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Wendy Parker

Race to a shutdown

| October 01, 2013

Well, they beat us to it. The government went ahead and shut down before the truckers could get there. We’ve been watching the call for a shut down in a couple of weeks, haven’t said much about it because we weren’t sure it was even truckers stirring up muddy water. Turns out, the initial call for a shut down wasn’t from truckers at all, but a radio host and some other ya-hoo. Todd had the info ferreted out before I ever got a response to my first query letter, asking them to please be specific about their message.

Of course, we’d support the truckers in a shutdown involving wages, fuel prices and arbitrary lawmaking involving hours of service. Those things are pertinent to the industry. All the other ancillary causes need their own platform. Attaching a bunch of stuff to a trucking cause that has nothing to do with trucking is the same thing the government does when they attach pork to a bill.

Related: Will you participate in the “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” / general strike being promoted for Oct. 11-13? 

“Let’s see, this bill feeds hungry children in West Virginia. It also funds a hunting lodge on property owned by Omnicare, so congress members can take their families on expeditions in a safe and professionally managed area. I’m voting yes!”

(This, of course, is my interpretation of how actual bills are written, because I’m stupid and believe pretty much anything can be explained in two sentences. In real life, this bill would be 400 pages long and take three days to read.)

Don’t make people choose between supporting the trucking causes and going on a hate ride. The original document I read about the shutdown cited all kinds of stuff about kicking all the Muslims out of government, and calling for Obama to be impeached. Here’s the deal. We don’t give a damn if you’re a Muslim, Baptist, Catholic or Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, if you’re not upholding the Constitution, you need to be removed from public office. Period. We’re not going to specifically cite one group of people, because there are a whole lot of bad guys in our government, and they’re not all Muslims.

BabboonIt’s not a secret I’m no fan of the government. It’s not because I like one side or the other, I don’t like any of them — they all make the hair on the back of my neck stand up. I find it in no way ironic that a large gathering of baboons is also called a congress. Have you ever seen a baboon up-close? (You have now. See above. –ed.) Furry-cute with fangs that could eviscerate a grown man. Opportunistic omnivores and selective feeders that carefully choose their food. No irony there at all.

A million trucks riding to Washington would be an awesome thing to behold. A million trucks riding to Washington with a clear, trucking-oriented message would not only be awesome to behold, it may actually make a difference.

  • LadyhawkeKW

    AMEN!!!! I have been watching so many people who are planning on joining the convoy get sooooo defensive when you bring up the fact this convoy wasn’t started by truckers and had no trucking agenda until they were questioned about “Why truckers?”. Their agenda has been muddled from the start and changing constantly.

  • guest

    Truckers NEED to make a STAND…we have NO CHOICE…ya cant even OPERATE without some constraining regulation, tax, fee, toll being shoved ontop of the TRUCKER….to HELL with this B.S.
    Shut Down Oct 11-13…..its a simple thing to do…call in sick..whatever…do this as OFTEN as necessary so the GOV will see WE have Power in Numbers…..We will make an Impact…….IF we do NOTHING we will continue to be shoved around like WIMPS…….Stike, Shut Down, Convoy to DC….we may NOT get another chance like this. We are Organized NOW….and RILED UP!!!! Bring Pitchforks if Necessary!!! We Will Make a CHANGE in their way of thinking NOW!! Not LATER or SOMEDAY…NOW!!!! Oct 11American was BORN in Revolution..try NOT to forget it.
    Make a STAND or be an obediant WIMP!!!

  • bigkahuna

    that’s what happens when you follow dip$hit right-wingnuts into ‘battle’..

    YOU LOSE.

  • goldfisheb

    Thank you, Wendy! The example of pork added to a bill is right on target. If you want to make a point & be taken seriously, look at the source & the company you keep. I looked into it & want no part of the crazy agenda of the group leading this.

  • Mike Smith

    Basically I agree with the main point. Which I would say is, that we need to do something.

    What I don’t care for is Politically Correct injections by so many weak kneed people who have been convinced not to get angry.

    You say, “It’s not because I like one side or the other, I don’t like any of them”. What the is this. It is a way to say convey disappointment, no anger, hate for whats going on in government. Forgive me, I’m not putting words in your mouth, but this is what it sounds like what is being said. But your a writer here so you need to be choosy about your words. I had a discussion with an English couple that left there country to live out of country. In a conversation about our countries problems, I asked them how they felt about Great Britain. They looked at each other and said, ‘they love their country, but they hate their government”.

    Lets say you where in the military during WW2, would you, not like the enemy, the NAZI’s & the Germans, and the Japaneses. Or would you hate them. Anybody that supported the NAZI Germans.

