Washington Post: Those Freedom Trucker Protests Are Increasingly Dangerous, You Know

There’s been quite a bit of invective thrown towards the freedom truckers. It’s nothing unusual, as anyone who opposes the Left is branded. Racist, sexist, homophobes, etc, are the norm. The truckers are being branded as Nazis, Fascists, authoritarians, even terrorists. The Left, including the Canadian elites, want to deploy the military to stop the truckers. And

From the Washington Post screed

Canada’s capital on Saturday was bracing for a surge of demonstrators to join a week-long protest against public health measures and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that has blockaded much of the downtown core, unnerved residents and been described by officials as an “occupation” and a “siege.”

Local police said Friday that they expected as many as 400 additional trucks and up to 2,000 people to join the self-described “Freedom Convoy” over the weekend. They said that some 1,000 people could also be planning a counterprotest.

Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly, under fire for what critics have called a lenient response to the blockades, said police would be “hardening” the perimeter around the protests and deploying 150 more officers to “deliver a clear message” that “the lawlessness must end.” Roads, highway ramps and bridges could also be closed.

“The demonstrators . . . remain highly organized, well-funded, extremely committed to resisting all attempts to end the demonstrations safely,” Sloly, who said he had received death threats, told reporters on Friday. “This remains, as it was from the beginning, an increasingly volatile and increasingly dangerous demonstration.”

Most of the violence has been caused by the counterprotesters, not the truckers, who are just out there protesting.

Yes, GoFundMe pulled all the funding, and will automatically refund those who donated. And, yes, the Canadian Constitution does allow for protest, and that’s what these people are doing.

The Canadian Anti-Hate Network, a watchdog group, has documented links between several of the convoy’s organizers and the far-right.

Of course they trot this out. That’s what they do. They look to shut down all who oppose them. Back on January 29th, Glenn Greenwald wrote, in terms of trying to shut down Joe Rogan (I’ve never listened)

For years, their preferred censorship tactic was to expand and distort the concept of “hate speech” to mean “views that make us uncomfortable,” and then demand that such “hateful” views be prohibited on that basis. For that reason, it is now common to hear Democrats assert, falsely, that the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech does not protect “hate speech.” Their political culture has long inculcated them to believe that they can comfortably silence whatever views they arbitrarily place into this category without being guilty of censorship.

Constitutional illiteracy to the side, the “hate speech” framework for justifying censorship is now insufficient because liberals are eager to silence a much broader range of voices than those they can credibly accuse of being hateful. That is why the newest, and now most popular, censorship framework is to claim that their targets are guilty of spreading “misinformation” or “disinformation.” These terms, by design, have no clear or concise meaning. Like the term “terrorism,” it is their elasticity that makes them so useful.

Leftists do not want a debate: they want silence from their enemies and conformity from everyone else. And, if you aren’t with them, you are an enemy. Remember the whole 9/11 Truther thing? This was primarily from Democrats, who loathed Bush and many loved the terrorists who attacked the USA. Those countering the Truthers didn’t want to shut them down, they simply rebutted and debunked. (very much worth reading this long piece)

And here’s Glenn Reynolds

Truckers are starting a working-class revolution — and the left hates it

So we’re finally seeing a genuine, bottom-up, working-class revolution. In Canada, and increasingly in the United States, truckers and others are refusing to follow government orders, telling the powerful that, in a popular lefty formulation, if there’s no justice, there’s no peace.

Naturally, the left hates it.

For more than a century, lefties have talked about such a revolt. But if you really paid attention, the actual role of the working class in their working-class revolution was not to call the shots — it was to do what it was told by the “intellectual vanguard” of the left.

A working-class revolution led by the working class is the left’s worst nightmare because the working class doesn’t want what the left wants. The working class wants jobs, a stable economy, safe streets, low inflation, schools that teach things and a conservative, non-adventurous foreign policy that won’t get a lot of working-class people killed. It’s not excited about gender fluidity, critical race theory, “modern monetary theory,” foreign adventures and defunding police.

The truckers were called part of a Russian disinformation operation, Nazis, Fascists, and more, all because they oppose the mandates and other government authoritarian COVID stuff. I’ve seen huge numbers on Twitter calling them terrorists, because they are “terrorizing” people in Ottawa. How so? Because they are jamming up the streets. It’s so horrible!!!1!!!!!

But as Twitter user Greg Price noted: “If truckers quit their jobs, society would immediately collapse. If politicians quit their jobs, the world would become a better place. We need truckers more than anybody else.”

