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Truck Drivers Plan Strike to SHUT DOWN AMERICA! Or Maybe Not. We’ll See.

Some people might not know this, but truck drivers are a highly political bunch. And from October 11th to 13th, many plan to make their voices known in Washington D.C. by…PARKING.

Truck drivers are a notoriously conservative bunch. And surprisingly, it’s not because trucking is just another blue-collar job filled with hopeless idiots. Truckers are a highly skilled and highly trained group as a whole, and not particularly stupid. A certain amount of it has to do with the fact that the trucking industry has traditionally attracted Midwest farm boys, mostly because they’re comfortable hauling heavy equipment, don’t mind working really long hours, and are more comfortable driving stick-shift diesels than the average Camry driver.

While the advent of the automated manual transmission and recent hours-of-service regulations has diversified the demographic somewhat, truckers are still pretty right-leaning, even Libertarian, as a whole. You might be too, if you were a middle-class, small business owner getting constantly screwed by government policy favoring billionaires and huge corporations. And that’s the real reason truckers (particularly truck owners) tend to lean conservative.

So, even though truck stops may not be the Klan rallies that they used to be, you can expect any concept that trickles through the Grand Old Tea Party to make its way down through the trucking industry eventually. That includes the idea of “shut-down to protest.”

Glenn Beck’s The Blaze predictably embraced the planned trucker strike in this editorial, directing readers to this video from Kevin Allan:

The mission statement on the Truckers to Shut Down America Facebook page reads thus:

The American people are sick and tired of the corruption that is destroying America! We therefore declare a GENERAL STRIKE on the weekend of October 11-13, 2013! Truck drivers will not haul freight! Americans can strike in solidarity with truck drivers!

You can bet they’re not talking about the Koch Brothers.

While there are a lot of political reasons behind the strike, the rising cost of diesel fuel…

…(combined with ever-more-Draconian hour-of-service rules) was ultimately the catalyst that drove the movement. Not for the first time, either. Trucker strikes protesting the cost of fuel happened in 1973, and again in 1979. In the second instance, about 100,000 owner-operators shut down in the middle of their runs, costing the country millions in lost revenue. That’s a pretty impressive nationwide strike for something that was only arranged via CB radio. Then again, the fact that striking truckers were posting up on overpasses, shooting and killing non-striking drivers as they passed under might have had something to do with the its effectiveness.

(By the way, gun ownership in 1979 covered about 50% of the U.S. population.)

Eventually, the strike ended when Carter promised to fix it, and truck drivers got tired of being broke. And it obviously worked; diesel cost about $1.00 a gallon at the time, and it’s WAY less than that now.

So, this newest strike hopes to repeat the feat, upping the ante by not just organizing a general strike across the nation, but (taking a cue from 9/11’s motorcyclist rally) by parking the striking trucks in Washington D.C. itself as a sign of protest. And with about 13.5 million trucks on the road today, this could have a major impact on our barely recovering economy.

Maybe. Sort of.

The trucking industry of today isn’t what it was in 1979, and not just because most truckers don’t drive around armed to the teeth and tweaked out on West Coast Turnarounds. The fact is that back in 1979, owner-operators (people who owned the truck and paid for their own fuel and maintenance) made up the overwhelming percentage of the trucking industry. Now, it’s just the opposite: Only about 9% of trucks on the road today are owner-ops, and many of those are actually “lease operators” driving for companies like Prime. The rest are straight company drivers, who don’t pay for fuel, and don’t get a choice as to whether or not they want to got on strike that day. At least, not if they want to keep their jobs. Still, a few company drivers and lease-ops are bound to “strike” on those days…because they were going to “strike” anyway.

The way the new hours-of-service rules and company policies work, truck drivers almost always have to take about one day a week off, or go home for two to three days out of the month. This “home time” is something usually routinely scheduled with the dispatcher, though many companies offer a certain degree of flexibility on the matter. And drivers don’t always have to take home time AT HOME — that’s one of the perks of the business, if you like paid tourism.

So, at any given time, somewhere around 1/7th (about 14.5%) of all trucks on the road are parked anyway, because the drivers are on one of their forced HOS days off, or because they’re on home time.  So even if every owner-op in the country and 6% of all the company drivers in the country went on “strike” during that time, it wouldn’t have any more real impact on the economy than any other three days of the week.  Which is exactly why this protest is scheduled for exactly three days, as opposed to the infinite strike of 1979.

But, surely, 500,000 to a million or so trucks idling in our nation’s capital would send a message. Right? Maybe. Sort of.

Like most major cities, Washington D.C. has strict regulations on where trucks can go and where they can’t, and D.C. is stricter than most. There are many approved truck routes in the city where commercial vehicles can’t drive unless they have a permit to be there, and that includes much of the area around the White House. And, you can’t idle your truck in D.C. Or find parking anywhere inside the beltway. Even bobtail, it’s hard to come by. Seems our effete little bureaucrats never have been too fond of dirty truckers taking up their real estate, oil-smoking their money piles, or Jake-braking their meetings with Rupert Murdoch.

