What are the main threats to Florida’s health freedoms?

Radio host Karen Schoen spotlights Florida freedom fighters.

Attorney Shawn McBride headlined the March, 2022 kickoff event of Not On Our Watch. He and pilot Tom Oltorik joined our August meeting to share the legislative strategy that became the focus of NOOW’s current planning. When talk show host Karen Schoen heard their story, she wanted to make it widely known. She interviewed the pair on The Prism of America’s Education in early November. She will be doing a follow-up interview with NOOW’s President Stu Rosenbaum and Medical Research Director Alf Garbutt.

Click the image. The interview starts at 4:29.

Karen Schoen audio player

Shawn explains that the state health officer—an appointed official—can declare a public health emergency under Florida Statute 381. He can then force anyone to be examined, tested, treated, isolated, and quarantined. He can deputize the police to enforce his mandates. There is no judicial recourse.

Statute 381 was invoked in 2020-21, when Scott Rivkees was the state’s surgeon general and public health officer. “As an airline pilot, Tom saw the people in the airports, and I saw the forms as a lawyer. They were actually getting people off planes and having them sign forms about where they were going, where they were going to quarantine and isolate, how long they were going to stay in Florida.

“At the bottom it said, ‘The State of Florida has the authority to force you to be examined, tested, treated, isolated, quarantined.’ They were making people fill out and sign this form before they would let them leave.”

Governor DeSantis just got re-elected. He had already replaced Rivkees with a better friend of freedom, Dr. Joseph Ladapo. We’re breathing easier now. But there is always a “next pandemic” on the drawing board. American citizens need to step up and reclaim our medical freedom—state by state.

“The founders and framers intended that the citizens are involved in making these laws,” Oltorik said. “Our mission is to encourage constituents to visit their state legislators regularly, so that when they go to their regular session in the spring, they have the tools to make improvements to these statutes.

“If the citizens aren’t doing that, it creates a vacuum that will be filled by big pharma lobbyists… Your state rep’s district office is probably within 20-30 minutes of where you live.”

Not On Our Watch is preparing an online, instructor-led “Citizen Lobbyist Course” that will enable NOOW volunters to go out (preferably in pairs) and be effective. We’ll keep you posted!

~Alan Graham, staff writer

Karen B. Schoen

Patriot, Talk Radio Host, Marketing Consultant, Journalist, Advocate and Citizen Lobbyist, and Public Speaker. Former candidate for Florida House, director of the Panhandle Patriots, and an advisor to Florida Citizens Alliance.

My life and work experiences have given me an in-depth understanding of education and its effect on our students, economy, and country. My focus as an educator is connecting the dots. My business experiences in marketing brought me to multiple industries like telecommunication, insurance, real estate, mortgages, financial, fashion, Wall Street, Main Street. Here I learned that everything is connected. Nothing is random. Everything has a plan. All plans are based on lies. I believe that applying the knowledge is power. You can be a champion or a victim; you can’t be both. Ask yourself: Is America worth saving? If yes, then what will you help save the republic? Doing nothing is affirmation.