Who’s more important, the blue collar working class truckers, or the namby pamby politicians, activists, and others who do not really do much of anything?

And the freedom trucker protests are spreading across Canada. Good luck in demonizing the working class, elite leftists.

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23 Responses to “Washington Post: Those Freedom Trucker Protests Are Increasingly Dangerous, You Know”

  1. Hairy says:

    TX and Cali have equal total death rates but Cali has 10 million more in population
    Doesn’t this show that mandstes/lockdowns are effective ?

    • Dana says:

      It doesn’t matter whether they are “effective”, they are still a violation of our individual rights.

      “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” — Benjamin Franklin

      We could, of course, employ a lot of other “effective” measures to increase our safety:

      1 – We could arrest anyone who has a neck tattoo, since it’s an obvious indicator that he’s guilty of something;
      2 – We could stop and frisk every black male between the ages of 13 and 50, because they are most probably criminals;
      3 – We could change innocent until proven guilty to guilty upon accusation, unless proven innocent, to make law enforcement much more efficient;
      We could impose the death penalty for all felonies, because felons deserve it, and the dead cannot commit further crimes; and
      4 – We could carry out all capital sentences within three days, with no allowed appeals.

      All of this would make us much, much safer, and be highly efficient.

    • Hairy is Fake News says:

      Hairy you are fake news. A report of 18,400 studies on lockdown effectiveness actually showed that lockdowns slightly increased death rates. Not decreased them. John Hopkins study which in the end included 24 studies in their economic report of the effectiveness of lockdowns.

      No Hairy, California should have had No deaths if lockdowns work. Right? The idea of locking down for 6 weeks was to prevent deaths, but during the 6 week period in which the USA was deadly serious about lockdowns from Mid March to April 30th. Deaths actually increased.

      It is fine though. You defend left ideology so it’s fine, you can lie all you want and it’s acceptable.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        HiFN: A report of 18,400 studies on lockdown effectiveness

        Not even close. The authors reviewed 18,590 studies and deemed just twenty-four (24) “suitable”.

        HiFN: lockdowns slightly increased death rates. Not decreased them

        Good heavens. No, that is not what they concluded at all. They found a slight DECREASE in mortality. Also, they said, “However, closing non-essential
        businesses seems to have had some effect (reducing COVID-19 mortality by 10.6%), which is likely to be related to the closure of bars”.

        HiFN: California should have had No deaths if lockdowns work.

        We saved your worst for last. Your reasoning: “Unless you save everyone there is no point saving anyone!”

        If you want to read the paper rather than depend on the Gateway Pudendum’s disinformation, here it is.

        Author Steve H. Hanke is a Senior Fellow at Cato.

        A peer-reviewed study in Nature found that non-pharmaceutical interventions in Europe saved millions. of lives.

        • david7134 says:

          Lockdown was found to be totally useless, as predicted before the event. When considering cost to business, economy, and deaths from the lock down it should be a crime and the Dem politicians charged.

          Mask are useless.

    • Dana says:

      When NBC News, in its Sunday primetime broadcast, has a significant story on people demanding an end to the COVID-19 restrictions, you know it’s getting serious.

  2. Dana says:

    I wonder: did The Washington Post similarly decry the Occupy Wall Street protests, protesters who wouldn’t leave and continued to try to blockade?

    This is why we are so blessed to be Americans:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    The latest is that there are now shout of Let’s Go, Brandeau! being heard! https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yahoo.gif

  3. Est1950 says:

    A perspective on the Trucker strike. Does anyone remember the yellow vest movement a few years back? There are several things going on at once around the world that are all creating a perfect storm.

    This storm is desperately trying to be squelched by the establishment which consists of more than just USA individuals. These individuals exist in almost every country but certainly, none are as powerful these days as those doing business in the USA. Not USA residents but those doing business in the USA.

    The USA must be crushed in order for the world agenda to move forward. In years past the world agenda crept forward unabated because the common man and woman did not know it was happening and even if there was a hint of its existence it was denied and people would shrug their shoulders and move on.

    Jobs around the world, and just not in the USA but around the world crept overseas. India and China accepted most of them. India makes most of the world’s drugs and China makes most of the materials used in those drugs. This is why when China speaks, governments listen. (Nancy Pelosi begging USA athletes to play nice in China and not speak out about their human rights atrocities) The USA and any nation for that matter could begin almost immediately manufacturing drugs. It does not want to because China holds the purse strings on the materials. India is irrelevant. They are nothing more than the middle man making cheap drugs the world can sell rather expensively.