So, what does this all mean for the nation as a whole? Aside from as a means of protest…probably very little. This really just amounts to a few truck drivers coordinating their scheduled days off with empty trailers, and then returning to work when they’re over.

Truck drivers really do have a lot of valid complaints about the Fed. Speaking as a former driver myself, I can tell you that many of trucking’s ever-tightening regulations that fail to make the roads any safer or the air any cleaner have done nothing but raise Hell for drivers and take a significant chunk out of their paychecks. It’s a great job, but a hard one, and a hard life. And anyone who drives a quarter-to-half-million miles a year at 6 miles to the gallon is going to feel every penny of increase in the cost of fuel. So there’s a valid bitch here. Like many middle-class, small-business owners, truck drivers are getting hit very hard by the favors and tax loopholes extended to the super-rich, and to the companies that regularly victimize them. Personally, I really hope they DO find a way to deliver a real message to Washington.

But…PLEASE, truckers, do yourselves a favor and don’t mention anything Glenn Beck has said while you’re there. And if you simply must, for the love of God, stop off at the Petro in Bordentown, NJ and have them write your signs for you.

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Richard Rowe is a full-time freelance writer who has written over 3 million words in the last four years alone -- mostly on automotive and technical subjects. He's also a seventh-generation native Floridian, and was born and raised in the Ocala National Forest. A conservative soul turned Bull-Moose Progressive, he believes that "When change becomes necessary, the once impractical ideology of progress becomes practical, and maintenance of the status quo becomes the impractical ideology." Also, that "Apathy and despair of victory are the front-line weapons of any invading force." And above all, that "Rustoleum Black Enamel is a primary color."
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  • http://gravatar.com/rickbiehle rickbiehle

    dumbass your whole construct here is negated by the fact that this is not a tea party endeavor at all. you construct your own character of a driver based on your own mindset and then try to destroy that image with your own faulty logic. I am tea party I am a driver and I am NOT involved in this occupy style movement of the politically motivated schemer who hides behind a facebook page

    • CJ

      Sorry but your whole construct is negated by the fact that no where in that article did he state it is a tea party endeavor. He said truckers are a very conservative bunch…not extremists (although this “movement” is heading in that direction). The author has actually been a truck driver in the past so he does have a clue what truckers are about. Now you want to go off on someone about their idea of truckers…go give Jeffery hell at http://aattp.org/truck-driving-teahadists-ride-constitution-libtard-hating-police-chief-mark-kessler/#comment-132118. Now THERE is a guy that is clueless (and he REALLY pissed me off with his comments about truckers).

  • http://www.ridefortheconstitution.org Earl Conlon

    First off we are NOT Protesting Trucking Issues.. We are NOT PROTESTING>>>We are Not asking permission to come to DC nor any state capitols. this is a MOVEMENT NOT A PROTEST.. We’re coming weather they like it or not. SO what are we doing..

    We are not rallying to put Obama out of office we are Rallying to REMOVE ALL who support sending our troops to fight along side of Al Queda. To REMOVE All who violate their Constitutional Oath to Office.. and we will DEMAND ARREST. it is our Goal to clean out the House of anyone Not doing their Job as the Constitution sets the laws and Limits on Gov. and that would be all from the President to the local police.. we will and have a plan to make this happen.. and if they will NOT OBEY their Oath and law enforcement will NOT preform their Duty then WE THE PEOPLE & WE THE TRUCKERS OF AMERICA WILL legally do it OUR SELVES!

    Although the customary practice for summoning a federal grand jury is by a court (see Rule 6 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, or FRCP), such action is mandatory “when the public interest so requires.” Regardless, the FRCP does not preclude citizens from exercising their own rights to impanel grand juries under the Constitution. [See, i.e. Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137 (1803), establishing the doctrine of judicial review.] Thus, it is clear that citizens themselves can impanel a grand jury, and if a true bill of indictment results, the courts are technically required to commence proceedings and the executive branch to enforce the court’s edicts. However, if the courts refuse and the executive branch does not carry out its duties by, for instance, arresting the criminally accused, Americans do have a right to make “citizens arrests,” hold trials and legally mete out punishment in their own right. Indeed, this is what occurred in the western part of the United States, in particular, during our early years as a nation — before there was a developed federal court system and executive branch.
    Given the increasingly corrupt and treasonous actions of our public officials, which have nearly destroyed our republic, and the almost complete breakdown of the justice system as run by the government, the time has come for we Americans to rise up and use the God-given rights left to us by our founders. We can do this by using citizen-impanelled and administered grand juries to hold presidents like Obama and others at the highest levels of government accountable for the crimes that have driven our nation to the brink of extinction.

    • Richard Rowe

      OK…so…let me just be clear on this. You plan is to assemble a “jury” to find everyone you disagree with guilty of treason. And then, when the government doesn’t hang everyone you find guilty, you’re going to lynch them. And you really believe that they’re just going to say “Okey-dokey…we’ll if the lynch mob says to hang everyone in Washington, I guess we’ll all just come out and surrender!”

