On October 11, the very people who keep America moving will use the day to stop traffic in the nation’s capital.

If one group of laborers in America is too often overlooked, it may be truckers.

Many Americans think they rarely come in contact with truckers. But when is the last time you bought a soda? How about a gallon of milk? A tank of gas?

We have truckers to thank for those conveniences.

Given that truckers are an essential part of the American infrastructure, yet are so easily forgotten, it is no surprise that they would be bringing their own grievances to the attention of Washington, D.C.

A large group of truckers is planning a protest in Washington on October 11 for three days, to challenge Obama’s “corruption against the Constitution.”

The “Truckers Ride For The Constitution” Facebook page says, “The American people are sick and tired of the corruption that is destroying America! We therefore declare a GENERAL STRIKE on the weekend of October 11-13, 2013! Truck drivers will not haul freight! Americans can strike in solidarity with truck drivers!”


It all sounds exciting and important, but what specifically do the organizers mean by “corruption that is destroying America?”

Predictably, the vagueness of the event and its purpose has prompted knee-jerk assumptions and spin from the right and the left.

In an effort to cut through the right/left paradigm, I spoke with Zeeda Andrews, one of the protests’ chief organizers, to learn what “Ride For The Constitution” is really about.

Andrews helped put together the initial Facebook page to support truckers and draw attention to “regulations that are unconstitutional.”

“Truckers are concerned about their livelihood,” said Andrews. She mentioned multiple ways in which truck drivers feel their rights are being infringed upon.

According to Andrews, the Department of Transportation (DOT) is currently pushing a law that would require every trucker to have a tracking device in his or her vehicle. This device keeps track of mandatory breaks, idling time, and driving speed. “This is a privacy issue,” insisted Andrews. “[The Feds] can see and hear everything. They can even control how fast the truckers are driving at all times. It’s the trucking nanny.”

The DOT is also trying to enforce idling laws, which prohibit truckers from idling unless they keep a pet inside their vehicle. These laws can be enforced using the tracking devices mentioned above. Andrews points out that idling restrictions become a health hazard when it’s 10 below zero out, and truckers need to warm up their cabs before hitting the road.

Obamacare is also having a drastic negative impact on truckers, according to Andrews. Many trucking companies are reducing workers’ hours to under 30 per week because they cannot afford to provide full health coverage (which, under Obamacare, will be mandatory for all full time employees). In the case of the trucking industry, this part of the new healthcare law hurts both the worker and the employer.

These are just a few of the ways that truckers feel there is “corruption against the Constitution.”

Shortly after Andrews and her colleagues launched the initial Facebook page, it went viral, receiving over 86,000 “likes.”

Although the initial protest concept was specific to truckers’ needs, Andrews says these are issues that the entire country can gather around and support. In Andrew’s view, Americans have grown exceedingly tired of their rights being trampled on by politicians.

“If anyone can help save the country, it’s truckers,” said Andrews. “Just like the truckers, Americans are sick and tired of what’s going on in this country. It’s time to get up there and make a change. If something happens, it’s because we all let it. We have a right to address these issues and bring them to Washington, D.C. in a peaceful manner.”

It is easy to imagine why the page when viral so rapidly.

Just as the movement was picking up steam online, Facebook unexpectedly shut the page down. Under Facebook’s “Community Standards” policies, “political enemies” were able to target the truckers’ page.

The original description of the event, which mentioned Muslims, did not sit well with some people. It said:

“It does not matter if a million or 50 roll through DC in this effort. Congress will listen to We the People. Which is remove Obama from office for crimes of treason and misdemeanors. We want Congressional hearing on Benghazi and Seal Team 6. Louis Learner [sic] put in jail. No amnesty, remove all Muslims in our government that do not uphold the Constitution. [Emphasis added] Remove Eric Holder from office for crimes against the people and the Constitution. Last but not least is Fuel prices.”

Political opponents of the truckers fixated on the sentence about Muslims and used it as a basis to shut down the Facebook page. Even though the truckers were genuinely angry about violations to the Constitution, and the event has nothing to do with race, opponents used the Muslim sentence to “spin” the protest into a “racist” rally.

