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    Exclamation Rand Paul & Thomas Massie support DC bar closed for ignoring COVID mandates

    Senator Rand Paul and Congressman Thomas Massie support D.C bar “closed” for not introducing vaccine passports

    The two libertarian politicians turned up at Big Board in D.C.
    By Ken Macon



    Senator Rand Paul and Congressman Thomas Massie have made a statement in support of civil liberties and against the use of domestic vaccine passports by turning up at Big Board in Washington D.C.

    Big Board is a bar and restaurant that had its liquor license revoked and was then ordered to shut down by the state after it refused to implement a divisive vaccine passport system.



    Senate Paul, along with his aides, visited on Tuesday evening, not long after the state put a closure notice on the door.

    “I’m proud of the owner for not submitting,” Paul said.

    Congressman Massie praised the owner Eric Flannery for pushing back against the affront to civil liberties.

    “I’m just a little old bar owner,” Flannery said. “I’ve been down here for ten years and I love everybody who comes.”

    Flannery pushed back against having staff check medical passports at the door. “The government doesn’t send me a paycheck…I am not an agent of the government to do this,” Flannery said in a video from The Daily Signal. “If they want to come down and check people’s medical status, they’re more than welcome to.”

    Flannery has been one of the most vocal opponents of vaccine passports in the D.C area.

    Speaking to The Daily Signal, Senator Paul said, “If you came to me and you said you’re going to take my liberty ‘but I’m going to keep you from dying and I’m gonna keep you from the plague’ you might have an argument. You’d still be wrong.”

    Senator Paul said that people can make their own decisions, adding, “Don’t go to the restaurant. If it’s really deadly, stay home.”
    https://reclaimthenet.org/paul-massie-support-dc-bar/
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    God bless Rand and Massie and that bar owner.
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    Rand Paul, Thomas Massie Dine at Restaurant Shut Down for Ignoring COVID-19 Mandates

    Rand Paul, Thomas Massie Dine at Restaurant Shut Down for Ignoring COVID-19 Mandates
    By ROBBY SOAVE | 2.1.2022

    Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) made an appearance at Big Board, a bar in the H Street neighborhood of Washington D.C., after the city revoked its liquor license and then shut it down for refusing to enforce COVID-19 mask and vaccine mandates. Paul and his staff visited the restaurant on Tuesday night, shortly after D.C. Health posted a closure notice on its front door.

    "I'm proud of the owner for not submitting," says Paul.

    Rep. Thomas Massie (R–Ky.) attended as well. Both thanked the owner, Eric Flannery, for protesting the idea that the government could force restaurant servers to inspect customers' medical records.

    "I'm just a little old bar owner," says Flannery, reciting the names of his regular customers. "I've been down here for ten years, and I love everybody who comes."

    The Big Board followed all the city's COVID-19 requirements from the outset, but at this point in the pandemic, the mandates are an infringement on his restaurant's welcoming ethos, says Flannery. He is particularly passionate about allowing his staff to forego masks.

    "My servers are not lesser people," he says. "They don't need to be masked. They don't carry disease."

    If checking vaccine cards was so critically important, the city could send agents to do that, he says.

    "I don't have the people for that," he says. "I just know that I'm doing the right thing and this place is supposed to be open."

    The Big Board is far from the only D.C. establishment to decline to follow the city's masking and vaccination requirements, but it is the first to do so vocally. Flannery made his stance clear on Twitter, and reiterated it during a recent Fox News appearance, which provoked the government's ire. (Disclosure: I donated to the Big Board's GoFundMe.)
    ...
    The Big Board served burgers, fries, and water—no booze, alas, in light of the liquor license suspension—to the lawmakers and their staffs.
    ...
    More: https://reason.com/2022/02/01/rand-p...mask-mandates/
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    Senator Paul said that people can make their own decisions, adding, “Don’t go to the restaurant. If it’s really deadly, stay home.”
    After recently recovering from Omicron, or possibly just the cold, I can attest to how severely deadly it is.

    With every sneeze, I could feel my body getting weaker. And every cough, a step closer towards the pearly gates.