      I don’t know where you’re getting your medication from, but you’re going to need something a lot stronger when you try to lynch elected officials in from of the Secret Service and Washington P.D. I don’t care what version of the constitution you think you understand, the Supreme Court is in charge of interpreting Constitutional law. Period. That’s it. And if the Supreme Court isn’t impeaching anyone or kicking them out of office, nobody’s going to do anything but shoot your group of “freedom fighters” if you’re insane enough to go through with this crap.

      Hey…here’s a thought: None of these douchebags would be in office IF YOU HADN’T GODDAMNED ELECTED THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE!!! You’re not going to “save our Republic” by creating a lynch mob to substitute for our democratic electoral processes. It’s anarchist BS like this is exactly WHY we’re in the position we are.

      Tell you what…if you REALLY want to make a difference in Washington, you’ve got plenty of opportunity that doesn’t involve creating a kangaroo court and a body count. Why don’t you stage your little “revolution” in the home districts of the people who are screwing the place up? Why don’t you expend all this energy to act through the electoral processes that out forefathers came up with? You know, they had more ideas than the Second Amendment…the rest of the thing actually works if you USE it.

      This insanity you’re talking about…it’s stupid, it’s pointless, and it’s not going to do anything but make you look like a bunch of idiots who’d rather stage a revolution than get off their asses and VOTE. You want to change our laws? VOTE! The Teabaggers who screwed this place up feel electorally invincible because they’ve gerrymandered a white majority in their districts. You want to get rid of them, drive your damned trucks to THOSE DISTRICTS and raise some Hell where they LIVE. You’ll have a lot more success there than you will setting up some kangaroo court in Washington and trying to somehow get rid of the entire government. It’s not going to happen, and you’re wasting your energies and time on pointless screaming at the wind.

      If you’re really dedicated to making a difference, I’ll be happy to help you formulate a plan to hit these fuckers where they live. But you’re not going to kill this giant shooting at his chest…it’s much more efficient to chop him down at the ankles. I know this ridiculousness in DC seems very fulfilling, and satisfyingly dramatic…but there are much simpler, safer, faster and more effective ways to achieve your goal. IF achieving a strategic aim is what you care about at all.

      But if all you want to do is drive to DC and pitch a pointless temper tantrum, then knock yourselves out. You know where to find me when you get serious about achieving a strategic goal.

      • richard storm

        First of all, the Supreme Court justices are NOT the supreme beings who decide what is constitutional and what is not. James Madison, the father of our Constitution, even says this. The Federalist Papers are the deciding factor on what is Constitutional, and the Supreme Court justices can be impeached, just like the President of the United States can be. FYI: The Supreme Court justices do not have the authority or the power to impeach anyone or kick them out of office. I thought that you might want to know that. Their job is just to define what is constitutional, and what is not. They don’t have the authority to order anyone to follow their ruling. Who the Hell do they think they are, God? They are also not immune to disciplinary action if they do not make the right judgement on what is Constitutional and what is not. They should be getting impeached (right now as we speak) for their bad judgement on Obamacare and bad judgement relating to our (even ex-felons who served their time) God given rights for gun ownership to protect ourselves against government tyranny. Congress does not have the Enumerated Powers to control Health Care, nor do they have the Enumerated Powers to take gun rights away! Look it up! Read the Federalist Papers! The problem is that our Congressmen and Senators have been too wimpy or too corrupt to impeach all those who refuse to defend our God given rights which are supposed to be protected in our Bill of Rights. Though, I “might” agree with you that what the truckers are doing could be pointless. I also don’t believe that the truckers have the authority to arrest anyone because of bad laws voted on. Maybe if the United States was acting under Maritime Law, they would. However, the U.S. is not. What the truckers should do is go to their state capital to demand that their state legislators and governor nullify all unconstitutional laws made by the Federal government. The states DO have the power to do this as long as the laws made by Congress are unconstitutional. They can find out which law are Constitutional by studying the Federalist Papers. They (along with all Congressmen and Senators) are supposed to study the Federalist Papers, anyway, to keep an eye on our Supreme Court justices! It’s not called a Checks and Balances for nothing! The states even have this power even if our criminal Supreme Court justices make a ruling that goes against the U.S. Constitution. All they need to do is become real familiar with the Federalist Papers and have an old dictionary which has the terms used back in those day…Yes, we have changed meaning for certain words. I strongly believe the corrupt changed the meaning to many words to water down the powers of the U.S. Constitution.

        • AATTP

          Are the Federalist Papers the Supreme Law of the Land, or is it the US Constitution?

          • richard storm

            The U.S. Constitution is the Supreme law of the land. The Federalist Papers explains the U.S. Constitution way better than any Supreme Court justice can.

