Old America, Data Point #1: “Convoy”, the country novelty song by C.W. McCall glorifying defiance of authority, spent six weeks at #1 in the pop charts in 1976.
Data Point #2: Smokey and the Bandit was the second highest grossing film in 1977, after Star Wars. The entire plot line could be summed as: man escorts a truckload of beer across the South, evading authority. Plus flirtatious banter with Sally Field.
One might argue that America doesn’t exist anymore, but that would be misleading. It simply has no place at the media banquet. Truckers are un-photogenic people who know no one and nobody knows. They bring us neccesities and reside in the dhimmitude of undesirable zip codes.
Besides, aren’t half of them, you know, fat racists or something?
Nothing has illustrated the existential gulf between the Laptop Class and the Peasants more than Canadians lining roads in solidarity as the Freedom Convoy, 40 kilometers long, rolled across the provinces in protest of the mRNA “vaccine” mandate.
While the truckers enacted a platonic ideal of non-violent civil disobedience in downtown Ottawa, Prime Minister Trudeau, who was elected with less than a third of the popular vote, invoked for the first time in Canadian history the Emergencies Act, claiming for himself the powers of martial law.
We are 100 weeks beyond two weeks to stop the spread. Does anyone really think this is about public health anymore?
Ottawans took to the streets with jerry cans to provide gas. Donations poured in by the millions, first to GoFundMe, which seized the funds and threatened to redistribute them to other causes, then to GiveSendGo, which was promptly hacked by a Twitch-streamer who doxxed the mailing list. Now the donors, many of them small businesspeople, are being threatened by activists and contacted by the media who demand convoy supporters explain themselves.
This smug prick is our future. Get used to the smell of his ball sac on your nose. Everything you see in this frame; the throne chair, the microphone, the monitors, were delivered to his home….by truckers. Everything, save the smirk.
Now the Trudeau administration is in the process of identifying the protestors and those who donated to them so as cut them off from access to banking, consequently from participation in society.
It’s worth noting in 1976 Betty Ford took to CB radio to court the working class during her husband’s election campaign. I’m trying to imagine Jill Biden, or anyone else, doing the same today. Can you? Me, neither.
If you’re keeping score at home, the Canadian head of state has chosen to deprive his citizens of liberty as a constituency service on behalf of the Pfizer Corporation.
Trudeau could easily have played the hero by suspending the mandate. He could have climbed aboard a rig and led the trucks out of the capitol like Moses in a sea of Maple Leaf flags. But he didn’t. In all the sturm and drang of recent weeks no one seriously proposed actually, you know, honoring the truckers simple request.
A Digital Passport is much too important. That’s where this is all going. If 70% of us just got the jab, we were told, we would all be given our lives back. We’re way past 70% now and the experimental drugs have failed to convey immunity as promised. Guess who is blamed for that?
The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors want to lay off 2000 Sheriffs Dept. personnel for refusing the jab. Sheriff Villanueva has refused to cooperate. So they voted to take the decision-making away from him and convey it to a willing bureaucrat. That’s a whole lot of political capital to spend on firing people.
The effect, if not intent, of a Digital Passport is to render once inalienable rights conditional, and subject to revocation by corporations, at the behest of politicians. Once the architecture is in place, any criteria can be loaded into it.
Canadians still have some fight in them. Do Americans? I’d like to think so, but we’ve been acting like a defeated people.
Here is wisdom: Stop appealing to the government for a redress of grievances. This isn’t 2002. That is as viable as Paris Hilton in a Von Dutch trucker hat.
Twitter and YouTube don’t ask for permission to de-platform people. The shadow funders behind the Center for Countering Digital Hate didn’t ask permission when it named itself the arbiter of acceptable opinion.
This works in both directions.
Try this: STOP DRIVING, truckers. Also, Amazon delivery people. UPS. Uber and Lyft drivers. Everyone. Let no wheels roll for one week. See how long the digerati manage without their pleasures brought to them on the daily.
The financial benefits of the new economy may flow upward, but the transportation network remains an essential hard power. It should be deployed as such.
Count me in.