Yesterday, cowardly Justin Trudeau invoked Canada’s “Emergency Powers Act”. Never before has this been done. I had search a bit deep to uncover what this actually is. According to Wikipedia the “Emergencies Act” was passed in 1988. The entry reads as thus:
The Emergencies Act (French: Loi sur les mesures d’urgence) is a law passed by the Parliament of Canada in 1988 which authorizes the federal government to take extraordinary temporary measures to respond to public welfare emergencies, public order emergencies, international emergencies and war emergencies. It is considered to provide “the stiffest government emergency powers of any emergency law in Canada”.: 16 The law repeals the War Measures Act passed in 1914 and asserts that any actions of the government continue to be subject to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Bill of Rights.
Apparently, this isn’t enough because Trudeau is indeed making stuff up as he goes along i.e. expanding his “powers” to shut down any funding via cryptocurrency and crowdfunding organizations. Now, I see this as going one of two ways, either the original act is so vague as it essentially “grants” unlimited authority or spells out what can and cannot be done and Trudeau is ignoring any limitations. The latter, of course, is unacceptable while the former, at least in my understanding of U.S. law would render the act void. It makes enough sense so I think we can generally agree that any law written so it is fuzzy about what it says is unenforceable. For example, no body of lawmakers could pass a law saying “You can’t do that.” An absurd example, yes, but poignant, don’t you think?
If this is not a solid legal principle, it should be. I’ve added such to my own notes.
My understanding is some arrests have been made. Here’s where I stand on this: if someone, a protestor, a politician, an average citizen, a law enforcement officer breaks a law, said law should be enforced. So far, the only laws I’ve seen enforced are those favoring the authoritarians. The excuse given by them is, well, the protestors are terrorists. They are insurrectionists and so on. No. That doesn’t wash with me. If you do the crime be prepared to do the time. During this entire pandemic, we’ve seen authoritarians impose all sorts of rules with zero regard to due process. They just “assume” the authority. I say, assuming authority you do not have is, in itself, a crime. If no such law exists, I’m all for adding one to the books and I am no fan of new legislation. I think we’re overregulated as citizens already.
What this showdown is coming to is a battle between the elite authoritarians and citizens. First things first, while I somewhat disdain protests, at least in our nation, they are perfectly legal and protected acts with centuries of historical precedent. What they are not, are acts of terrorism. Neither do they carry even a hint of insurrection. Both of these terms are well-defined and understood. For those who want to play stupid, blocking a bridge, while likely illegal, is not a terrorist act, while blowing up a bridge may be seen as such, if not an act of war. The former is in the realm of civil disobedience. Now let us consider the actions of the authoritarians.
As I stated before, any time anyone in a position of authority enforces a legally enacted law within the scope of that legislation, then they are simply doing what they are charged to do. Such is perfectly acceptable and expected. Once such a person, or any person who finds themselves in a position of authority begins calling citizens names like “racists” and “terrorists” simply because they do not like the actions of said citizens, once they begin using these terms to justify infringing in the rights of citizens, then the actions of said authoritarians become illegal in and of themselves. This same principle can be applied to all who are holding our own January 6 POWs in despicable and reprehensible conditions, denying not only their rights as citizens but their human rights.
Our Canadian brothers could be facing a similar fate. Now, I’ll grant you, some of those with a far-reaching voice covering a much greater range than my own are charging, speculating even, that these Canadian protestors could essentially be permanently stripped of their very rights as citizens. Indeed, I’ve seen some threats in this realm myself, as in officials stating protesters could lose their license to drive a truck. In other words, their ability to pursue their livelihood.
All of this despite apparently growing support for the protestors across Canada. Here’s a clue
Clouseau Trudeau, if half your nation agrees with the protestors, they are not terrorists. In fact, if nobody agrees with any single protester, s/he is still not a terrorist.
While the truckers’ actions are well in line with long-established historical precedent, Trudeau’s response is nothing less than tyrannical. From his early declaration saying this was just a “fringe” group to calling protesters racist and worse to allowing, if not directing, law enforcement and others to thwart the protesters by any means necessary. Where will it end?
Just now I viewed a video update on the latest happenings. (It was released less than an hour before I saw it.) They addressed the false flag “confiscation” of illegal weapons reported all over the media yesterday. It was pointed out the pictures of the weapons cache were taken, not where they were allegedly “found” but rather were put on display. Also noted, there was no mention of any search warrants or any other legal procedures. They say arrests were made but I’ve yet to hear anyone named. The most compelling point leading be to believe the truckers had nothing to do with these weapons is their reaction. They are shutting down the protest at this location. They’ve vowed to remain peaceful and even cheered law enforcement, inviting them to dine with them. Absolutely graceful. Then they prayed. You tell me… are these the actions of violent people?
On another note on the video, they showed where law enforcement went all out to disable excavators brought to the site. They cut battery cables, solenoid wires as well as several other things to make it very hard to use this equipment. Then they admitted they did it! Law enforcement said they didn’t want the equipment to be used to cause damage. This is vandalism at the very least. Criminal mischief? I don’t know. I’m no lawyer, but I’d sure like to see where these “public servants” got the idea they had some right to destroy private property, which by the way, was ON private property. At one point they’d asked the truckers to move the vehicles so they wouldn’t obscure anyone’s view. The truckers, of course, politely complied. This is the thanks they get.
From everything I’ve seen these truckers are upstanding citizens vowing to proceed peaceably and honorably. Yet they are treated as if they were criminals. No, strike that, criminals get better treatment.
What will this mean for the rest of us if Trudeau manages to squash these citizens? Will this encourage other tyrants to hammer down on anyone who dares to question or complain? Certainly this is their desire. We cannot allow this to happen. To allow it is to foment more tyranny and if you think it cannot happen in these United States, think again.
To quote the current White House pResident… “our patience is wearing thin”. WE will not tolerate violence. We will not stand idly aside while the authoritarians trample over citizens and our God-given rights. However, there is a silver lining in all of this.
As the pandemic has pulled back the curtain on the true nature of the authoritarians, just as our eyes have been opened as to what goes on behind closed classroom doors, citizens are now beginning to clearly see just how devious and underhanded the controllers are. We now know what happens when citizens do not bow to their commands. If we are not horrified and yes, somewhat daunted, at the task before us where we can now come to grips with all that needs to be dismantled then we have not learned our lesson.
The key issue is here decentralization. Our nation was founded on the principle of a limited central government with the bulk of the duties and responsibilities falling on local and then state governments. For too long we citizens have sloughed off our responsibilities. We’ve handed them over to the care and feeding of state and federal government. It’s time to do our duty as citizens. We need to stop whining about “them”, step up and take charge of our representatives as self-governing citizens of a Constitutional Republic.