Facebook’s Community Standards is a self-policing system; when people see something on the site they object to, they can “report” it. If enough people do this, Facebook responds by shutting down the page. According to Andrews, substantial numbers of opponents to the truckers reported the page, ensuring that it was shut down.

As a result of being banned from Facebook, the truckers started their own website called RideForTheConstitution.org to promote the event. A new Facebook page was created shortly thereafter, where Andrews and her partners are currently recouping the followers they lost when the first page was shut down.

For the most part, people have received the protest positively, Andrews said.

“Most Americans are 100 percent on board with this,” she said. “It takes everyone coming together to say: ‘No I do not consent to this lawlessness. I don’t support your taking away my rights.'”

The protest encourages people from “coast to coast” to show their support by taking the day off from work, or simply choosing to not spend money that weekend.

While the truckers certainly have articulated reasonable grievances, what is the likely outcome of a march? We have seen several marches of this kind over recent years by different groups in Washington, D.C. Even if the march reached the million-man mark, or even if it slowed down traffic in D.C. for a day, is the march likely to bring any real reform without its coinciding with a well-organized lobbying effort to influence legislation?

Will anything really get done?

*Special thanks to Peter Santilli for information and insight regarding this event. 

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  • Kevin Merck

    Mama don’t let your babies grow up to be bikers

    Don’t let em drive Harleys and date them old mutts

    Tell em be truckers and teamsters and such

    • IThinkForMyself

      Bikers represent to true nature of Freedom in America.

      • Kevin Merck

        They can prove that by climbing back on those scooters and showing support for their trucker brothers who have the good sense to use this rally to take America back.

        • Dana Brown

          You’re not much help. I’d be more interested if you had something positive to say instead of disparaging folks who tried to make a difference.
          What are you dong?

          • Kevin Merck

            I don’t see where the bikers tried to make a difference. If that makes me a “bad guy” then so be it.
            I do see where the truckers are trying to make a difference and if that makes me a “bad guy” then so what.
            Maybe you need to learn the difference between people just trying to draw attention to themselves and people who are trying to make a real difference.

          • Dana Brown

            You might profit by heeding your own words.
            Again, what are you doing for the cause?

          • Kevin Merck

            That’s exactly what I would expect to hear from someone who I **guarantee**, hasn’t done a damn thing to help anyone but themselves.

            I’ve been at this since 1976, cupcake, you’re barking up the wrong tree.

          • Dana Brown

            You’ve been at what since 1976?

            Your guarantee is worthless…I’m involved in my local and state politics advocating Libertarian precepts and making a nuisance of myself to tyrants.
            Additionally, I fully support anyone or group trying to do the same thing. I don’t have much extra cash but I contribute none the less.

            I hope you would consider doing the same rather than cutting the throats of those trying to help.
            Please tell me you do at least as much. If you don’t, you really haven’t room to talk.

          • Kevin Merck

            People like you, who get on the internet and brag about what they do to help others, are just as worthless as all the bikers who had an opportunity to make a difference and didn’t accomplish a damn thing except make a spectacle of themselves.
            You haven’t done a damn thing to help anyone in your life.

          • Dana Brown

            Excuse my bluntness. You very well may be the hypocrite you present yourself to be. If so, I hope you mature.

            One more time: what are you doing to help the cause?

          • Kevin Merck

            More than a twit like you will ever know.

            My guess is that you’re an abortion fanatic who doesn’t like the fact that I spend so much time fighting child murder.

            Tell me, are you an abortion fanatic?

          • Dana Brown

            I get it. I think I can safely consider you part of the problem. That’s too bad.
            Good bye.

          • Kevin Merck

            Are you an abortion fanatic?
            Your silence is admission.
            I will not let abortion fanatics run me off of this website.

          • dhodge

            You’re a fuckhead!

          • Kevin Merck

            You’re really making a difference.

          • Robert Singleton

            i see im wrong you are just plain stupid….i bet you have a desk job somewhere with the irs

          • Kevin Merck

            Which one of you dogs is doing all the barking?

          • Bernardh H Conway

            Douchebag troll

          • Kevin Merck

            Take it easy on yourself.

          • Linda Tew

            They were defendimg the fallen Muslims decided they were having a march on 9/11 to claim they were the victims on 9/11. They rode for our fallen and our active military. So for you to say what you’ve said does make you a bad person sir. I was there and I drive trucks and I will shut down also.

