Zev Porat

Monday, September 16, 2013

A trucker shutdown may be looming and it's doubtful Americans can handle it

People have been sending me intel lately on a looming trucker strike which may (or may not) be scheduled for mid-October. My twenty-five years in the industry leads me to believe this will have little or no impact.

There is a facebook page, Truckers to Shut Down America, which has under 6000 likes. The latest status reads:

"Breaker 1 9 calling on all Trucker to shut America down for three days October 11-13. The American people are bleeding out with no relief in sight, It is time to change the NEWS. Let us show our elected officials that we are 100% fed up with corruption and the blatant disregard of the Constitution that they swore to defend." [sic]
The problems here with this 'protest' are many. Firstly, truck drivers are generally not followers. They tend to be loners who expect a certain level of autonomy. Also - they aren't exactly a wealthy demographic. Taking three days off translates into a tonne of downtime; somewhat of a dirty word in this business.

And let's not forget the parallel cultures which now exist in the world of trucking. Vast numbers of truckers are immigrants who, for obvious reasons, would never agree to such a move. Perhaps they are happy to simply be working at all. Or they simply have no idea about the event because of, again, the differences in culture and language. They just don't hang with the patriotic american trucker crowd.

Don't get me wrong here -  if there was a group of people who truly are capable of shutting down the country it's the truckers. Practically everything we use in our daily existence was at one point on a truck. Grocery stores would quickly run out of goods. Gas stations would dry up. Riots would ensue. It would truly be a nightmare. The truckers are the backbone of western civilization... and they know it.

But alas, it is also well known in the industry that truck drivers have never been able to agree on anything. If some take the day off to drive up to DC others will simply move in like vultures and move the freight hoping the customer will take notice that his shipment was more important than a protest. Trucking companies will not take part in this 'strike' for that very reason. If an assembly line shuts down and people are sent home because a trucking company had no trucks to deliver that line of parts in a 'just in time' delivery climate then trucking companies are liable and that, my friend, can be very costly.

Without truckers, America grinds to a halt. But at the same time, the industry is so competitive that a unified 'protest' convoy to DC is simply not on. Look for some possible independents to ride up there and show off their trucks, you know, the ones who inherited a bunch of money and don't really need the job. As for the rest, look for them out on the highway, hauling your DVD players and Cheerios.


  1. As a truck driver my self, I fully agree.

  2. """" A trucker shutdown"""" ?????

    Define Trucker Shut Down ?........U Know Damn Well The Teamsters Unions Will Not Support Or Endorse A Nation Wide Truckers Shut Down !! Can You Actually Believe that Union Freight Truckers And UPS and FED X Shutting Down Its Operations ???

    I Believe What It's All About Is "Non Union" Independent Truckers That Will Have Very Little Effect . Besides The Federal Government Will Drop The Hammer On Any Major Shut Down !


  3. first you need to get your fact straight.. We are not talking about a shut down of the trucks we are talking about SHUTTING DOWN WASH DC.

  4. Semantics... you can't shut down government using trucks without shutting down the trucks (driving them to DC instead of hauling freight).

    1. you can if they are 3 lanes deep and No one in no one out.. here is the plan.

      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.

  5. Just a heads up last night was only 6,000 today over 35,560 so it's on boys like it or not they are on their way !!!
    Show your support, help the guys along the way, all businesses in Washington DC take good care or our ladies and gents. And everyone travel with cameras in hand for their protection.
    They are standing up for all American Citizens march against tyranny in our own government demand a recall, and demand our CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS BACK, VOTER ID LAWS no electronics elections. A total recall of all houses,all parties, and a TREASON TRIAL FOR ALL WHO HAS CIRCUMVENTED OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS !!!
    This is not a bad thing this shows the hope our all Americans and they need our support, I am sure that many of us can do without for a weekend.
    If everyone in America could get on the same page and just stay home for 3 days NO work, NO driving, NO buying ANYTHING, not gas,food nothing It would be only then that we would have the full attention of our federal government. So go to there site and show your support by clicking like. :cool: