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Politics is local. Those getting involved need to start small and close to home. Some people in Oklahoma have taken this to heart. In tonight's In-Depth Report, Church Militant's Hunter Bradford explains what may be the blueprint for saving the United States one city at a time.
A grassroots movement in Enid, Oklahoma is saving the town from COVID tyranny. The group known as the "Enid Freedom Fighters" banded together in July 2020, to oppose the city council's proposed mask mandate.
Rally supporter no. 1: "I do not want to see us be mandated for masks or vaccines because that is our right to choose what's best for us. So that's why I am here. I am in support of freedom to choose."
What did the Freedom Fighters do exactly? Simple. They ran and won local board elections. In February 2021, the group won three seats on the city council, four on the school board and another four on the library board.
The Freedom Fighters have a simple message: Don't force us to wear a mask or get the vaccine.
Rally supporter no. 2: "We appreciate that the vaccine was made, that it's offered to us, that it's offered to us for free; but there's [sic] people that — I don't want to be forced to take it."
Shelby Montgomery, reporter, KOCO: "And you don't want to be forced to wear a mask either?"
Rally supporter: "No."
Oklahomans are fighting Biden's mandates alongside their governor, Kevin Stitt. Stitt remains vehemently opposed to the unelected president's vaccine policies.
Kevin Stitt, governor of Oklahoma: "Just as I believe Joe Biden can't tell businesses they have to mandate a vaccine, I don't believe the government should tell a company they can't. Businesses should have the freedom to make decisions based on their circumstances."
Several Republican lawmakers made a push earlier this year to ban vaccine mandates in the Sooner State.
Sen. David Bullard, R-Okla., State District 6: "Whatever we come out with I can promise you will be constitutional."
Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Ohla., State District 33: "To say, 'Well we can't even try this because there might be a lawsuit; we might lose that lawsuit,' that's not a good enough reason not to try and stand up and fight for people's individual liberties."
With schools across the country having kids read books with pornographic material, being on school and library boards is extremely important. Parents know they need to get involved.
Michelle Denise Nege, mother and activist: "Previous to this year, when I would go vote, if there was a candidate that I was interested in, I would vote for that candidate, then I'd pick eeny, meeny, miny, moe for the rest — local and state — because I wasn't paying attention. I'm paying attention now."
These local Oklahomans have set a template for other freedom-loving Americans across the country: Get off the bench and into the game, one city at a time.
Jonathan Waddell, a former city council member, blames White Christian males for being voted out: "The people who ran things from the beginning — mostly White, mostly Christian, mostly male — are now having to share control."