          • Kevin Merck

            We were all victims on 9/11
            People need to face the facts about 9/11 or everyone who has died as a result of those attacks has died in vein.
            The people who need to die for what happened on 9/11 are living the high life and laughing at the fools who believe their lies.

          • Robert Singleton

            you are showing your ignorance….they brought world wide attention to what happened on 9/11

          • Kevin Merck

            Just two more misguided morons who think Arabs with box cutters brought down 3 skyscrapers with 2 airplanes.
            Do you two have to put bags over each other’s heads to have sex?

        • Linda Tew

          The bikers have joined

          • Kevin Merck

            Joined what?

        • Linda Tew

          Their purpose was for the 9/11 victims and our military. They rode for a great cause and for the record majority were retired military, firefighters.

          • Kevin Merck

            Do they understand what really happened on 9/11

          • Kevin Merck


            0:38:00 — 0:40:15

            If you care about what happened on 9/11 (roll eyes) check out this video between 0:38:00 — 0:40:15 to see proof positive of controlled demolition. If you don’t understand the evidence get someone to explain it to you.

        • Jmomma

          Bikers did do something. They encouraged their fellow Americans.

          • Kevin Merck

            So that’s it, they’re done now?

          • Jmomma

            I sure hope their not done! It seems most people won’t get off their butts until #1, they are awake to what is happening and #2, they SEE others standing up around them. The feds have spent a long time dumbing down the population through education and media. They’ve worked hard to create a nation of sheep. People are controlled through lack of information and fear. It will take more and more waves of patriots to get them moving. This was a wave. Another is coming. I pray, for the sake of our children’s children, that people don’t lose faith and tire of this effort. I know it’s easy to become discouraged and I’m sure the feds would love it if you did. But I hope that, instead, you will work to inspire others to stand… if that is your goal.

          • Kevin Merck

            Thanks for acting like a human being.

            The people attacking me are not awake. They are brain-dead zombies who have no idea what really happened on 9/11 and they have no idea of the extent to which they are under attack by the people they elected to serve them.

            Different things work to wake up different people. I don’t care how many lash out at me because of their own ignorance. People always attack the messenger if he or she has anything important to say that doesn’t fit their perception of reality.

            I don’t want to hear anyone say they care about what happened on 9/11 if they aren’t interested in the overwhelming physical and scientific **proof** of controlled demolition. That is the type of ignorance we cannot afford to tolerate if we want to live in a free society.

          • Bkb

            Don’t worry true Americans support you !

          • Kevin Merck

            Thanks brother/sister.
            I need to hear that once in a while.

          • John Andrew Schmanek

            No we don’t. If you take a good close look at all his comments above, you will see his fascist, dictatorial tyrannical tendencies showing through. He is to be watched carefully and not trusted. As it appears, if given enough power, he would most likely use that to limit the freedoms of those he deems unworthy.

          • Jmomma

            I think the most important thing right now, is that we stay united. All those who are ready to stand must stand together. Our cause is just… but bickering and division among us only plays right into the hands of those who wish to keep us in our place. We are making a mockery of ourselves and it doesn’t help our cause in convincing anyone to listen. The list of corruption and treasonous activities is long and growing everyday. The continuing attacks on our Constitution are obvious. The ever growing federal control over our education, food, healthcare, privacy, etc speak for themselves. If we become divided now, we are defeating ourselves.

          • Kevin Merck

            I understand that and I agree with you. The people doing the bickering are attacking me for voicing my opinion and addressing legitimate issues and concerns.

            Why aren’t you making those statements to the brain-dead zombies who are attacking me? I guarantee you that every one of those people is not awake to what happened on 9/11.

            Are you afraid they will call you a name or give your comments a thumbs down?

          • Jmomma

            I don’t think any of us on here are afraid to ruffle feathers! Honestly, though, I didn’t mean to direct that statement solely at you. Sorry if it came across that way. The bickering happens on every forum and it is no wonder, really. We are all so pissed off about what is happening (rightfully so). It is as if we are each screaming that our house is on fire and nobody around us gives a damn. It is infuriating and frustrating beyond measure. Our nation is on fire and we are all screaming. We have a much better chance of being heard if we stand together.

