I know, I KNOW!
I have written about him before. But now that we are in the midst of government officials and mainstream media who want to paint truckers as violent anarchists I have to re-visit this topic. My dad was a trucker and for the most part a quiet, gentle man. My dad spent hours and days on the road as a long hauler from Seattle to Chicago. He had hands like leather from tarping his loads and putting chains on his 18 wheeler. He was tough as nails inside and out. I never really understood how he spent so much time alone.
A massive protest in Ottawa, Ontario, that began with truck drivers opposing a cross-border vaccine mandate is still snarling traffic in the Canadian capital more than a week after it began. Farmers are driving their tractors to the city, U.S. truckers are driving in as well. Money is pouring in from all over the world to support these people while they take time off their jobs to effect change.
Side Note: With what must have been immense political pressure, Go Fund Me has seized these dollars. And then said if funders did not ask for their money back, “they” would decide which charity(s) should get these millions of dollars. This is fraud. Yes, they are now giving everyone their money back without having to ask. Still, it needs to be said this is fraudulent cancel culture.
I guess it takes the quiet ones who enjoy solitude to stand up and fight against tyranny. I had to look up the word tyranny to make sure I was using the word correctly: cruel and oppressive government. Mainstream media and politicians are trying to paint this movement as something horrible that needs to be stopped immediately. Yet police are handing out tickets for too much honking. Because unlike the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, no windows are being smashed, no businesses are being looted, no cars are being burned, no city blocks are being taken over as autonomous zones. NPR reports that the protesters have largely remained peaceful. Much of the criticism of the protest is focused on the disruptions to city life for those residing and working in Ottawa.
Having grown up around truckers I can tell you these are a group of hardworking people who are trying to provide for their families. There is no logic in requiring Covid 19 vaccines for the Northern border of the US when millions are pouring in unvaccinated over our southern border. Aaaaand, requiring a vaccine that does not prevent you from getting or giving the virus seems like overreach too.
I admit, I am surprised it’s the truckers who have the courage to be the first to peacefully protest against vaccine mandates on a large scale.
I’m proud to be a truck drivers daughter.