By on February 24, 2022

On Wednesday, American truckers commenced a cross-country drive from California to Washington, D.C., to petition governments (local, state, and especially federal) to end all COVID-19 mandates. Known as The People’s Convoy, the group was inspired by the Canadian Freedom Convoy that was broken up over the weekend and effectively serves to spread its message within the United States.

The goal is to arrive in the capital early in March to pressure the Biden Administration into ending any formal federal emergencies pertaining to the pandemic. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has approved a request from the District of Columbia government and the U.S. Capitol police for 700 National Guard troops, widespread fencing, and 50 armored vehicles in anticipation. 

Capitol Police said they were aware of several trucker convoys expected to converge on Washington around the time of President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on March 1st. Some of these have shown up already, though their stated grievances lack the focus of The People’s Convoy and its Canadian predecessor. Truckers arriving early seem genuinely concerned about the state of the nation and the long-term financial ramifications of government mandates while expressing solidarity with the Freedom Convoy. But the resulting interviews are scattershot, representing the personal frustrations of individual demonstrators more than the organized message of the larger convoys.

The People’s Convoy shared its position with the public on February 20th, several days before trucks began rolling out of Adelanto Stadium in Southern California:

This convoy is about freedom and unity: the truckers are riding unified across party and state lines and with people of all colors and creeds – Christians, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Mormons, Agnostics, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, Republican, Democrats. All individuals are welcome to participate by either attending the launch gathering – at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday February 23, at Adelanto Stadium – or by getting in their own vehicles and following the big rigs from Adelanto toward the east coast!

The message of The People’s Convoy is simple. The last 23 months of the COVID-19 pandemic have been a rough road for all Americans to travel: spiritually, emotionally, physically, and – not least – financially. With the advent of the vaccine and workable therapeutic agents, along with the hard work of so many sectors that contributed to declining COVID-19 cases and severity of illness, it is now time to re-open the country. The average American worker needs to be able to end-run the economic hardships of the last two years, and get back to the business of making bread – so they can pay their rents and mortgages and help jumpstart this economy. To that end, it’s time for elected officials to work with the blue collar and white-collar workers of America and restore accountability and liberty – by lifting all mandates and ending the state of emergency – as COVID is well-in-hand now, and Americans need to get back to work in a free and unrestricted manner.

Organizers have said the movement is nonpartisan and loaded up with people from all walks of life. While truckers and retired military are said to be the ones handling logistics, they’re welcoming anybody interested in helping and have made their planned route public to encourage others to join the convoy.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Freedom Convoy is licking its wounds outside the confines of a checkpoint-laden Ottawa. Smaller convoys have reformed at nearby farms and truck stops. But the resident members have said there is presently no plan to do anything other than wait. Many truckers have gone home and those that have remained proximal to Ottawa seem primarily interested in getting reorganized after the unprecedented actions taken by the government.

On February 14th, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act to bring to an end to demonstrations he described as illegal. This prompted Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly to resign after being criticized in the media for being overly sympathetic to the truckers.

His replacement, interim chief Steve Bell, took the complete opposite approach. With a direct confrontation looming, hesitant local officers were reportedly being supplanted by Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Additional cops were bussed in from other departments and the city purchased several towing vehicles after local operators ended up siding with the demonstrators. The following days saw several protest organizers arrested. Personal bank accounts were also frozen in an attempt to cripple the convoy’s leadership.

But the big push came on February 18th. Police had created over a hundred checkpoints across Ottawa and began aggressively driving protestors (and just about everyone else) away from Parliament Hill. While the weekend resulted in an apparent victory for Trudeau and his Liberal government, the heavy-handed nature of the response ultimately made it a hollow one.

Canadian finance minister Chrystia Freeland had said that the Emergencies Act granted the government new powers over crowdfunding platforms and payment-service providers. It also provided it with the ability to freeze bank accounts and seize the assets of regular citizens without any oversight. Freeland said those provisions would remain “permanently in place.”

At roughly the same time, Ottawa’s interim police chief was issuing threats to anybody who bothered to attend the three-week event that was designed to discourage the government from enacting overbearing policies on the citizenry.

“If you are involved in this protest, we will actively look to identify you and follow up with financial sanctions and criminal charges,” Bell said on February 19th. “This investigation will go on for months to come. It has many, many different streams both from a federal financial level, from a provincial licensing level, from a Criminal Code level, from a municipal breach of court order, breach of court injunction level.”

The combined approach worked in removing truckers from Ottawa. By February 20th, authorities had suspended 11 commercial trucking licenses, towed 50 vehicles, and arrested 170 protestors. But financial sanctions, property seizures, and arrests continued even after the convoy had disbanded, arguably making Trudeau a global pariah. International and domestic leaders began accusing him of despotism while public opinion remained fractured along ideological lines. This only worsened as independent and corporate journalists shared footage of police trampling protestors with horses, pulling truckers from their cabs, beating individuals on the ground, intimidating local business owners, and allegedly harassing random passersby who were simply in the area.

