First off let me start by saying I’m sorry that I haven’t posted anything recently, I have a son who just started school recently and when he did he brought home a nasty flu bug that hit each one of us at different times. Being that I’m not superhuman, I’m susceptible to ailments and regular life struggles like anyone else and being I’m not getting paid for my efforts here on my blog and I don’t have any sponsors to placate people will just have to learn to deal with it……………..hmmm, maybe I’m not sorry after all.
What should we address today? We seem to have a grab bag full of topics this week, well we can start with the people trying to use truck drivers to serve their political agenda by asking them to roll on Washington D.C. to protest Obama, Benghazi, Obamacare and more. Don’t get me wrong here folks, if you know anything about me then you know that I don’t support anything that Obama does and I don’t think there has been a holder of the office in the history of this country worse than Obama. The problem with the people organizing this protest is that they are merely trying to use truck drivers, not one part of the protest involves better pay, fair treatment, compensation for all hours worked, or over regulation of truck drivers. So think about that before you get worked up into a frenzy about storming the Capitol for truck drivers.
Let’s take a look at the real reasons these “organizers” are putting together an event that people have claimed is to support the professional truck driver. First all you have to do is look at the name of the group as they refer to themselves on Facebook “Truckers To Shut Down America”. Really? Is the goal of any professional driver out here today to shut down America? I know I can speak for many of them who don’t want to hurt the country even further but they are willing to do what they must to get the attention focused to the issues that impact them every day. Unfortunately the concerns of professional drivers don’t involve a priority of shutting down America.
The group cites protesting Obama, Benghazi, Muslims and Obama care as some of the key focal points, so I have to ask you, is that a national concern or a truck driver concern? What happened to fighting for fair treatment, being paid for all hours worked, getting a fair wage, and not being over regulated? Now as many of you know I would fully support a shutdown or a slow down of trucking nationwide as it may be the only way to accomplish being heard as an industry and as professionals. However throwing support behind a political and religious based function might just come back to haunt all of us in the end and allowing yourself to be duped into thinking that this group is doing this for drivers is comical at best. They are asking drivers to get involved because they think they can play off from the recent biker movement that rolled into Washington D.C.
Another point to be made is the date chosen for this event, why would you want to protest on a day that should be reserved for honoring our veterans? Yes many veterans are now truck drivers but many of them also feel that some of the problems in this country today should be kept separate and handled by appropriate means that don’t involve trying to disguise a function as something else just to increase the number of participants. Once again this is a fine example of a person or group of people hiding behind a name on a social media page, where is the transparency? oddly enough it is one of the very things they are protesting against yet they withhold transparency themselves. That would be hypocritical would it not? Are you ready to put your reputation and integrity on the line to support a cause like that? Think about it really hard before you do it because the repercussions could be drastically different from what you are expecting.