Freedom Convoys spreading around the world as truckers fed up with vaccine mandates respond en masse

Wednesday, February 09, 2022 by: JD Heyes

(Natural News) The Canadians are not really trendsetters, but they appear to have started one in response to asinine, pointless COVID-19 vaccine mandates for the nation’s truck drivers.

Last month, Canadian drivers frustrated with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cross-border mandate, foolish because vaccines don’t work but also because there is an ongoing supply chain crisis, organized a “Freedom Convoy” protest involving tens of thousands of drivers and rigs, many of which continue to besiege the capital of Ottawa.

The convoy caught the attention of Australian drivers, who themselves organized a protest to their country’s capital of Canberra earlier this month. And now, the spirit of freedom is spreading again, according to The Epoch Times:

In New Zealand, truckers reportedly launched a convoy from both the North and South Islands. They are slated to converge at the country’s capital, Wellington…

One of the truckers, who only called herself Jess, told the Toronto Star that she is attempting to organize a trucker protest in New Zealand, which has some of the strictest COVID-19 restrictions in the world, because “her country needed to hear the call to stand up.”

She confirmed that after communicating with truckers via social media the two groups will converge on Wellington in the near future.

There is also a Freedom Convoy protest being organized in the United States, though of course, deep state ally Facebook did its part by removing a page announcing it.

“I think you’re starting to see what will become a big global movement to end these mandates,” Brian Brase, co-organizer of the U.S. protest, told Fox News on Feb. 6, in reference to vaccine requirements. “It’s a violation of your human rights to be mandated to take this vaccine. If you want it, go get it, but being mandated to get it, we’re standing up against that. We think it’s wrong.”

Last week, the U.S. organizers blasted the little censorship Nazis at Facebook for removing their page, with some drivers telling Fox News that they are planning to start in California and truck all the way to Washington, D.C., for maximum media coverage.

In addition, truckers in the United Kingdom are also planning a protest against vaccine mandates in a Glasgow, Scotland, suburb and will be driving to Edinburgh, the capital, before they head to London, according to organizers who spoke to the Scottish Daily Express. The report said that there will be additional Freedom Convoys leaving the English cities of Manchester, Exeter, Bournemouth and Bristol. Also, truckers will travel to cities in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

According to the local NL Times, truck drivers in the Netherlands gathered recently in Leeuwarden to demonstrate against local COVID-19-related mandates and rules late last month. A video showing the group was posted by “Freedom Convoy Nederland.

#FreedomConvoy2022 #ConvoyNederland #Leeuwarden 

#FreedomConvoyNederland pic.twitter.com/ktf6LmVH0a

— Freedom Convoy Nederland (@convoyNL) January 30, 2022

“Elsewhere in Europe, Aram Lemmer, a business owner and organizer in Austria, told the outlet that he got commitments from about 2,500 vehicles to drive to Vienna, the capital, to protest against mandates. Recently, Austria passed a law that will mandate vaccinations for all eligible people aged 18 and older or they’ll face hefty fines,” The Epoch Times adds.

Back in Canada, Ottawa Police Service Chief Peter Sloly has been threatening to arrest any of his officers or any civilians who provide “logistics” to Canadian drivers who remain in the capital city.

“There is no facilitation of food, water, fuel, logistics, or funding by any member of this police service or any other police service that I am aware of,” he said.

“Let me repeat: There is no supply of food, water, fuel, logistics, or anything else that relates to enabling this demonstration by any member of the Ottawa Police Service or any other police service that I am aware of,” Sloly added. “Should that information come to me, you can be clear as chief of police in this service I will conduct a full investigation, I will use the full extent of the Police Service Act, and if relevant, the criminal code to pursue charges against such a member who would do that.”

In short, the police have become completely authoritarian — even domestic terrorists, you could say — in the face of a legitimate, peaceful protest against a government policy that is not based on science and makes no sense whatsoever especially in the face of a worsening supply chain crisis.

Sources include:

NaturalNews.com

TheEpochTimes.com

3 Ways to Engage in Political Arguments More Responsibly (and Constructively)

To fix the blindness of a nation, it might help if we all take a hard look at the log in our own eye

BY Julian Adorney and Mark Johnson

TIMEFebruary 8, 2022

Political tensions in the United States are at an all-time high.

recent poll found that 84 percent of Trump supporters see Democrats as representing a “clear and present threat to American democracy.” Eighty percent of Biden supporters said the same about Republicans.

