The Winds of Change

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

 

About a year ago, as some of you know, I started emailing my rantings to a group of friends and family with the hope that some of the information I included in them would be helpful in the fight against COVID-19 insanity.  Some of my friends and family then forwarded my emails to their friends, and some of these recipients reached out to me to share their stories and offer their support.  One woman (let’s call her Jane*) emailed me last fall to introduce herself, and to ask if I had any ideas on how to respond to her kids’ sports teams, which had recently banned them due to their vaccine status.  Over the past year, Jane has stayed in contact with me to share updates and offer encouragement and, earlier this year, reached out to tell me that her husband (“John”) was running for mayor of their municipality, in part because of the corruption he had witnessed at all levels of government, and which had trickled down into their community.

A few days ago, Jane reached out to me to tell me that her husband won the mayorship and gave me some really amazing words of praise and encouragement that I wanted to share with all of you. Jane emailed me that “It was [my] dedication to [my] blogs that motivated [Jane and John] to get involved in some capacity”, and that John is looking forward to his position as mayor, with the objectives of “do[ing] a great job and bring[ing] unity back to [their] community where there has been so much divide.”

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accusations that we were antisocial, extremist, and for some reason racist and misogynist, and we somehow managed to forgive those who trespassed against us, refusing to be defeated or embittered by the lies and the manipulations.  We made our own community, and reveled in the dark humour of being societal outcasts, likely headed to the gulag, for the simple reason that we refused to accept the official narrative.  These past years would have been so very bleak had it not been for each of you, working to fight tyranny and expose the lies in every way you could.

Jane, I can’t wait to hear how you and John start exacting some positive change in your community.  Congratulations again on your well-deserved victory!

 

*Due to COVID-19 tyranny and the ever present threat of repercussion, John and Jane prefer to remain anonymous at this time.

Here in Kelowna, we had some wins on the weekend as well, with Mayor Basran and his numerous conflicts of interest being ousted by Tom Dyas, and one city councillor who has attended freedom rallies being elected. 

I want to thank you all for reaching out over the past few years, offering encouragement, and for being my “buddies in the foxhole”.  This world has been so ugly and divisive for the past two years, and I am so thankful to have found a community of people who have stood with such integrity in the face of a government that tried to destroy their will, their social networks and, in some cases, their livelihoods.  It would have been so much easier for each of us to accept the narrative, put on the mask and roll up our sleeves, and yet we each refused to do these things that were so intuitively nonsensical and harmful.  We refused to make others comfortable in their acceptance of government diktats, and we taught our children the importance of critical thinking and being true to one’s values, even when that loyalty came at great personal cost (and a constant risk of conflict).  We shouldered