In the United States, a Trafalgar Group study showed 65.7 percent of Democrats supporting Trudeau’s handling of the Freedom Convoy. However, an overwhelming majority of conservative and independent voters (87.3 and 74.4 percent, respectively) opposed the actions taken. Overall, that meant only 35.1 percent of Americans polled actually backed the Canadian crackdown, with 55.3 percent siding with the truckers and the rest having no opinion.

Trudeau pulled an about-face on February 23rd and revoked the Emergencies Act.

“Today, after careful consideration, we’re ready to confirm that the situation is no longer an emergency. Therefore, the federal government will be ending the use of the Emergencies Act,” the prime minister said during a news conference held on Wednesday, adding that the government would continue keeping tabs on those challenging its power.

“Let’s be very clear: The threat continues. We do see, whether it’s social media activity or people who continue to be focused on protesting, and perhaps illegally protesting, that we need to be monitoring,” he said.

It’s unclear how the coming days will progress. The Freedom Convoy’s tactical retreat doesn’t appear to have hurt its cause. Despite Canada’s Liberal government being in broad agreement that its full force should be leveraged against civil disobedience, the truckers have encouraged their nearest neighbor to similarly utilize motor vehicles as tools of liberty. They also said they’re not abandoning the cause until all COVID mandates have been nullified and less truck-heavy demonstrations have continued in other Canadian cities. But Trudeau’s abandonment of the Emergencies Act doesn’t necessarily preclude authorities from continuing to pressure financial institutions to freeze the bank accounts of additional protestors.

Americans will be confronting different problems. Unlike Ottawa, Washington will be well prepared for any organized demonstrations. Truckers have said they’ll be adapting their tactics to contend with the National Guard and Capitol Police while remaining peaceful in their actions. The six-mile convoy’s official arrival date is scheduled for March 5th. However smaller groups of trucks will likely be trickling into D.C. every day this week. Those interested can watch any number of streams covering the progress of The People’s Convoy in real-time or wait around and see what legacy media outlets have to say after the fact.

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94 Comments on “People’s Convoy Rolls On Washington, Freedom Convoy Regrouping...”


  • avatar
    jack4x

    Looking forward to the usual suspects yelling in circles at each other about this while the rest of us patiently wait for more reviews/less political news.

    Congrats on getting my click (once) for another of these posts.

  • avatar
    Mike Beranek

    “Reopen the country”???
    I’ve been working at the office since day one. I’ve never seen a business that was “closed” by the government. Every business I’ve gone to has been open.
    What are they mad at again?
    I wonder if they even know.

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Posky

      Probably the ongoing trade restrictions, the upward transfer of wealth, how two years of mandates harmed the economy. Basically everything that’s written on their signs and trucks.

      Where do you live that you saw no businesses impacted?

      • 0 avatar
        thornmark

        he’s absolutely clueless – I guess it will surprise him how much Americans despise dementia joe as polls force the Dems to retreat from their authoritarian policies based on their non-science

        • 0 avatar
          dantes_inferno

          When Dems mention “Follow the science”, they’re referring to political science.

        • 0 avatar
          Imagefont

          Maybe Americans despise untreated syphilis Trump and his grifter family? He did lose the election you know. It’s the vocal minority white supremacists who love Trump. He made racism and bigotry acceptable and mainstream. Oh, and tax cuts for the rich – there’s you upward transfer of wealth. Keep them poor and stupid and hating brown people, that’s the key.

      • 0 avatar
        la834

        Do you really think the additional illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths from not requiring masks or vaccinations (even to the incomplete extent we have) wouldn’t have negatively impacted businesses?

        Can you please get it through your head that a disease that DIDN’T EVEN EXIST three years ago has killed almost 6,000,000 people, and over a million of those being Americans or Canadians? And we know how to squash the pandemic – get vaccinated, wear (high-quality) masks, and avoid crowded indoor situations. Yet some people selfishly refuse to do this. Your “freedom” threatens everyone else’s health.

        • 0 avatar
          dantes_inferno

          > disease that DIDN’T EVEN EXIST three years ago

          You mean a disease with a 90%+ survival rate?
          That disease?

          What is not being mentioned: The vast majority of deaths from said disease had pre-existing conditions. The disease was just the tipping point.

          Exercise, don’t eat processed foods/sugars, maintaining sufficient vitamin D levels – in other words, maintaining a healthy immune system is the key. But that’s not considered politically correct thinking these days.

          Anytime a one-size-fits-all solution is vigorously pushed (or mandated), that’s a dead giveaway indicator that those who are pushing such solutions stand to gain a handsome financial benefit from said solution. Health, safety, and any other claims are merely secondary.

          • 0 avatar
            Arthur Dailey

            @Dantes: and what other solutions were instituted regarding polio, TB, smallpox, measles and rabies?

            It is amazing how the political winds have shifted. The USSR used misinformation to convince those in the west on the far left of the political spectrum to apologize for its policies.

            Now that Russia is controlled by a far right autocrat it uses troll farms to spread misinformation and those in the west on the far right of the political spectrum now serve as its ‘useful idiots’ to undermine western democracy.

