Cameron Smith: Alabama truckers have the parking brakes to improve education

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Truckers opposing government vaccines and quarantine mandates recently killed the Canadian capital and halted cross-border trade. The disruptions were so severe that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used the country’s Emergency Act, which gave the government broad powers to respond to emergencies in the country. The event also caught the attention of Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, who called on Trudeau and President Joe Biden to resume vaccines and quarantine exemptions for cross-border truckers.

“The truck drivers we saw protesting peacefully in Canada just want to regain common sense and defend freedom,” Ivy said. “I support them … Such unnecessary mandates will continue to exacerbate supply chains and economic problems.”

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Not everyone shared Ivy’s enthusiastic support for the protesting truckers.

“These illegal blockades have had a detrimental effect on our members and business customers,” said Stephen Laskowski, president of the Canadian Trucking Alliance. “They have also had a very significant negative impact on our professional driver community.”

It made me think. What if truckers in Alabama had the same tendencies to protest against politics?

Imagine that truckers from Alabama started a convoy of freedom of education parked on I-65, and demanded that Alabama lawmakers improve public education in the state or otherwise.

Now I understand that I’m probably delivering to my friend Mark Colson of the Alabama Trucking Association a fast heartbeat, so I want to be clear that I don’t know that truckers plan to close Alabama’s main interstate artery in political protest.

But the case remains. Ivy seems to maintain common sense. She is concerned about the country’s supply chain and economic problems. What’s smarter and more connected to Alabama’s economy than the educational future of Alabama’s children?

After being declared “School Choice Week” on January 23-29, 2022, Ivy did not start talking about giving parents more public educational opportunities for their children. It is good for Ivy to offer a different solution to improve public education in Alabama than the school selection law currently under consideration by the state legislature, but it is unfortunate to stress the importance of improving educational options in January and not worry less. than a month later.

Perhaps truckers could change that. Most people probably don’t consider truckers heroes, but these eighteen wheeled warriors make sure we have food, clothing, shelter, and just about everything else we need. They are easy to take for granted because they just keep rolling America.

Can you imagine what would have happened if they had decided to protest against the failures in Alabama’s education over the summer weekend when everyone headed to the beach? Turning I-65 into a parking lot around Montgomery could motivate some lawmakers seriously. If Ivy supports Canadian truckers participating in peaceful protests, how much more excited will she be that Alabama truckers are promoting conservative ideas such as tax cuts, better education and less intrusive government?

Due to supply chain problems, gas prices and inflation, truckers have many political and economic challenges to occupy them. Just remember the next time you pass a friend on the highway, that he or she is just a parking brake from being a political punch in the pants that Alabama lawmakers need from time to time.

Smith is a recovering political lawyer with three boys, two dogs and an extremely patient wife. He is involved in media, business and politics through the Triptych Foundation and Triptych Media. Please direct your outrage or consent to csmith@al.com or @DCameronSmith on Twitter.

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