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Tea Party Movement Could Hold Lesson for Truck Drivers


This is not a post about politics.  This has nothing to do with being Democrat or Republican or even if you agree or disagree with an action that is taking place in this country.

Actually, this post is about power and to show that there may be a lesson that all truck drivers can learn from the Tea Party movement.

What began from a small group of people who gathered in New York on January 29th, 2009 to protest an 18% tax increase on non-diet sodas, has turned into a movement consisting of millions.

In the beginning they were laughed at and ignored by the political powers and the media.  Of course, the democrats in power fought against them, while the republicans in power embraced them.  That was to be expected.  Nobody really believed that the Tea Party movement would amount to anything.

Now, as their power has grown and their voices could not be silenced as shown in the past November 2010 elections, both political parties of power are beginning to run in fear.  The Tea Partiers have made it clear that if the work of the people is not going to be done, then whether its democrat or republican, liberal, conservative or independent, they are “out of here!”

Be it a political issue or a trucking issue, the message is clear:  where enough people come together as one for a common cause . . . change can happen and power still belongs to the people.

I’ve received emails from drivers who will say that nobody cares about the trucker, and you know what?  You’re right.  Trucking organizations and associations do not seem to care,  the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t care, the general public doesn’t care, the trucking companies appear not to care, the Federal Government doesn’t care, federally mandated trucking agencies don’t care . . . you’re right . . . nobody seems to care about the American trucker and the sacrifices of life and family that they endure.

So my question to you, the driver is . . . why do you allow it to continue?  Why do you allow these abuses to go on?  Abiding by the law is one thing, but why do you allow abuses by the DAC report system to continue?  Why do you allow the fraud by the trucking company lease purchase programs to continue?  And here’s the big question . . . why do you allow cheap freight to continue?  Nobody cares about the truck driver . . . all right then, isn’t it about time that the truck driver begin to stand up for the truck driver?

What many truckers seem to not understand is that YOU, the driver, has the power.  Not the ATA or OOIDA, not the FMCSA, not the environmental groups and not even the general public.  YOU . . . the American driver . . . holds all the power to change any injustice that exists within the industry.  And don’t scoff and say that it can’t be done.  We have seen the power of a people right now, taking place in America.  It started with one, then two, then hundreds, then thousands, then turned to hundreds of thousands. It doesn’t matter if you are democrat or republican . . . this has nothing to do with politics . . . when a majority of people come together and decide that enough is enough. . . no matter what the issue is . . . you will discover that it is YOU who actually holds the power.

Doesn’t matter if you agree or disagree with their movement, the Tea Party has both democrats and republicans running scared.  Who would have ever thought that a group of people could come together and actually throw fear into the hearts of the most powerful people who run this country?  Yet, that is exactly what they have done.

YOU, the truck driver . . . all 4.3  million . . . YOU have the power to do the same toward the trucking industry and those who regulate it.  The problem is . . . can all of you ever come together for a single cause?  You want to sleep in 100 degree heat or sub-zero temperatures without truck idling?  You want to keep being victims of the DAC report?  You want to keep hauling cheap freight?  You want the outsourcing of American jobs to continue?  Then keep doing nothing.

We are seeing the power of a people taking control over abuses in Egypt, Yemen, Libya and through-out the Middle East.  Millions of people, waking up, realizing that the power is in their hands;  an Egyptian ruler of four decades, tossed out by what began from one brave women posting a video through the power of social media and historical changes taking place in an area of the world that has been fighting against each other for thousands of years.

Letters, emails and phone calls to Representatives and Senators on those issues that professional truck drivers face today, can change the industry for the better.  Until you realize that the power to change rests in your hands . . . then you can keep on saying that nobody cares about the American trucker.

© 2011 – 2014, Allen Smith. All rights reserved.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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