Truckers are largely the backbone of just-in-time delivery (JIT), a method of resupply which is being used to negate the need for inventory. This includes the food that you eat and most of the things that you buy.
What the truckers will be doing this weekend, sends a powerful statement, and a reminder of one aspect of the systemic risk which we face while we depend on other systems to bring us our food and supplies…
‘Truckers for the Constitution’ Plan to Slow D.C. Beltway, Arrest Congressmen
Tractor-trailer drivers will intentionally clog the inner loop of the Washington, D.C., beltway beginning on the morning of Friday Oct. 11, according to a coordinator of the upcoming “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” rally.
Organizers of the three-day ride want to call attention to trucker frustrations and express their disapproval of national political leaders.
Tractor-trailer drivers will circle the beltway “three lanes deep” as they ride to Congress to seek the arrest of congressmen for allegedly disregarding the Constitution.
The truckers will circle I-495 and will keep the left lane open for emergency vehicles, but “everybody that doesn’t have a supporter sticker on their window, good luck: Nobody in, nobody out.” said Earl Conlon, a Georgia trucker who is handling logistics for the protest. The trucks will be going the 55 mile-per-hour speed limit.
“We are coming whether they like it or not…we’re asking for the arrest of everyone in government who has violated their oath of office.”
“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.”
3,000 truckers had RSVP-ed to the event, and apparently they’ve now lost count of the number. They are receiving around 100 emails a day from prospective participants.
The truckers of America hold a powerful force. While it is inspiring (at least to me) that they are standing up and protesting against unconstitutional behavior of our political ‘leaders’, it is also a very important reminder that without these systems of distribution, we’re all ‘screwed’. There are other potential shutdowns than political protest which could bring down our just-in-time deliveries of the things we need to survive…
There are essentially no backrooms of inventory any more. Nearly EVERYTHING that you see on the store shelves are all there is. With regards to food in grocery stores, most analysis indicates that there’s not much more than 3-days of food there. Think about it…