is rallying to Strickland’s cause. “Business is absolutely booming! The response and the support and the love that people have been showing since they found out about what we’re doing has been amazing. I had no sense of which way it was going to go; I just knew it was something I had to do. It shows the mentality of the people and shows what the people want.”
And that, ladies and gentleman, is how you fight back against tyranny…
Here’s to the Strickland’s and Gourmeltz!!
If you’re in the area, stop by to show your support and have a helluva good sandwich!
Way to go, Patriot!!
“The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to ‘create’ rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting.” – William J Brennan Jr