These are weird times. Kiwis who are normally slow to anger are fighting with each other even within families, condemning others in a heartless manner as if this was war and others’ lives were less important than a strongly held view.
The “separation” into opposing vaccination groups has been “legitimised” and encouraged by our government’s consistent propaganda – and the undemocratic mandates. The mandates lie at the root of the growing divide.
This is happening despite free choice, medical sovereignty, and caring for the suffering of the less fortunate being at the core of our democracy. We have been the first to stand up for human rights before other countries, but now we are lagging behind the world who see the nonsense of mandates and are ending them.
I have been called thick, naive, a hallucinating conspiracy theorist – and much worse. I have also been wished dead. Historically, this kind of manufactured intense polarisation is typical of many countries starting down the slippery slope of being stripped of essential freedoms. Especially when it coincides with laws going speedily through parliament without parliamentary debate, and mandates that make no sense coming into play. In our instance, the shocking and likely illegal “no jab no job” mandates. These defy commonsense. It’s astonishingly clear that both vaccinated, and non-vaccinated, get and spread the disease…so not even science supports these mandates.
Overkill has been the common denominator of our Covid Response. The latest amends to the Covid Bill (2) amongst other things allows the police to enter your home without a warrant. The Bill went through without any time to read the thousands of submissions, or any time for the majority of people to notice it was even happening. Blink and it was done. There is a government not informing or willing to listen to its people right there.
What I have posted is so far is pretty mild aimed at peacefully healing the divide. I respect all the good people who have different opinions but who refrained from emotional abuse. There are some who have entered into the kind of free debate that normally happened pre Covid – but I am sad to say it is rare. That is a world-wide phenomenon that has been
Here is how I stand about all this for the record.
I have a degree in Political Science and concentrated on organisational psychology and “power, personality and politics.” Now that does not make me a know all, and I am not for the use of “expert” as the final word on any crucial enquiry. This too can be abused. But it does give me a radar for totalitarian moves. This is not isolated to NZ, and I wonder why people aren’t reflecting on what is happening in Canada – and the now world-wide trend outside NZ with countries dropping the mandates and all Covid restrictions.
We are very much behind the times on Omicron and new data that helps us have the beginnings of true retrospect. Ardern seems to have not caught up with the low threats associated with Omicron and the inability of the vaccine to protect people from it. Bloomfield himself admitted the booster had no effect on Omicron, yet Ardern continues to push them and call it a “pandemic” still when it is clearly endemic. The acute phase of Covid 19 and its potential serious risks is over. Omicron is good news, not bad.
The rest of the world are making common-sense conclusions to stop mandates now. I believe, no government surely could be blind to these developments. It seems something more concerning is happening than Ardern’s government just being in a time warp. I would like to be wrong, but her stance is consistent with someone staunchly not facing up to reality, and unable to listen to any view but her own. Not even the people she was elected to listen to, represent, and serve.
I am worried that if the protestors fail, if Ardern will refuse to see them and talk….. we ALL fail. The speaking truth to power will not be possible. It will be drowned out again and again. So, I urge people to continue their support.
When Ardern came to power we loved her agenda. But right now her agenda is not our own. Never has a Leader and her whole government wilfully divided off a group of New Zealanders and described them as a “river of filth” “domestic terrorists” and much worse. More scathing even than for the description of the Muslim terrorist who was a real threat and murdered our kiwi Muslim brothers and sisters.
She used to say that her work is not done till every New Zealander is not suffering in poverty or inequality. Yet her mandates have driven people into unemployment and her language continues to be deeply divisive. She has repeated the imported meme that “this is a disease of the unvaccinated” and drove an artificial wedge between us. This is rapidly turning to hatred as she presents the worst possible view of the protesters to the country. I want to diffuse this hatred, but with little mainstream media willing to do this – its looking like a long shot till some of them wake up and act like real investigative journalists. The real issues are not being tended to – instead diverted from by focus on anything that make the protesters look as bad as Arden’s comments about them.
Truly people are really suffering who have lost their careers (heart breaking enough on its own) and income for a choice she once said there would be no penalties for. These people are valuable members of our community. I have been there, they are good people.
Ardern removed 1000’s of comments off her page the day she asked had anyone experienced friends or family with adverse events – believing obviously that they were rare. She refuses to answer questions about it and the call to making reporting adverse events mandatory – which is really just common sense for the safety of New Zealanders who have trusted in her.
There is much more that I could say, but I respect that this will possibly be hard enough for anyone still enamoured with her to take in. It hurt me as someone who trusted her to put my head above the fog and realise this – but truly there are enormous questions to be answered, and urgently. This is why I am here in Wellington. It is a very complex situation but I know I must take this stand. I hope taking a peaceful and honest stand can narrow the dangerous divide between New Zealanders.
All of us are much more than the parameters of this issue of course – but right now it is critical to put good energy into this before the time comes when we wished we had.
Do what you believe, but whatever side you are on, I ask with respect for all to just watch more intently – and not rely solely on the mainstream media story, or indeed the government’s. Their “one and only source of info to be trusted” is a claim that is now proving to be vastly incorrect and behind the times. When a leader says that it should put a chill down your spine. We are not powerless in seeking more information outside her group from reputable internationally respected qualified people. It doesn’t have to be via social media that is so heavily censored. People forget we can just pick up the phone. We can also decide for ourselves when harmful laws must stop, indeed that is now democracy works.
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