Day two of the Truckers Ride for the Constitution is underway. The latest information is the trucks made it into downtown Washington DC. Forty-eight bobtails with over 100 support vehicles broke from the convoy and went into the heart of the city to stage a protest. Hampered by rain, intervention from law enforcement and confusing reports from rogue truckers stymied turn out but the patriot truckers are there being cheered on by locals. The truckers have pledged to fully support the veterans.
General Lee reported the group drove through downtown right past the Pentagon to the WWII memorial. Crews were out with video cameras to record the event and footage will be available for viewing at a later time. The General reported that highway patrol officers were completely cooperative and he confirmed all laws have been obeyed by the truckers. Nothing has happened that should scare any driver from participating.
Pictures of the HDTV truck vehicle have been posted on the Trucker Ride for the Constitution Facebook page along with video showing the trucks leaving the staging are this morning. A photograph of the trucks rolling through DC on I-395 was posted about an hour ago.
General Lee stated the trucker presence was known and felt in DC when on I-395 going past memorials. He reported the group had traffic backed up from DC to I-495 for 10 miles. This resulted in travelers calling into the Virginia State Police complaining about the back-up. According to the General, Virginia State Police supported the group's efforts but requested the protestors leave one lane open. The Virginia State Police were not issuing tickets but were required to talk with the group. Officers reported to General Lee they were working overtime due to the event. General Lee indicated the higher ranking officers were the ones that had spoken with him.
Anyone who wants to join in the protest can meet up with the trucks this afternoon between 3 PM and 4 PM Eastern Time at the staging area off of I-95, exit 98 in Doswell, Virginia.
There have been NO National Guard troops out today and according to General Lee; he had not seen any during the event so far.
If you are trying to follow the group along the traffic cams, it has been very difficult to follow the group with the cameras. Some are covered with raindrops. Some are not working, and some do not seem to be indicative of the true nature of the traffic.
It has been very disappointing to hear there are individuals of the trucking community who have gone "rogue" and disseminated information that confused or intimidated other drivers. This event has garnered a lot of support throughout the country. It has been the single most important event that gathered many different organizations together along with many multi-faceted individuals.
A theory has been brought to my attention of why the truckers may not be able to get anything done; it is because some individuals in the different sub-groups will not put aside their petty differences to come together for a greater cause. At this point, I would have to agree with that. General Lee, Zeeda Andrews and other individuals involved have placed their integrity and reputation on the line to participate in this endeavor. For those who have smeared this event by attempting to subvert it, it is an indication of your pettiness and smallness which is to be pitied. Remember your actions when you need support from America; remember how you behaved when America rose up to stand together. A good piece of advice for those of you who went "rogue" is: If you can't lead or follow, get out of the way.
We are not deterred, and we are proceeding ahead. Regardless, we are still a success, and support for this effort is just as strong. The Veterans stand will be upcoming with the truckers backing them up.
Following this closely for the last 30 hours, a question entered my mind that was expressed by Dean Garrison in his article on Freedom Outpost: where is our support from DC? As Dean indicated, these truckers are jeopardizing their jobs and missing out on income; they have incurred an expense of $1500 or greater to represent the American people. Folks, that's not chump change and is conservative at 8 mpg.
These truckers and individuals riding the beltway have committed themselves to this effort to save America and protect the freedoms every American along with those nay-sayers and "rogue" truckers enjoy today.
Regardless of the outcome, these road warriors and those riding in non-big rigs with them are our true heroes. If those professing to "stand for America" in DC were really interested in backing up their claims, they would be out there to at least talk to these guys or take a ride with one of them. I'm sure the General would love to show Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee or Louie Gohmert the DC sights from his patriotic rig.
How about it Senators and Representatives? Would you show your support for America by contacting the Pete Santilli show to take a ride?
UPDATE: Just heard that the truckers are meeting at an exit to have lunch, meet with Louie Gohmert, regroup and gather ALL trucks together to make a big push after lunch.
Construction workers were cheering the truckers on while they were on I-395.
UPDATE: The donation button on the pages have been removed.. anyone wanting to donate fuel is asked to go to exit 98 on I-95 in Doswell so they can pay for fuel.
They are now asking if there is anyone who wants to donate they can contact the Doswell All American Plaza at the number below or stop by and fill up a trucker's tank. One woman is going there now to fill up a trucker's tank, get in and ride around to take pics/video then go back to the plaza.
Doswell All American Plza I95 Exit 98 (10222 Kings Dominion Hwy) | Doswell , VA | Phone: 804-876-3742
Pete and Susannah said they were sure any trucker would love to ride some supporters around.