Biggest Lesson of the Pandemic: Truck Drivers and Farm Workers Are Vital — Hollywood Celebrities Are Not [Opinion]

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In an opinion article published by Breitbart’s John Nolte titled, ‘We Now Know Truckers and Stock Boys Are Vital, Hollywood Is Not,’ Notle argues that the coronavirus shutdown of our economy has revealed that “stock boys matter and Hollywood celebrities do not.”

Notle writes that trucker drivers, farm workers, grocery store workers, sanitation workers, and delivery people are “out there in the s**t, out there in the danger, out there touching countless surfaces that could be infected, out there working punishing hours for low wages are the people we too often overlook and take for granted.”

Notle continues, “[They are] away from their families, risking illness… holding together the slender thread that keeps our supply chains moving, and those supply chains are the literal difference between civilization and anarchy.”

On the other hand, America’s elite and Hollywood celebrities have “contributed” during these difficult times by singing songs while in quarantine. Madonna write to Twitter, “Living in Special Times…………thank GOD for imagination and fried fish!”

Larry the Cable Guy criticized the recent compilation of celebrities singing “Imagine” on social media by pointing out how tone-deaf the group of millionaires are to the real-life problems that common Americans are currently facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the crisis, the American Trucking Association issued a statement that supply chains would remain intact, adding that “truckers don’t deal in fear” and “they have a job to get done.”

ATA president and CEO Chris Spear said, “The coronavirus pandemic invokes fear. That’s understandable. We’re confronted with a novel virus that represents a serious threat to public health. We’re also faced with uncertainty. Uncertainty gives rise to misinformation, and it’s in these environments that rumors run rampant. Hysteria, more so than the underlying challenge, is often what fuels public fear,” he added.

“It reminds me of 9/11. In the immediate wake of that horrific attack on our country, the things we didn’t know outweighed the things we did. Those “unknowns” gave room to falsehoods, and rumors spread — like an epidemic,” Spear said.

“There is plenty of food, water, medicine, fuel and, yes, toilet paper, in our supply chain. The empty shelves temporarily seen are simply the result of surge demand as Americans rush to stock up. They’ve been quickly restocked as carriers and retailers adjust to the whims of the market,” he wrote.

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“Truckers don’t deal in fear. They have a job to get done. They get up, hop in the cab, and take to the road. Truckers always deliver, even when there’s a natural disaster or expanding crisis,” Spear continued. “Like those crises of past, this coronavirus pandemic too shall pass. After a period of disruption to our familiar routines, life will return to normal.”

President Donald Trump encouraged Americans this week to “relax,” adding that Americans should stop hoarding supplies.

“You don’t have to buy so much, take it easy,” Trump said.

“Relax, we’re doing great. It all will pass.”

“Our supply chains in America are the most powerful in the world, and they’re all working very hard,” he concluded.

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