(Tea Party PAC) – When most folks think of the term “hero,” when it comes to fighting back against the potentially lethal coronavirus outbreak we’re experiencing, the first place your mind goes is probably to doctors and other medical personnel who willingly put their health on the line each and every day in order to help contain the spread of this illness.
And that’s true. The individuals helping to treat patients who suffer from the COVID-19 virus absolutely deserve praise and honor for doing their jobs so well and working toward containment of this virus. We should never diminish the work being done by these individuals.
However, a group that’s getting neglected in all of this are truckers, who are working around the clock to keep America’s supply chain intact and helping to keep citizens alive.
Here’s more on this from Breitbart News:
Groceries began reappearing on American store shelves this week, thanks to the strength of a supply chain that includes farmers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers — all of whom are literally risking their lives to stay on duty.
A crucial part of that supply chain is the American trucker, who makes sure that goods are delivered in a timely fashion. That is always the case, but it is especially true in the sudden global emergency we face today.
The U.S. Census Bureau reported last year that 3.5 million Americans are employed as truck drivers. Many work long hours, and a disproportionate number of them are military veterans.
They are on the front lines once again.
The American Trucking Association (ATA) noted Sunday:
Major national crises tend to expose underlying truths about society that otherwise go unnoticed during life’s regular routines. They reveal the individuals among us who are truly essential to upholding the high standard of living we’ve collectively come to expect. They remind us of America’s unsung heroes.
The unfolding COVID-19 pandemic is no different. The spread of Coronavirus in the U.S. will test government institutions, challenge private industry and place inordinate demands on our most critical workforce. It will marshal the full strength of our nation and elevate its essential core.
And just as they do when a hurricane strikes or a blizzard hits, America’s professional truck drivers will be on the front lines delivering critical supplies and aid to fellow citizens.
Over the past week, Americans have rushed to stock up on goods as they prepare to hunker down to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. We’ve watched schools, businesses, major sports and other cultural pillars come to a complete stop as personal health and well-being take top priority.
But one thing that won’t stop: trucking.
In recent years, there’s been a lot of talk about self-driving trucks, technology that once upon a time was the stuff of science fiction looks to become a reality in the near future. Or so it seemed. In fact, Uber has abandoned their self-driving truck project and other companies considering this course of action have also hit some bumps in the road.
While the idea itself is not impossible, the truth of the matter is, there’s no replacement for human beings. Men and women who have forsaken the call for social distancing in order to help make sure that store shelves are stocked with the supplies we all need to survive this horrible pandemic have served to remind us that machines will never be able to replace the human spirit.
“[T]here’s one thing all Americans can do right now: Thank a trucker,” the ATA concludes. “Especially during trying times like these. Because without them, the disruptions we’re experiencing would be something much, much worse.”
That’s a good piece of advice, folks. Give the truckers you know a call, let them know you appreciate their hard work and efforts to ensure you have everything you need during this unprecedented time in world history.
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