The Beauty of the People's Convoy
Let go of whatever you think you know and prepare to be reminded that America's strength comes from its diversity...stories from the People's Convoy & reflections on what matters most.
Saturday, February 26th, 2022
Dear Freedom Friends,
Today has been the best day yet! Why? Because I spent the greatest amount of time with the people involved in the People’s Convoy. The more time I spend with my fellow Americans, the larger my heart swells and that’s saying something because I have been in a LOT of “protest movements.”
Typically, when I’m in a “protest movement,” there is a sense of acting against someone - the police, the government, the banking industry, and so on. I’m currently sitting in one of the official Convoy RVs, while local police visit with the core convoy leadership! There is no animosity within the People’s Convoy directed toward anyone (that I have witnessed), especially not toward local, fellow Americans who have chosen to serve their society in one of the hardest jobs out there.
But, it’s not just the “welcoming” of our Americans in blue and black, brown and gray. The leadership of the Navajo Nation joined the People’s Convoy and offered a blessing…in New Mexico we were offered a Police Escort that handed us off to an Oklahom Police Escort who rolled with us into Elk City. The enthusiasm of the local communities we’ve driven through have been more than supportive and grateful, with people arriving from far and wide to participate even if just for a day!
Here’s the deal. The People’s Convoy is about the people joining together and working together and dreaming together and cooperating together and I have felt 100% comfortable and welcome as a self-declared, full disclosure Berniecrat Environmentalist! To the man who interviewed me on the first day, who is a Black Man in America and who feels like he cannot safely express his non-Trump political viewpoint, I can say, “I have been treated with complete trust and respect, kindness and open-heartedness.”
So, what are the issues being raised by participants of The People’s Convoy? Let me share them with you in the form of stories, as they’ve come to me and those I’ve spoken with.
A man I chatted with today worked in Vale, Colorado. When he was told he would have to use the experimental Covid injections to keep his job, he walked away from his job (after working during 2020 and risking his life, as did so many first responders and essential workers), sold his house, and moved out of state. Two of his co-workers/friends were men in the middle of their lives (39 and 40) with families and young children. They had to provide for their kids, so they got the injections. Both are now dead. One died of a heart attack and the other of a stroke.
A woman I spoke with today lives in America because her grandparents experienced the Romani Holocaust during WWII. As she puts it, her ancestors would never forgive her if she sat quiet and did nothing. That’s the point of being an American! You can speak up. You can participate in your local, state and national government. You can argue with policy decisions. You can object publicly in a way that garners attention and makes elected officials uncomfortable because that’s part of their job - being held accountable and having to answer hard questions. As a Democrat-raised environmentalist (like me), she’s here for many reasons. One of which is that “injustice for one is injustice for all,” and if we voluntarily give up our Human Rights, when or how shall we ever retrieve them?
A young woman spoke up today, reminding everyone that the starting date of the People’s Convoy (2/20/2022) aligned with an interesting astrological event, as Pluto has officially returned to 27º33’ Capricorn which was the exact position it occupied in the USA’s founding astrology chart, for the first time since the Declaration of Independence was signed and ratified on July 4th, 1779. For people familiar with or curious about astrology, you can read more here: The USA Pluto Return Is Here: What It Means for You.
For all the “college educated” folk who think they are superior to blue collar workers; you are not. You just aren’t. Accept this. Please. Just now, one of the Convoy Organizers brought two young men (17 year olds) onto the official RV I’m working in, and they chatted, offered encouraging words and took photos with them. Then, I stopped the boys on the way out and reminded them that college is an option…not the better or best option, just an option among many. Then, the Trucker who had invited the boys on board asked if they’d seen the John Wayne Movie, El Dorado? He went on to recite El Dorado, a poem, by Edgar Allen Poe by heart, and he finished by saying, “It’s the journey that matters.” (Thank you, Sterling.)
An older Vietnamese couple at a truck stop approached one of the Convoy leaders and told her story: “We escaped communism already. My husband escaped the communists 18 times and was recaptured every time. The 19th time he escaped to America in 1980. My mother was captured by the communists at the age of sixteen, and it was horrible. They promise you everything and give you nothing, and all they want is to take from you and kill you.” She went on to explain that her mother was tortured sexually (with electric shock), but she also escaped and made it to America where she developed Parkinson’s before she was 50. Her daughter thought it was caused by the electrical torture, and then she gestured toward the Trucking Convoy, and she said, “God bless them, because they’re doing something for the freedom. We cannot let communism take root here. We see it and we don’t understand why Americans don’t?”
The Air BnB couple who I stayed with in Flagstaff asked me why I was in Flagstaff. Full Disclosure, I said, I am a Berniecrat Environmentalist and I’m in the People’s Convoy. The husband gave me a fist-bump, and they served me homemade lentil soup and chatted with me for the next hour or so. Before going to bed, the husband left me with a sincere reminder, as he recited the many moments of intense conflict, fear, worry and global calamity that he’d already lived through: “This, too, shall pass.” This was a retired couple, devout Catholics, who voted for Trump and they were thrilled to hear my thoughts and stated that the point of America is not that we are all the same. It’s that we are different, yet we live in Peace and treat one another with respect.
Here’s the truth. If you are an American and you don’t know what America stands for, it’s time to figure it out. Because, it is not the constitution that protects our nation. It is us, the people, who protect our lives today and going forward, by understanding the promise of our constitutional contract…and surely all of us want to see our fellow Americans enjoying their constitutionally guaranteed rights to speak, assemble and pursue happiness, right?
“History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” ~ Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Okay. I’m very tired and I have to walk through the dark, climb into my icebox of a truck, and try to warm up the inside of my sleeping bag with my body heat alone. I think I’ll jump up and down (as much as my left, slightly injured knee will allow) and maybe do a bunch of sit-ups, LOL. I should be okay, but I’ll wake up to a frozen water bottle and yes, my bananas are black, my bell peppers are mushy (after 3 nights of freezing temperatures) and so on. But, I shall continue onward!
Enduring and celebrating, listening and learning, experiencing and witnessing, recording and sharing the TRUTH about what the People’s Convoy is all about. For those who dismissed the Freedom Convoy in Canada, who listened to second hand opinioning rather than watching primary source material and who have a similar inclination to judge from afar (and with little sincere effort) the intentions and goals of The People’s Convoy in the USA, I wish a change of heart for you.
If you are to the East of Oklahoma, go to The People’s Convoy website for changing route information and know that you are welcome to join us at our next stop, cheer us on, explore our goals, consider your place in time, and do what a brave President of the United States once admonished us all to do: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”