It is really worrying to me how few people can keep two thoughts in their heads at the same time, without one obliviating the other.
Take the recent protests in Canada against the Covid mandates – and then take the Russians protesting the war in the Ukraine. These two things can happen in the same universe and it really isn’t necessary to make comparisons. Mostly because there’s little sense in doing so. But we just can’t help ourselves, can we? So you get the authoritarian left presenting noble Russians risking jail time for demonstrating against an unpredictable and authoritarian leader as a long jabbing finger at those common Canadian protestors — even more sullied in light of the brave and pure Russian souls who understand suffering like few others do.
This tweet from George Takei sums it up.
Not sure why “convoys” is in quotation marks, but “freedum” – yeah, that’s there to show us how much smarter and better Mr. Takei is than those truckers and their rabble-rousing supporters. Oppressed people around the world fight for FREEDOM, but FREEDUM is what the workers here at home fight for; some slack-jawed inbred strain of what the Founding Fathers meant. FREEDOM makes you feel all warm and righteous inside. FREEDUM makes you look over your shoulder and check your wallet bulge.
If you keep using freedom like your personal lackey and then throw it under the nearest truck when it starts to demand a price, well, that seems like an invitation for some kind of reckoning.
Firstly, it’s very poor taste to use the situation in the Ukraine to take more potshots at the Canadian protestors. And secondly, because people somewhere are demanding a say in the direction of their country doesn’t de-legitimize people demanding a say in the direction of their country somewhere else.
Are the Russian protestors braver than the Canadian ones? Maybe. I don’t know. Is there a test for that? Does it matter? The Russians are a very brave lot, that’s for sure, and they have much to lose for their dissent. The truckers camped out in minus 20 weather for weeks. That’s pretty brave to me. The Russians can handle a nippy winter too I’ve been told. I heard several truckers say they were willing to die. Being willing to die for what you believe in is as brave as it gets, regardless of what other people think about it. I haven’t heard the Russian protestors speak but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there were some who felt the same way. I heard their bank accounts were shut down, their assets seized and that the police have vowed to hunt down all who participated and make them suffer. Wait. No. That was Canada. See how easy it is to get confused these days?
No. Canada is not as bad as Russia. Isn’t that a good thing? And yes, we need to protect freedom and democracy BEFORE things get as bad as Russia. Because if WE DON’T, IT WILL.
And I’m not sure that Takei is a very good judge of human behaviour. He called the BLM protests ‘peaceful’ and he retweeted a post that called the Ottawa protestors ‘thuggish’. Does he know what these words mean?
No, not ALL the BLM protestors set fire to buildings. True. And no, not ONE of the Canadian protestors did.
Those who use words like “thuggish” to describe the Ottawa protestors really want to use the word “violence” but they can’t because, well, because the protest have been remarkably peaceful. As much as the legacy media hunted for smashed windows and petrol bombs, they kept bumping into people clearing sidewalks of snow and opening soup kitchens or holding hands, singing and dancing. But of course, you couldn’t report on that. Thousands, probably millions, of us saw those videos and photos on alternative media platforms For us, the legacy media reporting on what happened in Ottawa was a new low in an already gravely propagandistic time.
Takei’s tweets have the tone of much of the authoritarian left lately when discussing ordinary working people, like a character out of Downton Abbey who gets all pouty when the help gets ideas above their station. These thugs should stay in their place. How dare they imagine that my FREEDOM and their “FREEDUM” is the same thing? They need to get back to shipping me my Fair Trade RTD mochas (warp speed!) so I can get back to posting dance footage of Volodymyr Zelensky on my Twitter feed. The message from such people to the Canadian protestors (and as such to all the ‘convoy’ protestors around the world) is “Your job is the servicing MY FREEDOMS”. So stop your honking and we’ll say no more about it.
I don’t want to be a prophet of doom, but you may want to start reconsidering your supply chains.