Wednesday, October 9, 2013
By Onan Coca / 9 October 2013
Earl Conlon is a trucker from Georgia who is handling the logistics for the crusading truckers, and when asked about the purpose of the trip he had this to say: “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.” Conlon cited the idea of a citizens grand jury – meaning a pool of jurors convened without court approval – as the mechanism for indicting the officials. “We want these people arrested, and we’re coming in with the grand jury to do it,” he said. “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 truckers believe that there are quite a few politicians in Washington, D.C. who have failed to uphold their oath of office, and it’s time that these people had their day in court. If their website is any indication, the Truckers will be showing up with quite a bit of support come Friday, October 11th. The ride organizers say that over 3,000 truckers have RSVP’d their support, which means that the usually terrible traffic in D.C. will likely be monumentally bad come Friday rush hour. But no worries for those of you who have to commute through the mess that will be the Beltway Loop, the truckers have some great advice for you. The truckers circling I-495 will keep the left lane open for emergency vehicles, Conlon said, but “everybody that doesn’t have a supporter sticker on their window, good luck: Nobody in, nobody out.” The trucks will be going the 55 mile-per-hour speed limit. D.C. commuters who wish to be allowed past the convoy must have “T2SDA” – an acronym for the event’s original name, “Truckers to Shut Down America” – written on their vehicle, he said. The truckers also have a message for Capitol City police. Just leave them alone, and it will all be over quickly. “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,” Conlon said.
Coincidentally, the Truckers event will be taking place on the same weekend that a group calling itself the Million Veterans March on the Memorials will be taking place. If both groups can muster up a healthy number of supporters, it may help wake up some ridiculously inattentive politicians. The American people have grown tired of the games being played with our money, our liberty, and our futures. D.C. can expect to see many more demonstrations like these if the politicians don’t get their heads out of the sand.