Bikers came to Washington, D.C., by the thousands only a few weeks ago to express their patriotism for their country and their frustration at those running it, and only days later truckers in a loosely defined group holding a conversation on Facebook said they would do something similar.
The details now are becoming clear, and one component of the trucking fraternity has announced plans for arrests.
Of members of Congress.
With or without help from police.
According to a new report Monday in US News, a coordinator for the “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” rally said truckers not only will clog highways in Washington, express their frustrations and their opposition to political agendas, they will do so emphatically.
“We are not going to ask for impeachment,” Earl Conlon told US News. “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.”
The report said Conlon had cited a citizens’ grand jury as the means for indictments. That movement already has “indicted” Obama and other federal officials, but as they are jurors convening without a court sponsorship, their charges largely have not gone far.
Conlon told US News this might be different.
“We want these people arrested, and we’re coming in with the grand jury to do it,” he told the publication. “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.”
Conlon, from Georgia, said he is handling logistics for the Oct. 11 rally, and said the drivers will circle the city “three lanes deep.”
But he did not explain how an “arrest” would be made without approval of existing – and armed – law enforcement agencies.
Conlon said truckers think Obama committed “treason” by allegedly funneling weapons to al-Qaida-linked rebels in Syria, and members of Congress in support of the Syrian rebels are accessories.
Organizers say thousands of truckers already have confirmed plans to participate.
“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,” Conlon said.
WND previously has reported that some participants say they do want impeachment.
In fact, WND recently reported that truckers calling for the restoration of a constitutional republic were joining with other Americans rallying on overpasses across the nation for Obama’s impeachment.
Sources reported the truckers were teaming up with Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment to line the routes into Washington with flags during the Oct. 11-13 event.
Truckers Ride for the Constitution leader and organizer Zeeda Andrews, a country singer and former truck driver, said Overpasses Founder James Neighbors reached out to her, suggesting the two groups form an alliance. Neighbors said the partnership is a “natural” merger for a common cause.
“Thousands of truckers have seen us across America,” he said. “We’ve gotten emails from them, thanking us for waking them up. The biker ride in D.C. happened. Then, the next thing you know, the trucker thing did, and we got even more emails from truckers across the country, thanking us.”
He added, “We are going to be out on the overpasses and at truck stops, encouraging the truckers to head to D.C., to join in with the others. They, in exchange, are encouraging their families who are at home to join us on the overpasses.”
Facebook tries to shut truckers down
It was shortly after they were starting to organize, on Sept. 22, that Facebook removed the truckers’ Facebook page, “Truckers to Shutdown America,” which had accumulated 86,000 “likes” within days of its launch.
“Political opponents attacked the Truckers to Shutdown America page within days, and they exploited a little known (to the public) feature on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter called ‘community standards’ flagging, which allows them to instantaneously shut down an account on these social media platforms,” the truckers group explained in a press release.
“[A]n administrator of the page offended someone by saying, ‘God bless you, and God bless America.”
According to the group, radio talk-host Pete Santelli, of “The Pete Santelli Show,” has indicated that he “intends to take legal action against YouTube and Twitter on behalf of all truckers, their supporters, as well as other members of the public who are similarly harmed by these unconstitutional ‘community standards.’”
The truckers also then launched their website, RideForTheConstitution.org, and created a second Facebook page called, “Truckers Ride for the Constitution.”
‘Wake up the sleeping giant’
What do they intend to accomplish with a convoy into Washington and nationwide rallies on overpasses?
Neighbors explained, “The goal is to wake up the sleeping giant, the people of America.”
Truckers co-organizer Benn Pam said the rally will be quite a patriotic scene.
“I think it’s great,” he said. “There are going to be thousands of trucks on the highways, flying flags. There are all of those people who are in the Overpasses campaign flying flags. Between the two groups, we may be covering a good part of the national highway network.”
Officials expect more organizationsto join the rally.
Time to rally, contact lawmakers
Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment national coordinator and co-founder Rick Halle said he’s hopeful that the event will get Congress to remember its commitment to the Constitution.
“The ultimate result would be for our representatives to start taking their oath to protect and defend the Constitution seriously,” he said. “At the very least, we will get the message out to others who believe, as we do, that government corruption is rampant and that they are not alone.”
However, Halle admitted that Congress will only feel pressure if enough people rally in the streets and make their voices heard by calling their lawmakers.
“We believe that we will also wake some people up so they start paying attention,” he said. “If enough people wake up and start contacting their representatives, then we believe that they will have no choice but to take notice.”