          • Kevin Merck

            I hear you.
            I spent a couple years on YT videos about 9/11. I learned not to respond to stooges who attacked me at all. I may need to go back to that strategy.
            I gave up on YT when they started censoring every comment I posted. I would post a comment containing only factual evidence for controlled demolition, nothing else, then I would block all cookies to see that it wasn’t posted.
            Take Care

        • Hbtrux

          That 1.2 million bikers are also joining this Movement..

    • John Andrew Schmanek

      So what about the bikers that are truckers? And they did raise hope and awareness. They did something. And more will be done and this is spreading. If you can’t be part of the solution and want to divide and conquer and try and belittle other’s accomplishments, get out of the fcking way or get the fck run over. Cause we the people see exactly what you are.

      Those that don’t or can’t or won’t pointing at those that do and say “It’s not enough”. We know exactly who should be ashamed.

  • Had_Enough2010

    Unless we have the full support of the American Citizens, and I mean 10’s of millions gathering at the Whitehouse to remove the government body, nothing will change. Look how the DHS handled the traffic cameras and rerouting the bikes to the beltway when the bikers went through. With the assistance from the establishment main stream media, the event was not televised and the enormity of this event was missed by the American Citizens.

    • Jmomma

      You’re right, our mainstream media are bought and paid for. They work their agenda, no matter the truth, and damn the American people to ignorance. Patriots need to become the media. Film every gathering. Every protest. Upload it! We have to make every truck, every bike, every flag and every brave patriot waving them count!! The more brave Americans are seen, the more will be encouraged to get out there. The tide is rising!

      • Hbtrux

        When we the people and We the Truckers are done with DC and state Capitols we will DEAL with the Media next.

        • Jmomma

          I hope your right! Our criminal press is one of the greatest threats we face.

    • Bkb

      This will be felt by all

    • Hbtrux

      I do believe ANONYMOUS is going to make sure this time it will be televised…

  • Had_Enough2010

    At least the Bikers and the Truckers are doing something to bring awareness to the American Citizens. It’s definitely a positive event and instead of opining “what difference does it make” get your asses up to DC and stand with them. We need to unite on this people.

    • Bkb


    • Hbtrux

      THIS ALSO MUST HAPPEN AT EVERY STATE CAPITOL !!!! We MUST make sure there is NO WAY they can Ignore us this time.. if we surround all capitols in every state , shut down the economy,, they will have no choice but to take us and our demands seriously!!!

  • Tickerguy

    It will if they don’t go back to work UNTIL it gets done.

  • Cwbintennessee Michael Winton

    Again, please touch on all the issues in trucking we need addressed.
    The CSA crash rating system is flawed and needs done away with.

    The new hours of service have been proven time and time again to be detrimental and causes drivers to lose money. Anne Ferro, the FMCSA, and Anthony Foxx need to come out of their ”ivory towers” and show us the research for these new hours of service that went into effect on July 1st this year. They were shoved down our throats without proper research and was hatched in a lab on a computer. Drivers are not computers. We are not machines. We are people.

    The truckload rates have been stagnant since Jan of 2013 and haven’t risen. If they have risen, then no money is being passed to trucks. Money to trucks needs to come up to keep up with rising operating costs.

    The American public needs to be educated more on truck safety and not get their informations from TV shows like ” KILLER TRUCKERS” which aired on Investigation Discovery recently.

    There are so many things that need to be addressed and these issues in this article did not touch on one of them. If you’re going to report on a story, gather all the facts first. Thank you.

    • Hbtrux

      Once we get some Congress and senate in hand cuffs and DEMAND our constitution be OBEYED then if our Gov works in the limits of the Constitution our Free market will operate as it is support to and the Unconstitutional laws, regulation, statues, and ordinances would be abolished! hence relieving us of the Bullshit burdens Gov has put on us.

    • Chris Moschini

      Yes, it really seems like the core issue with trucking is that very little of the cost of shipping actually makes it to the truckers themselves. They tend to be independently operated, which is good for getting people up and out of poverty, but it also makes them the little guy – and the little guy gets trod on a lot in the US economy. I wonder how many truckers are aware of the total cost of freight on the things they move (and how little of it makes it to them).

