The Preppy Dictator of the North, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has gone where previous PMs (except for his father, PM Pierre Trudeau, 50 years ago), did not go even after the 9/11 attacks and especially during the 2020 BLM riots (during which he knelt with the admitted Marxist militia). He’s activated the nation’s most aggressive “emergency powers” against truly peaceful Canadian citizens.
And I mean Truly Peaceful. Recently, on This Is My Show, host Drew Berquist, a former CIA counter-terrorism officer, showed a video of Freedom Convoy “protesters” handing out roses to Canadian cops who gratefully accepted the kind gesture.
Sadly, after those Canadian officers (perhaps not the exact officers but still Ottawa cops) began arresting peaceful protesters. Former U.S. Secret Service agent and NYPD police officer, Dan Bongino urged Ottawa cops to resign rather than comply with fascist orders given by a dictator.
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When the Canadian government orders the physical arrests of peaceful protesters for “mischief” or “obstruction,” you can be sure they’re fake charges. You don’t enact a sweeping state of emergency for people being mischievous. It’s quite similar to America’s leftist government tossing protesters into the clink without bail for “trespassing.”
In 2011, I wrote in my Seattle police union newspaper, The Guardian, “As government social justices seize the Peoples’ liberty, they will need police officers to enforce their repressive laws. And in my book, De-Policing America: A Street Cop’s View of the Anti-Police State (Post Hill Press, 2018), I wrote, “Remember, when leftist politicians want to enforce their social justice policies and laws against the public, they will need the cops to do it,” if we let them.
So, should officers disobey orders or outright quit—resign, retire, or whatever? They should seriously consider it. Is that easy for me to say because I’m no longer an active cop? Well, I did it. As I’ve written in my articles and books, I retired ten years sooner than I might have because of the leftist political threat to police officers’ freedom and livelihood and their communities’ safety. It was not easy, but I did it and lost 50% of my income doing so.
So, with what’s happening with tyrants misusing police officers in Canada, and likely to get a whole lot worse for American cops with its own planned freedom convoy, it’s a perfect time to discuss when it’s time for cops to disobey orders or quit.
Recently a Canadian RCMP Mountie, opposed to CCP virus mandates, resigned from Trudeau’s protection detail. A Calgary constable posted a video lamenting the Ottawa police chief ordering officers to seize fuel and firewood from Freedom Convoy truckers. And many U.S. sheriffs and police chiefs also refuse to enforce governors’ and mayors’ executive mandates.
This massive two-year muck up of CCP virus management has seen mostly blue governments exploiting “emergency powers” to enact “rules” politicians pass off as laws. Then they use these “laws” to nullify Americans’ and Canadians’ Constitutional and Charter rights. Now, Trudeau is exploiting an actual federal law by lying about its necessity.
Last I checked, there were no footnotes or asterisks in the U.S. Bill of Rights or the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Just checked again. Nope. Except for, in Canada, temporary powers granted by the Emergencies Act, during extreme emergencies, and brief exceptions authorized by legislatures and courts in the U.S., nothing allows for a leader’s sustained dictatorial actions, abridging the people’s God-given rights.
There are obvious times law enforcement officers may refuse to obey an order. The immediate examples are illegal orders. Obviously, if a supervisor orders you to smack, Taser, pepper spray, or shoot a cooperating suspect, that’s a big, no way. Other times are less obvious, such as when a superior orders you to arrest a peaceful protester.
But many supposedly free nations’ laws have gotten murky since the CCP released their virus. For example, people keep saying cops are enforcing mandates when they remove maskless people from stores. No, they’re not.
The officers are enforcing legitimate criminal trespass laws, either removing, citing, or arresting people who refuse to follow the business’ policies or leave the premises. It doesn’t look good, but enforcing a legitimate law is technically and officially what’s happening.
The store owner cannot have police eject a customer directly for violating a government CCP virus mandate, so they exploit officers by luring them into enforcing a valid law (trespassing). But what if their primary purpose is to accomplish a political goal disguised as complying with an objective public health action?
Cops also argue about these issues among themselves. Some believe officers should enforce these “health emergency” laws/rules until/unless courts rule against them or governors and mayors drop them. When it’s only masks (which I loathe wearing), I can see the argument. However, shouldn’t we draw a line where governments force experimental substances to be injected into people’s bodies?
Some argue, if people don’t like the rules, they can vote, impeach, or recall the politicians out of office. True. To an extent. But what if the majority doesn’t vote or etc., out the politicians? Don’t the Bill of Rights and Charter of Rights… primarily exist to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority?
What happens when an officer truly believes the politician is violating the people’s natural, God-given Constitutional or Charter rights? What if it’s obvious? Can a citizen nullify a law that appears to violate the Constitution or Charter…? Can a cop?
Would a cop be “wrong” not to enforce a law leftist politicians don’t like but “right” to enforce a law that leftists agree with—as is happening all over America (and Canada), right now? Liberal politicians prohibit cops from enforcing laws they don’t like, against people they do like, but demand cops enforce laws they do like, against people they don’t like?
In other words, the affection for a particular law changes dependent on the government’s affection or disaffection for a particular offender. That’s why leftist leaders let violent BLM and Antifa rioters get away with looting and violence while it brings the full force of the government down on non-violent trespassers in the U.S. (Jan 6th) and peaceful protesting truckers in Canada.
The Constitution was written specifically to enumerate certain responsibilities of the federal government and deferred to the states and the people most of the rights. They added the Bill of Rights to secure the most important rights. Canada did similarly when it adopted its Charter of Rights and Freedoms. But what happens when governments at various levels suddenly stop observing those rights, as is happening in the U.S. and Canada?
Which behavior honors a cop’s oath of office? Obeying or disobeying orders that infringe on the rights of the people they’re supposed to protect and serve? This can be a tough one because different people process information through different filters. From the beginning, Sam Adams was right in the thick of fighting British oppression, while his cousin John took more convincing. Both are viewed as the most ardent patriots today.
In Canada, Trudeau has trashed his nation’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms when it comes to the Freedom Convoy, the truckers, and their supporters. He simply does not believe they are worthy of Charter protections. According to Bill Maher, Trudeau said the protesters “take up space” and he wonders whether Canada should “tolerate them.”
However, he extolled the Charter protections he recognized for a Guantanamo Bay, Islamofascist prisoner convicted of murder and war crimes named Omar Khadr. The terrorist reportedly killed Canadians and Americans. Trudeau said Khadr deserved Charter protections, not for his crimes but because he was “Canadian.” He defended paying this true terrorist $10 million of Canadian taxpayer money and apologized for “violating his rights.” But Trudeau calls truckers and their supporters Nazis.
Trudeau protects terrorist murderer Khadr’s rights, gives him 10 million bucks, and an apology. But Trudeau arrests peaceful Freedom Convoy trucker Chris Barber because he has different political views. Okay, I’ll say it: That’s evil.
Finally, when deciding if cops should disobey orders, I think it comes down to your conscience. The Calgary constable mentioned above said he uses the “newspaper headline test.” Would he be proud to see his police actions splashed on the front page of a newspaper?
How about someday when you are retired, sitting in a rocking chair, sipping a bit of Jameson’s or tea, your grandkids on your lap. What stories will you be telling them, if you obeyed orders to violate the rights of people you swore to protect and serve? Or will you have to make up stories like the corrupt government you obeyed has been doing about the peaceful protesters being racist, Nazi, terrorists?
Ask yourself if you’re on the right side of history. Heads of state, allied politicians, private-sector censors, state media, etc. who conspire to restrict their people’s natural rights always end up on the wrong side of history. This time will be no different. What will they write about you?