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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Why do we as a nation constantly call out things that make people seem like they are "out of touch with the American people?"

    Owning a truck has. If anything, since this nation represents freedom, driving whatever car you want seems "more American" since it shows you have the freedom to choose.

    Then again, the guy is a politician, so things are always for show, he wears a mask behind his mask.


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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    Now, I'm bringing this up because of the big deal that has been apparently made about Senator Brown's truck. It's not about his politics, it's about the fact that this truck was made into a symbol of him being "folksy".

    I was a construction worker for 11 years and owned trucks and work vans which were used for their intended purpose.

    Now, my view is that when someone owns a pickup who doesn't use it for real work (i.e. not helping your friends move every now and then or driving to their "job", but as a tool utilized while pursuing a career in a field where they actually work for a living.) they are just using the truck as a fashion accessory to try and look "cool".

    A real truck is dented. It's got **** all over it... a bit of concrete hardened in the bed, dirt and stray nails rolling around int eh bed as well.

    It gets used as a truck, not as an oddly shaped car. It's got a bunch of empty coffee cups on the dashboard from the cold days when you take your coffee breaks inside of it to stay warm.

    To me, a truly "folksy" person doesn't use a truck as an accessory, because they've had to use it for it's intended purpose. Which is work.

    IMO, a pickup truck with 200,000 miles that isn't covered in ****, dented to hell and gone, but still plugging away doing it's intended job is a sign that the owner of said truck is the exact opposite of being "folksy". It's a sign of being a white collar person who thinks he or she will look really "cool" if they drive a truck. It's superficial.

    Now, there's nothing wrong with that. If people want to look cool, that's their business. But I can't ****ing stand the fact that this purely superficial attemtp to look cool is being portrayed as a sign that the superficial person trying to look cool is some sort of a "man of the people".

    Most of the people I know who use or have used trucks and vans for their intended purposes feel the same way.

    But my opinion on this is clearly biased by my own experiences. I want to know what people think of the general idea about people pretending to be blue-collar as a reflection on them as a man of the people, not about Senator Brown's politics.

    So what do you guys think? Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?
    Your truck sounds like my car and damn all of you for leaving nails in the bed.
    Too many flat tire stories attributed to you guys.

    A truck either serves a purpose of utility or it's a fashion statement.
    If you drive it because it makes you look cool, I generally think that's stupid.

    No, it doesn't make you a man of the people.
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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Your truck sounds like my car and damn all of you for leaving nails in the bed.
    Too many flat tire stories attributed to you guys.
    My bad.

    BTW, I don't own a truck anymore, because I don't do construction anymore.
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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    My bad.

    BTW, I don't own a truck anymore, because I don't do construction anymore.
    It's all good, but at least once yearly I get either nails or screws in one of more of my tires.

    Grrr, the annoyance!!
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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    It's all good, but at least once yearly I get either nails or screws in one of more of my tires.

    Grrr, the annoyance!!
    The good news is that through karma, when it's your truck that is the one dropping all the nails, you tend to get more flats than anyone else.
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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    The good news is that through karma, when it's your truck that is the one dropping all the nails, you tend to get more flats than anyone else.
    I go through tires fast, once had three flats.

    I've been wanting to get an older S-10 or something similar but never got it.
    Probably get another econobox.
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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    In the town I live in, owning a truck is not a sigh of being anything except a resident. I think most of the women in my town own great big trucks. For most people here they are a fashion accessory and a work truck both, since we are a farming community. It's not properly fashionable if it is not dirty with a few blocks of wood and a bag of cement in the back.
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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Trucks have largely become fashion accessories. The majority of purchasers will never use it to the full extent of its capabilities. Today's mid-size trucks are as powerful (possibly more) then full-size trucks were in the 90s. And yet the most popular truck is an F-150, CrewCab and a Short bed. Automakers realize that people have less junk, and more friends. At least living in the city most trucks are just a status symbol.

    Politicians are all about image, heck, the mayor of my city is a Bike/Prius driving sbux coffee sipping (there was an actual PR stunt between old and new mayor shaking hands at starbucks), democrat...If republicans want to embrace the truck America image more power to them. If it works, just show how out of touch the populace is.

    Personally, I have to stop myself from purchasing a Subaru Outback...I enjoy the image that comes with it, not just the utility aspect (something I actually need). I wouldn't drive a Volvo V70....image counts...citizen or politician.

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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    Now, I'm bringing this up because of the big deal that has been apparently made about Senator Brown's truck. It's not about his politics, it's about the fact that this truck was made into a symbol of him being "folksy".

    I was a construction worker for 11 years and owned trucks and work vans which were used for their intended purpose.

    Now, my view is that when someone owns a pickup who doesn't use it for real work (i.e. not helping your friends move every now and then or driving to their "job", but as a tool utilized while pursuing a career in a field where they actually work for a living.) they are just using the truck as a fashion accessory to try and look "cool".

    A real truck is dented. It's got **** all over it... a bit of concrete hardened in the bed, dirt and stray nails rolling around int eh bed as well.

    It gets used as a truck, not as an oddly shaped car. It's got a bunch of empty coffee cups on the dashboard from the cold days when you take your coffee breaks inside of it to stay warm.

    To me, a truly "folksy" person doesn't use a truck as an accessory, because they've had to use it for it's intended purpose. Which is work.

    IMO, a pickup truck with 200,000 miles that isn't covered in ****, dented to hell and gone, but still plugging away doing it's intended job is a sign that the owner of said truck is the exact opposite of being "folksy". It's a sign of being a white collar person who thinks he or she will look really "cool" if they drive a truck. It's superficial.

    Now, there's nothing wrong with that. If people want to look cool, that's their business. But I can't ****ing stand the fact that this purely superficial attemtp to look cool is being portrayed as a sign that the superficial person trying to look cool is some sort of a "man of the people".

    Most of the people I know who use or have used trucks and vans for their intended purposes feel the same way.

    But my opinion on this is clearly biased by my own experiences. I want to know what people think of the general idea about people pretending to be blue-collar as a reflection on them as a man of the people, not about Senator Brown's politics.

    So what do you guys think? Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?
    I bought a pick up truck and the first thing I did with it was load it up with detritus from the walls I was tearing down and hauled it to the dump. Thing had less than fifty miles on it. Then I went to school on Monday and finished getting my degree. I bought that thing specifically because I was moving across country in a year. But I used it as a the tool it was.

    And by the time I got rid of it thirteen years later, it was beat up.

    That's what trucks are for.

    They're not fashion accessories. People looking for those should put a chihuahua in their purse.

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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    I'm with Mega, I think you forgot the third option Tuck.

    Work.
    Looks.
    Play.

    Maybe its because I'm here in the south but I know people, both young and old, that own trucks and don't use them at all for a job type thing. They use it because they hunt and they'll throw the stuff in the bed and off road a bit on their property to get the the place they head off to hunt. Or they have it to haul their boat around if they don't have the money or the need for a dedicated boat slip on the lake and want to go fishing on weekends. I knew a few that had a truck simply because they enjoyed off roading, granted this was back a few years at home when the area wasn't quite as built up as it now.

    Finally I do think there are some people that fit between the categories, that yes likes the looks, but also likes to be that person that by god if someone needs something moved you got a truck. My girlfriends aunt is like that. She works in a hospital, doesn't hunt, doesn't fish, doesn't do a lot of construction. But for an extended family in a single area of about 25 people, she's essentially the go to person for anything and everything any of them or sometimes their friends need moved and she likes that fact.

    So while I can agree and understand the notion of the "real" truck owner being the worker, I do think there's some variations between that extreme and the "just as a fashion accessory" extreme.

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