          • richard storm

            They were used by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay to promote the ratification of the United States Constitution. Seventy-seven were published serially in The Independent Journal and The New York Packet between October of 1787 and August 1788.

        • Richard Rowe

          @ AATTP: No, they’re not the Supreme law of the land. For the benefit of our friend Richard Storm, they’re frequently used to help judges understand the framers’ intentions, but do not supercede the authority of the Constitution itself. And, for our friend, here are a few examples of the framers’ intentions:

          Federalist 29: The militia, as it is constituted directly of the people and managed by the states, is not a danger to liberty when called upon by federal authority.

          Federalist 30: The federal government needs a power of taxation EQUAL TO ITS NECESSITIES, both present and future. External taxes alone cannot provide enough revenue for a government as extensive as the one proposed, especially in a time of war.

          Federalist 41: Madison had delineated six classes of power granted to the federal government:

          Security against foreign danger;
          Regulation of intercourse with foreign nations;
          Maintenance of the harmony and proper intercourse among the States;
          Miscellaneous objects of general utility;
          Restraining the States from certain injurious acts;
          Provisions for giving due efficacy to all of these powers.

          Federalist 80: There will necessarily be certain things that the States are prohibited from doing, such as the prohibition on coining money. Given this, he states that there must be some way for the federal government to enforce these prohibitions, and so it must be the authority of federal courts to overrule improper action by the States.”

          Are THOSE the Federalist papers you’re talking about?

          • richard storm

            ^

            Yes, those are the same ones that I’m talking about. Have you read Federalist Papers number 33 where Alexander explains that any acts of government, which violates the U.S. Constitution, is null and void? What about Federalist Papers number 16 (next to the last Paragraph) where he warns about judges who maybe embarked in a conspiracy with law makers? It then explains that we the people, “who are the natural guardians of the Constitution”, must be enlightened enough (not just the judges) to be able to tell the difference between a legal exercise and an illegal one.

          • richard storm

            Oh, and he then explains that all laws made, which violate the U.S. Constitution, is null and void. We are to take whatever action that we need to take to enforce the Constitution. He also says to “learn the Constitution and demand that the law makers to follow it”. If they make laws which violate the Constitution, we have the God given right to not only rebuke them, but we also have the right to not follow these unlawful orders. You don’t agree with that?

          • Richard Rowe

            @ Richard Storm: Actually…no. I really don’t see it that way. I don’t remember the doctor handing me a list of “God-given” rights when I was born. Your “God-given” rights include oxygen and water…everything from there is up to you. The rights that we’re granted in the Constitution weren’t granted by God…they were granted by men, who created the Constitution to prove the validity of democracy. I’m sure you’ve read these quotes before:

            “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…” Treaty of Tripoli

            “It is too late in the day for men of sincerity to pretend they believe in the Platonic mysticisms that three are one, and one is three; and yet that the one is not three, and the three are not one. But this constitutes the craft, the power and the profit of the priests.” — Thomas Jefferson to John Adams

            “Let it never be pretended that the constitution of the United States was written in consultation with the Gods or Heaven.” John Adams

            Most of the founders were deists…not explicitly Christian. And, I’m sorry, but I don’t believe God gave me a single damn right. And if he did, then I haven’t lived without seeing every one of them violated. I’ve seen no recourse from Heaven for the violation of my “God given” rights, no flaming swords coming down to protect the violations of my “God given” rights.

            You know what I see? I see a bunch of laws written by very smart guys, based on study of previous laws passed in other nations. There’s no divine mandate to do a damn thing. If there were, we wouldn’t need a supreme court or police. Our laws are whatever we make them, and they’re enforced or changed at our discretion. Not God’s. In the United States, you have the rights that the Supreme Court says you have…they’re the readers and arbiters of the Constitution. Whether you agree with everything they say is immaterial. God gave you the right to do anything you want as long as you can get away with it…but overthrowing the government on God’s orders isn’t one of those things you’re going to get away with.

            If I were you, I’d suggest you write your congressman or senator, and have them write a bill of inquiry for the Supreme Court to reconsider whether or not something’s constitutional. Or, commit a crime that you believe to be constitutional, get a damn good lawyer, take it to the supreme court and hope like hell they set a precedent in your favor. If you really believe that you have the constitutional right now to follow it, then break it, and see what the supreme court says on your ruling. And if you don’t like the outcome…OH WELL. If we had to live with George Bush in office because that was what was decided through the Democratic process and Supreme Court, then you can use the same process to address your own grievances.

            If you REALLY have a problem with the government…hell, man. Get elected and change it. Go to law school, become a Supreme Court judge, and change it. That’s how a democracy works. But it doesn’t work by mob justice, when the mob believes they know the constitution better than the people who are appointed to interpret it. Sorry…that’s not how our country works. It never has worked that way. Congress passes a law, the Supreme Court approves of it, and that’s the law that they enforce. Like it or don’t. That’s how the United States has always worked.