    The USA became woke. Its infection spread to many other parts of the world. Critical Race Theory has crept into our schools under the sleeping snores of Conservatives who are more interested in cashing in than they are in serving their constituents.

    Russia and the EU have lamented Wokism and BLM. Why? Because the winds of war are blowing once again in Europe and no government wants it even as they lose control of their own populace.

    Covid-19 hit. The internet exploded into a worldwide phenomenon that no one saw coming as far as social media was concerned. Billionaires quadrupled, Millionaires exploded into being with the FED and other similar agencies reducing interest rates to zero or near zero which forced everyone’s money into the stock market to get any kind of a return on investment or ROI.

    The establishment saw this perfect storm as an opportunity for the Great Reset to escalate in speed. Right now Elon Musk is circling the planet with satellites that are interfering with astronomy and will soon make launching anything into space a hazard. Does the world care? No. Why? Because it is Elon Musk and Not the USA or the EU government.

    Jeff Bezos built a Yaught so big that a bridge has to be removed to get it to sea. Does anyone care? No, because it is not an EU or USA government action but rather the action of a filthy rich billionaire.

    The disconnect from governments having absolute power to billionaires telling governments what to do has finally become exposed for all to see. If they are looking.

    NASA just approved a billionaire’s request to have a private astronaut become part of the ISS space station. Elon Musk is going to the Moon and Mars, the governments of the world are just along for the ride.

    Governments are losing control of their nations. World-wide riots, protests, and civil unrest exist in nearly One hundred countries.

    This Trucker strike is but the latest example of that. BLM, Wokism, protests. Covid mandates and masking rebellion are but a symptom of the wider problem that exists around the world. Other protests include simply starving people unable to feed themselves any longer as woke, countries they once depended upon are now more interested in Global warming than they are in feeding the starving masses.

    Governments have lost control of their nations. The 2020 election exploded into a frenzy exposing the boiling cauldron just below the surface of every American. Billionaires are fighting this with their bought and paid for MSM because without the press on their side, they are just rich people who then must struggle to exploit any political situation for their own benefit.

    The right is passing laws to try in their own way to make the people believe their vote matters. The left is trying to pass a government law that says we will ensure your vote matters and neither side understands truly what is going on.

    Not only do the people not trust the right or the left but they do not trust the government or its institutions. And that is the perfect storm for worldwide anarchy that benefits no one.

    Unfortunately, every side is dug in and nothing but bad is coming in our futures as the battles become more heated for POLITICAL POWER at the expense of the people.

  4. I wear a mask at exactly one place, our parish church. This morning, when the lady who was to be this morning’s lector, passed my pew — I’m always in the front, left pew, due to my poor hearing — I could smell her perfume through the mask.

    If I could smell her perfume, an aerosolized liquid, through the mask, just how does the mask stop any aerosolized liquid, such as the moisture in our breath that carries the COVID-19 virus?

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      Good question!

      Her perfume scent was not necessarily an aerosolized liquid. Also, a poorly fitted mask will allow leaks of ambient air.

      Volatilized molecules are much smaller than either viruses or aerosolized particles. In the same way that oxygen (O2 MW ~ 32) and carbon dioxide (CO2 MW ~ 44), the volatized organic molecules in perfumes can pass. Even a perfectly fitted N95 will not stop oxygen, CO2 or individual molecules.

      The virus is some 300-1000 times larger than an oxygen molecule. Suspended aerosols are another 100 times larger than the virus.

      A well-fitted activated charcoal mask would likely eliminate the lector’s perfume as charcoal adsorbs organic molecules!

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        Forgot to add… even well fitted N95 underpants would not stop the detection of certain emissions!!

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        Dana,

        Do you now understand how you can smell perfume (and other noxious gases) through a mask?

  5. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Even if Trudeau dropped the vaccination requirement for cross-border truckers, unvaccinated Canadian truckers would still be unable to cross the border because of the U.S. rule.

    Several lawmakers have cheered the convoy on, even happily posing for photos with the big-rigs that have paralyzed the city in the background. They’ve drawn charges of hypocrisy because many of them called for an aggressive police response when an Indigenous-led movement blockaded railroads to protest a pipeline in 2020.

    On Friday, some federal Conservative Party lawmakers broke ranks, including Danny Patterson, a Senator who resigned from the Conservative caucus, deploring protesters who flew Confederate and Nazi flags last weekend.

    Glenn Reynolds: The working class wants jobs, a stable economy, safe streets, low inflation, schools that teach things and a conservative, non-adventurous foreign policy that won’t get a lot of working-class people killed.

