By Charlie Johnston
As I write this, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has declared a state of emergency to allow police to arrest and fine truckers who continue to stay parked in Ottawa, the Capitol City of Canada – and anywhere else in Canada. It also allows the state to seize the bank accounts or property of anyone it suspects of disagreeing with the government without a warrant or any evidence at all. Meantime, Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer (you know, the one who looks like the evil Professor Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series – and never encountered a human right she didn’t want to stomp out like a bug) sent American tow trucks to start removing trucks from the bridge between Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario.
How deeply ashamed I am that American tow truck drivers did what Canadian tow truck drivers refused to do: help bust up genuinely peaceful, patriotic protesters in Canada and add to their persecution. Hopefully this will have all the impact of a puff of smoke in the wind, but it is a moment of deep mortification for those of us who thought Americans would not just blindly follow orders to hurt people with whom we should live fellowship.
The Teamsters Union in America has formally denounced the Truck Convoy while waxing eloquent about Joe Biden’s marvelous economic leadership. Perhaps this will further alienate rank-and-file Teamsters from their delusional and corrupt leadership. But perhaps it demonstrates that some unions will support Democrats no matter how badly those Dems crush their freedom and decimate their livelihoods. It is like watching a pitiful dog continue to lick the boot of the man who beats him.
In all of this, the only significant violence has come from the Antifa man who tried to run over and kill protesters. (That one got memory-holed fast, didn’t it? No word on whether leftist MPs are working, like Kamala Harris did for violent Antifa and BLM rioters, to bail him out of jail – while squealing in terror at the bouncy castles truckers set up for their kids.)
So, is this the beginning of the end for the truckers’ Freedom Convoy? Not hardly. The truckers have reacted with shrewd prudence to every challenge, acting boldly without being baited into acting brashly. Already the Freedom Convoy has inspired movements throughout the world – notably in Australia, New Zealand, Austria and France – to imitate them. Like a snowball rolling downhill, it is going to continue to pick up steam and grow bigger. Meantime, the reaction of many Canadian officials (and sorrowfully, some American officials) has contrasted with ever growing clarity who the good guys and who the bad guys are, in living color. Canadian officials have been making up “laws” as they go along, anything to try to shut down the rights and hopes of actual peaceful protesters. In France, Parisian police teargassed protesters, including children. They also broke a protester’s legs, then dragged him in the most painful way possible into custody, hoping to tamp down the growing rebellion throughout the world. Besides arresting peaceful protesters and seizing their property, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, bizarrely, vandalized three pieces of heavy equipment to make them inoperable. Why? Because. Two years ago many people were furious that Antifa and BLM raged through cities while police were ordered to stand down or to protect the violent rioters. Now, some elements of police – who have no regard for honor, decency or liberty – have become this year’s version of the fascist Antifa and BLM activists. I beg of you, police, purge these little fascists from your ranks. The left already hates you and would destroy you: if you forfeit the support of ordinary people, all that will be left is lawless anarchy. Step back from the abyss of your own destruction.
It was inevitable that the empire of the credentialed would strike back at the revolt of the peasants. For the godless, globalist left, this IS an existential battle. For all their dull-wittedness, they know that if they don’t prevail now, many of them will face prison, or even the gallows. But the Freedom Convoy, so gloriously mounted by Canadian truckers, has shown that the ordinary man DOES have power when he chooses to work collaboratively with his fellows. Now we have fully entered into a battle over who will rule.
George Orwell, the author of “Animal Farm” and “1984” was reputed to have said that if tyranny ever comes to America, it will come from the left. Certainly, then future President Ronald Reagan said in a “60 Minutes” interview in 1975 that, “If fascism ever comes to America, it will come in the name of liberalism.” These are not as striking as they seem. The fact is that, since the French Revolution, almost all tyrannical movements have come from the left. That makes sense: leftists believe in the central power of the state over all people’s lives, while conservatives believe in individual liberty and that the authority of any government can only legitimately come from the consent of the people. As a wit once said, a leftist does not care what you do as long as it is mandatory.
What is happening now is that the battle lines are being formed. The difference between who are the bad and who are the good guys is being illuminated in stark relief. The “rule of law,” only raggedly connected to morality in the best of circumstances, is now perverted into a cudgel to be used against ordinary people in this great battle for power. Who will rule?
Ultimately, victory is assured to the people of God. I would not beguile you, though, that this will not be a pitched battle. We will take some hard hits on the path to victory under God. I have often been frustrated by many peoples’ desperate desire to find the man on the white horse who will relieve them of any responsibility for securing their own liberty. It was a mistake when people thought that Donald Trump, a man I deeply respect, would solve everything for them. It was a mistake when folks thought the truckers would solve everything and get it back to normal. What the truckers have done – and are doing throughout the world now – is profoundly important and noble, but it is the template for what all of good will must do to secure liberty – not the final word.
The first thing you must get clear in your own mind is that the “rule of law,” the global economy, most mediating institutions, and the arts are, if not dead, terminally ill. The cultural cancer has metastasized throughout the globe. They are all beyond reform. We must let them perish and build anew – while thinking anew in order to rebuild effectively. Many people are on the cusp right now, knowing that something is seriously wrong, but desperately hoping that things will somehow, of their own accord, smooth out. They won’t.
Caught in the intellectual plague of disorder, our Churches and Synagogues are desperately ill. They will recover, but only by the ministrations of the ordinary man.
With each blow struck by godless, globalist tyrants, many ordinary people are stricken with terror and despair. How can we prevail against this, they ask. The reality is that the godless globalists have serious, mortal vulnerabilities. But as I said, we must think anew to see and use these. It is a subject that I will speak of almost constantly going forward. Above all, we must discipline ourselves. If we are beguiled into engaging solely in the contest for power, the best we can accomplish is to replace their tyrannical thugs and bums with our tyrannical thugs and bums.
The Sanhedrin, when the debate was raging in Pilate’s courtyard over what to do with Jesus, proclaimed, “We have no king but Caesar!” It facilitated the worst judicial murder in history. Let us proclaim, instead, “We have no King but Jesus!” Who will rule? The spiritual deficiencies of the godless globalists beget a host of practical deficiencies that can effectively be exploited to rebuild a culture devoted to faith, family and freedom. But the knife of righteousness will turn in our hand against us if we lose sight of who our King is. Viva Christo Rey! Christ must rule in our hearts and minds – and then we can build a just state anew – with liberty and justice for all.
For the last 150 years communist tyrants have used a catchy phrase to beguile, manipulate and exploit the people they would rule. Now, with the fuse Canadian truckers have lit – that is already spreading throughout the world, I have found new merit in it. Let us hoist the communist tyrants on their own petard:
Workers of the World! Unite!
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