          • richard storm

            You see, what many people (including many conservatives) don’t understand is this. We don’t get our rights from the U.S. Constitution. We get our rights from God. We merely created the U.S. Constitution to recognize and protect our rights. Meaning, we created the federal government. We are its master. If our federal government decides to violate the Constitution and strike down any amendment in our Bill of Rights (which are God given rights), the new Amendments are null and void, and we have the God given right to protect ourselves at all cost (within’ God’s laws). Yes, some of you guys may not believe in God, we get that part. However, it doesn’t matter what you guys think, because we do believe in God, and we will do everything (within’ God’s laws) to protect our God given rights. Remember that, always.

          • CJ

            God did not write the Constitution. And if you want to go by “God given rights” then let’s consider what those rights are. I have the right to own slaves. My husband would have had the right to have as many wives as he so pleased. We could stone a gal for having sex outside of marriage (including rape victims who did not scream for help). I could have my kid stoned for not listening to me and doing as I say. Since my husband had sex with me during that time of the month then he could be cut off from society. A blind person would not be allowed to worship in church and you could kill someone of a different religion. Great laws there…let’s all follow them.

          • CJ

            #33 of the Federalist papers refer to the taxation of the country and the Federal governments rights in regard to the states ability to tax.

            #16 “But if the execution of the laws of the national government should not require the intervention of the State legislatures, if they were to pass into immediate operation upon the citizens themselves, the particular governments could not interrupt their progress without an open and violent exertion of an unconstitutional power.” The ACA did require intervention of the State Legislatures in that they had to decide how they would implement this bill with in their state. Some allowed the expansion of medicaid…others did not. Some accepted the exchanges…some did not. The requirement of purchasing insurance on the people is not absolute. They still have the right to purchase insurance on their own. And furthermore…each state has the right to reject participating in the program. They just don’t want to lose the funding they get for existing programs so they didn’t reject it.

            “If opposition to the national government should arise from the disorderly conduct of refractory or seditious individuals, it could be overcome by the same means which are daily employed against the same evil under the State governments.” Disorderly conduct of refractory or seditious individuals – Cruz, Bachmann, Rand just to name a few.

      • richard storm

        First of all, the Supreme Court justices are NOT the supreme beings who decide what is constitutional and what is not. James Madison, the father of our Constitution, even says this. The Federalist Papers are the deciding factor on what is Constitutional, and the Supreme Court justices can be impeached, just like the President of the United States can be. FYI: The Supreme Court justices do not have the authority or the power to impeach anyone or kick them out of office. I thought that you might want to know that.

        Their job is just to define what is constitutional, and what is not. They don’t have the authority to order anyone to follow their ruling. Who the Hell do they think they are, God? They are also not immune to disciplinary action if they do not make the right judgement on what is Constitutional and what is not. They should be getting impeached (right now as we speak) for their bad judgement on Obamacare and bad judgement relating to our (even ex-felons who served their time) God given rights for gun ownership to protect ourselves against government tyranny.

        Congress does not have the Enumerated Powers to control Health Care, nor do they have the Enumerated Powers to take gun rights away! Look it up! Read the Federalist Papers! The problem is that our Congressmen and Senators have been too wimpy or too corrupt to impeach all those who refuse to defend our God given rights which are supposed to be protected in our Bill of Rights.

        Though, I “might” agree with you that what the truckers are doing could be pointless. I also don’t believe that the truckers have the authority to arrest anyone because of bad laws voted on. Maybe if the United States was acting under Maritime Law, they would. However, the U.S. is not.

        What the truckers should do is go to their state capital to demand that their state legislators and governor nullify all unconstitutional laws made by the Federal government. The states DO have the power to do this as long as the laws made by Congress are unconstitutional. They can find out which law are Constitutional by studying the Federalist Papers.

        They (along with all Congressmen and Senators) are supposed to study the Federalist Papers, anyway, to keep an eye on our Supreme Court justices! It’s not called a Checks and Balances for nothing! The states even have this power even if our criminal Supreme Court justices make a ruling that goes against the U.S. Constitution.

        All they need to do is become real familiar with the Federalist Papers and have an old dictionary which has the terms used back in those day…Yes, we have changed meaning for certain words. I strongly believe the corrupt changed the meaning to many words to water down the powers of the U.S. Constitution.

        • AATTP

          Are the Federalist Papers the supreme law of the land, or is it the Constitution?

          • richard storm

            The U.S. Constitution is the Supreme law of the land. The Federalist Papers explains the U.S. Constitution way better than any Supreme Court justice can.

          • richard storm

            They were used by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay to promote the ratification of the United States Constitution. Seventy-seven were published serially in The Independent Journal and The New York Packet between October of 1787 and August 1788.

    • CJ

      Earl…I think you need to change your movement to protest this government shut down. This is has gone beyond ridiculous!