            The existence of a free press, an independent judiciary and the belief in science and facts rather than tradition and superstition, and the refutation of the strong man/personality cult of political leadership are what separate democracies from dictatorships.

            The far right in the USA and now in Canada seem not to have learned the difference or understand the history of their nations and what ‘The Greatest Generation’ fought for and against.

    • 0 avatar
      RHD

      These deluded dimwits have no idea what reality is. They must be smoking something. [Yet the right wing propagandists want their followers to think the left, populated by bead-wearing, burned-out anti-establishmentarian hippies are a serious and imminent threat to our way of life. The old ex-hippies are now living in nursing homes, but that doesn’t reduce their danger in the imagination of the deluded NRA types.]

      C.W. McCall is still alive (age 93), but this is not what he had in mind with “Convoy”. That was a humorous musical protest against the 55MPH speed limit. Ol’ C.W. is not likely to support these idiots.

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      I do work for the government itself and they closed. Of course the essential folks still had to come in. I was a little miffed when after roughly 2 years the non essentials started to filter back in. I figured if we could do without you for that long, we probably didn’t need you back

      On the contract side if you weren’t needed back by the 1 or 2 month mark, you weren’t asked back.

  • avatar
    CKNSLS Sierra SLT

    Here is a non-political comment.

    During COVID our (U.S.) Federal Government did away with many limitations on how many hours in a day truckers could work. Therefore they could basically work all they want. S0 if they are “not rolling” they are losing dollars. SO-I am assuming that they have money they put away for a rainy day and they can take some time off to participant in pursuits they deem worth of their non-earning time.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    With all the real automotive news going on, versus the exploits of a bunch of truckers with a highly inflated sense of self-importance and impeccable timing – including (and I am not making this up) a Hyundai recall for exploding seat belts – it’s rather disappointing that this story got 1500 words.

    But not word about :the Hyundai “park outside” recall, the fact that Hondas might have phantom braking problems, signs that the inflation in car prices may be leveling off, and a slew of other stuff. It all pales in comparison.

    Derp.

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Posky

      Sorry not every article caters exactly to your tastes. It must be awful for you to see stories like this and then be forced to comment about it.

      Derp.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        “Tastes”? That’s funny. My “taste” is for cars. And this is theoretically a website about cars. You know…”The Truth About Cars”? This could explain why I’ve been coming here for a LONG time now. But not one word of this article is about cars, or the automotive industry – it’s just you, carrying water for a political cause you like.

        It’s “The Truth About Matt Posky’s Political Leanings.”

        So, yeah, this article isn’t “to my tastes”.

        Meanwhile, there are plenty of things to write about vis a vis cars or the automotive industry that aren’t being covered. I listed three topics alone above. I mean, “exploding seat belts”? If that isn’t fresh ink, I don’t know what the f**k is.

        If your goal is to just get on a soapbox and talk about about political issues that have zero to do with cars, you should start your own blog. Otherwise – and I think I’m speaking for plenty of longtime readers here – I think this site should stick to cars.

    • 0 avatar
      Land Ark

      Not taking a dig at TTAC specifically, but recalls are only news when they involve Tesla from what I have learned by the tone and frequency of articles about them.

    • 0 avatar
      thornmark

      Fidel Trudeau caved

      seems members of his own party were about to defect – Trudeau’s assault on Canadians will be his demise – apparently many people no longer trust the banks in Canada as a consequence of his vast authoritarian overreach

  • avatar
    Mike-NB2

    “This convoy is about freedom and unity: the truckers are riding unified across party and state lines and with people of all colors and creeds – Christians, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Mormons, Agnostics, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, Republican, Democrats.”

    With the necessary modifications, this is pretty much what the Ottawa Occupiers said too. Their actions demonstrated a vastly different reality though.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      @Mike-NB2 – one of the Canadian organizers made a facebook/twitter rant about the need to maintain the “Anglo-saxon race” since the bloodlines were superior. That erases any doubts about the desire for an inclusive protest.

      • 0 avatar
        Crosley

        And BLM protesters actually killed and raped people. Does that mean the whole movement is full of kilers and rapists?

        Go look at what happened in Seattle with Chaz, then tel me how terrifying a racist post on social media from a single member is

        https://nypost.com/2020/06/20/my-terrifying-5-day-stay-inside-seattles-autonomous-zone/

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Awaiting a comment from Comrade Slavuta.

    • 0 avatar
      CaddyDaddy

      Comrade Slavuta has no time to comment. Driving tank in The Ukraine for Mother Russia. T

      • 0 avatar
        mcs

        @CaddyDaddy: You beat me to it!

      • 0 avatar
        Jeff S

        Probably leading the charge into Ukraine. He did say he would go back to Ukraine once Russia took it over. We will really miss him (sarcasm).

        • 0 avatar
          mcs

          He’s from western Ukraine. I have a couple of friends over there gathering info. They were both okay as of this morning. Hopefully, they are on the way out to Poland. Some Ukrainians I know with good connections into the russian government were trying to get out a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t realize their connections were as good as they seem to be.

