Kansas Dude Dreams Of Driving Durable Small Truck Only Available In Sh*thole Countries

This column is GENIUS if only because so many dudes have made this same complaint and American auto manufacturers have REFUSED to listen . . .

Many’s the time I’ve turned on the nightly news and seen Taliban or ISIS militants tooling around in mini-trucks, mostly Toyotas, with machine guns bolted to the bed “Rat Patrol” style. Every time I see that, I say to myself (or anyone unlucky enough to be in earshot)

“There, that’s the truck I want” — minus the machine gun, which I’d only need if I were driving Kris Kobach in a parade. But we can’t get those trucks here because of two reasons: profits and politics.

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In the land of the free, why can't we have mini-pickup trucks like the Taliban and ISIS? | Opinion

Editorials and other Opinion content offer perspectives on issues important to our community and are independent from the work of our newsroom reporters. Traffic deaths of pedestrians are up by 70% in the last 10 years and pickup trucks are largely to blame, according to a story from The Hill that we ran this week.

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