  • Rob Caballero

    You know, as a fan of the use of strikes to force political change, I have to grudgingly admire the people who are undertaking this, even though I roll my eyes at the motivation, and of course, Tea Party ideology and core beliefs are repellent. Deep down, though, these folks know they are being screwed, and sorry to say, but Obama (like most every other president) hasn’t done SFA to help extremely and increasingly exploited workers, which I consider truck drivers to be, despite the fact that the casualizing of the labour force turns them into small businesspeople in name (and sometimes practice).

    It’s bound to fail not just because of poor strategy, but the racism and bigotry that separates them from other workers. And yet at the same time, some are espousing common sense positions like being opposed to a war on Syria and NSA. Therefore, I think this calls for a more nuanced strategy than just ridiculing them – though I admit that only some of us might be in a position to reach out to them, because Tea Party people consistently only listen to other white people. Still, where we can, liberal and left political communities need to reach out to these folks to agitate for real reasons why truckers should strike, instead of this bullshit constitutional conspiracy, and also agitate for real reasons to oppose and pressure Obama. And we should highlight trucker strikes that have a chance of succeeding.

    I mean, seriously: The NSA and missile strikes on Syria – I don’t see why there isn’t open revolt against Obama among every person who wanted to end the Iraq war, every person who considers themselves liberal or progressive. Obama shouldn’t be the point, however. A general strike should be about being effective at making the USA ungovernable until there are much improved conditions for truckers and workers across many industries, and these imminent invasion is called off.

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  • http://guest Fire

    Time for Americans to unite and stand up against what’s wrong and what’s right here in America today. The news media, government officials taring America apart and not listening to the People. 17 trillion dollar national debt, no Federal budget passed in over 4 1/2 years, Benghazi crisis, Middle East problems, IRS, NSA, Racism, Gay Marriage, schools teaching Muslim Koran yet ignoring our Christian faith to our children, not enforcing illegal immigration laws, aiding our enemy’s with money and weapons, violating Americas Constitution, Government borrowing and spending money America does not have. The list goes on. Now when organizations like the Tea Party stand up for American and voice their dismay the opposition that is destroying America hurls nasty comments and false claims about them. American Truck Drivers are now the target because they want America to get back on track so our country is strong again. The only way to voice our disgust with what’s wrong is to get as many people as possible to band together and let Washington know we have had enough and want our country back. We want respect from around the World and here in America. This must be or we will continue to fall. We need 100, 200, 300 million Americans to wake up and let Washington know we are not behind them in turning America up side down. So if Americas Truck Drivers are the ones to wake up Americans and unite against America falling then may God bless them so stand beside them and shout from every rooftop. Now is the time to fight for what our Founders fought for so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have and continue to have for our future generations. Read and listen to what the Worlds people have to say about America and Americans. Word is America the once great nation is about to fall. If your only news source is from America, your being mislead because the news media is only telling you what they want you to know. Wake up now or wake up when it’s too late.

    • Richard Rowe

      First: Dude…paragraphs. ‘Enter’ key. Just, once in a while. It’s really hard to follow rambling like that when all the lines run together.

      Second: I don’t remember “targeting” anyone in the article aside from the Tea Party itself, and the idea that somehow a limited trucker strike is going to make anybody step down out of office. They have a right to protest, but that protest needs to be at the corporate corruption that’s screwing them, and the billionaires who are stealing their lunch money. Same goes for the Tea Party as a whole. If they could get over who’s Godly, ungodly, gay, straight, male, female, pro-life, pro-choice, liberal, Muslim, black, white or whatever, they might actually be able to get something effective done in Washington. I wish they’d apply HALF the primary power they have to unseating corporate politicians as they do screaming about Benghazi. Tell you something now: if they DID, I’d be the first person to JOIN the damned Tea Party.

      And that’s the difference between the Tea PArty and people like us. The Tea Party is fighting US, personally. We don;t care about THEM personally as much as we do the fact that they’re fighting against their own best interests. And since we’re all American, their best interests are OUR best interests. Be nice if they saw that at some point, too.

  • Bob Cull

    I only drove for a short time but I never took any “home time” until I had driven for four months and that was only supposed to have been one night and two days but my DM found me a load that didn’t have to be delivered until three and a half days after I got home and was only a two and a half hour drive from home. I’m not sure that I understand completely this new “home terminal” provision, I almost never went near my home terminal after my orientation period when I was first hired. I talked to them on the phone occasionally but most of my communication with them was through the Qualcom. I don’t see how it is practical to say that a driver who could be anywhere in the country at any given time to have to get to the home terminal on any kind of regular basis. That would be impractical for not only the driver but also for the company.

    • CJ

      There is no required home terminal provision. You can take your days off/restart anywhere you wish.

      • Richard Rowe

        @ CJ: I know some companies make you go back to the home terminal for hometime (LCT did). Maybe that’s what Bob’s talking about. I think he drove for…Swift, was it Bob? I think they do make you park at a terminal for hometime, but I could be wrong.

        • Lexus Link

          My father drove for Swift and he took his truck home. If he needed to be off the truck longer then his expected home time (i.e. medical issues) then he would have to clean it out and it would sit there available for another driver if need be or he would just get it back when his medical stuff was resolved.

