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“Never give in. Never, never, never, never! Never yield in any way, great or small…Never yield to force and the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” – Winston Churchill
My grandparents came from Greece. They have a saying there: “It’s better to die on your feet than live on your knees.” It is the way Greeks live. They fought the Turks for nearly 400 years before gaining independence.
Greece also has a holiday called όχι “Oxi” Day. “Oxi” (pronounced AW-chee), means no. It celebrates the day Mussolini told the Greeks to surrender to his Italian empire. The Greeks told him no – and then chased the Italians out of a quarter of Albania. It took the Germans to occupy Greece, when they invaded six months later, but even once occupied the Greeks fought on for four years. They lost more than they won, but they fought on regardless. Winston Churchill might not be Greek by birth, but he certainly is in spirit.
On Thursday, Mr. Biden has delivered a demand just as tyrannical as Mussolini’s Ambassador to Greece did back on October 28, 1940. I find that I may be three generations from my grandparents’ Greek homeland and I have always thought of myself as an American first. But in the last two days, I have discovered I still have the stubborn resistance to tyranny of my Greek ancestors.
To Mr. Biden, his vaccine mandate, his mask mandate, and his testing mandate: όχι! No! Pound sand. I will not submit.
I do not intend to reveal my vaccination status to the government or to my employers at the government’s request. They can do nothing constructive with that information.Published in