Semi-trucks and their drivers are the lifeblood of our economy, hauling all the goods we use on a daily basis. A group of such truckers have decided to stage a protest against many of the current practices of our government. This weekend, the Ride for the Constitution (formerly called Truckers to Shut Down America) will lead a convoy of trucks to Interstate 495 around Washington, D.C. where they will drive 55 miles per hour taking up all lanes of traffic.

According to USA Today, the group is expecting around 3,000 truckers to participate in the protest that will run from October 11-13. The protest is focused on the government shutdown, the debt ceiling, our politicians and "the corruption that is destroying America," but also trucker-specific issues like fuel prices, wages and regulations. You can check out the Ride for the Constitution website to see what the group is all about, but we'd recommend staying away from I-495 in the D.C. area this weekend.


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      Paul
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should make it nation wide!
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's Boehner's fault. He thinks he's entitled to withhold other people's pay while sits on his fat greedy butt. He claims it's for his constituents, but the American taxpayers are the one's who are going to have to pay for the shutdown. Meanwhile the only winners will be the big health insurance companies who are lining the pockets of Boehner and his Tea Party pals. Holding the entire country hostage is not negotiation, its burning the economy to the ground and forcing the rest of us to pay for it.
        Steve
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bernard
        I agree that it's Boehenr's fault for bowing to the Tea Party, but I think you're wrong about the health insurance companies. The health insurance companies LIKE The Affordable Care Act for the most part. More people insured means more money for them. No, the companies lining Tea Party pockets are the usual anti-regulation anti-government giant corporations that like chaos because it lets them do whatever they want, including continuing to mistreat their workers, wreck the environment, and wreck the economy for the middle class all the while making a hefty profit.
          Dark Gnat
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Steve
          It's easy to make a profit when the government forces people to buy your product. You can get together with your competitors and agree to price gouge, and the public can do nothing about it because they have no options.
          Steve
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Steve
          The healthcare system in America was broken long before The Affordable Care Act came along. It fixes many, but definitely not all of the problems. First of all, it limits what insurance companies can charge, so your price gouging theory is wrong. America spends the most per capita on healthcare by far compared to any other developed country, yet we are no healthier for it. The capitalist driven healthcare system in this country is completely broken. That's why it so expensive. As for forcing people to buy health insurance, I don't think the law goes far enough. People are forced to buy car insurance for the good of everyone else, yet no one bats an eye. But, health insurance? OUTRAGE! I mean it sure is better with so many people uninsured. I LOVE paying for all the uninsured people every time they end up in the emergency room. Yes people, if you have insurance and you use health services, you're paying for all the uninsured people that can't afford it. It shows up as higher premiums and higher prices on YOUR bills.
      Car Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Our constitutional rights are being trampled on at an alarming rate. Our rights to privacy, religious freedom, and to defend ourselves are all under assault. I wish these men and women well in their protest.
      twentyoneautospies
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only way to get Obama's attention is to block the entrance to his Golf Course.
        rubley00
        • 1 Year Ago
        @twentyoneautospies
        He has a helicopter. And what is he supposed to do for Truckers exactly? Convince China and India to stop buying so much oil?
      zzzzzz
      • 1 Year Ago
      We already know that some truckers are stupid a**holes. In a few days, drivers on the Capitol Beltway will find out exactly which ones are stupid a**holes.
      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      How dare they question Bawacks policies.
        A_Guy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        Odd. I am happy they are protesting and I support Obama's healthcare initiative.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's funny how they're riding for the people that are causing them these problems, right wing nut jobs.
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well I'm still not sure what exactly they stand for, but one of their featured articles on their website is some BS Birther conspiracy stuff, so that's all really anyone needs to know. More tea party nutjobs.
        tump
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        teabaggers and religion both ruin everything they touch.
          Cool Disco Dan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tump
          What exactly have "tea baggers" ruined and how exactly have they ruined it? Just so you know I don't expect and honest answer from you or one routed in factual reality.
          twentyoneautospies
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tump
          Yes Steve, and Harry Reid has the LOWEST approval rating of them all.
        Steve
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        So basically they are protesting a government shutdown created by the very people they support?
