‘Going back to normal’ means giving up their newfound power. Do you think they want that?
We are seeing a more and more definitive split among political leaders in Canada and around the world.
Some, like Jason Kenney and Scott Moe have decisively pushed to return life back to normal, accepting that covid will remain with us, while being less deadly due to rising rates of vaccination and individuals recovering from being infected.
Others, like Justin Trudeau and Iain Rankin – the Liberal premier of Nova Scotia – are moving in the other direction, pushing for vaccination mandates and vaccine passports.
“BREAKING: 1 of 2 @toddveinotte Show on @NEWS957 in Halifax – Are Nova Scotians ready to accept internal Vaccine Passports as Premier @iantrankin is planning? #nspoli #cdnpoli”
BREAKING: 1 of 2 @toddveinotte Show on @NEWS957 in Halifax – Are Nova Scotians ready to accept internal Vaccine Passports as Premier @iantrankin is planning? #nspoli #cdnpoli https://t.co/5WBRetcPcv pic.twitter.com/QQPKYRjCym
— Clinton P. Desveaux (@ClintonDesveaux) August 10, 2021
“BREAKING: 2 of 2 @toddveinotte Show on @NEWS957 in Halifax – Are Nova Scotians ready to accept internal Vaccine Passports as Premier @iantrankin is planning? #nspoli #cdnpoli”
BREAKING: 2 of 2 @toddveinotte Show on @NEWS957 in Halifax – Are Nova Scotians ready to accept internal Vaccine Passports as Premier @iantrankin is planning? #nspoli #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/kY930A6yGt
— Clinton P. Desveaux (@ClintonDesveaux) August 10, 2021
Justin Trudeau has also been talking about vaccine passports, and about mandating vaccines for all federal workers, and all workers in federally-regulated workplaces.
Vaccine passports vs passports
One tactic proponents of vaccine passports have been using to promote them is to try and claim that they are the same as regular passports for travelling to another country.
“It’s no different than needing to bring your passport to get on a plane at the airport,” they claim.
Of course, that is completely manipulative, and not at all a realistic comparison.
People can understand the need to show a passport at the airport. And people can understand that if a foreign country mandates that only vaccinated people can enter – however bad a policy that may be – your own country can’t simply ignore it when their Citizens are heading there.
But ‘vaccine passports’ are something entirely different.
We aren’t talking about travelling to a foreign country here, we’re talking about travelling within your own city, going from one province to another, entering a local business, receiving government services.
All the things we take for granted on a day-to-day basis, all the things that comprise the base-level freedoms that we have a right to expect in this country, are now all of a sudden subject to revocation, and only given back when we do what the government tells us?
No, that’s nothing like needing a passport to get on a plane.
That’s why even the term ‘vaccine passport,’ though it has stuck, is somewhat misleading.
With deaths way down, why a new push for vaccine passports?
We keep hearing from politicians that we are entering a ‘fourth wave’ of covid, and that we should be afraid.
This is based on a rising case count, largely driven by the Delta variant.
What we don’t hear of course is that deaths are way down.
Yet, a cursory look at the chart shows how dramatically things have changed:
I’m just going to say it:
In a country of 37 million people, 10 or so dying every day isn’t even close to a crisis.
And notice how when deaths were higher in the past, that was the focus, but when deaths go down, cases is the focus?
The whole point is supposed to be bringing deaths down and going back to normal, and that has been achieved.
We don’t report every case of other viruses with a low death toll, so why are we still constantly talking about Covid?
Keeping the fear alive
Rather than a full on push to return to normal, many people in this country, including Justin Trudeau, Erin O’Toole, and Jagmeet Singh, are all pushing the ‘fourth-wave’ fear message.
They want to keep the crisis atmosphere going, and keep fear alive.
Many people in positions of power are now clearly addicted to the expanded power they’ve gained during the crisis.
In particular, many politicians – as Trudeau admitted – are using this as an ‘opportunity’ to reshape their societies, something that only happens when a large portion of the populace is distracted and afraid.
So if things go back to normal, and fear erodes, that ‘opportunity’ is lost.
But don’t think they’ll simply move on.
The next goal will be to find something else that can used as a fear and crisis-inducing situation.
UN global warming report
And, lo and behold, the UN just came out with a new report on the environment, full of fear-inducing rhetoric.
Here’s some of what Reuters reported on it:
“Global warming is dangerously close to spiralling out of control, a U.N. climate panel said in a landmark report Monday, warning the world is already certain to face further climate disruptions for decades, if not centuries, to come.
Humans are “unequivocally” to blame, the report from the scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said. Rapid action to cut greenhouse gas emissions could limit some impacts, but others are now locked in.
The deadly heat waves, gargantuan hurricanes and other weather extremes that are already happening will only become more severe.”
“U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres described the report as a “code red for humanity”.
“The alarm bells are deafening,” he said in a statement. “This report must sound a death knell for coal and fossil fuels, before they destroy our planet.””
While global warming is certainly occurring, it is again interesting how little attention there is on hopeful things, such as rapid advances in technology, the increasing fuel efficiency of vehicles, and the oil and gas sector – in countries like Canada – having a strong environmental record compared to the past.
None of this gets mentioned, and instead a fear-based narrative gets pushed that is meant to demoralize people and make them dependent on powerful centralized control and acquiesce to new taxes.
Clearly, global warming will be what ‘leaders’ use as the next crisis to ‘justify’ restrictions on individual freedom and drive down our standard of living.
Consider this article from October 22, 2020 discussing how the worldwide economic shutdown had little impact on emissions:
“Countries across the world took unprecedented action in the first few months of 2020 to control the spread of COVID-19. At its peak, one-third of the world’s population was in lockdown. Around the world, car travel fell by 50%, the number of flights plummeted by 75% and industrial activity fell by around 35%.”
It is later noted that the drop in emissions from what amounted to a horrendous economic crisis was “not enough.”
“The long-term effects of the pandemic on our climate will be determined more by what happens to long-lived greenhouse gases, such as CO₂ and methane. These remain in the atmosphere for centuries and decades respectively, compared to a few days to weeks for NOₓ, SO₂ and black carbon. CO₂ emissions dropped during lockdown, but not enough to stop levels in the atmosphere growing. Global heating won’t stop until emissions reach zero.”
The Guardian later published an article – in March of 2021 – saying global lockdowns were needed two years to stay within ‘safe limits’:
“Carbon dioxide emissions must fall by the equivalent of a global lockdown roughly every two years for the next decade for the world to keep within safe limits of global heating, research has shown.
Lockdowns around the world led to an unprecedented fall in emissions of about 7% in 2020, or about 2.6bn tonnes of CO2, but reductions of between 1bn and 2bn tonnes are needed every year of the next decade to have a good chance of holding temperature rises to within 1.5C or 2C of pre-industrial levels, as required by the Paris agreement.”
Politicians have managed to convince many people to accept an erosion of their freedoms – an ongoing erosion in some places still – for a virus that is killing about 10 people of day in Canada. Don’t you think they are already thinking of how they can use climate change as the next way to impose similar measures?
When we see all of this happening, and when we see politicians pushing for a never-ending feeling of crisis, we must push back.
Freedom must be our guiding light.
We need to get back to a time when government was limited, when taxes were lower, when wanting to be wealthy was seen as a good thing, and when governments believed that their citizens deserved to feel proud and deserved to succeed financially.
You can’t build a strong country on guilt and fear and crisis, you can only build a strong country on the basis of freedom.
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