Truckers Face the Great Reset

On Prime Minister Trudeau’s orders the police have moved against the striking truckers in Ottawa. Using batons and pepper spray, some on horseback, occasionally smashing truck windows, they have arrested over 130 protestors and hauled away some 50 trucks. Throughout the truckers have remained peaceful and determined to stay despite police state tactics.

It’s this harsh over reaction that has gained sympathy for the truckers not only in Canada but also in the U.S., where a similar convoy is set to start from California in late February and head to Washington. Its members declare solidarity with their Canadian brethren. So far convoys are under way in France, Australia and New Zealand. They have apparently tapped a wellspring of resentment to state oppression that’s moving swiftly across borders. It wasn’t expected but the truckers are leading the way to freedom from the excessive control brought on by the Covid epidemic or rather the over wrought response to it.

All this could easily have been avoided by a simple compromise over the Covid restrictions on the truckers. But Trudeau didn’t budge. He wouldn’t even talk to the truckers but continued to denounce them as if they were somehow beneath him. Asserting emergency powers, he resorted to such extreme actions as seizing their fuel and bank accounts, confiscating donations to them, even threatening to take their pets and crypto currency, if they have any.

Protesters show signs of support for the truckers on Feb. 7 in Ottawa, Canada during the ongoing Canada Freedom Convoy protests. (Photo: Amru Salahuddien/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Why is this leader of a liberal Western democracy treating his fellow citizens this way? A slim rather debonair fellow, he doesn’t look like Mussolini while imitating some of his behavior. The Wall Street Journal editorializes that he justifies his tactics by “inflating the protest into a terrorist plot to overthrow government. These extraordinary measures are a needless abuse of power.”

Trudeau is under the influence of what’s called the Great Reset, a creed of self-proclaimed elitists, including wealthy notables like Bill Gates and George Soros, who seem to have a hankering to try to govern the world. This can’t be left to such insignificant nobodies as the people who continue to pollute, over consume, fail to cooperate with their betters and stay in thrall to such outmoded concepts as the nation state. A striking example of this deficiency is demonstrated by the truckers who are getting what they deserve. Happily, they may disappear in the Great Reset along with other offending members of the lower and middle classes.

One offending member has already been disappeared. Pastor Artur Pawlowski has been a frequent critic of the Covid lockdown which he compares to his experience under communist rule in Poland. Does Covid come before God? he asks. For that he has been repeatedly arrested and now sits in solitary confinement in a squalid prison cell in Calgary, charged with “mischief.”

The Great Reset at work and don’t mention Stalin’s Gulag. Truckers, keep trucking.

Karl Marx and the Truckers

Truckers of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your miles.

With apologies to Karl Marx, that could be the appropriate slogan for the truckers now on strike in Canada over having to show proof of vaccination for Covid if they want to cross the U.S. border, which they do thousands of times a day to keep the economy of both nations humming. They are indeed the lifeblood of the economies without which they cannot function. All goods go from place to place, and trucks take them there.

Not just truckers are involved. Thousands of people line the streets to cheer them on as they head for their destination, Ottawa, capital of Canada. They obviously speak and drive for a population weary of lockdowns and masks and other forms of coercion that writer Tony Hall calls “medicalized tyranny.” They are said to be based on science, but the science keeps changing. A human being can only cope with so much change.

“Freedom Convoy,” Ottawa, Canada. ΙΣΧΣΝΙΚΑ-888

Karl Marx, star promoter of communism, says that’s when a revolution occurs. A crisis precipitates it. But wait. The hundreds of truck drivers don’t seem very revolutionary. They are cheerful, even festive and, cold as it is with their fuel being removed by authorities, they seem to be enjoying themselves. It’s a democratic strike. No violence.

In the strike ridden U.S. in the late 1800s, top labor boss Samuel Gompers was asked what he wanted. He said succinctly “More.” Today’s truckers’ response to the same question might be “Less.” That is, less government intrusion on their lives. In Marx’s time strikes were economic, over pay. Today they may be cultural, a reaction to what they perceive as an assault on their values replaced by a fixation on race and gender. On their long hauls across the continent, they have time to ponder this.

