Trucker culture here in the United States is perhaps one of the more unique phenomena in the world. Our entire economic success depends upon a group of individuals who are willing to drive an exhausting amount of hours across a vast continent in a HUGE, unreliable, scary death-trap mobile. And as all kids constantly demonstrate through their vertical Tiger Woods-esque whistle-tooting motion, truckers generally accept their fate with a decent attitude.
However, a recent rally organized through social media proves that truckers have finally lost “it”. Earl Conlon, a Georgia trucker who is handling the logistics of the protest, and Zeeda Andrews, a former country singer, have organized the “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” rally. The aim of the protest, according to their website flyer, is to “restore our Constitutional Republic”:
“Independent Truckers of America are essentially operating on extremely low; and in most cases working below minimum wage, and all paying exorbitant fuel costs and fees. American truckers are also very politically astute and great patriots, they are all well aware of what is happening to our U.S. Constitution. Through this campaign, they are leading the convoy of all Americans coast-to-coast who wish to restore our constitutional republic. America is calling out to our Patriots, and if any group can help lead the charge to save our nation, it’s the U.S. truckers.”
How exactly do the truckers plan to restore our constitutional republic, you ask? If it is left up to Earl Conlon, it will be by arresting all the prominent politicians in Washington he personally hates: “We are not going to ask for impeachment. We are coming whether they like it or not. We’re not asking for impeachment, we’re asking for the arrest of everyone in government who has violated their oath of office.”
Conlon seems particularly irked by those politicians he believes have aided in provided weapons to al-Qaeda members in Syria. In particular, Conlon has singled out President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Dianne Feinstein.
Conlon and his group of fellow truckers are not just full of empty threats, either. The truckers current plan is to all head to D.C. in their rigs and circle the Beltway 3 lanes deep (leaving one lane open for emergency vehicles, of course). If any car wants to be able to get past the convoy, they must write “T2SDA” (Truckers to Shut Down America) on their vehicle. Conlon stated, “It’s going to be real fun for anyone who is not a supporter, [and] if cops decide to give us a hard time, we’re going to lock the brakes up, we’re going to stop right there, we’re going to be a three lane roadblock.”
Conlon doesn’t end his vehemence with a simple road-blockage, though: “We want these people arrested, and we’re coming in with the grand jury to do it. We are going to ask the law enforcement to uphold their constitutional oath and make these arrests. If they refuse to do it, by the power of the people of the United States and the people’s grand jury, they don’t want to do it, we will. … We the people will find a way.”
What that way is, Conlon does not state. The trucker movement seems to be eerily similar to the Tea Party movement in its early rhetoric. For instance, take a look at this fantastic bit of their flyer-manifesto:
“We are Americans who run the United States of America — it’s not run by a bunch of Global Banking Cartels. This is our house; our country; our government, and each of us needs to take ownership of how we succeed in this event. If we want to save our country, we will do so. If we don’t, it will be because you as an individual wanted someone else to save it for you — this is why we are in this mess — because we trusted our government and the politicians who’ve promised they would serve the people.
“Look where that has gotten us. It’s time for each of us to say enough is enough & show them who runs this country. Let’s make them panic by getting off the couch. We the people will save our country.”
Their purpose and logic seemingly make sense. The American people have become complacent and apathetic toward the state of the United States due to their apparent lack of political power. However, there is one key piece of information the trucker movement seems to be overlooking. In writing the Constitution, the Founding Fathers voiced their opinion on the standing army. While the writers and framers of the Constitution understood the implicit problems with a standing army, they also knew that the United States would be crippled if it did not provide for a strong military force, hence the reason for the wording of Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. However, because the United States regularly re-budgets its military finances, we essentially have a “standing army”.
Nowhere does Conlon nor his fellow truckers account for how they will deal with the use of force by our nation’s military. However, I like to think it would come in a form somewhat similar to this:
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