FOULDS: Freedom's just another word for a conspiracy

Legitimate concerns abound — the impact of pandemic-related measures on the economy and our collective mental health — but they are too often drowned out by the fever-dream ravings that claim this pandemic is a stealth operation to “control” us for various reasons that make no sense whatsoever.

A handful of people in Kamloops and more in Kelowna and Vancouver have had the unfettered freedom to stage those “Freedom” rallies in opposition of pandemic-related health orders.

It is the Mount Everest of the irony range — they are free to complain about perceived freedoms being yanked, yet that fact seems to have escaped them, focused as they are on ignoring Occam’s razor (the simplest explanation is usually the correct explanation) and creating ridiculous theories to out-ridiculous previous theories.

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If COVID-19 isn’t a hoax, then it is a minor cold we can manage without restrictions. If it is more than a minor cold, then it is a virus created by the UN to expedite the Great Reset. And the Great Reset will be augmented by Evil Bill Gates and his devious plan to depopulate the Earth via sterilizing vaccines for some unspecified gain.

And on and on and on it goes.

Legitimate concerns abound — the impact of pandemic-related measures on the economy and our collective mental health — but they are too often drowned out by the fever-dream ravings that claim this pandemic is a stealth operation to “control” us for various reasons that make no sense whatsoever.

The “freedoms” they claim are being withheld are rather embarrassing, when placed next to actual freedoms that have been, and continue to be, extinguished.

In Myanmar on Saturday, security forces killed more than 100 people, including children, who were protesting the Feb. 1 military coup in the country formerly known as Burma. To date, at least 300 people have been killed for protesting their loss of democracy.

Meanwhile, the aggrieved in Kamloops protest because they must wear a mask for a few minutes while shopping or while taking a few steps from the restaurant’s front door to their table, where they can remove it.

In the Second World War, the Canadian government stripped Canadians of Japanese descent of their homes and businesses and deported them from cities to remote internment camps in the B.C. Interior. Ottawa also censored 340 newspapers, arrested hundreds for speaking out against the war and gave the RCMP the power to arrest and detain people without charge or trial.

Meanwhile, the aggrieved in Kamloops protest because they have been asked — not ordered, but asked — to avoid non-essential travel to other communities.

In the U.S. state of Georgia, legislation has been passed that will restrict ballot access to voters, particularly minorities and those in lower-income areas.

Meanwhile, the aggrieved in Kamloops protest because they have been asked to work at home, if possible.

We are loath to write about these “Freedom” protests in Kamloops because the claims made at the gatherings are about as logical as that of a toddler insisting there is a monster under his bed. No matter how often you prove he is mistaken, the toddler insists that monster is there — even when he can’t see it.

This is why we do not preview these tiresome rallies, the latest of which on the weekend was a bust as far as attendance is concerned.

I counted and concluded I have more people in my outside bubble.

Sometimes, though, it is worth reminding each other what losing one’s liberty is truly all about.

Perhaps we can round up some Oxford dictionaries for the next rally and distribute them to the attendees so they can research the actual definition of “freedom.”

editor@kamloopsthisweek.com

Twitter: @ChrisJFoulds

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