It’s a sentiment that seems to be shared by fellow truckers in France, Australia, New Zealand and to be sure, the U.S., where a similar convoy plans to leave California in mid-February and reach Washington by mid-March. It doesn’t seem as if this increasingly international strike is going to be easily settled. Alarmed by the closing of bridges that has shut down the vital trade between the U. S. and Canada and caused some industries to reduce operations, Canadian authorities have warned of dire consequences. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a target of truckers’ wrath, says the strikers are only a fringe element with unacceptable demands and refuses to negotiate. But some Canadian provinces have taken the sizeable hint and lifted their Covid restrictions.

Another group deeply offended by the truckers’ action are the so-called globalists, wealthy individuals who meet privately to map, as they see it, the future course of the world. It’s a fuzzily collectivist vision not unlike that of the master Karl Marx. Trudeau is a member, as are Bill Gates and George Soros, a heavy contributor to U.S. officials who don’t like to prosecute crime. Truckers need not apply.

The truckers have undergone a change of reputation in allegedly elite circles, including the media. A short time ago they were the celebrated heroes who braved the Covid epidemic to continue to supply their fellow Californians huddled for protection inside. They now seem to be considered a Marxist style proletariat intent on power. Sorry, Karl, it’s not power they seek but a rightful place and voice in a democratic polity and the continent long convoy is their way of achieving it.

Bullets Along the Beaches

Come enjoy our beautiful beaches, sparkling waters, lively bars, fabulous food, and picturesque towns, boast the tourist ads for Mexico. All too true, but one activity is conspicuous in its absence from the promotion – shootings courtesy of the drug cartels.

They are on the rise in the vacation wonderland along the Caribbean in the state of Quintana Roo. In late January shootings killed two Canadian tourists in a five-star hotel in Playa del Carmen. Close by a few days later a beachfront bar manager was murdered. In December a group of men riding ski jets opened fire on a beach at Cancun, killing a drug dealer and wounding four tourists. In November visitors in Puerto Morelos were locked in their hotel rooms as gunmen opened fire on the beach, killing two people. In October an attack in a bar in Tulum left two tourists dead, one of them a U.S. travel promoter.

Homicides have dramatically increased along the beaches as tourism has risen. Where people congregate so do drugs for use and sale. The cartels arrive to pick up some loose change along with their massive U.S. profits and violence is sure to follow. Its minor compared to the mayhem elsewhere in Mexico, but important enough for the U.S. State Department to issue a warning about travel in the region. The CDC had added its own alert to the high incidence of Covid 19 in Mexico.

Armed guard with bathers on the beach. Photo by: Business Insider

Politics have played a part in the crime wave. Elections were recently held for mayor and police chief in various towns along the coast. That meant that cartels were going to have to make new arrangements with authorities to continue to operate. It also has led to renewed violent competition among the cartels for the best location at beaches, bars, and casinos.

Foreign gangsters from Russia – where else? – and Romania have joined the action, concentrating mainly on money laundering and sex trafficking. A Romanian boss who used to enjoy a cozy relationship with top Mexican officials has been caught and imprisoned, but crime fighters caution that his operation continues to function. As in the case of the local cartels, removing the man at the top hardly matters. He is quickly replaced given the money involved.

Hardy visitors to the beaches can take comfort in the fact that the cartels don’t wish them harm. They are business and killings are bad publicity. The international media is indifferent to the endless murder of Mexicans, but foreigners are another matter. Hands off. The cartels get the picture. Accidents can happen despite their best efforts of killing only their own. Bullets can go wrong. But it also should be kept in mind that there are limits to cartel patience with intruders, however innocent, on their domain. Occasionally bullets are a warning. Don’t forget who is in charge here.

Meanwhile, adventurous travelers can enjoy the reasonable prices and spectacular setting of Quintana Roo. With a little caution like not criticizing drug cartels while drinking in a bar or harassing the armed guards who mingle with tourists on the beach, it can be a fun vacation.