Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you’re right and you know it, speak your mind. Speak your mind even if you are a minority of one. The truth is still the truth. — Mahatma Gandhi
In the 1930s, during the years of the Great Depression, a 14-year-old boy was sacked from the job he so desperately needed. He had left school to help support his family — a widowed mother and two sisters. They were a close, loving family living through tough times —money was scarce, as were jobs.
He was sacked because he had witnessed the manager of the firm being dishonest and lying about it. Another person was blamed and dismissed. On seeing this the young lad, from his most junior position, confronted the manager and called him a liar. The manager hauled him in front of the boss, who ordered the boy to apologise, or he would have to go as well.
No job — honour intact.
On his way home the young lad thought desperately about what he could do to bring some money in and happened to glance into the window of a butcher’s shop that had made a poor job of their pricing tickets. He asked if he could sort it out for them and they agreed to give him a trial. Not much, but it was something. He had no idea how to sign-write, so enrolled at night school to learn and was given the job. He found more clients too, and additional work with the other sacked employee who was managing a garage. He worked hard and threw everything into his dream of owning a farm and later became a very successful farmer and businessman. He started with nothing but a willingness to work, he was innovative, knew the difference between right and wrong, showed good common-sense, had no hesitation in standing up to bullies, and followed his dreams.
That young boy was my father.
He told us stories like this when we were gathered around the fire at the farm, on chilly winter nights. From these stories we learned that if you stood up to bullies and for what was right, then things would work out, even if it did not seem to look like it at the time — and even if it seemed as though you could lose all you had, and you were the only one standing up and speaking out. Standing up for what was right was more important.
For to do otherwise is to live a lie.
These stories of his life — and there were many — also illustrated that we had to look at what we were told and weigh things up for ourselves — and make our own decisions. They were invaluable lessons that shaped our childhood and our lives.
Which brings us to today. A time when we are told lie after lie and expected to believe them, and then be vilified if we don’t.
It surely gives cause for concern, with everyone who champions democracy, when we hear phrases urging us to believe that a political party is the ‘single source of truth’ and not to go to anywhere else for information on key issues that affect us all. Where in history have we heard that?
It’s also disturbing to see definitions of words redefined. ‘Disinformation’ being one of the latest. A recent example was the list of twelve people and groups published as the main source of ‘disinformation’ in New Zealand. Amazingly, in the same week, lists of twelve sources of ‘disinformation’ were also published in other countries.
Fancy that — so many countries ‘coincidentally’ finding twelve such culprits.
The N.Z. list was apparently compiled by several people who make up the ‘Department of Disinformation’. Before this, the only time it seemed such ‘departments’ had been in existence were in communist or fascist countries.
I was familiar with a number of people and groups on the N.Z. list, none of whom I had heard spread disinformation, although they presented alternative views, backed by facts:
Leighton Baker: A man of integrity and honour, most recently remembered for working incredibly hard at the Wellington protest to ensure it was peaceful, despite abhorrent provocation from those who didn’t seem to believe in free speech or the right to peacefully protest. A man who provides his views on the attack of our democracy and individual freedoms in a calm and sensible manner, based on factual information.
Chantelle Baker: His daughter, who has done many interviews in an effort to show the truth in regard to current political issues of concern. She did an outstanding job of capturing live footage of the protest in Wellington that showed viewers the actuality of brutal attacks on genuinely peaceful protesters, who mostly stood with their backs to hundreds of police, while singing the National Anthem, and who simply wanted those in parliament who purport to ‘represent’ all Kiwis to listen to their valid concerns about the mandates and infringements on our democracy, the Bill of Rights, and the Nuremberg Code.
If her information was ‘disinformation’ then it seems strange that mainstream media linked some of her exceptional live footage to their news programmes, without permission, on the last day of the protest.
Counterspin Media was also included and they, like other key alternative media, bring New Zealanders interviews with international experts and provided live footage of what was really happening in Wellington and much more. They are currently on tour in N.Z interviewing Kiwis from all walks of life.
Liz Gunn, who has done in-depth, deeply-moving interviews on many issues of oppression in our country, including stories of those who have suffered shocking side effects from the experimental injection, that is still on trial, without having been informed of the pages of possible serious side effects. Many had it because of suppressive mandates being enforced upon them — a clear violation of the Nuremberg Code and Human Rights. To compound this, those suffering terrible side effects have been deserted — in most cases — with no assistance through ACC, and are still unable to work.