As David French aptly puts it, “The combination of malice and misinformation is driving American polarization to a fever pitch.”

What can we do to bring tensions down a notch while still advocating for the political ideas we cherish?

As a coach who’s spent two decades working with folks on every side of the political spectrum, and a former political op-ed writer who managed to maintain close relationships with family and friends who thought his views on government were insane, we have three ideas.

We all like to think we’re open-minded on every single issue. We see ourselves as dispassionate seekers of truth who are completely open to a rational critique of our cherished beliefs.

The truth is more complex. As social psychologist Jonathan Haidt points out in his book “The Righteous Mind,” we tend to choose our political beliefs emotionally and then try to justify them logically. Haidt uses the metaphor of an elephant and a rider: the elephant chooses which way to lean (for instance, supporting gun control) for emotional reasons, and then the rider is tasked with justifying that leaning using logic and evidence.

The key is that the rider isn’t looking for the truth; they’re looking for evidence to support the elephant’s decisions. The arguments are post-hoc justifications, similar to how a president’s press secretary reflexively defends the president’s actions.

This explains why you’ve probably been in arguments with people who clung to their beliefs even after you rebutted their logical claims. For most people, the beliefs sway the evidence they see, not vice versa.

As Drew Westen, professor of psychology and psychiatry at Emory University and author of “The Political Brain,” puts it, “The last thing to do is to try to argue someone out of a belief when they’re strongly committed to it emotionally, because what makes it so strong is the emotion attached to it, not the facts or arguments that support it.”

Reaching a place where our elephant no longer leans toward any political camp, and we’re free to dispassionately evaluate every issue on its merits, probably isn’t realistic for most of us. Instead, what we can do is recognize where our elephant is open to being persuaded and where it isn’t.

For instance, if you work for a pro-gun-control advocacy group, you’re probably not going to be persuaded by anti-gun-control arguments no matter how they’re made. Your elephant isn’t going to lean in a direction that puts your job in jeopardy. That’s fine. But you’ll be doing yourself—and the people you talk politics with—a big favor if you admit that up front, and the same is true if you’re on the other side of the debate.

By leading with the honesty and humility to own your own biases, you can encourage your political opponents to lower their walls in turn. That can diffuse tensions on all sides and turn a potentially rancorous political disagreement into a genuine discussion.

Most of us have found ourselves in political firefights on social media. When Julian was a political commentator, he was called a sociopath, a moron, and a corporate shill with the blood of children on his hands.

When we’re attacked online, our first instinct is to fight back. But what if we responded not with anger, but with pity? What if we saw the folks telling us to die on Reddit, not as a mob we need to beat back, but as people in intense pain who are looking for an outlet?

In an article in Psychology Today, Dr. Grant Hilary Brenner wrote, “While trolls—to use a dehumanizing term—may be more likely to be manipulative, sadistic, and psychopathic, they may also be suffering, feeling lonely and isolated with no clear socially acceptable outlets.”

Or to put it another way: yelling at strangers online isn’t the mark of a person who is living their best life.

This doesn’t mean we should excuse folks online who flame us. But cultivating a sense of their underlying pain can help us respond with empathy or even pity—rather than feeling like we need to fight fire with fire.

When we’re discussing politics, it can be helpful to put the conversation into context.

Even if you could change your friend’s or family member’s mind on an issue, the odds of that mattering in an election are unbelievably minute. In the 2020 presidential election, even the closest swing state (Georgia) was decided by a margin of almost 12,000 votes. That means that even if you could push your liberal aunt into voting for Trump instead of Biden, it wouldn’t actually make a difference.

That’s not to say you shouldn’t vote. Rather, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the fate of the world doesn’t hinge on your ability to convince your aunt that gun control doesn’t work.

What could you realistically achieve in a conversation with a family member who disagrees with you? You could build a shared respect for each others’ beliefs. You could bond over points of commonality and your shared love for people and country. You could use the conversation to bring you a little bit closer, and create a moment of genuine connection in both of your lives.

That’s worth a lot more than yet another conversation that gets both of your backs up.

When strife between partisans is so intense that large numbers of Republicans and Democrats say political violence might be justified, it’s easy to get dismayed.

Tamping down the political flames starts with each of us. We must cultivate personal responsibility for how we talk to each other about politics. We must develop the humility to admit our own biases and a genuine empathy for our fellow humans.

To fix the blindness of a nation, it might help if we all take a hard look at the log in our own eye.

This article was originally published on FEE.org