A rebellion is brewing in an unlikely place, a small town in Northern California.

The town of Oroville, California has just declared itself a constitutional republic and will refuse to enforce any covid-19 related restrictions, such as mask ordinances, mandatory vaccinations, etc.

Via The Guardian:

A northern California town has declared itself a “constitutional republic” in response to Covid-19 health restrictions imposed by the governor, in the latest sign of ongoing strife between the state’s government and its rural and conservative regions.

The city council in Oroville, located at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills about 90 miles from the capital of Sacramento, adopted a resolution this week stating it would oppose state and federal orders it deems to be government overreach.

Oroville leaders said the designation is a way of affirming the city’s values and pushing back against state rules it doesn’t agree with, although a legal expert said the designation is merely a gesture and doesn’t grant the city any new authority.

Tensions have existed throughout the pandemic between the rural north and California’s leadership, which has been among the first to implement lockdowns, mask mandates and vaccination requirements.

Last year, Oroville refused to enforce state requirements prohibiting indoor dining. Butte county, where Oroville is located, declined to recommend a mask mandate earlier this fall, even as cases surged and a a local medical center reported treating more patients than at any other point during the pandemic.

Before passing the resolution, council members argued they were taking a stand and advocating for residents to make their own health choices.

“I assure you folks that great thought was put into every bit of this,” the city’s mayor, Chuck Reynolds, said. “Nobody willy nilly threw something to grandstand.”

We applaud this move by the Oroville town leaders and hope more and more cities and towns opt to take this approach.

Forcing healthy people to get a shot in order to work, or enter a grocery store or a McDonalds is un-American and goes against everything this country is supposed to stand for.

We must resist with all of our strength and this is the hill, this is where we must take a stand or forever surrender our rights.

It is one thing to take a medicine because you choose to do so, it is another thing entirely when it is being forced on you.

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