Cowboys, Truckers and Us, by Eric Peters

Truckers, who use to be free spirits, are now closely monitored by the government. Don’t think their fate doesn’t carry a message for the rest of us. From Eric Peters at theburningplatform.com:

Being a trucker – especially an owner-operator – used to be a lot like being a cowboy was back in the 1800s.

On your own timetable, beholden to none – so long as the cows (or the cargo) got where they needed to be on time. Independent, free.

Which, naturally, is why both avocations had to be stomped.

Cowboys became ranch hands, no longer free to roam.

But at least they aren’t subject to 24-7 recording of their doings  – as truckers soon will be. It will be done via something called an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) which is basically a mobile, in-truck Panopticon – a rig for the rig that sees all and knows all – and narcs all, to the Appropriate Authorities.

 It will tell drivers when to stop driving – even if they are just a couple of miles away from their destination. And they muststop. No matter how needless or inconvenient.

If they do not . . .

The ELDs, of course, will not be optional.

They will become mandatory for all new trucks about a month from now – on Dec. 18 – when a new federal fatwagoes into effect.

Unless, as the result of some some last-minute spasm of concern for our ever-diminishing liberties, someone puts a legislative stop to it.

One such someone is Republican Rep. Brian Babin of Texas, who wrote a bill (H.R. 3282) that would do just that but. Give him credit for trying. But like the effort to get rid of Obamacare – it’s more about talking points than actually doing something about it. Because most Republicans might as well be Democrats, or the reverse. The one party always seeks the same things – more power, more control.

To continue reading: Cowboys, Truckers and Us

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