          My sources inside russia say most russians are against the war and there have been protests. Actually, they are really pissed off about it. Lots of profanity in the communication I got. The problem is that the Russian people have no say in what the government does.

          • 0 avatar
            mcs

            Apparently the Russian protests have made the news:

            youtube.com/watch?v=S2gWpHKAFoE

          • 0 avatar
            Jeff S

            Of course the average Russian is against the invasion of Ukraine they don’t want another war. It is Putin’s war and it will not stop at Ukraine. Putin’s ultimate goal is to put together the former USSR and expand it.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            “ultimate goal is to put together the former USSR and expand it.”

            Certainly plausible but I doubt it. What does already exist is the CTSO which is comprised of most of the former Soviet Union states:

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collective_Security_Treaty_Organization

            and also the separate SCO, which includes the PRC and in the future Iran:

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Cooperation_Organisation

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          “He’s from western Ukraine”

          All the Putin love versus invasion fears must be creating epic cognitive dissonance.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        I’d really like to put a T-72 in my garage… better yet the neighbors because it might be too tall and partially destroy the second floor.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    “though their stated grievances lack the focus of The People’s Convoy and its Canadian predecessor”

    “Lack the focus”??

    “It’s Canadian predecessor” allegedly started out as a protest on transborder COVID-19 restrictions but then tacked on getting rid of ALL COVID-19 restrictions. They also asked that the Prime Minister resign. They did have a manifesto that was rather laughable in depth and breath.

    The organizers have shown their ignorance in relation to Canadian Federal and Provincal constitutional separation of powers, science, medicine , and the laws/constitution/charter rights of the country they happen to live in. Case in point, several protest organizers in court stated they were legally exorcizing their 1st amendment rights.

    • 0 avatar
      Jeff S

      Citing their 1st Amendment Rights to a Canadian Court. These idiots realize they are not in the United States.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        Yup. A mix mash of twitter/Facebook/faux news alt-right intellectual scholars.

        • 0 avatar
          Matt Posky

          I would like to see evidence of Canadians citing 1st Amendment Rights if I’m supposed to believe you.

          But doesn’t Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms say something about freedom of expression?

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            “Honestly? I thought it was a peaceful protest and based on my first amendment, I thought that was part of our rights,” he told the court.

            “What do you mean, first amendment? What’s that?” Judge Julie Bourgeois asked him.

            That would be in the court transcript… so….

          • 0 avatar
            Matt Posky

            Appreciated. Though I still had to look up who you were talking about.

            It’s sad that a Canadian citizen was ignorant of their rights and doubly sad that you guys don’t have freedom of speech. But again, wouldn’t plenty of this still fall under freedom of expression in the Canadian Charter?

          • 0 avatar
            Jeff S

            @Lou–As Forest Gump said “Stupid is as stupid does.”

          • 0 avatar
            jkross22

            Matt, They have freedom of speech. Lou had sent me the law governing it, but the wording of the law references the use of force, not words. At least that’s how I read it.

            But like us all, I have my biases.

            I do find it puzzling that Canadian readers here haven’t mentioned this cherry on the sundae:

            “It also provided it with the ability to freeze bank accounts and seize the assets of regular citizens without any oversight. Freeland said those provisions would remain “permanently in place.””

            Sounds like due process just got s***canned, did it not?

          • 0 avatar
            Matt Posky

            You got it. The dissolution of people’s rights in the West been happening over the last few decades. But stripping truckers of their commercial ID and freezing their bank accounts on the fly is definitely next level. This will go down as a historic evil when/if sanity returns to society.

            As for the readers, I cannot explain what makes some people the way they are. All I can do is pity them and hope they wise up.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @jkross22 – “Matt, They have freedom of speech.’

            That’s a bit of conflation. I posted the Canadian legal definition of assault.
            “265 (1) A person commits an assault when

            (a) without the consent of another person, he applies force intentionally to that other person, directly or indirectly;

            (b) he attempts or threatens, by an act or a gesture, to apply force to another person, if he has, or causes that other person to believe on reasonable grounds that he has, present ability to effect his purpose; or

            (c) while openly wearing or carrying a weapon or an imitation thereof, he accosts or impedes another person or begs.”

            The simplest way to look at “freedom” is this:

            A person living as part of a society among other people is FREE to do what every they want or say what ever they want as long as it does not infringe upon the freedom of others. I don’t know why that’s a difficult concept to understand.

            Freedom comes with responsibility.

            After three weeks the protesters went beyond their lawful right to peaceful protest.

            As far as Trudeau enacting the “Emergency Act”. I don’t believe that this protest rose to that level.

          • 0 avatar
            Jeff S

            “A person living as part of a society among other people is FREE to do what every they want or say what ever they want as long as it does not infringe upon the freedom of others. I don’t know why that’s a difficult concept to understand.”

