George Orwell’s “1984” or “Animal Farm”? Nope. Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”? Uh-huh. Some other dystopian novel about life in a future totalitarian America? No way. Straight from the pages of the Washington Post. You know, the “Democracy Dies in Darkness” guys?
More like “Individual Freedom and Liberty Dies in the Darkness of the Radical Left.”
In a WaPo “Made by History” op-ed titled The Ottawa Trucker Convoy Is Rooted in Canada’s Settler Colonial History, Taylor Dysart, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of history and sociology of science at the University of Pennsylvania, awkwardly argues that “one’s entitlement to freedom is a key component of White supremacy.” After carefully dissecting the garble, I was able to get to the root cause.
Before we begin, unlike the 187,594,632 (and counting) articles about the Freedom Convoy, totalitarian Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, or anything else to do with Ottawa, my focus will be on “none of above.” Instead, it will be about the crux of the lunacy of Ms. Dysart and other lunatics who believe as she does, and the unfortunate publishing of said lunacy by a once-proud American institution.
You’re welcome. Now, on with the show.
Needless to say, Dysart spends most of her effort blistering the Freedom Convoy and those who support it, including what she calls “center-right” and “right-wing” public figures — the eclectic trio of Elon Musk, Joe Rogan, and Donald Trump.
Here’s our first snippet of Dysart’s drivel, via WaPo:
While the convoy’s supporters have characterized the protest as a peaceful movement, uninformed by “politics, race, religion, or any personal beliefs,” many supporters have been associated with or expressed racist, Islamophobic and white-supremacist views.
When Tucker Carlson of Fox News interviewed Benjamin J. Dichter, cementing his place among the movement’s leaders, Dichter rambled and likened Canada’s western provinces to “a third-world country,” due, presumably, to immigration.
In Ottawa, various reports captured maskless protesters brandishing Confederate, Nazi and “Trump 2024” flags. Police have launched dozens of criminal investigations and made at least 20 arrests, including for carrying weapons in a public place and assault.
Again, my focus is not on Ottawa, including the Gestapo-like tactics of police officers on horseback.
While I grew tired of the fixation with all-things Ottawa, days ago, I don’t seem to remember seeing any video of Nazis, Islamophobes, white supremacists, or anything other than peaceful protesters. No matter; agenda-driven radical leftists — and today’s Democrat Party — now view anyone and everything they oppose through the made-up lens of “bigotry,” “white supremacy,” and “systemic racism.”
“The convoy has surprised onlookers in the United States and Canada,” Dysart said — and lied. “Both because of the explicitly racist and violent perspectives of some of the organizers and because the action seems to violate norms of Canadian ‘politeness.'” Au contraire, she argued, “the convoy represents the extension of a strain of Canadian history that has long masked itself behind ‘peacefulness’ or unity’: settler colonialism.”
“Settler colonialism,” defined in part by Oxford Bibliographies as “an ongoing system of power that perpetuates the genocide and repression of indigenous peoples and cultures.”
And (one of) Dysart’s conclusions? “It is not incidental that this latest expression of white supremacy is emerging amid a public health crisis.”
One word: Insane.
Now, the ridiculous crux of Dysart’s woefully misguided effort (emphasis, mine):
The primarily White supporters of the Freedom Convoy argue that pandemic mandates infringe upon their constitutional rights to freedom. The notion of “freedom” was historically and remains intertwined with Whiteness [Slavery in America and around the world begged to differ], as historian Tyler Stovall has argued.
The belief that one’s entitlement to freedom is a key component of White supremacy. [Awkward as hell sentence] This explains why the Freedom Convoy members see themselves as entitled to freedom, no matter the public health consequences to those around them.
That’s all I can take, gang. Click on the WaPo link at the top to read the rest of Dysart’s nonsensical connecting of dots that don’t exist, if you must.
The bottom line:
Clueless leftist elites like Tayler Dysart, who thrive in the no-longer-hallowed halls of academia, are a dime a dozen. They are relevant only to themselves and their elitist colleagues who live in the same nonsensical world; devoid of facts, reality, or everyday-life experiences. Nothing they say should be taken seriously.
However, the Washington Post publishing and highlighting the drivel of Ms. Dysart is a different story. It reinforces what we already know about the state of American “journalism” and the “news” they choose to print, air, and push.
That is why I chose to write this article.
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