      There is definitely a lot of stupid and clumsy legislation around trucking, and I understand how truckers are tired of well, being told when they’re tired. But it actually seems like what would save truckers is smart legislation. Sadly they probably need to get a strong lobby together if the laws they’re fed up with are going to go away, and the laws they’d prefer are going to appear.

  • Jmomma

    Every truck will make a difference. At the very least, they will inspire others and get people asking questions! Most people are afraid to get out there. They need to see others first. SO BE SEEN!! Wake the people up!! Lord knows we can’t count on our criminal media to bring attention to reality. PLEASE, EVERYONE, BECOME THE MEDIA! Share the truth. God bless our patriots!

    • denise0513

      People can start with being on overpasses on October 11th in support of the truckers. They need to carry video cameras or phones with that capability and get the videos uploaded. People on the streets CAN be the media! The other thing people can do is NOT use money in any way shape or form from the 11th to the 13th. I understand small business will suffer but if they understand this is being done for their benefit as well, I do believe they too will support it. We all need to take a hit in order to try to preserve the USA! GOD BLESS THE USA! Stand together for United we stand, Divided we fall! Don’t let these political prostitutes divide us any further.

  • Catalacify

    Do you people not realize what kind of grid lock traffic jam this will cause if all goes as planned? It will take days…I mean daaaaays to dissipate all these tractors and 53 foot trailers! I’m just hoping it doesn’t do too much damage to small business and grocery store shelves! And Google “Power-grid-down” GridEx that is supposed to happen in November.

    • Bkb

      Long term policies will hurt more!

      • Catalacify

        Yes they will. I certainly don’t have all the answers. If we are going to tear down we better have a good strong plan to build it back. And I mean for the people in this country. NOT for people with foreign interests. We need to restore our republic.

        • John Andrew Schmanek

          We have a good strong plan, it’s called the constitution.

          • wkdrns

            How rwe going to enforce the Constitution in 3 days? We need a detailed planned.

          • John Andrew Schmanek

            You don’t enforce the constitution. The constitution is a restriction of government force. You exercise the constitution. You peacably assemble and you exercise your free speech. You air out your grievences against those that are failing to represent the will of the people and aslo call out those that betray their oath to uphold and defend the constitution. That should give you plenty to do for three days. Good luck!

    • Sandra Burkhart

      not sure trailers are part of this

      • 918

        Won’t that drag this strike out longer than the 13th? Where will everyone put their trailers?

  • Tea Party Truckers

    Please Like The “Tea Party Truckers” On Facebook… God Bless America!

  • Hbtrux

    I started this Movement and YES i know it is going to make thing tough on some folks so NOW IS THE TIME TO TELL ALL TO STOCK UP AND HELP THOSE WHO CAN NOT STOCK UP…
    Zeeda is the Pr dept.. I’m the Troublermaker.. and Pete Santilli is the Voice…

    The Plan:

    STAGE 1 Haul no freight..& Public spend no money or go to work (call out sick) this shuts off commerce NO hauling freight…public not going to work and Not spending money interupts Tax money Flowing to DC…this UN PLUGS their Power source..

    stage 1 is to RING DC’S BELL aka get their attention.. when bankers are screaming in their favorite senators ears about loosing money. and investors screaming about bleeding out funds, and other countries crying where’s our Money…
    This alone will make them notice we effectively UN PLUGGED THEIR POWER SOURCE.
    STAGE 2 everyone truckers & patriots surround state capitols and DC. this is a symbolic show of force.. IF it is happening at every STATE CAPITOL AND WASHINGTON DC.. they now have no choice but to pay attention to us!
    at DC all Tractor Trailers circle the 495 loop around the city rolling clock wise. all other cars pickups bikers and bobtail trucks flow counter clock wise.. then flow into the city and circle the Gov. buildings..
    Demanding the Arrest of all who support Obama care and then Demand that all Government from the president to the local police OBEY THE CONSTITUTION..
    If we do not get what we want we keep the economy shut off..
    WE WANT ARREST OF ALL WHO SUPPORTED SENDING OUR TROOPS TO FIGHT WITH AL QUEDA , ALL WHO SUPPORT OBAMA CARE .ALL WHO VIOLATED THEIR OATH TO OFFICE… IF we had it my way ALL of them from the president to the local level would be arrested for Treason or violating their Oath.. We/I know we will not get everyone thing we want,, no that could only happen if ALL GOV. was rushed at once on every level of Gov.. but even if all we got was NAZI PELOSI AND JOHN MCCAIN walked out in cuffs and charged with treason it would be a shot that would ripple through all levels of politics..