            Lou, that is exactly the problem. For many of these people their rights are the only ones that matter and be damned about infringing upon others freedom. Not good if you want to retain your freedom. Cooperation and respect for others is the only way we can retain some semblance of freedom otherwise we revert to chaos which will leave a void and be filled by a tyrant.
            Protest all you want but respect others rights as well.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @Jeff S – we’ve become a selfish self-absorbed populace. The continuous brainwashed of “rugged individualism” trumping all else has paid off. “The greater good” is seen as evil.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @Jeff S – we’ve become a selfish self-absorbed populace. The continuous brainwashed of “rugged individualism” trumping all else has paid off. “The greater good” is seen as evil.

    • 0 avatar
      thornmark

      Fidel caved

      your ignorance is legion

  • avatar
    Margarets Dad

    The Covid restrictions are ending. Not because of these morons or the imbecile truckers in Canada. They are ending because Covid is rapidly fading away in the states in which people were smart enough to wear their masks, socially distance, and most importantly, get vaccinated. Within the next few months, the virus is going to grab the last antivax dead-enders it can, while the rest of us will return to our normal lives, perhaps taking an extra booster every so often. Thank God, and thank medical science.

    Another shining contribution from Putzky. If TTAC ever gets bought by Rupert Murdoch, he’ll be in the catbird seat.

    • 0 avatar
      dwford

      Covid restrictions are ending because there is an election in 7 months and these blue state politicians are trying to get reelected.

      • 0 avatar
        jkross22

        Covid responses have been led first by political motivations, then by public opinion. Actual science, scientific method, questioning, etc … that got you ridiculed, banned and othered. Don’t question the narrative with valid questions.

        Until now I suppose. The FDA and Pfizer slow walking the real data, saying they need decades to release data they approved in months, the CDC withholding Covid data and now investors have their knives out accusing Pfizer and Moderna of Pfraud. Interesting that it’s life insurance companies sharpening the blades.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          “Covid responses have been led first by political motivations, then by public opinion. Actual science, scientific method, questioning, etc … that got you ridiculed, banned and othered.’

          Then please explain why Canada had 3 times less deaths than that of the USA (when adjusted for population size)?

          • 0 avatar
            jkross22

            “Then please explain why Canada had 3 times less deaths than that of the USA (when adjusted for population size)?”

            I can’t explain that. Nor can I explain why Covid hospitalization rates are less in states with no mask mandates and dramatically lower mask compliance than in states like CA that was all masking all the time.

            There’s a lot about Covid that cannot be explained. That doesn’t mean we just assume. This is where I put in a snarky comment about how the CDC and FDA hiding data is hindering our knowledge of Covid.

            Unless you can explain why Covid deaths in non-masking states is similar to or even less than masking states, I’m not sure you have that insight either.

          • 0 avatar
            jkross22

            Lou,

            The vaccine mandates are ethically wrong. A patient can’t give informed consent if the risks of the vaccine are unknown. Patients can waive that right, but for those that don’t, they can’t be compelled by force or threat to take the covid vaccine.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @jkross22 – Where have you gotten your data? Masks work.

            “Results
            The Figure shows cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in mask and no mask counties in Kansas between March and December 18, 2020. At the time of the mask mandate, COVID-19 case rates in mask counties were 3 times higher than in no mask counties (15 cases per 100 000 population vs 5 cases per 100 000 population). These trends reversed, and by October 26 cases were 2.1 times higher in no mask counties (44 cases per 100 000 population vs 21 cases per 100 000 population). We see similar results for hospitalizations, with the rates in no mask counties being 1.4 times those in mask counties starting in mid-October (October 16: 2.6 hospitalizations per 100 000 population vs 1.8 hospitalizations per 100 000 population). Deaths were 1.8 times higher in no mask counties by November 1 (0.56 deaths per 100 000 population vs 0.32 deaths per 100 000 population).”

            Everything I look at says masks work and vaccines work.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @jkross22

            “The findings offer clear support regarding the efficacy of practicing social distancing. The more participants practiced social distancing, the less likely they were to have contracted COVID-19 over the next 4 mo. In fact, an increase of one SD on the virtual behavior measure of social distancing was associated with roughly a 20% reduction in the odds of contracting COVID-19. This was true both when considering only participants who reported having tested positively for the virus and when considering additional participants who, although untested, believed that they had contracted the virus.”

          • 0 avatar
            jkross22

            Look at Covid data from Arizona, Florida and California. Compare percentages of hospitalizations and deaths, as well as positive covid tests.

            IIRC, CDC had that data on their website.

            CA had significant mask compliance, despite the city and state leaders not complying with the laws they instituted. AZ and FL had the opposite – little mask wearing and no mandates to do so.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @jkross22

            You sure are bouncing around the excuses.

            Ethics is a rather interesting topic and of revelance when discussing two equal but conflicting rights.

            It’s a bit too complex for a car blog.

            Vaccine mandates are legal since a person has a choice. I can chose to work in my profession or I can chose to work elsewhere if I don’t want a vaccine.

            If you want to know about informed consent, this is straight from the Canadian Medical Protective Society (A body that deals with legal aspects for Medical Doctors)

            “While vaccines are not new, COVID-19 vaccines may be novel in the manner in which they have been developed and approved. As with other novel treatments, special care should be taken when obtaining informed consent to disclose all of the known risks, side effects and discomfort that might be encountered (regardless of how remote the risk might be). In addition, it is generally expected that the patient will be informed if there may be other risks not yet known and the anticipated benefits may not be achieved.”