        Cool Disco Dan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        You mean the birth certificate that had over 20 layer in it when a simple scam has only one layer? But yeah I can see how wanting responsible and Constitutionally limited government is nutty.
          Steve
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cool Disco Dan
          The government IS constitutionally limited.. could you be any more vague? And no, they're nutty because people that believe conspiracy theories are nutty.
          Cool Disco Dan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cool Disco Dan
          Well steve I understand how you don't see that the Constitution is being ignored by the government in its spending, law passing , and law changing. Also its not a conspiracy that the birth certificate that was presented to the people is fake. I opened it up in a programme called flexi and it was just layer after layer. Who ever made the file was too lazy or inept to even compress the file down to one layer. If you still don't get I will understand.
          Steve
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cool Disco Dan
          The true sign of a conspiracy theorist nut job is their belief that they're such an expert in all things that they know better than everyone else, including the real experts. As an example, your belief that you're qualified to determine the authenticity of a document you supposedly downloaded from the internet yet probably don't even have a way to verify that you did in fact download the authentic document. But yes, this certainly proves the conspiracy, and all the people, you know, government officials, reporters, the courts, all of them, well they're all just inept or lying. But YOU, YOU know the TRUTH. lmao
          Arizonarelax
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cool Disco Dan
          Mister Dan - well said! Bravo!
          icemilkcoffee
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cool Disco Dan
          Disco Dan- nobody cares what you saw in a program called flexi. You are lost in a loony conspiracy theory and you know it.
        twentyoneautospies
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        So Steve, if the birth certificate exist, why will NO ONE show it to us other than the electronic version. Britian has a certificate!
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        @Steve
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      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds like they dont even have anything specific to protest about. I hope the police fines them all for obstructing traffic.
        rubley00
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        Read between the lines line line line line line line line line Obama is a n#gger line line line line line line line line
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      They're doing the exact same thing our president is doing. Instead do something useful like actually cut spending, he's just going through the minimal Constitutional requirements counter-productively by giving federal workers a nice paid vacation (furloughed pay) while increasing staff in areas to shut down public areas. Just like our president, the goal of these truckers isn't to do anything useful, but rather actually invest more time and resources to intentionally piss people off! Then blame someone else! That's what politics has come to in our country. Walk through a room, crop dusting a nasty fart, and then blame it on the other guy.
        flychinook
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        My wife is a civilian working in a military finance office. She is still on the same work schedule as before, but is not being paid (she may receive back pay, but absolutely no time frame has been given for that). So she gets to burn money on gas and child care, but with no pay until...? Oh, and I may not get my usual disability assistance check from the VA. So we're facing going into the next month with about 40% of our usual household income. If that's your idea of a vacation, you can keep it.
        rubley00
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        " giving federal workers a nice paid vacation " - they're not getting paid you moron. The shutdown is entirely the Republicans fault. They failed to pass a budget because they decided the spending they voted on was TOO LOW.
          Pj Taintz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rubley00
          are you really that stupid? the senate is who passes the budget and who controls the senate... the democrats. harry reid has not even brought a budget vote up since obama took office!
          rubley00
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rubley00
          Well apparently its not required because Republicans have refused to do it.
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      What if they all stormed the White House gates? Might need bigger barriers Obummer.
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        They'd all get shot and I'd laugh about it and feel good that more tea baggers chose the Darwin exit... So, please do it! :-D
          Bernard
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bernard
          I'm certainly not depraved of entertainment. *Grabs popcorn*
          delsolo1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bernard
          Never witness a trucker who wasn't a wide load,certainly an easy target for SWAT team.
        protovici
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        Alot of silly idiots in here. Good luck stopping thousands rushing the gates lol! Yeah, some will get hurt, but you cant stop thousands lol lack of logic gives me the notion on why we have Obummer in office.
          tump
          • 1 Year Ago
          @protovici
          There's this thing called the US Military. Aren't your type supposed to worship it? Do you think your inbred convoy would win?
          protovici
          • 1 Year Ago
          @protovici
          You must not put all calculations into your small mind. Defect of military on something like that and also that action would cause civil anarchy, including a possible civil war. FYI - To predict the future you must understand the past and the past always repeats itself.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
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        yjbeach
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        Watched Olympus has fallen (White House Down) one too many times?
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