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Sen. Mike Lee: Government works for us, not the other way around

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: Senator Mike Lee speaks during #JusticReformNow Capitol Hill Advocacy Day at Russell Senate Office Building on April 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28:  Senator Mike Lee speaks during #JusticReformNow Capitol Hill Advocacy Day at Russell Senate Office Building on April 28, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 28: Sen. Mike Lee spoke during Justice Reform Now Capitol Hill Advocacy Day at Russell Senate Office Building on April 28, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 1:27 PM PT – Friday, February 26, 2021

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) kicked off CPAC by saying the government should work for us, not the other way around. Lee made those remarks during the opening speech of the annual conference in Orlando on Friday, claiming the Bill of Rights and our freedoms are under attack.

He cited the government’s closure of schools, churches and workplaces due to COVID-19, saying it impedes on our right to assemble.

“The founders understood that at the end of the day, some of the most dangerous threats to freedom come from government itself because government is force, and in that respect it’s the opposite of freedom,” Lee stated. “They understood that government is ultimately the authorized collective use of coercive force, force that can be used against us and so for that very reason they sought to constrain it.”

Lee specifically attacked Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.), who now faces a recall due in part to his strict closures.

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2021, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom takes questions from the media during a visit to a mobile vaccination site at Ramona Gardens Recreation Center in Los Angeles. Newsom signed a $7.6 billion coronavirus relief package on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, that will give at least $600 one-time payments to 5.7 million people while setting aside more than $2 billion in grants for struggling small businesses. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

FILE – In this Feb. 21, 2021, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom took questions from the media during a visit to a mobile vaccination site at Ramona Gardens Recreation Center in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

 

He also highlighted the hypocrisy of the left, bringing up how Newsom had been caught ignoring COVID-19 restrictions at a restaurant while telling others they could not attend church.

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