The protests here in Canada, “The Freedom Rally”, was, in my opinion. not about fighting for our Freedom. We never had our freedoms taken away. We were not dragged from our homes and forced to take a vaccine, we were asked and given the choice. We have a public health crisis, we have been asked to protect ourselves, our families and our communities. We had the right to refuse, we were not arrested if we didn’t. We had safety measures put into place to wear masks. Again we didn’t have to but for the greater good we were asked to. Other health measures were put into place, again for the greater good. If we didn’t want to comply we didn’t have to. We had the freedom to choose, but we were obligated to live with the choices we made. It meant those who CHOSE to not comply could not access certain businesses, stores, restaurants or countries to protect the many from the few. We were asked to live with the consequences of our decisions. Freedom does not mean we can do anything we want any time we want. This infringes on other people’s freedom. We live in a civilized country where we have laws in place that allows us ALL to have a maximum of freedom for everyone.
Any protest that contains firearms and ammunition is not a peaceful protest. A peaceful protest does not block highways and prevent people from going about their business. It does not set up semi trucks, travel trailers, hot tubs and businesses in the middle of the street. If rival invasions happened in the neighbourhoods of the Freedom Rally occupiers and blocked them from their homes and streets, would they want something done? Protests should not break laws. They should park in legal places and march to a legal venue and sit or stand in a legal area. Illegally shutting down highways and borders is taking away the rights and freedoms of many others. You can’t fight for something and take it away at the same time and expect the larger part of the population to support you. Putting children front and centre was irresponsible. The people in this country have made many sacrifices over the last two years; we all have had to make choices and live according to the choices we make. Each province and territory has managed the pandemic in the way it deemed best for the majority of its people. A rally that began as a fight for a freedom that was never lost, seems useless. The rally instead cost the economy millions, not to mention the millions it will cost to clean up the mess they left behind. You weren’t fighting for my freedom, you were fighting to avoid the consequences of choices you freely made. Sorry, no support from this girl.
I don’t care if you believe in vaccines or not, I don’t care if you get vaccinated or not, you live with the choices you make and don’t cry foul when it inconveniences you. Your actions show a sense of entitlement, arrogance, and lack of compassion for your fellow citizens. The irony of waving the flag.
The final piece of this for me is your idea of overthrowing the government. The people of this country voted for our leaders, if you don’t like it, be patient and get out and vote for someone else at the next election. Better yet, why don’t you run for public office, get involved on local or provincial levels where you can affect real policy change. And if you want to protest, do it in a way that does not fly in the very face of what you say you are protesting. I hope we can all get back to loving one another, being kind and compassionate.