            And no, you give me links. I’m not doing your work for you. All the sources I look say masks, social measures, and vaccines work.

          • 0 avatar
            jkross22

            @Lou,

            “Ethics is a rather interesting topic and of revelance when discussing two equal but conflicting rights.

            It’s a bit too complex for a car blog.”

            We’re talking about medical mandates, which relates back directly to why Canadian and American truckers are protesting.

            Ethics are ALWAYS worth discussing… certainly when government force is being used. As someone who works in healthcare, you ought to know this.

            Here’s why I will not give you links – I have no interest in getting into a grudge match of debating links with anyone. You’re either interested in exploring the possibility that you’ve been gaslit or you’re not. It’s on CDC’s website.

            We’ve all been gaslit. If you believe you haven’t, you’re wrong. Seems you are choosing to ignore new information regarding the vaccines. That’s ok. I hope you’re right and I’m wrong, but as we continue to see, those who should have shared data instead chose to conceal it. The definition of some words like vaccine and ‘gain of function’ got altered to fit a story arc. I’m too much of a skeptic and too untrusting of people in positions of authority to ignore these things.

            This is not some political stance. I just don’t trust people who lie to me more often than they’re truthful. We’re all in a terribly abusive relationship with elected leaders and their appointees. I believe you see that with Trudeau. I believe you don’t see that with medical leadership.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @jkross22 – I have zero problems providing sources of information. I don’t make any posts unless I’m prepared to back up what I say. I’m not going to rummage around outside of logically laid out medical research papers/abstracts. I don’t chose to ignore new information. I embrace new information but only after determining the accuracy/veracity of said information.

            Ethics is basically a well organized and structured study of rights. As an area of study, it comes into play when analyzing two equal but conflicting rights. It isn’t a study of what you “feel” is right. It is a way of discovering what the best course of action may be for the individuals involved.

            Talking about ethics and the use of force against protesters who’ve refused to disperse isn’t an ethical dilemma. It’s a purely legal matter and up to the police to administer the law. If they use excess force then they too are subject to the law.

            “I believe you don’t see that with medical leadership.’
            As a professional in healthcare, I’m responsible for my practice and how other professionals interact and affect my practice. That entails being a “healthy cynic”. I don’t blindly trust what another health professional tells me. “Trust but verify” as Ronald Reagan said.
            you’ve been lied to by politicians and medical professionals. That’s unfortunate.
            I’m honest and straightforward. With that being said, I’m not going to lose sleep over not being trusted on the internet.

          • 0 avatar
            jkross22

            @Lou,

            My ethics comment pertained to the lack of medical ethics in mandating the covid vaccine. Not sure how that point got tied to what protestors might be prosecuted for. If I mis-stated something that led you to believe that, my bad.

            I never asked you for your sources. I trust that based on our exchanges, I can take you at your word. If you want to check a source that I reference, please feel free. It’s the CDC website.

            “you’ve been lied to by politicians and medical professionals”

            We all have. Medical professionals who knowingly conceal facts, change their story without explanation, treat questions with indignity, refer to themselves as ‘the science’, don’t acknowledge mistakes and refuse to acknowledge that Delta isn’t the same as Omicron… I have a problem with those people.

            The people who screw things up are bad enough. It’s the people that get in the way of putting things back together that are the real problem.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @jkross22 – thanks for the trust.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @jkross22 – “My ethics comment pertained to the lack of medical ethics in mandating the covid vaccine”

            My apologies if I misunderstood.

            Ethics come into play when we have 2 equal but conflicting rights.
            1.The first question is what are those rights?
            Personal choice (mandates:masks,social restrictions,vaccines) versus a person’s right to a reduced risk of infection,suffering,and death.

            2. What’s the data that supports each right? This one is hard because there is much mis/disinformation out there.

            3. What’s one’s personal opinion?

            4. What’s the legal opinion?

            There are other questions one can ask. Part of this process is being self aware and removing personal bias from the equation.

            Do some research on ethical decision making and ethical frameworks i.e. how to neutrally come to an ethical decision. Don’t search specifically for the ethics of vaccines. Learn the process and then go through the steps. But like I said in #2 there’s mis/disinformation plus disbelief and distrust.

        • 0 avatar
          dantes_inferno

          >Covid responses have been led first by political motivations, then by public opinion.

          You missed the step before political motivations: Nothing goes in motion without FINANCIAL motivations.

      • 0 avatar
        thornmark

        exactly

        Dems are looking at extinction level loses

      • 0 avatar
        dantes_inferno

        @dwford Spot on!

    • 0 avatar
      thornmark

      restrictions are ending because the polls are devastating for Fidel and dementia joe

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Dude, you need to get your booster.