    • catalacify

      Cripple the economy even more just so they can throw us some old bones like Pelosi and McCain. I don’t really see how that is going to help. They are probably ready to retire anyway. I have another question since I realize the great magnitude of what you are perpetuating. How did you arrive at the dates 10-(11, 12, 13) 2013? Through my studies I have found these are Illuminati numbers among others. This is how they work. They use certain dates, times, names ect. The date 11-12-13 is also coming up in November. They are also responsible for the 9-11 attacks, including Benghazi.

      • Bkb

        So do nothing?

      • Hbtrux

        i originally called for Nov. 1st to interrupt the the Holiday Tax revenue.. Zeeda choose Oct.11th i think because of Obama care you have to ask her why that date..

    • Kevin Merck

      It’s a great plan and is exactly the type of action that needs to be taken.
      God Bless everyone who takes part in this. If it’s not successful the first time we will try, try, try again.
      Don’t listen to people who say it won’t work. Eventually it will.

    • amommamust

      I’d get with Karen Tostada and work with her. Good luck!

      • hs4265

        anyone who works with Stossel and the now dead right wing James Okeefe loses my respect. I am on the right and the left but don’t put any credence in this type of “journalism” Not from the left OR right.

    • curious1

      I’m not replying exactly. I just wanted everyone to know that you guys were wrongly kicked off of Facebook, permanently, for saying God bless America!! This is the kind of left wing loyalty we are dealing with!! I really wish we had Consevative/Librtarian techie who would start up a Facebook style page where our 1st amendment rights wouldn’t be trample upon and would put Mark Zuckerberg out of business!!! I’d also like to say good luck, God speed and THANK YOU A HUNDRED TIMES OVER FOR STANDING UP TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!! THOSE WHO CAN’T BE THERE STILL BACK YOU 100%!!!!!

      • Hbtrux

        That’s the beauty of my Plan you DON’T HAVE TO BE IN DC to help.. you can surround your state capitol or stay home NOT go to work and spend NO MONEY.. that is the REAL PROTEST we the people & the Truckers shutting down commerce and Tax money flow to DC.. the rally into DC and state capitols are symbolic in nature.. we cut off their Power source first makes it that much sweeter when I walk up the DC capitols stairs a DEMAN THE ARREST OF ALL WHO ARE IN VIOLATION OF THEIR OATH TO OFFICE.. i’m guessing that is about all of them..

      • CaptainUSA

        Alex Jones/Infowars did start another social network

    • CaptainUSA

      Thank you for your effort..Excellent job. In 1993 when we did this we didn’t have facebook most didnt even have cell phones. We were protesting NAFTA then…I will not spend a penny those days..

      • Hbtrux

        i’m still protesting Bush sr. Nafta/Nwo

        • CaptainUSA

          Me too. I seriously havent bought anything except food and Made in the USA stuff since they stole the nomination from Ron Paul. Glad Guns and Bullets are still made here. The Missouri Capitol is very very Truck unfriendly tight corners no where to park. We actually have roughly 55% Patriots in our Capitol another 20% looking for their Guts and 25% that need to go in 2014. If we had a Loyal Governor we would be set..Allegedly our Militia is 160,000 But the Governor is the Leader but ours is a Traitor and ignores US.

          • Hbtrux

            you don’t have to drive into the city circle the loop around it or flood the city parking outside

          • CaptainUSA

            Ours has no Loop it is kinda like Cumberland, Maryland type area. I will be visiting our The Governors office. I am gonna try and Convince the Red Hatters Gals to go in Cars

          • http://huggyboo2u.wix.com/truckers-unite Earl Conlon

            red hatters hmm forgot about them..

    • Chris Moschini

      I think you may have a false impression of 2 things about federal taxes:

      1) That the majority of federal income is based in the things you list stopping here in protest. This is incorrect – sales tax, taxes of freight/import/export/goods are very small relative to income and payroll taxes, the lion’s share of federal revenue. Cutting off trade for a few days won’t make a significant impact on federal income.

