Calling all patriots! Calling all freedom loving Americans! This is the time for action. Peaceful protests do not work in times of war, and if you doubt that we are at war, then you have been sleeping under a rock for the past month. Our freedoms have been taken and we are under siege to tyrannical government in the face of this Covid 19 experiment. Granted, the virus is real, but the response is the experiment where government officials are studying every reaction to their orders to see just how far they can get away with stripping us of our rights. Every day that goes by scientific evidence and data proves that the measures of the government’s response was never necessary.
One of those rights, the most inherent, inalienable right that exists is the right to the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness. This right is no more plainly exemplified than through our ability to work, earn a living, so we can buy food and support ourselves as well as those around us. Those that depend on us. Our parents, children, employees… and the general good of society. In the case of a virus, it is not going to be stopped by staying home, wearing a mask, closing our businesses, and living in fear, nor will it be eradicated by such extremes, and taking away our individual choice in how to deal with it is not for the general good of society because it removes that right to the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.
Perhaps you have heard of Shelley Luther, or maybe you haven’t. She is the owner of Salon A La Mode in Dallas, Texas. She made headlines by opening her business in defiance of government shut down orders when the state decided it was okay to open some businesses, but not others, and her business was one of the businesses that were denied.
This hero sent a clear, powerful message: YOU WILL NOT TREAD ON MY RIGHTS. MY CHILDREN ARE HUNGRY. She resumed her business operations on April 24, 2020, and was quickly cited for violating the shut down orders. Her response was to publicly tear up the citation and throw it into the wind. Upon seeing this, our organization, reached out to Ms. Luther, and first expressed admiration for standing up for her rights, and then we made a donation in what we called a ‘symbolic haircut’ as we had no representative in the area to receive an actual hair cut. We continue to urge others to do the same. However, Ms. Luther says she is thankful for the money, but was not asking for that, instead, after receiving a restraining order forbidding her to keep operating, she said sent another message. She said she will continue to keep her business open even if arrested and jailed. She further stated that she appreciated all the donations, as we were not the only to donate, but what would truly help would be if all the businesses that want to be open would open in defiance of the illegal shut down orders.
On May 5th, at 5:00 PM, Shelley Luther appeared before Judge Eric Moye to answer for her blatant violation of his orders to shut down. During the proceeding, Moye told Shelley that she was selfish in an attempt to publicly shame her for trying to provide for her family and he stated that she should apologize to public officials for her selfishness and refusal to follow their orders. (Please note, Moye is himself one of those public officials and is elected to his position. He is currently up for re-election this year.) He further suggested to her that she should immediately close her business now and remain closed until Friday when she will apparently be granted permission to open along with all the other salons and barber shops that wish to do so. Shelley rebuked the judge stating,
“I have to disagree with you sir, when you say that I’m selfish because feeding my kids — is not selfish. I have hair stylists that are going hungry because they’d rather feed their kids. So sir, if you think the law is more important than kids getting fed, then please go ahead with your decision but I am not going to shut the salon.”
He then proceeded to sentence her to $7000.00 in fines and 7 days in jail.
In regard to being ‘allowed’ to open a business, our organization’s position has always been that public officials do not have the authority to allow something to open that was unlawfully taken in the first place, and that forcing a private business to close constitutes an unlawful taking of property without just compensation as protected under the United States Constitution. As an organization, we commend Shelley for standing up to an unjust law and the sacrifices she is making for all. We stand with Shelley and have been working with her and behind the scenes to help her situation. Aside from our efforts of support and direct contact, we have contacted Constitutional Attorney Robert Barnes, and succeeded in soliciting his help for Shelley, and additionally we have reached out to the United States Attorney General’s office both in Washington D.C., and Dallas, Texas, as well as filed a request for investigation into the violation of Shelley Luther’s rights with the Dallas Texas branch office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (this is a necessary step to get a US Attorney involved, as the U.S. Attorney’s office does not investigate criminal, constitutional, or civil rights violations, they only prosecute them.)
Our efforts, as well as the efforts of many other individuals, including Ms. Luther’s personal attorneys are paying off, as the Texas Governor, Greg Abbot, and State Attorney General, Ken Paxton, have just come forward condemning the actions of Judge Moye that sentenced Shelley, and calling for her immediate release from jail. The jails have been releasing hardened criminals in order to protect them from contracting the virus, but to think that a judge would sentence Shelley Luther to jail for trying to feed her children is unconscionable.
While Shelley may be released from jail (we are unable to confirm at the writing of this article), we are not done, and we ask you, our valued readers to also not be done here. Shelley’s attorneys are appealing the sentence and we believe they ultimately will win on Constitutional grounds, but as long as the forces that remain in power continue to institute and enforce unlawful orders such as this, our lives are not safe and the sacrifices that Shelley has made for YOUR freedoms will be for nothing unless we as people stand up in support.
Obviously you can help by donating money to Shelley or organizations like ours that help Shelley and people like her that are in the same position, but if you own a business and want to open safely…DO IT. Take steps and make the sacrifices to stand with Shelley. They can’t arrest all of us and if they do, then we will all sit in jail together and have a jail house meal. Help us call for the immediate resignation of Judge Moye, and also ensure that he is not re-elected to his position next year. He is a disgrace to the American people, and he, of all people should know what is Constitutional and what is not. Shame on him. Send him your message and remove him from office.
I must admit that when I started writing this article, I was ready to call for an armed uprising and military action. If Shelley was willing to take a sacrifice and go to jail for us then we should be ready to reciprocate and take extreme actions on her behalf. That is still a way to take action. Take immediate action, form armies, take back our states and remove these public officials from office physically, but always remember, that comes with a cost, and while that price is high we still believe it is time to start moving in that direction in some areas. However, in Texas, though the fight is not over, and based on the response from the Texas Attorney General and Governor, there may yet be hope. Send them a message thanking them for taking action to recognize and condemn the extremity of their own orders, but let them know it’s not enough. Call on Governor Greg Abbot to immediately rescind his Covid orders, stay home, shut down, everything…revert to good governorship and issue recommendations rather than unconstitutional edicts. Those that want to stay home, and shut down, have at it; those that don’t, go with blessings and be safe. Do not continue this charade of giving permission to reclaim rights that should have never been taken in the first place. Shelley made the sacrifice that caught his attention…it is up to us to make sure he does something more than release one person without reclaiming the rights of all. Make her message stand for all, as we all stand in support of her honorable, patriotic efforts.
Release us all.
Shelley’s place of business is located at:
Salon A’ la Mode
7989 Belt Line Rd #139-1C,
Dallas, TX 75248
Stop in and get a haircut, or send symbolic one.
There is a Go Fund Me Campaign to help with Shelley’s legal expenses. To donate through her campaign you may do so here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/shelley-luther-fund
If you would like to watch the video clips of Shelley in action, please click below.