WASHINGTON, October 11, 2013 — The so-called “Ride for the Constitution” that was supposed to bring truckers from states neighboring Washington D.C. to circle the beltway slowing three lanes for three days is, as of this writing, yet another protest bust.
The “thousands of truckers” announced by rally spokespersons Zeena Andrews and Peter Santilli have failed to appear, and observers report few sightings of trucks on the beltway with the signature #T2SDA (Truckers to Shut Down America) stickers and flags.
The Virginia state police dispatch center for Doswell, Virginia, which organizers were using as a staging area for protesting truckers, claim activity is minimal and not of concern.
Another staging area, the truck stop and weigh station in Dumfries, Virginia is also light on protesters with the combined estimate of vehicles at 30 large trucks and about 15 pick-up trucks.
Virginia state police have added some extra units on the beltway for precaution, however the public relations office for the Maryland state police says there are no disruptions and it is business as usual.
Georgia trucker Earl Conlan claimed to be a spokesman for the effort but was discovered a fraud admitting to an attempt to “get attention”.
Teamster union spokesman Galen Munroe claims the trucker’s union will not participate or acknowledge this protest and a press release from Norita Taylor of the Owner/Operator Independent Drivers Association claims the association is not involved and does not support the rally.
As of this writing, the entire affair is a bust; another footnote in a non-historical event. There aren’t enough trucks to affect the HOV lanes.
However, the scheduled protest is supposed to be staged at around 3:00 p.m. today, but unless there is a huge turn of events, the singular recipient of gleeful mischievous behavior would go to Earl Conlon.
Barnum and Bailey would be proud
Paul Mountjoy is a Virginia based writer and psychotherapist.