  • http://gravatar.com/bobkincaid Bob Kincaid

    Idiots.

    A strike with defined start and end dates? What a gang of genii.

    Stupid saps don’t even have the common sense to look at labor history and understand that, for all intents and purposes, a strike is forever. A strike lasts, as they say here in the hills and hollers of Almost Level, West-by-God Virginia, “one day longer than the cump’ny.

    What a silly gang of AM-radio listening yahoos! Poor jackasses think what some right-wing ex-junkie, ex-con, ex-drunk slurbles into a microphone IS the Constitution.

    These pit-wits aren’t allowed to turn the key in the ignition without proof they understand the workings of the massive vehicle they seek to operate. But by cracky, they can rattle off phrases like “corruption against the constitution” without being able to so much as rattle off two consecutive words from the document.

    “Hey, Cletis! Gimme two consecutive words from the Constitution!”

    “Heh. ‘The Constitution!’ It’s right thar at th’ vurry top!”

    “Sorry, Cletis. Thanks for playing.”

    “Awright yur so smart, Mister Smarty Librul! How ’bout ‘Bare arms!’?”

    “Well, ya got me there. I surrender to your superior knowledge.”

    I’ve got a feeling tomorrow evening, known as Thorn-In-The-Side Thursday on The H.O.R.N.. is going to be more fun than I know how to have. Know one of these “constitutional corruption” pissants? Tell ‘em to listen at http://www.HeadOnRadioNetwork.com long about 6 p.m. EDT if’n they can work the computer box.

    • CJ

      Wow…nice opinion you have there of truck drivers.

      • http://gravatar.com/bobkincaid Bob Kincaid

        Wow! Nice lack of comprehension you have there of the fact that I wrote specifically about the TeaBagger truckers who are the subject of the original post.

        Do you hold the opinion that these dirt-dumb, right-wing Kool-Aid swillers are correct in their assertion of some nebulous “constitutional corruption?”

        • http://guest Fire

          So if everyone doesn’t think like you, they have no right to think? So what if a Truck Driver follows the Tea Party? After reading your comments we believe you have mental disorders and need to go through a 72 hour mental exam because you are so full of hate and could be a threat.

          • http://gravatar.com/bobkincaid Bob Kincaid

            I read your first attempt at basic literacy above. Your references to the baloney about the IRS and Benghazi (how did you manage such a steaming pile of manure without working in a reference to Agenda 21 or Common Core?), coupled with your bowel-liquefying fears of “teaching Muslim Koran” [sic] tell me you have the approximate political and historical acumen of a brain-dead muskrat.

            Do feel free to set me straight (assuming you can work a telephone keypad). Loads of liberals and progressives would get a real kick out of your “wisdom.” We’re live from 6 to 9 p.m. EDT.

        • CJ

          I comprehend just fine but you seem to think truck drivers are all hillybilly, ignorant assholes. They are not. Yes…there are indeed some in the business…but you also find them in other career fields as well. As the older generation of drivers are leaving the industry we are getting a influx of a LOT of the younger generation behind the wheel (God help us). The great a majority of these drivers are very intelligent (although not always street smart) with almost half of them being military veterans. We are also seeing a larger number of women entering the trade (like me). I am by no means an stupid sap or pit-wit…even though that is what the right-wing drivers would think of me for being a liberal. Unfortunately there are MANY very intelligent people that I know personally who are Republicans (I refuse to talk politics with them…neither of us is going to change our minds)…and of course most of them have never had to go through being poor, homeless and hungry so they have no clue what it means to have the social programs we have now. If they’ve never experienced it…how can they possibly understand it?

          Anyway…don’t stereotype all truck drivers (even the right-wingers) under a wrong assumption of who and what they are.

          • http://gravatar.com/bobkincaid Bob Kincaid

            Thanks for hauling out the socio-ethnic slur “hillbilly.” As an eighth generation Appalachian, I genuinely appreciate your disdain for a people being poisoned daily for the coal that’s burnt, in part, to make the lights come on in your well-lighted rooms. Stay classy.

            You have a very emotional response to my criticism of these political neophytes. Insofar as this is a website about hammering the TeaBaggers, however, I stand by my position. It was, after all, directed at the Baggery contained in the video. That you chose to engage in transference in order to make it all about you says much more about you than it does about my critique of some genuine political stupidity.

            Do feel free, though, to keep defending this TeaBagger “strike” against “constitutional corruption.” I eagerly await your further attempts.

          • CJ

            I have nothing at all against hillbilly’s…half my family are…the rest of us are rednecks. What I was referencing was the common ‘stereotype’ of hillbilly’s. And being Appalachian does not automatically make you a hillbilly either. And from what I see…you are thinking I’m a bagger because I stand up for the truck driving community regardless of their political affiliation. I just hate people generalizing them as ignorant and stupid when so many of them are not…in much the same way all “hillbilly’s” aren’t ignorant and stupid.