    It's a miracle that I survived at all.
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    title sounded almost like it could be a negative thing but it sounds like the owner may have initiated the invite or coordinated somehow anyway

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    New Free the People doc launches about DC restaurant Big Board, which was shuttered for defying Covid lockdowns
    "An inspirational reminder of what can happen when a few courageous people stand for their fundamental rights."
    https://thepostmillennial.com/exclus...ovid-lockdowns
    {The Post Millennial | 27 October 2023}

    On Thursday, the Free the People organization released its award-winning documentary 'Everyone Is Welcome' to tell the story of one man who stood up to the city of Washington DC's Covid-19 vaccine mandates and almost lost his restaurant in the process.

    The film follows Navy veteran Eric Flannery, who refused to enforce the city vaccine mandate that required him to check the vaccine status of every patron of his restaurant, The Big Board.

    https://twitter.com/freethepeople/st...77494080360544

    With the mandate set to go into effect on January 15, 2022, in an act of defiance, Flannery posted on X, "As has always been the case for us, everyone is welcome. This rule applies yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Hopefully we'll see you January 16th."

    The city immediately moved to suspend Flannery's business and liquor licenses indefinitely, and The Big Board remained shut down even after the mandate had been lifted. With the help of The Buckeye Institute, The Big Board was eventually allowed to reopen.

    After The Big Board opened on April 1, 2022, the city moved to fine Flannery for violations of the initial order. At that point, Flannery suspected that the city was targeting his business "with letters and citations,” which led him to once again be in a position fighting to keep The Big Board Open.

    Robert Alt, President and CEO of The Buckeye Institute and the lead attorney representing Eric Flannery, explained to the Post Millennial, “The Buckeye Institute has proudly represented Mr. Flannery in his David v. Goliath legal battles, which include first fighting to reopen The Big Board, then challenging unconstitutional Covid mandates, and now holding DC officials responsible for retaliating against Mr. Flannery for statements he made opposing the pandemic-era emergency orders.” He added, “‘Everyone is Welcome’ is a moving film featuring Mr. Flannery’s compelling story and the immense courage it takes for one person to stand up to government overreach."

    Throughout the ordeal, Flannery's story gained significant attention from those across the country who were against the mandates being issued. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) are both featured in the film, supporting Flannery and The Big Board.

    In a statement to The Post Millennial, Representative Massie said, "Eric Flannery is a hero in my book. He bravely stood against a tyrannical government rule and openly defied it." He continued, "Without people like Eric, we might still be under government lockdown."

    "‘Everyone is Welcome’ is an inspirational reminder of what can happen when a few courageous people stand for their fundamental rights,” Massie said about the film.

    Senator Paul told The Post Millennial, "’Everyone is Welcome’ is a film about freedom and how one man dared to stand up against the unconstitutional COVID mandates, and through it all, his business has managed to survive. Everyone needs to see this film."

    Terry Kibbe, the CEO of Free the People, said in a statement, "At Free the People we like to tell the stories of unsung heroes. So when I met Eric, who was willing to stand up simply because it was the right thing to do, I knew we had to tell the story of Eric’s fight, to inspire other everyday heroes to stand up." She added, "The powers that be, along with the mainstream media, don't want you to hear about Eric’s fight for justice, they don't want you to see this film, which is exactly why you should see ‘Everyone is Welcome’."

    On September 25, The Buckeye Institute filed a lawsuit against DC area Advisory Neighborhood Commission members, alleging that in their protest of The Big Board getting its liquor license back, they had falsely claimed The Big Board "Negatively impacted property values, peace, order, and quiet, including the noise and litter provisions in DC law, and that the restaurant harmed residential parking needs and vehicular and pedestrian safety."

    In one of the meetings protesting The Big Board's liquor license, the suit alleges that one of the defendants, Mr. Eckenwiler, said, "I mean just some of the things he’s said publicly, we should go ahead and protest the license" as to why it should not be reinstated.

    The lawsuit is ongoing and Flannery is seeking damages, including attorney fees, punitive damages, and any further relief the Court deems appropriate.

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