“Your silence gives consent”: A call to civil disobedience (Ontario)
Jan 31, 2014
—Muriel Blair (Ontario, Canada)
I believe, probably without justification, that I live in a democratic society. One with freedom of speech, the right to peaceful assembly and the expectation that those who are elected to office are working with the good of all in mind.
In fact this is far from the truth, and I am beginning to understand that my freedoms and the freedoms of my fellow Ontarians are contingent on following the word of our (dare I say it?) criminal politicians.
Should you follow with sheep-like devotion the decrees handed down to you, you can wear the badge of freedom. Should you believe the lies, whether they wear the green label or promises of a great economic future in the hands of Chinese-owned companies, then you will be afforded the freedoms that democracy boasts of.
But, should you question the actions and lies fed to the intubated masses, then you are targeted. Your rights and freedoms are no longer. Goose-step in time with the Gestapo’s, or be labelled and condemned to be one of the black sheep, destined to be known as a trouble-maker.
Keep in mind that I am referring to hard-working citizens. Mothers, fathers, grandparents, community leaders, teachers and community volunteers. I am talking about people whose only flaw is that they care about how their communities look and feel. They care about what legacy their children and grandchildren will inherit. And they give a damn about their rights and freedoms.
Their homes are not just boxes to live in, but are the world where children are raised and loved, life is lived and memories are made. To these residents who choose to speak out, their homes and their lives are synonymous with their communities.
Make no mistake, greed and corruption are taking all this away — destroying the fabric of rural Ontario and rendering our province into a totalitarian state. Are my emails being monitored? Perhaps they are. Has fear gripped my heart? You betcha. The likelihood that I am under police surveillance is very real.
Even so, I cannot stand by and let injustice prevail. I need to speak out, and I need to move forward in my desire to protect my province from the economic catastrophe that will destroy all our communities.
I look to people like Malala Yousufzai, Eve Ensler, Martin Luther King, the Dalai Lama, Esther Wrightman, Marcelle Brooks — and everyone else who puts themselves out there to speak the truth. It’s often not comfortable. It’s their honesty and genuine belief that they can make a difference that inspires me.
The comfort zone is a nice place, but nothing grows there. Nothing at all. In fact, things rot in the comfort zone. Ontario is in that comfort zone right now.
I hope that everyone reading this finds their own Malala or Esther to inspire them to keep up the fight.
This fight will not be won without casualties. Chatham Kent, Haldimand and now North Middlesex, to name a few. I say, let’s band together — we all know what’s happening and we all know that it’s wrong. (Even the Ontario Provincial Police who may be monitoring my emails, and Esther Wrightman’s, know it’s wrong.) As my colleague Marcelle Brooks always says, “Your silence gives consent.”
Nothing could be truer than that statement.
Our blog, the Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group, may be loud, we may be obnoxious at times, but we’re honest and we’ve got nothing to hide. We are fortunate that we have fighters on board who are willing to stand up to what is wrong, and they inspire the rest of us to move forward.