            Oh and by the way…I’m not a bagger. I’m a liberal. And I will not condone their actions or follow their beliefs. But for you to reference all bagger drivers are stupid and ignorant is ignorant in itself. I’m not one who believes that all conservatives are stupid. I think they are misinformed and in some ways naive. My own father is one and that’s his prerogative. But he is not stupid by any means. He’s a very intelligent man. So is my boyfriend who is yes…a conservative. So no…I am not one to go around calling them stupid because I know they are not…unless they post stupid crap on here…then that particular one I will call stupid.

  • http://mlblogsyankeelimericks.wordpress.com lisakaz

    Um, why not protest corporate welfare that has screwed them over countless times then?

    • Richard Rowe

      EXACTLY!!!

  • CJ

    More info on the fight to get the new HOS rules overturned:
    http://www.overdriveonline.com/house-rep-calls-hours-rule-flawed-regulatory-process/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=09-18-2013&utm_campaign=OVD&ust_id=ec59350ce0

    And it still bugs me that of the 51 signatures sent calling for this ruling to be put on delay until the study results are in…only 2 are democrats. THIS would be the perfect way to show the working “man” how important the middle-class/blue-collar workers are to the Democratic party. They are ignoring a very huge voter base here.

    • Richard Rowe

      Case of donkey blinders, seems like. You know the Left has its fair share, too. A group whose most outspoken elements drive Priuses is never going to give a crap about drivers making money when it comes to matters of the perceived safety of Prius drivers.

  • CJ

    I have to correct you a tad there Richard. No driver HAS to take a day off. I’ve driven 3 weeks straight. Not do they have to take 2 to 3 days off a month. New HOS added the following:

    1) Required 30 minute break within 8 hours of starting your shift. [“May drive only if 8 hours or less have passed since end of driver’s last off-duty or sleeper-berth period of at least 30 minutes.”]

    2) 34 hour restart now requires that your restart consist of two 1am to 5am periods of rest within that 34 hours (which REALLY plays havoc with your restart) and you cannot do a restart more than once per week, 168 hours, measured from the beginning of the previous restart…. but note a restart is not required of any driver. You can run seven days a week and it’s possible to do so if you can avoid working no more than 10 hours a day (although that often can be extremely difficult to do).

    I loved being a truck driver even with all the new crap they were throwing on us. And I miss it terribly (only gave up OTR driving for family reasons).

    Now as to their strike…I don’t support what this strike is supposed to be about. There has long been talk on the CB about strikes because of the rule changes by the FMCSA and that I would support 100% because these newer rules are ridiculous and do nothing to make a safer driving environment (but all truckers know that actually getting enough drivers together to strike and make a difference is almost impossible…most cannot afford to take that time off the road). But a strike because they don’t like the President? What will that accomplish really other than doing major damage to the economy and still not getting any kind of results for doing so…because it’s not going to make the President suddenly say “Oh geez…I better step down because those truck drivers don’t like me.” It’s not going to stop Congress from making stupid decisions. If anything…it will only add to the damage that will be done when Congress refuses to fix the debt crisis we are facing because Obama won’t give in on providing healthcare to EVERYONE through the ACA. So to me…they will do nothing but add insult to injury with no possible result that THEY are looking for by doing so.

    • Richard Rowe

      LOL…fair enough, CJ. I bow to your superior and more recent experience. I always had to take the restart at the end of the week because I ran right up against the book all the time, and it pretty much always came out to a day off a week. I figured everybody else was doing the same thing. But that was…I think 6, 7 years ago now. I’m sure people have figured out workarounds since then. I never did lol.

      I didn’t mean to imply that the HOS says that driver HAVE to take time off. I know there are ways not to do it if you watch your driving hours close. I meant that even if HOS says they don’t have to, most drivers will wind up taking about a day a week off, whether it’s accrued through hometime or because of HOS. When I was driving, it came out to like 1.5 to 2 days a week for a lot of people on average, but I cut it down to 1 day for the sake of discussion since that’s what most companies offer for hometime. It was just meant to give an estimate of how many trucks are off the road at any given time whether they’re “striking” or not. I heard back in the day it was like 18, 20 percent, but I couldn’t find a source verify that. So, hometime estimate it was for the article.

      So, you’re right…they’ll never get enough drivers together to make a real difference. They’ve got 35K likes on facebook, and even if every one of them took off those three days, it would be like 0.25% of all trucks on the road. Like, 1/45th of all the trucks that would probably be off those days anyway. Totally agree, though. What NEED to be protesting isn’t President Obummer…it’s out Oil Dollar and the economy built around it. We’ve been screwed ever since Nixon took us off the gold standard and a consumable resource became the new standard. THAT’S the reason we’re going broke in the US. Any nation that consumes more oil than it produces is destined for poverty, because oil is money. Shame truck drivers can’t figure that out and start talking about THAT.

      • CJ

        Well I don’t know about “superior”…LOL. But I do know there’s been a lot of changes since you last drove.

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