    Who is are our enemies, and do you like them or hate them.

  • john

    The original story I saw about the trip to DC, was a million bikes to converge on DC Oct. 11-13, and some of those bikers were truck drivers, lawyers, doctors, etc., etc., Next thing you know, a bunch of truck drivers were going on about taking their trucks to DC to protest the HOS rules. Then just a million trucks going to DC to protest in general.

  • toothpick

    yep the left wing nuts in charge now want more regs higher insurance and elogs that’s what we need right ? (no way ) read facts before you wright stupid stuff

  • William McKelvie

    Well I guess Parker is not keeping up with it, they have stated trucking issues. And yeah while I personally am not 100% sure about it all myself, I think it would be STUPID, and IGNORANT for us NOT to use the opportunity to at least bring light to our issues that we face. Not only from the industry itself as drivers, but also from the FMCSA and their communistic type of regulations. As well as the news media’s KILLER TRUCKERS demeaning presentations. Who is listening to the trucker? Our radio shows listen, our publications listen, but is the FMCSA actively honestly listening to us? Ah no, and that would be a HELL NO. So you tell me then, and this is the question that I have asked MANY and gotten no honest response. WHAT then? What is next to do to make things right for ALL of us. EOBR/ELD is STILL allowing companies to PUSH drivers around. It costs companies millions of dollars and proposed feel gooders hollered pay raise only to actually see pay drop, what was it 7 or 8%??? Sleep apnea testing, while I agree it is a good idea, the tests are ridiculously expensive. If they want it, let THEM pay for it.
    HOS, is almost criminal in nature, the 168 hour ruling is communistic control, as is the two one am to five am periods. I could go on, but WHAT regulation has actually helped us drivers and owners? Honestly?
    So, again, while I like your colums, what is the answer? Tell me to try the proper channels as one Road Dog commenter stated. WE HAVE TRIED. WE SURELY HAVE.

  • William McKelvie

    Food for thought …….. ready??? Why does it matter WHO starts it? It has to be DEFINED for you? Not ONE of those issues matter to you? Are you ready as a woman to have SHARIA LAW dear? I think I know you and the answer to that would be NO, and a HELL NO. So, if not truckers, who are the AMERICAN backbone, then who? Just giving you food for thought.

  • guest

    why on a weekend? not much point there.

  • Jon McLaughlin

    Why don’t we do our own strike on trucking issues ONLY. forget the Oct. 11 – 13 strike and stage one Oct 28 thru Dec 3. ON TRUCKING ISSUES ONLY.
    Converge on DC and those that cannot be in DC converge on ALL state Capitols. The new reset regulations, sleep apnea, CA regulations that only out of state trucks have to abide by, states that have a speed limit for cars and a much lower limit for trucks on open Federal Highways (Interstates). Brokers have to fully disclose what they are getting for a load and CANNOT take more than 25% of the load and give the fuel surcharge to the trucks.

  • Daniel Kupke

    Yeah thats right there LOOSER !!! Throw some water or a wet blanket on some-thing or some-one that is trying to do some-thing to improve things !!! This is why these things get bogged down because of u negative types ?? Why don’t you for 1 time join in n make a real difference instead being a idiot !!

  • MercenaryMan

    Whats going to happen when the Hate mongers, the Anti muslims, the Diatribers, and Whatever wingers start saying WERE FOR THIS AND WERE FOR THAT, but the trucks are all the public see, weve taken a beating on out image for years, now were gonna throw in with Guys on Overpasses and Impeachment and Conspiracy goons…Truckers have had every chance to rally and stop laws they believe are unjust, they dont want or need, BUT WHAT GETS DONE and what gets whined about is two different things. People say OOIDA doesnt do enough, Unions are corrupt, STRIKES dont achieve anything. Well I guess if you dont get involved then how can you complain. Sitting in the truckers lounge grumbling about taxes, and CARB, and the EPA and Fuel prices doesnt achieve squat. But what happens when 10,000 letters show up, or 150,000 or 1,000,000 letters, then somebodys is going to say wait a gosh darn minute. If you cant take a few minutes to call Congress, talk to your Representatives, know there names and express your honest feelings to them, they dont know you exist.

    If action is what we want as truckers then we join OOIDA, We join a Union and in force we say, NOPE aint gonna happen then 150,000 letters pour in saying NOPE, WE BACK THEM FELLAS…Sticking together requires participation, Not guys on overpasses trying to impeach the TWICE duly elected President, No matter how you feel about Left/Right/Middle or ???? Thats not gonna achieve SPIT….and those that believe waving Confederate flags and shouting down with Obummer, and wheres his Birth certificate well they have a sore throat end of day, not one thing will change and those that were blocked from driving, buying or being free will have a great attitude towards truckers, while the goons slink back into the dark….