    Will the right-wing trucker “protest” get there? LOL. And why are “Canadian” truckers waving Confederate and Nazi flags? What’s next Trump/Hitler2024?

    In general, that’s what everyone wants. He mealy-mouths “schools that teach things” while meaning “teach things that don’t make white parents uncomfortable”. The working class also wants wages commensurate with their efforts. Conservatives oppose that.

    Why are connies so interested in Canada all of a sudden? LOL.

    • Dana says:

      The sage from St Louis pointed out:

      Even if Trudeau dropped the vaccination requirement for cross-border truckers, unvaccinated Canadian truckers would still be unable to cross the border because of the U.S. rule.

      Perhaps, but they’re Canadians, protesting Canadian government action. I’m sure they’re hoping that their American brethren are doing the same thing here.

      But perhaps you missed this part:

      The protests were initially started in response to U.S. and Canadian rules requiring cross-border truckers to be fully vaccinated to enter their respective countries. But they have ballooned into a movement against all public health measures, which are mostly imposed by the provinces, and Trudeau, who was reelected in September.

      Everywhere you look, there are Americans protesting arbitrary and dictatorially imposed rules. I know, I know: you want to blame evil reich wing Trumpelstiltskins, but that ignores the protests in Canada, in France, and in the United Kingdom, all against government action. Donald Trump wasn’t a Brit, Frog or Canuck.

      In the Keystone State, which Joe Biden carried by 80,000 votes, the Republican controlled state legislature, unable to override Reichsstatthalter Tom Wolf’s (NSDAP-PA) vetoes, took their case directly to the people, placing constitutional amendments on the ballots limiting the Reichsstatthalter’s ability to issue executive orders compromising the people’s rights, and the voters of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania passed those amendments by a substantial majority. This wasn’t minority action, but the direct will of the majority of the voters.

    • Show me the Proof says:

      IF these truckers were flying Nazi flags or Confederate flags or doing evil misdeeds this would have 1000s of pictures in the press and all over Twitter.

      I can find almost nothing and the few that I have spotted were probably PhotoShopped since they were from [email protected] instead of the UPI, Reuters, CBS, NBC, CNN etc.

      Once again the MSM is being paid to destroy any resistance to the collective. The collective of course is the woke hive-mind of the left doing anything they can to preserve the establishment they pretend to be opposed to. The only thing the left is opposed to is freedom. Chelsea Clinton calls on Facebook to ban Tucker Carlson

      I even saw where OMG there was a truck spotted flying a nazi flag in California. But OMG, not a picture, and the left lost their collective mind.

      Where are the thousands of pictures and videos of these flags and all this rowdy and hateful behavior?

      I guess it’s like Joe Rogan ate horse paste for his covid. If the left says it. It must be true.

  6. Dana says:

    The Washington Post said:

    The Canadian Anti-Hate Network, a watchdog group, has documented links between several of the convoy’s organizers and the far-right.

    In other words, it is the political right which supports freedom and individual rights.

    We should all condemn the actions of those right-wing extremists on December 16, 1773.

  7. Today’s left would never be August Landmesser!

  8. Dana says:

    And in Oakdale United School District, where scores of students have defied the mask mandate, one school is threatening to sic child protective services on parents who allow their children to go maskless:

  9. Dana says:

    The same school herded the mask-free students into the gym, keeping them indoors but not providing state mandated instruction. One staffer, to keep them in the gym, barricades the doors, which were clearly marked as fire exits!

    The school administration which allowed that should all be fired, and, realistically, purposely blocking a fire exit, should go to jail.

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      Ironically, the founder of the “grass roots” LetThemBreathe, Sharon McKeenan, homeschools her children. You can buy LetThemBreathe merchandise (hats, shirts, hoodies, yard signs, coffee mugs) from the website. You can also join others and add to the 100s of thousands they have already raised by donating! Ms McKeenan refused to say if she took a salary for her efforts. The link on the website connecting to their “Partners” is disconnected.

      • Dana says:

        So? She’s a capitalist, which is a good thing. And the things she documented are about the regular public school kids, so it doesn’t matter whether her kids are in public schools or not.

        Like your slams at the Gateway Pundit and other sources, you slam the source, but never argue that what is reported is untrue.

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:

          Agreed. Nothing wrong with making bank off kids.

          Kids were kicked out of class for not following the rules. The kids suffer, not Ms McKeenan. What did she document?

          Puh-leez. Jim Hoft, the Gateway Pudendum, is a liar. Would you believe anything heard from Rachel Maddow, the Daily Kos, DemocraticUnderground or BLM.com? Would hope not.

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