  • avatar
    mleitman

    I find it curious that you showed US polling for support of the Emergencies Act measures, but didn’t bother to expose how popular it is in Canada. Here’s an article from a right-wing newspaper: https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/two-thirds-of-canadians-support-use-of-emergencies-act-and-want-freedom-convoy-cleared-out-poll

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      Yes, curious indeed. Law enforcement gave ample warning and anyone that did not clear out are now facing various charges.
      Interfering with others lawful right to use property and engage in commerce or employment is a crime.

      • 0 avatar
        thornmark

        did that apply to the violent BLM riots that Fidel took a knee for?

      • 0 avatar
        mcs

        @Lou_BC: “Yes, curious indeed. Law enforcement gave ample warning”

        I have a lot of 1st hand info as to what happened. Direct communication with some of them. There were truckers that did leave once the warnings were issued. One issue was that at least one trucker, even when the warnings went out, was doubting they were serious because nothing had happened for three weeks. Once he realized they were going to take his truck, he got out of Dodge real quick.

        In interviews with some of the individual truckers, it was obvious they were there based on misinformation that has been out there on social media. These guys had been convinced that if they took the vaccine, they were putting their lives at risk. In some ways, they were victims.

        The violence from the cops was inexcusable. There was no violence from the protesters. They were passive and would move back every time the police moved forward and the cops were actually attempting to overtake them when they made their advances and would arrest them if they caught them.

        The shooting of Alexa Lavoie with the gas grenade was painful to see. She was a credentialed reported with camera crew and microphone. They shot her in the leg and hit her with clubs. I think she was targeted since Trudeau definitely does not like her. Won’t even answer questions from her at news conferences. The next day, Alexa tried to get into the red zone and they wouldn’t recognize her credentials. The SIU (a civilian investigative agency) is investigating the incident. Alexa is suing the RCMP.

        The beating of Windsor trucker Csaba Vizi isn’t under investigation yet as far as I know. He was the one getting kneed and beaten in one video. He got out of his truck to surrender and was peaceful, but the cops decided to attack him. He ended up with broken ribs and went to the ER afterward. His case is the one where I think the officers involved will be doing jail time. It was documented by at least 3 different cameras.

        The government in this case was incompetent. The truckers were violating parking laws and I’m assuming noise ordinances as well. They could have blocked off a block each night and done a sweep to clear it out. I doubt it would have lasted more than 3 or 4 days if they had done things right. The other problem was the “misinformation for-profit” industry that had convinced these guys they were going to die if they took the vaccine. In the end, the government will be fine, the truckers will recover, but one or two cops will be sitting in a prison cell. All because of an incompetent mayor, police chiefs, and priminister.

        • 0 avatar
          thornmark

          did the state media of Canada report this – from Armstrong Economics:

          “Trudeau has been forced to abandon his Emergency Act as a staggering amount of money has fled Canadian banks. Canadians have moved accounts to the United States by the tens of thousands following Trudeau’s freezing bank accounts without a court order which has even included credit cards. Canadians began withdrawing all of their money from their bank accounts with most turning to cash, others to gold, and some to BitCoin. The demand for US dollars more than tripled in the past week.

          The sheer amount of money withdrawals from Canadian banks was massive. There appears to have been a 500% increase just in the previous 24 hours. This is the problem with politicians. They are simply UNQUALIFIED to make such decisions. They have no idea that freezing accounts will undermine the confidence in the banking system,

          Trudeau has created a very serious crisis and just rescinding his Emergency Act is not going to make it all better. Trudeau has driven a stake through the heart of the Canadian economy and that means that international capital will be skeptical about trusting Canada as long a Trudeau is in power.”

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          @mcs

          “The government in this case was incompetent.’

          Agreed. All three levels of government. City, Province and Federal.

          “The truckers were violating parking laws and I’m assuming noise ordinances as well.”
          A charge of mischief typically isn’t all that serious. There are locals on record of being bullied and intimidated by protesters.

          “The other problem was the “misinformation for-profit” industry that had convinced these guys they were going to die if they took the vaccine.”
          Agreed but “misinformation for profit” extends to protestors and their gross misunderstanding of Canadian laws, the Canadian Charter of Rights, and thinking USA laws applied in Canada.

          Any police officer that used excessive force deserves to be in jail.

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Posky

      The US survey took place after police action was taken in Ottawa. The Canadian poll took place beforehand. I used the former because it was more recent and more relevant to why there is now an American convoy.

  • avatar
    Imagefont

    I’m guessing that 99% of people just don’t care what a bunch of truckers think. By all means, protest. I like protesting, I agree with protesting, America is all about protesting. But in this case, I don’t care. They disqualified themselves with the word “freedom”. Because this is not about freedom, it’s about partisan politics.

  • avatar
    spookiness

    I live in sight of the belly of the beast and the first “convoy” tried showing up yesterday or maybe it was this morning. Guy got lost and turned around so he gave up and went back to pennsyltucky. Guess he didn’t trust the gubmit GPS system to help him git where he wanted to be.

  • avatar
    Irvingklaws

    Just me or does ‘Peoples Convoy’ sound curiously communist? I’d think they (of all people) would want to avoid the connotations? Why isn’t ‘Freedom’ or ‘America’ in the name? eg. ‘Freedom Convoy’, ’18 Wheelers for America’, etc…

    Then again, maybe just go all-in and call it the ‘Peoples Liberation Convoy’?