    Drivers, Truckers, Im for US…I want change, I want to see a movement that says what we need to say, Over regulation is killing our profits, and we need relief….change these laws, give us some exemptions, etc…HOS, CSA, Sleep apnea, New Medical regs, FMCSA, and on and on….you want to change the trucking landscape,,,stick to the issues. God Bless the Drivers, truckers and all of us…

  • MercenaryMan

    The Muslim parade had 30 people in it, the bikers did have nearly 500,000

  • DEBIEVE

    WHY DOESN’T THE MEDIA GET INVOLVED? EITHER STAND UP AND MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD OR COWER DOWN AND SHUT UP! BACK IN THE DAY ALL TRUCKERS STUCK TOGETHER..IT WAS CALLED CAMARADERIE! THEY WERE THE BACKBONE OF THIS COUNTRY LIKE IT OR NOT! A DYING BREED IF NOT ALMOST COMPLETELY GONE AND FORGOTTEN NOW..IT IS NOW WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT WE HAVE LET THE OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS BECOME ALL BUT NULL AND VOID..WHY IS IT SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND THIS?? UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL..PERIOD!

  • Stan D Mute

    Yeah! Let’s not do anything, that’ll show ‘em. Just wait til those government tyrant types get a load of us doing nothing, they’ll really know then that they can’t mess with us.

    Really? Are you so apathetic you don’t notice this country is 3/4 of the way down the drain? Our actual unemployment rate is something like 25% and we have about 50% either working for the government or collecting benefits while the remaining 25% (that’s you and me) try to pay for it all. And no, we can’t pay for it all which is why our debt is between 13,000,000,000,000,000 and 50,000,000,000,000,000 depending on who’s counting. Oh, but our wise and knowing government decided that the answer to our problems is to import 11,000,000,000 to 30,000,000,000 (again depends on who’s counting) people who don’t speak or read English and give them all free healthcare that we can’t pay for. Oh, and their other wise idea is to print up an extra $87,000,000,000,000 per month, every month, from 2008 until infinity just to buy the debt that comes from not paying our bills.

  • Stan D Mute

    Yeah! Let’s not do anything, that’ll show ‘em. Just wait til those government tyrant types get a load of us doing nothing, they’ll really know then that they can’t mess with us.

    Really? Are you so apathetic you don’t notice this country is 3/4 of the way down the drain? Our actual unemployment rate is something like 25% and we have about 50% either working for the government or collecting benefits while the remaining 25% (that’s you and me) try to pay for it all. And no, we can’t pay for it all which is why our debt is between 13,000,000,000,000,000 and 50,000,000,000,000,000 depending on who’s counting. Oh, but our wise and knowing government decided that the answer to our problems is to import 11,000,000,000 to 30,000,000,000 (again depends on who’s counting) people who don’t speak or read English and give them all free healthcare that we can’t pay for. Oh, and their other wise idea is to print up an extra $87,000,000,000,000 per month, every month, from 2008 until infinity just to buy the debt that comes from not paying our bills.

    So the end result is that we all have to work twice as hard for less money competing against a guy who thinks electricity and indoor plumbing is the height of luxury and who can barely read “stop” on a sign. Meanwhile each of the fewer dollars we earn is taxed more and also worth less because of the inflation caused by running the printing presses in overdrive. And yes, the fuel, tires, etc will also cost much more because dollars are worth much less than Venezuelan bolivars or Saudi riyals.

    So PLEASE, whatever you do, don’t get involved with ANY kind of protest. Don’t let your wise and omnipotent government think you object to any of this.

    I’m not a trucker. I wish I was. I wish there was a SUV protest I could drive up and join. If and when I get my chance, I WILL be protesting. By then it may be too late, but what the heck right? Our government will make it all better for us won’t they? Oh, and did I mention that those millions of new legal workers will all get affirmative action too? Yep, they’re mostly Hispanic and that is a government “protected class” so you probably won’t even have to worry about all that other stuff like fuel cost, declining prices, etc, because Juan and Pablo will be driving your rigs while you wait for your EBT card to refill on the first of the month…

    America USED TO BE a great nation. Americans USED TO stand together against government tyranny. Now, nobody will stand and instead will point fingers at one another. “Not my problem! Ain’t no trucking issues!”

    But at least we will all share the hell of TYRANNY together..

  • Davey P

    Really good article Wendy simply the best as always.

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