Rightwing Truckers to Clog D.C. Freeways to Protest "Unconstitutional" Congress

Search form

Rightwing Truckers to Clog D.C. Freeways to Protest "Unconstitutional" Congress

Rightwing Truckers to Clog D.C. Freeways to Protest "Unconstitutional" Congress
Fri, 10/11/2013 - by Christina Sarich
This article originally appeared on Nation of Change

A group of tractor-trailer drivers and truckers have decided to clog the inner loop of the Washington D.C. beltway in response to our leader’s unconstitutional behavior and the continuing government shut down. Beginning the morning of October 11 in a coordinated effort to call attention to numerous citizen’s frustration with "business as un-usual" in Washington, drivers will circle "three lanes deep" with other participants to help make a very big point.

In a recent press release a spokesperson for the truckers said: “Let’s show these bastards who runs this place — they will NEVER be able to control a nationwide protest. We are demanding that Congress follow the US Constitution immediately; comply with our lawful demands, or their refusal will cause a shutdown.“

Earl Conlon, a trucker from Georgia, is helping plan for this unusual protest. He and other truckers are seeking the arrest of congressmen for allegedly ignoring constitutional laws. Only the left lane of Interstate 495 will be kept open for emergency vehicles, otherwise, if there is no support sticker on a car or other vehicle which states, “T2SDA” -- an acronym which stands for the original “Truckers to Shut Down America” -- they won’t have a way to get through. The trucks plan on driving at 55 mph (the legal speed limit) so that local law enforcement cannot interfere.

Fox News has called this a "bizarre" protest against things that are destroying America; however, it is no less bizarre than Congressmen and women who have decided to take an extended vacation, with pay, while important government programs are at a standstill. Causing traffic to do the same seems an apropos way of communicating many people’s frustration with the way our government is handling its job.

The truckers are finding support in the community as well. Zeeda Andrews, a former country music singer is helping to promote the protest.

While the members of the protest are not asking for Obama’s impeachment, they are seeking the arrest of "everyone in government who has violated their oath to office.” Conlon cites the idea of a citizens’ arrest, as the method for indicting members in office. They are seeking the cooperation of law enforcement who are also under oath to uphold the Constitution to make the arrests. Conlon remarks:

“If they refuse to do it, by the power of the people of the United States and the people's grand jury, they don't want to do it, we will. We the people will find a way.”

As the spokesperson for this group of irate truckers, Conlon says that Obama committed treason by allegedly supplying weapons to Al-Qaida-linked rebels in Syria. Conlon also says there are numerous accessories to this crime. He identifies Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader, and Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, as additional parties who should be arrested.

In a recent retraction from his original premise, Conlon also said “that truckers won't intentionally shut down traffic this weekend, though some may travel along the inner loop of the Beltway and honk their horns. Conlon said it "wouldn't be fair" to the people of D.C. "to lock down the city by the belt loop," but their press release also said, “I would LOVE to see the DHS sort out who in the big traffic jams across America is a protestor or simply stuck in traffic.”

Originally published by Nation of Change

Article Tabs

Debt Collective, student loans, student debt, Corinthian Colleges, Rolling Jubilee

Organizers of the student debt strike that helped lead to the closure of Corinthian Colleges say the DoE's proposed rules would place a heavy burden on student debtors contesting fraudulently issued loans.

popular movement, radical movements, corporate control

We have to organize around a series of non-negotiable demands, dismantle the mechanisms the rich use to control power – and destroy the ideological and legal system cemented into place to justify corporate plunder.

freedom of assembly, right to assemble, right to free specch, Citizens’ Security Law, Black Lives Matter, First Amendment, gag law

Faced with mounting unrest and unwilling to offer reforms, democratic governments are rolling back traditional rights at an alarming rate. How many rights must be abrogated before a democracy becomes a police state?

U.K. austerity cuts, Independent Living Fund, money in politics, conservative donors, banker donations

Britain’s multiple crises can be traced to big political donations and corporate ties to the U.K. government. On the eve of the country’s General Election, Occupy.com examines how the 1% have gained from investing in politics.

 International Labour Day, May Day, International Workers' Day

Thousands rallied worldwide to celebrate International Workers' Day on May 1. In some countries demonstrations turned violent with police deploying tears gas.

Baltimore protests, Baltimore riots, Freddie Gray, police brutality, police violence, Baltimore Uprising, water shutoffs, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore police, Law Enforcement Bill of Rights

The people have demanded to be heard, and now, the city, state and federal government have to listen – the real fight is just beginning.

Posted 5 days 20 hours ago
Freddie Gray, police violence, police brutality, Baltimore protests, incarceration rates, Wall Street gambling, derivatives trading, public banking, postal banking

The bankers get our money, charge us for taking it and leave cities’ budgets bare. Schools close, small businesses shut down, social programs fold and only the cops remain.

Posted 6 days 16 hours ago
Bernie Sanders, TPP, Baltimore, Eleanor Goldfield, Act Out!

Spring is rising and so are the people – we cover the latest, from marchers in D.C. demanding racial justice to the ongoing protests in Baltimore.

Posted 6 days 16 hours ago

This Friday, the Port of Oakland's rumbling cranes will stand silent as workers rally against recent police shootings and violence.

Posted 4 days 19 hours ago

The bill eases barriers to raising capital and allowing people to invest in worker coops, taking a step toward a solution to the state's growing income inequality.

Posted 5 days 20 hours ago
Coalition to Stop Fast Track, Trans-Pacific Partnership, U.S. Conference of Mayors

While lawmakers are pushing full steam ahead, city officials are making their own concerns about the legislation crystal clear.

Finland elections, Finns Party, Finnish Greens

Finland is also not immune to the growing politics of prejudice surging in Europe since the financial crash.

This Friday, the Port of Oakland's rumbling cranes will stand silent as workers rally against recent police shootings and violence.

The bill eases barriers to raising capital and allowing people to invest in worker coops, taking a step toward a solution to the state's growing income inequality.

Fast Track, Trans-Pacific Partnership, TPP

An unprecedentedly united movement escalated their campaign to defeat Fast Track trade authority with a joint letter urging Congress to oppose it.

Sign Up