Readers react to the Ride for the Constitution

| October 10, 2013
Results are as of Thursday, October 10, 1 p.m.
Results are as of Thursday, October 10, 1 p.m.

Response to the Ride for the Constitution effort have run the gamut over the last several weeks as word has gotten out about the ever-shifting range of demands, grievances and issues associated with it. Many readers responded favorably to the notion of potential outcomes in wide participation in a shutdown, as indicated by results of the poll included attendant in this linked story, which was conducted during the early days of the effort.

But as mainstream attention to the promoters of the Ride effort has continued to build through the week and voices within the trucking community have spoken up more definitively against the Ride effort, responses have trended negatively but are not entirely so by any stretch. Find some excerpts below, but for more, join the conversations under any of the recent Ride-related stories

Via Overdrive‘s Facebook page:
Neil Gabell Jr.: This is the best example ever of shooting yourself in the foot. Let’s throw a temper tantrum, wreak havoc on the public, then play the victim. I will not be associated with some haphazard protest that only highlights immaturity and ignorance…. Do you really need a pat on the back to accomplish what you voluntarily chose to do with your career? If you want “change” try using the avenues the rest of society utilizes. Vote, write your representative and support OOIDA. The squeaky wheel may get the grease, but that grease may be applied to an area you find uncomfortable. 

Brian Carlson: There is more to fixing our business and restoring the greatness that is the Constitution in our lives than what can be done in a weekend driving in circles. You need real directives. And before you can permeate society with wholesome, beneficial change, you have to apply the Constitution to our personal lives daily and to the job we do every day…. This is why these types of futile exercises will only do harm. So what if a few nontruckers are supporting it — its not long-term change with lasting results…

Michael Lincoln: If we really want to make an impact, why would we shut down over a weekend when 90 percent of drivers are home already? Want to make a statement? Have everybody refuse to make their Monday deliveries. Shut down two-three days in the middle of the week, maybe.

Zachary Bell: I will not be a part of this shutdown, I will be working instead and making more money so I can get to a higher standard of living than I am at already. If I’m not working, I will be either at home or shopping for a new personal vehicle. If you want to shut it down and have an unhappy customer, be my guest. But remember you don’t get paid if the truck doesn’t move.

Commenting at OverdriveOnline.com: 
Daniel Kupke: We have got to do something! Get something done together just to show we can! This going through the proper channels doesn’t work… Things just go on day after day and nothing changes and noone does anything, etc. Then the Feds come alone every other month thinking up new things for us to be subjected to. I’m tired of it! I will support this and I’ve been out here on the road since ’79, so I do know a little about it!

Rey Moreno: I just cant sit here and be a whipping post for the fed, shippers, brokers, weight station inspectors, toll road commissions, state troopers, anymore! The trucking industry is a cash machine for the fed and states. Everywhere you turn somebody wants your money. Whenever they need money, they just yank the lever. Moreover, all the vendors out there have raised their rates. Cost of tires, parts, oil, fuel, shop labor, taxes, legal services, factoring, all have gotten their rate increases. The old guy at the parts counter even smiles at you when he tells you about the upcoming rate increase. Doesn’t that make your blood boil? For my business, my industry, and my country, I have to do something.

Karen Moore:  If every trucker and owner-operator in the country would do nothing more than pick up the phone and call their senator or congressperson once a month, you would see things change. It’s very easy to do; here’s the phone number for the Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121. Ask for your congressperson or your senator or any other representative; the switchboard will plug you right in with a live person who will listen and make a record of your opinion and pass it on to your representative. It works!

Don Lanier: Yes we need change, yes we need to organize, but we also need to realize a truckers’ strike isn’t going to change who’s President or change his way of governing. Many don’t like who or what he is — vote him out of office. Then start with Congress and elect men and women who represent us, not lobbies. We can block traffic and honk our horns and wave our flags and show we are Proud of who we are, but if we do this wrong, it’s going to backfire and make us all look bad, and our reputations will suffer for it, especially owner-operators.

  • Sed

    I’m here in DC for the shutdown

  • FrustratedPatriot888

    I’ve been trucking for almost 20 years now, and every seven or eight years one of these cries to have a trucking shutdown comes along and each time it does…it fizzles out and becomes a popcorn fart of an expression of frustration. There are more effective ways to show your frustration. Any trucker should know, you get more than three in a room and one of them will not agree. Now multiply that by 3 million drivers…well you do the math.

  • Mike Simon

    I think it is sneaky and underhanded the way the organizers have mislead the American trucker into thinking this strike will address the myriad of problems facing our industry. The above comments by Rey Moreno prove that most of the people out there believe this strike is about our industry..which it is not. I believe all this will do is further the negative image our industry already suffers from in this country

  • William McKelvie

    At this point, it won’t do much but be a headache. They finally put 1/10th of the issues out, but could not even get the HOS issue correct. Who will take any of them seriously who would be willing to change things in trucking? Not the right folks. We do need to do something, I have some ideas, thrown my way by phone calls to congressional offices. If you want to help try, reach out. We have about ten folks so far on board. No striking or such will be involved. Thanks.

  • mousekiller

    This is nothing more than some one or two persons that want
    their name in the news. When they have to post pictures taken in 08 to
    bolster their weak support to make it appear it is larger than life is
    just plain stupid and shows it is not a viable well thought out idea.
    Really bad planning to begin with. No support from carriers, truck
    supporters such as Overdrive. CCJ, Landline etc. This is not going to
    end well for many O/O’s and drivers that that participate in this flyby
    night scheme. Tickets and towing will be the norm, little if any
    positive news stories , Pictures will be posted by viewers and
    bystanders that will go viral on the internet. The towing companies
    will at the least double the normal tow charge just to make money on it.
    It is the truckers, their families and supporters that will come out on
    the bottom of this haphazard day dream. Even Mike Parkhurst thinks it
    is a farce.

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  • old timer 45 years

    What killed this is the fact that the organizers made this about Obama and not about the DOT being out of control!

    This was SO stupid going after the President to resign and not about the real problems, that are making this industry go broke at the hands of the ATA and the big money that supports and pits them against the owner Operators!
    If we are going to strike or, go on Vacation at the same time, then lets get organized ahead of time and come up with a plan and demands that will put this industry back in business, and terms that we can all live with!

    I will not shut down any of my trucks for some far right wing idiot that does not understand it is not just one party at fault! They are both working to take us down the river and put us back in our place as low paid and willing to cut each others throats even worse then before, and they break down the middle class even more!

  • kiz_ma_az

    At what point in the story were you going to tell every one that this is not a legitimate poll and the voters could vote multiple times simply by using private browsing options?

    So you fake the news and then report on it? Good job, you should work for the government.

  • Robert crazy cat Smith

    “Old timer 45 years”(other comment) is 100 % correct.That is the way a wise trucker who knows the real score thinks.