‘Cause we got a great big convoy/ Rockin’ through the night
Yeah, we got a great big convoy/ Ain’t she a beautiful sight?
Come on and join our convoy/ Ain’t nothin’ gonna get in our way
We gonna roll this truckin’ convoy/ ‘Cross the USA/ CONVOY
I remember this song on the radio from when I was a kid, and I had to go back and revisit it today after being on the spot to cheer on the Freedom Convoy 2022.
I never understood the song when I was little. I thought the title was, “Con Boy,” and seeing I was always called “Con” by my family, and being a girl, I didn’t understand why any boy should be called by my name.
Anyway. At some stage, that point of confusion cleared for me, but even after re-listening to the song today, I don’t completely understand the situation happening in the song. Why are the truckers of the song acting out? What’s their cause? What’s their story?
I’m not sure the song has a fully-formed back-story (as most songs don’t. They’re usually not meant to be too analyzed). But I’m afraid I’m also not perfectly well-informed on the convoy I witnessed today. I’m a little older and smarter now than I was back in my “Con Boy” days, so I know what a convoy is, and I generally understand the issues behind this one. But I’m still not sure if it’s a Canada-wide truckers’ strike or more of a protest. If it’s a strike, is every trucker everywhere across Canada striking? And how would that work? I mean, aren’t trucking companies private companies? Do truckers even have, er, unified unions as such? I mean, nationalized unions? And what exactly was the issue that sparked this backlash? Just the mandate for truckers to be vaccinated in order to cross the Canadian/US border?
What’s the goal? What’s the time-frame? How short will supplies get? What will our immediate (or distant) future look like? All unanswered questions for me.
What I am quite clear on (and the reason I went out to cheer the convoy on today) is the fact that someone is FINALLY doing SOMETHING! Finally, “they” (the powers that be, I mean) messed with the wrong group of people. Or the right group of people.
What I am quite clear on is the fact that “the powers that be” have overreached. In a big way. And we need to take a stand before it’s too late (if that bridge wasn’t crossed long ago).
Yes, we still aren’t seeing totalitarianism get as totalitarian as totalitarianism can get and has got in the past. But do we want to get there?
We have to understand that all totalitarian states became totalitarian in steps. At what point do we say, “That was a step too far”? After it’s too late? Or while there’s still some ground to stand on?
While I believe in the Romans 13 principle that we are to be subject to our governing authorities (as long as their orders aren’t contravening God’s orders), I am also grateful to (still? For a little while yet?) live in a country and system of government that allows for peaceful resistance. That allows the governed to assemble and protest. That gives the governed a voice in their own government.
So I was happy to be able to go out and exercise that blessing of Canada’s heritage today.
What will it accomplish? What will my little presence today accomplish? What will the entire convoy/protest/strike accomplish? I don’t know. I just know I want to cheer on those who are finally doing something. I want this “state of emergency” (that will now apparently be the rest of human existence. So… kind hard to designate it as an emergency anymore) to stop being an excuse for unwarranted government interference into our lives and freedoms and personal health choices. I’d like to see that happen. So I’ll cheer on the first united front I’ve seen to take that stand. I think that is the larger point of the convoy.
Will it mean I embrace supply shortages and rising fuel prices? Yes! Those have been the reality for no good reason already. At least, this time, this will be a sacrifice for something I believe in. And for those of us who waited three hours in the cold to express our support of the convoy, I didn’t hear any complaining. At least, not about the wait, not about the cold, and not about future inconveniences. We like to choose our own hardships, thank you very much! There was plenty of complaint about the trajectory our country has been on recently. But generally, I was surrounded by the sweet taste of optimism and fighting back. Everyone was excited that someone was finally doing SOMETHING!
So, go, Freedom Convoy 2022! Canada (at least the part of Canada where I am) supports you!