You aren’t heroes.

by Cookie

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As expected this “Freedom Convoy” has revealed itself to be what we all knew it was: An excuse for people who want their own way to act like a bunch of dicks.

I don’t care about the protests. I really don’t. People have the right to demonstrate for what they believe in, and I am ok with disagreeing about their cause. If this was TRULY about not wanting to have to be vaccinated to work in certain sectors, fine,continue to be annoying as all fuck and get it out of your system and then suck it up and wait until the next election like the rest of us who don’t like current administrations.

After watching some of the footage from yesterday- and yes, I choked back watching videos from all over the place- far right clearly bigoted motherfuckers, religious extremists, left leaning media, fairly neutral observers, live cams, I gotta say that I feel just gutted.

The organizers don’t seem to have a game plan. Nobody seems to know what happens past getting to Ottawa- they aren’t sure collectively what they want. When asked, they all say “freedom” and “there is so much work to be done” and “people are waking up” and “bodily autonomy” while referring to themselves as patriots. But there is no specific action requested, no plan to negotiate, no civility. There are a lot of threats, vague statements, screaming and horn honking. They are mad that Trudeau won’t talk to them, but who can fucking blame him? I saw a child standing next to life size depiction of a man being lynched, with the label “Fuck Trudeau”. It doesn’t seem like they want to actually talk, does it? It sounds like they wanted a chance to rant and rave, but have unfortunately sent their credibility packing with infantile behavior, questionable motivations, poor leadership and overwhelming stupidity.

Thinking about the images I saw, there is no space that I am aware of that would house the word FREEDOM with the following:

  1. Swastika flags being flown on Canadian soil.
  2. Defiling a Canadian flag, flying it upside down and drawing Nazi symbols on it.
  3. American confederacy flags- what has that got to do with anything in Canada?
  4. Defiling a war memorial by pissing on it and having some bitch screaming freedom from on top of the statues like a day drunk sorority girl in a B horror film
  5. Vandalizing the memorial of one of the most loved figures in Canadian history- Terry Fox, a symbol of hope, selflessness, sacrifice and determination. Is that the problem they have with him?
  6. Calling gay men faggots and young girls dumb cunts, for walking down the street with a mask on or wearing one at work.
  7. Demanding that homeless shelters feed and house them and threatening them when they won’t.
  8. Threatening harm to journalists, vandalizing their vehicles and spitting on them.
  9. Mocking Indigenous culture by sounding drums they know nothing about and imitating the cultural dances all for the sake of invalidating the significance of them and making a bunch of noise.

I don’t want to hear that it’s not all of them. It’s “NOT ALL MEN” either and that is also a bullshit, apologist statement from people who fucking know better but don’t have the balls to do something about it. All it takes is one of these things to happen and whatever shred of credibility your cause was hanging on to is done. Guilt by association and blah blah blah- but you don’t share space with Nazis, either wannabe or real unless you are ok with what they stand for. So fuck you too if you don’t have a problem with “just a few of them” being there.

You know what I think about when I see all these entitled shiteaters dancing around our nation’s capital right now?

I’m thinking about every sandwich or cup of coffee passed out to them. Every church that opened its doors and housed them. Every person who cheered them on from overpasses. Every dollar donated, every piece of energy expended. And I wonder what kind of “freedom” we could achieve if we had the same motivation to take care of people who are exploited every day in this country. What if we put the same massive energy into feeding people and offering them shelter, and promoting this unity that we keep hearing about from these patriots? Freedom comes at a cost, but the cost is not what the self proclaimed freedom fighters think it is. It comes at a cost of letting go of our own interests in order to support the well being of everyone. It means that every single person in this society is valued equally. Funny how that is something worth fighting for when it comes to vaccine status or a threat to their livelihood but nobody has the time or energy to spend on it for other systemic failures.

I am tired about hearing about these “heroes”.

Have we lost sight of what that word even means? A hero is someone who takes care of others at great personal cost. What sacrifices are being made here? The people involved in this protest haven’t made any sacrifices. They went about their daily lives, harrassing those who WERE making sacrifices and expecting to be catered to along the way. They broke every rule, faced no consequences and nothing changed about their lives except maybe they couldn’t go to a Jets game or a restaurant for a few months. What freedom have they lost?

That isn’t a hero. They aren’t making this world a better place. They are taking things from it without giving back. Nobody is benefiting from this shit except for THEM. The motivation for change is based on selfishness, not compassion for others or a desire to improve the lives of all those who live in this country.

So no. The protests are not about freedom, they don’t involve heroes, and it reeks of shit so vile they can smell it down in hell. Where all these people belong.