  • avatar
    zipper69

    As an unintended consequence this gives a nice push to make autonomous trucks a reality and sideline those pesky drivers.

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      @zipper69: Actually, it might be easier to mount a blockade protest with autonomous trucks. Strategically placed cardboard cutouts would do the job. Saves the trouble of the misinformation campaign used to motivate pesky human drivers.

  • avatar
    dantes_inferno

    The truckers wont find any politicians in DC these days. They’re currently vacationing in Florida.

  • avatar
    Crosley

    These people didn’t even do 1% of the damage Black Lives Matters did.

    Wonder how things would have gone down had the government trampled over them with horses, frozen all the bank accounts of BLM donors and thrown organizers in jail without bond. After declaring martial law.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      @Crosley – If you want to do an “apples to apples” comparison, the Black Live’s Matter protests in Ottawa resulted in no reports of damage and there were only a few minor physical altercations with police. Those results were consistent throughout the country.

      In Coutts Alberta during the freedumb border blockade at that location, 13 men were arrested with a stash of semiautomatic “military” weapons, handguns, edged weapons and body armour. 3 were charged with conspiracy to commit murder. No such even occurred in Canada with BLM protesters.

      Time will tell if the USA People’s Republican Convoy (PRC) will be peaceful. The US government isn’t taking chances with 700 National Guard deployed and 50 heavy military vehicles.

      • 0 avatar
        Matt Posky

        Nothing says you’re on the right side of history like constantly mocking the concept of freedom. I have to assume you’re a government plant.

        • 0 avatar
          jkross22

          Matt, it’s the power of propaganda. Remember when anyone mentioning the term ‘lab leak’ was dumped into the Alex Jones bucket labeled bat**it crazy?

          Pepperidge Farms remembers.

          People blasting the truckers are likely the same people that blasted any questioning that the wet markets and bat eating is definitely where Covid started.

          It’s a slow process. Never feels to good to admit you got snowed or that your blind spots prevented you from seeing uncomfortable truths.

          • 0 avatar
            Matt Posky

            “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they’ve been fooled.”

            I think you’re totally correct in your assertion. Decades of propaganda, an ever-shifting Overton window, the gradual normalization of censorship, and increasingly sycophantic behavior from the public are starting to bear some truly horrifying fruit.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          @Matt Posky

          “Nothing says you’re on the right side of history like constantly mocking the concept of freedom. I have to assume you’re a government plant.’

          If you haven’t clued in from my posts, I’d prefer to be on the “left” side of history. That’s um a pun /sarc.

          The whole freedumb convoy was based on a mishmash of misinformation and disinformation gleaned from various sources on the internet and alt-right conspiracies. Add to that a misunderstanding of science and medicine.

          Canadians quoting the USA constitution are opening themselves up for mockery. Someone all of a sudden doesn’t like “freedom of speech”?

          As the saying goes, Garbage in, Garbage out.

          And where have I said anything that I could not support with evidence or logic?

      • 0 avatar
        Crosley

        I love the “in Canada” qualifier for BLM damage.

        What about Norway? No damage in Norway, so BLM is therefore peaceful.

        The truckers weren’t a problem in the US, so what was the issue for Canadians?

        Some riots are fine, and some peaceful protests mean martial law.

        • 0 avatar
          sgeffe

          If the lefties are doing the protesting, no problem! Other side: they have no rights!

          Reminds me of the maxim that conservatives think liberals are stupid; liberals think that conservatives are evil [and worse]!

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          Crosley – If you want to discuss Canadian events then one has to discuss those. OUR protests across-the-board are typically much more peaceful than those occurring in the USA. The USA Truckers convoy isn’t over yet. Time will tell.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    “Pat King worries about catching COVID-19 in an overcrowded jail”

    This is one of the Freedumb Convoy leaders.

    Um…so what about all those restrictions they felt were unnecessary?

    Reality is a bitch!

  • avatar
    Alex Mackinnon

    If anything I’d imagine most people in Canada probably think better of it now that they shut them down. They got them to take off without a big violent confrontation, which is what would have tanked public opinion here.

    Here in Vancouver, there were more counter-protestors than pro-convoy protestors. Any time they tried to organize something, people let them know they could go back to their holes. People interfered with their plans, they got parking lots shut-off that they wanted to gather in. They blocked the convoy vehicles in the streets. They posted chat-logs from the convoy organizing committees on Reddit. They live streamed the radio channels that the convoy organizers were talking on, so people could fuck with them. They doxxed the organizers and participants.

    People on bikes slow rolled the semis just to screw with them. People stood in-front of semis as they tried to drive to trap them in crosswalks. That’s some balls.

    The convoyers managed to block 1 of 3 boarder crossings for an afternoon. The RCMP here didn’t fuck around, and booted them. In Alberta they made camp for 2 weeks.

    People here were looking at Philadelphia as a good example with what to with your alt-right wannabes. They gave them a boot with prejudice.

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