Originally published October 9 2013
Truckers for the Constitution to shut down D.C. roads, arrest violators of oath of office
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) The rumbling sound that will be heard around the nation's capital in a few weeks could be one of the most terrifying heard in Washington, D.C., in quite some time, for it will represent more than just another angry American demographic. It will represent the very lifeblood of our nation, for without them, commerce all but stops.
Hence the movement "Truckers for the Constitution," an ad hoc assembly of ticked-off truckers who are fed up with the shenanigans in Congress and the White House. And they aim to make their voices - and their trucks - heard.
According to US News & World Report:
Tractor-trailer drivers will intentionally clog the inner loop of the Washington, D.C., beltway beginning on the morning of Oct. 11, according to a coordinator of the upcoming "Truckers Ride for the Constitution" rally.
Organizers of the three-day ride want to call attention to a litany of trucker frustrations and express their disapproval of national political leaders.
Georgia trucker Earl Conlon, who is currently handling the logistics for the protest, told U.S. News that drivers plan to circle the Beltway "three lanes deep," and that he and other truckers are riding to Congress to seek the arrest of congressmen for violations of the Constitution.
'It's going to be real fun for anyone who is not a supporter'
He said truckers circling the Beltway, which is formally known as I-495, will keep the far left lane open for emergency vehicles but "everybody that doesn't have a supporter sticker on their window, good luck: Nobody in, nobody out." He said the trucks plan to adhere to the 55-mile-per-hour speed limit.
Commuters to the capital who want to be allowed to pass must have "T2SDA" written on their vehicle, said Conlon. That stands for the event's original name: "Truckers to Shut Down America."
"It's going to be real fun for anyone who is not a supporter," Conlon said. "If cops decide to give us a hard time, we're going to lock the brakes up, we're going to stop right there, we're going to be a three lane roadblock."
Which, at that point, would amount to instant gridlock, with no hope of a quick solution to clear the highways.
Former country music singer Zeeda Andrews is helping to promote the protest. The singer said recently that participants are planning to present demands to lawmakers - which will include impeaching President Obama - and will give congressmen the opportunity to agree to their demands in exchange for ending the ride.
However, Conlon said, that wasn't quite accurate.
"We are not going to ask for impeachment," Conlon said. "We are coming whether they like it or not. We're not asking for impeachment, we're asking for the arrest of everyone in government who has violated their oath of office."
He hit on the idea of a citizens' grand jury, of sorts - a pool of jurors convened without court approval - as the preferred method of indicting elected officials.
"We want these people arrested, and we're coming in with the grand jury to do it," said Conlon. "We are going to ask the law enforcement to uphold their constitutional oath and make these arrests. 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."
The U.S. News reporter fretted, "It's almost certain that anyone attempting to 'arrest' a member of Congress would be arrested themselves for attempted kidnapping."
And therein, as they say, lies the rub.
For now, that threat doesn't seem to be stopping Conlon's convoy of truckers.
'If they decide to get ugly with us we're going to do what we have to do'
More from the magazine about whom truckers are targeting specifically:
Conlon and Andrews say Obama committed "treason" by allegedly funneling weapons to al-Qaida-linked rebels in Syria. Members of Congress who support arming Syrian rebels, Conlon said, are accessories to the alleged crime. He identified House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., as politicians he will seek to arrest for alleged acts against the Constitution.
"What we want to do is go in nice and peaceful and keep it as peaceful as possible... but if they decide to get ugly with us we're going to do what we have to do," said Conlon, who added that more than 3,000 truckers had RSVP'ed to the event.
"If all I get is one or two congressmen walked out of there in handcuffs, that will be a shot across the bow that will ripple across all branches of government. ... I hope they are all civil enough and brave enough to step out onto the congressional steps," he said.
In addition to being fed up with particular lawmakers, the truckers also have industry-specific grievances, including Environmental Protection Agency fuel efficiency standards and the high cost of diesel fuel, as well as Fourth Amendment encroachments into truckers' cabs.
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