Freedom Convoy Exposes the State of Our Rights
Freedom Convoy Exposes the State of Our Rights
If you believe our rights are inherent, then the comparison of how our Glorious Betters™ reacted to the months of Antifa/BLM riots vs the Freedom Convoy is a wake-up call.
VG Nina covered yesterday the increasing hysterical tone coming from political poltroons on both sides of the US/Canadian border. The drumbeat of the Ruling Class is that the trucker protest is illegitimate, evil, racist, terroristic and there will be arrests. And yes, as of this morning, there were arrests.
So they have removed the people at the bridge, saying that they would be charged with “mischief.” It’s not clear if they will attempt to drop on them the questionable charges that Ontario Premier Doug Ford spoke about the other day involving things like a $100,000 fine or up to a year in jail — charges he claimed he would impose as part of the “state of emergency” that he declared. The protesters were warned they could face that, yet, still, they stayed.
Please note that word “mischief”, we’ll revisit it a bit later.
As is clear to everyone (except the Leftwing gaslighters) that the Antifa/BLM riots that lasted for months and, in many cities, the local law enforcement was told to stand back and let the rioters alone. Arrests were either non-existent or charges were eventually dropped. Yet, here we are with a protest that has neither burned buildings or looted businesses, having SWAT teams and snipers deployed against them.
During the Antifa/BLM conflagrations of 2020, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau came out to take a knee in solidarity. But working-class truckers, the veritable army of people who kept food on the table and essential goods on the shelves while the Zoom class stayed home and kvetched about not-enough-toilet-paper, are peacefully protesting and Trudeau flees into hiding and sneers at them to go home or else.
Even Bill Maher has been red-pilled.
HBO Real Time host Bill Maher said the Freedom Convoy has the right to be ‘pissed off’ at elitists who are ‘staying home in their Lululemon’s’ before comparing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Hitler for questioning if the unvaccinated should be ‘tolerated.’
Maher, 66, admitted he ‘wasn’t that into the first couple weeks’ of the Canadian protests and he questioned ‘why truckers’ were the ones protesting when ’90 percent of them are vaccinated.’
‘What’s happening this week, it looks like, is people are understanding this is about something more than just the vaccine mandate,’
It certainly is. And this is where the word mischief, a legally vague term, is going to be deployed against Canadians who disobey. Honk a horn? Get beaten and face prison time. As Americans we tend to assume other Western countries protect the inherent rights of their citizens. No less than we also assume that the Canadian Charter of Rights is the equivalent of our Bill of Rights. Certainly, the last living author of the Charter assumes so. Indeed, he even spoke out in support of the Freedom Convoy.
Peckford related how when the Charter, which is part of the Canadian Constitution, was written by him and his fellow politicians in 1982, they added a provision stating that the only way that these rights could be suspended even temporarily was through the democratic process in times of “war or insurrection.”
Which is a nice sentiment from Mr. Peckford, but even the Canadian courts have ruled otherwise. And he and his fellow politicians have only themselves to blame. As a Canadian citizen recently wrote:
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a case study in the emptiness of words and the posturing of lawyers. The very first clause states:
1 The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.
So what are “reasonable limits as prescribed by law?” What does “can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society” mean? This is the slippery slope that the Democratic Party in the US wants to take the Constitution down.
Imagine, here in Canada, before any of our “rights” and “freedoms” have been enumerated, we’ve given the courts, acting on behalf of the government, the right to do whatever the f**k they want to do based on their interpretation of “reasonable limits” and “demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.”
Oh and unlike in the US, our rights and freedoms are not god-given and do not preceed the state. So it should be unsurprising that Canadians exist at the sufferance of the government and not the other way around. To add insult to injury, there is a notwithstanding clause that allows the Provinces to completely ignore the charter if they so choose. Plus, one province, Quebec (I know, what a surprise) has never signed the document. Again, to no surprise, the Supreme Court has arbitrarily decided that Quebec’s approval was not required.
Like I said, a case study in the emptiness of words. Enjoy your Bill of Rights and defend it with all your might because anything enacted in the world since the end of your Civil War has proven to be meaningless.
Here’s Brian Peckford who was Premier of Newfoundland and participated in the drafting of the Charter making a speech, in support of the Freedom Convoy, condemning the federal and provincial governments for stepping all over the document he helped to write. It would be like Jefferson being alive to comment on some of the ridiculous assaults on the first and second amendments.
Our Founding Fathers … those horrible, terrible, no-good White Supremacists who deserve having their statues and memorials torn down … were flawed human beings but gifted and unique in declaring that rights don’t originate in government. Our rights are inherent, regardless of whether any group of rulers recognize them or not.
And as we can see now, our Glorious Betters™ who are demanding unquestioned fealty, or else, are working hard to subordinate our rights. Whether it is jealously clinging to covid-crisis emergency powers or the calculated use of the words incitement, insurrection, and terrorism when calling out the cops on truckers or parents, we are in the struggle of our times.
We cannot give up our rights in order to please our Ruling Class, even if we are told it is temporary. If being in the 23rd month of two weeks to flatten the curve doesn’t convince you of their perfidy, nothing will.
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