They have been pushed to the side and ignored, while the travelling circus trundles on, continuing to shout, ‘Safe and effective! Roll up for your free sausage and jab!’ Liz has brought a professional, passionate voice to many profoundly concerning matters that have infringed on our basic rights.
Voices For Freedom, created by three amazingly talented young women who have a swathe of degrees between them, and two of whom are lawyers/litigators. They are intelligent, caring, compassionate Kiwis committed to our right to democracy and freedom, as are all on the list. They have created a network of many thousands of amazing members throughout the country working in unity to peacefully stand for what is right, while also ensuring independence through self-sufficiency. They specialize in regularly bringing factual information from eminently qualified international experts to explain the topics deep concern and invite us to come to our own decisions. Which is how it should be.
Their coverage of what is happening is compelling. It resonates. It is accurate and genuinely fact-checked, which is why so many thousands of Kiwis tune in.
Lion-hearts, each one, along with those in the VFF groups throughout the country.
The Convoy, who spear-headed a legendary movement throughout New Zealand that Kiwis of all walks of life wanted to be part of and became keen to contribute to. That culminated in Camp Freedom where a new world of peace and harmony was created under the nose of the seat of power where those who purported to represent the people wouldn’t even deign to speak or listen to those they were there to serve.
Yes, infiltrators entered the camp, yes, not-quite-so-under-cover police paced through regularly, and yes, homeless people did join in for the free food. Everyone was fed. That is just how it was. Rich and poor, professional people, tradies, farmers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, and Kiwis of all walks of life made their way to Camp Freedom. Wellingtonians joined in, picking up washing one day and delivering it to the campers, laundered, the next.
They brought food. The atmosphere was amazing. Donations flooded in. It became a movement of the people, for the people, who simply wanted democracy and freedom of choice retained.
Not so much to ask.
It became a pilgrimage for democracy, individual rights, and freedom. The more vicious the assaults on them, (wrongful arrests, beatings, physical attacks on people peacefully sitting, sprinklers turned on, loud music blasting at random intervals, intimidation at strange hours of the morning, etc), the more the people came in support, and the more donations flooded in.
Yes, it was brutally destroyed. But the spirit of it and all it stands for, lives on. That will never die, for it exists in the hearts of all of us who were either there or visited.
The Freedom and Rights Coalition were tireless in their efforts to help organize peaceful protests throughout the country. A place where people could join in unity and give voice to their concerns. They helped give a voice to the people.
The lawyer Sue Grey was also listed under one of the groups and is best-known for her exhaustive work in challenging recent infringements on human rights through the courts. Most recently she was on the steps of parliament, publicly standing with another hero, Dr Matt Shelton, advising that nano-technology was contained in the experimental injections. Disinformation? Hardly.
It was also astonishing to see nzdsos.com on the list. This is a group of doctors and medical staff I implicitly trust and for whom I have the deepest admiration. They have gone out on a limb to speak out and bring people the truth. They provide meticulously researched information from international experts and by doing that the outright lies we have been told are laid bare.
They, and the other individuals and groups on the ‘list’, have been black PR’d, ridiculed, denigrated, harassed and threatened. The nzdsos.com doctors have been removed from their practices, suspended and sometimes forced into expensive spurious court cases, which simply seem designed to create further stress and hardship. So what do they do?
They open a clinic to help assist those suffering from the side-effects of the injections.
And still they all speak out to bring us the truth, to help us see what is happening, and they continue to invite anyone reading their information to make up their own minds.
Heroes. Each one.
Some of the others on the list I do not know, but they’re in great company. There are many more not on ‘the list’ who are also providing factual information to Kiwis at great cost to themselves.
I applaud them for their honour, their bravery, their courage, and for calmly and peacefully standing for democracy and making the factual information known. They are not fighting the old system as such, but highlighting the facts and getting busy creating a new world where freedom of choice and the Bill of Rights are sacrosanct.
The first part of doing that is to give Kiwis another point of view of current issues, backed by facts, that is not sponsored by government.
Perfectly reasonable in a democracy one would have thought.
I’m with them.
Dad would be too.
Just like he carried on when times were tough, so are many Kiwis, in their own way, adding to the momentum, peacefully building the world we want. Working together in unity, honouring the Bill of Rights and the Nuremberg Code, and standing together for what is right (for that is the way we’ll do it). That’s what will give our children, our grandchildren, and our country, a promising future.
Join us, in whatever way you can. Have a listen to other points of view. Make up your own mind and support what you know to be right.
You’ll be pleased you did.
For it is a matter of honour — for you and for each of us — just as it was for that young boy in the 1930s.