TRUTH MATTERS, LOVE WINS!
Dr. Julie Ponesse has a PhD in Philosophy (Western, 2008) with areas of specialization in ethics and ancient philosophy. She has a Masters in Philosophy with Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics from the University of Toronto and a Diploma in Ethics from the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University.
Pandemic Ethics Scholar Dr. Julie Ponesse addresses a large crowd in Ottawa who gathered for the Truckers Freedom Convoy 2022. She made her speech on Monday, January 31, 2022– just a few days after the truckers arrived in Ottawa to protest Covid-19 vaccine mandates.
The right to life, liberty, security of the person. The right to equality before the law and the protection of the law; freedom of religion; freedom of speech; freedom of assembly and association; freedom of the press.
In 1957, John Diefenbaker said these basic freedoms, which became part of our Bill of Rights 3 years later must become entrenched in law so they cannot be threatened by the state.
Today, these freedoms are not just threatened, they've been taken from us. And they're in danger of being lost forever. In a single year, liberal democracy in Canada has been obliterated by the son of the man who embedded these fundamental freedoms into our constitution.
We have, for 2 years, endured a pandemic of coercion and compliance.
We have ground our health care system, our political institutions, and our economy to a halt in order to prevent the spread of a virus for which we have, all along, had safe, effective treatments. Instead we've been force-fed a doomed-to-fail "vaccinate the world" escape plan that never should have been approved in the first place.
For two years, you, our governments, fueled by the media, have demeaned us, mocked us, cancelled and ignored us. We have tried to engage in discussions about the medical, legal and ethical aspects of the pandemic response. And you just call us names.
You have taken our jobs, drained our savings accounts, tried our friendships, and broken our families, and extinguished our children's hope for the future.
You have stripped doctors of their licenses, police of their badges, and teachers of their classroom privileges.
You have called us fringe, uneducated, scientifically illiterate, and morally bankrupt.
You have said you have no sympathy for the unvaccinated, that they don't deserve medical care, that they don't deserve a voice in society, or a place in democracy.
You have nurtured the seeds of destruct and fanned the flames of hatred between us. But perhaps worst of all we have allowed you to do it. We have allowed you to break our trust in each other, and our confidence in our ability to think for ourselves. And now you hide and run when the truth is on your doorstep.
How did we get here? Big Pharma? Probably. Sellout mainstream media? Absolutely. Abuses of power by tech giants and career politicians? Almost certainly. But our true moral failure is that we did this to ourselves.
We allowed it. And some of us embraced it.
We forgot that for a while freedom needs to be lived every day and that, some days, we need to fight for it.
We forgot that, as Premier — Brian Peckford, PC said, "even in the best of times we are only a heart beat away from tyranny." But we are waking up and we won't so easily be seduced or coerced again.
To our governments, the cracks are showing. The damn is breaking. The facts are not on your side. You can't keep this up any longer. The pandemic is over. Enough is enough.
You are our servants; we are not your subjects.
You have tried to mold us into hateful, terrified, demoralized people. But you underestimated the challenge. We aren't so easily broken. Our strength comes from the bonds of family and friendship, of history, of our home and native land.
You did not realize. You did not realize the strength of our doctors and nurses on the front lines in Alberta, our RCMP and provincial police officers, the ferocity of a mother fighting for her child, and my goodness the truckers who rolled courage into Ottawa on 18 wheels. 18 wheel times of thousands of trucks.
To the families of those who have lost children, your tears will be a stain on our nation forever. But you can rest now. You have done enough, you have lost enough. It's time for us, your fellow citizens, to take up this battle for you.
To the truckers who drove across Canada, to stand up for all of us, to fight for all of our freedoms, you are electrifying this moment in history. And, you are awakening a passion and love for this country we thought we had lost forever. Driving from all corners of the country — from Prince Rupert to Charlottetown on icy roads, past waving flags under crowded overpasses, you are taking all the brokenness, all the hate, all the division, and weaving us back together again. In this one simple, united, powerful action, you are the leaders we so desperately need.
You are giving grandmothers who have been isolated and abandoned a reason to smile again.
You are giving those who have lost their livelihoods reason to hope again, you are giving the families who lost loved ones a reason to believe in justice again.
You have made our constitution sing again. (Crowd chants) *Freedom, freedom, freedom*
You are reminding us, the truckers, that in Canada, true freedom can never be taken away.
You are reminding us that we will never allow our governments to terrorize us, segregate us and break us again. That we just need to stand up and take back what belonged to us all along.
The last two years will be remembered by our children as the most catastrophic moral failure of our generation. But I believe they will also be remembered as the time that woke a sleeping giant. And that giant is truth.
And the thing about the truth is, it's buoyant , it is lighter than lies and deception. It always rises to the top.
To everyone here today, I know what it is to feel small and insignificant and powerless. The words and actions of one person, might not feel like they can do very much. But when we band together, al of our small voices together roar like a convoy!
The strength of all of us together is unstoppable. Our freedom already belongs to us. But we need to remember that sometimes we have to fight for it if we want to keep it.
We will never, ever stop fighting for our freedom, for our children, for our country.
We are the true North strong and free, and we will be free gain!
Thank you, truckers!
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