      2) That the federal government operates like a business. This is a curious assumption that lives more on the right than the left for some reason. The federal government is a giant lumbering bureaucracy that if you really look at it has no one at the helm. There are a number of people who make small decisions, some of them elected on crappy campaign slogans many not, but there is no CEO with ultimate control who sees money going out and not enough coming in and springs into action. So, the method you choose to send a message here will land on no one’s desk. If anything I’d argue most members of Congress don’t care if the budget is balanced, and I think there’s plenty of evidence to show for it. So even if your plan did make a dent in their revenue – who would care in government?

      It seems much more likely this will hurt the freight industry, specifically the smallest players in it – probably truckers themselves.

  • Kevin Merck

    Back when Jessie Ventura was Governor of Minnesota there was a large hike in the price of gas. He told Minnesota residents that they may want to consider not going anywhere on a weekend to protest high gas prices. He stated that if everyone just did that for one or two weekends the price of gas would plummet.

    He received a literal *firestorm* of criticism from the MSM for those statements. They acted like he had committed some terrible crime for telling people that they had some control over the “free” market system.

    That proved to me, beyond a doubt, that the establishment fears this kind of action more than just about any other type of action people can take.
    Three days, no big deal, just do it.

    • Hbtrux

      and that is the same reason your not hearing anything from OOIDA or the ATA.. they will not support this because it will take away their dource of Power aka connections in DC

    • Chris Moschini

      But… the reason people bashed him for saying it was because it’s idiotic, not because they were scared of what it might do to gas prices. This kind of dumb idea has rattled around for ages and ignores how gas prices are set.

      Small businesses running individual gas stations set those prices and barely, BARELY make a margin on the gas they’re buying. That gas comes from refineries, most of which are located here in the US, which refine oil coming from a variety of sources, most of them outside the US but within North America (not the Middle East as many seem to imagine – >50% of our oil comes from Canada + Mexico + US).

      SO. The point being: If you just don’t fill your tank up for a weekend, you’re just going to buy it 3 days late. Who does that affect most?

      * The oil producers?
      * The refineries?
      * The gas station owners already barely getting by <– Yep it fucks this guy

      It won't change a thing. People bashed it not because they like high gas prices, they bashed it because it's a stupid idea.

  • DCase

    The author of the facebook page would have done well to leave out the reference to: “remove all Muslims in our government that do not uphold the Constitution.”

    Muslims?…really? What does that have to do with anything? Remove anyone in government who does not uphold the Constitution, period. We have many domestic enemies to the Constitution in government and most of them are not professing Muslims.

    It’s time for a house cleaning in government, not limited to only Muslims, not limited to Democrats or Republicans, but a complete sweep of every member in federal, state and local government who would endorse measures that undermine the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

    • Tayla

      I’d go so far as to say that all dual citizens in government should be taken out of office. After all, how could ANYONE be looking out for this country alone, if they are also looking out for what’s in the best interest of another country.

      • DCase

        Though I agree with your statement, Tayla, I would say that those with dual citizenship aren’t our greatest enemies either.

        How about those with dual agendas? They pledge to uphold the Constitution, yet it seems all that gets tossed aside for the sake of looking out for special interest groups who donate the largest campaign contributions.

  • Jim Gilhooly

    any trucker need some 1 to ride along……chicago area

  • mike

    I think the only way this will work is if they protested not only for a weekend, but until they got results.

  • amommamust

    They are calling for an overpass protest in support of this.

    • CaptainUSA

      Overpasses for Obama said they were from Day one in Missouri

  • charles17121

    We The People have a fraud and usurper sitting in the White House going by the name of barack hussein obama using a stolen social security number , forged birth certificate and forged selective service registration card to prove he is a legal sitting US President .

    We The People demand that the US Congress honor their oath to the US Constitution and remove this fraud and usurper barack hussein obama from office under Article ll Section 1 Clause 5 of the US Constitution .

    The fraud and usurper barack hussein obama can not be impeached because he is not a legal sitting US President . The fraud and usurper barack hussein obama must be removed from office under Article ll Section 1 Clause 5 of the US Constitution .