July 1, 2009
As the boy who cried "Militia"! I didn't anticipate the reaction. My biggest concern was the possible arrival of ten pick-ups toting twenty or thirty rednecks wearing straw hats and rubber boots, carrying pitch forks and spitting tobacco juice. What I didn't expect was a bus load of people I would describe as (borrowing heavily from Mr. Fantino) outsiders, interlopers, agitators, trouble makers, etc., intent on stirring things up to further their own agenda. Their concern seemed to be that we're intent on forming something akin to the Mohawk Warriors so that we can go around and terrorize innocent people, making sure of course that they're Indians.
I contacted the organizer by telephone on the morning of the 23rd. I offered him a personal invitation. Himself and a witness. "Tell the posse to stand down. Come and hear it straight from the horse's mouth. Hopefully, go back and tell the posse "It's not what we thought. Let's go bother someone else." (I didn't use the last sentence)> His answer? "Not interested. The buses are coming." Sensing that this was a man who wouldn't let facts get in the way of an absurd rumour, I tried one more offer. "When the buses get to Cayuga, the invitation still stands for you and a witness." "Not interested". As it turned out he wasn't interested enough to even come over and introduce himself. Perhaps he feared that I'd club him with a wooden (white oak, not red) swastika and then gas him. The bunch that accompanied him looked, for the most part, like those kids that ask you for money in downtown Hamilton parking lots. Since I was inside I didn't hear their message. I'll cope.
I must comment the O.P.P. (Yes,, you read that right!) They did a superb job of keeping my new friends on the other side of the road. (A few of them got in but there weren't enough to take me). to my knowledge there were no incidences. They're a good police force when they're allowed to be.
All that we (hopefully) managed to do inside was to plant the seed of interest. A volunteer group of citizens acting out of concern for their fellow citizens would be a good think, in my opinion. Since the motivation is dissatisfaction with race-based policing, the O.P.P. cannot endorse it. I get that. Since the focus is simple, government officials will never get their heads around it. If it isn't complicated they know that it can't be their idea. So it must be shameful, dumb, etc.
All I know is this. My town is in trouble. It's relatively quiet as I'm writing, but it could flare up at any time and we're back to circling the wagons. (I couldn't resist). The uncertainty is like poison. It drives people away. It discourages people from coming (unless they want some cheap smokes) to live, and businesses from starting. If we don't have a restoration of law and order, the town will continue to fade. Officials need a reminder that we won't tolerate their indifference forever. The formation of the Caledonia Peacekeepers may seem like an act of defiance, but it's more of a cry for help. Please, give us back a police force whose policy is based on the rule of law rather than on political flapdoodle.