It would appear that the so-called “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” has been about as successful as the open-carry march on Washington, planned by Adam Kokesh for July 4. You will remember that Kokesh promised thousands would be there to stand for their “right to bear arms.”
But when the day came, only Kokesh himself showed up and he made sure that he was in a location where he was unlikely to encounter law enforcement.
Well the Trucker’s ride seems to be going just about the same way. They had predicted thousands and apparently only dozens showed up. Earlier today Virginia State Police stopped four trucks in Fairfax County for driving abreast of one another on the Beltway blocking all four northbound lanes and driving 15 miles per hour.They were warned not to impede traffic and released with a warning.
The organizers had predicted that 10,000 trucks would arrive by today to circle the beltway and create a rolling blockade for the next three days, but by this morning only a handful had checked in at the staging area where they were to meet and coordinate the event.
Organizers are not yet willing to admit defeat or failure and say that they are confident that before the weekend is over, many more drivers will make the trip to D.C. to join them.
“Truckers will lead the path to saving our country if every American rides with them! The American people are sick and tired of the corruption that is destroying America!” the organizers said on their Facebook page.
They had a list of several demands, including the cessation of NSA surveillance activities, freezing the debt ceiling and the resignation of the President — who they claim is not a citizen.
They threatened that if he refused to resign, they would demand that law enforcement officers, “do their job” and arrest him.
Other demands were for lower fuel prices and higher wages. One would think that with fuel costs being a burden, they would not want to waste it circling the Beltway for three days rather than hauling a load.
As a former driver myself, I can tell you that these drivers know that if a truck is not moving and carrying a load, you are not making any money, so that is another way in which they are defeating their own purpose.
While the organizers said that they had every intention of keeping the rally peaceful and obeying all traffic laws, at least the four who were detained in Virginia were blatantly violating the law as it is illegal to drive 15 MPH on any interstate.
J.B. Schaffner, one of the protesters, told Greta Van Sustern this Thursday that they did not plan to cause any violence or disruptions. “We’re just coming in to make our voice heard,” he said.
Well, J.B., your voice has been heard and one is reminded of the classic Peter Sellers movie, The Mouse That Roared. It was more of a whisper than a statement of your position for the world to hear.