Earlier in the week, Georgia trucker Earl Conlon told U.S. News And World Report that the following would occur this Friday in Washington D.C. as part of a rally called “Truckers Ride for the Constitution.”
[T]ractor-trailer drivers will circle the beltway “three lanes deep” as he rides with other participants to Congress to seek the arrest of congressmen for allegedly disregarding the Constitution.
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.
“It’s going to be real fun for anyone who is not a supporter,” Conlon said, “[and] 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 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.”
Except what sounded like an incredible recipe for watching 18-wheelers get launched off the highway for being anti-teamster idiots (Proof: They think exactly like Michele Bachmann.) is suddenly being back-pedaled as just a hoax because here’s Earl telling the Washington Post the whole thing was to “ruffle some feathers.”
“The comments to U.S. News were designed to do one thing and one thing only: stir the feather of the mainstream media,” said Conlon, a father of three. “Nothing gets the attention of the mainstream media like some sort of disastrous threat. I knew it was going to ruffle some feathers.”
So while thousands of truckers may indeed come to Washington on Friday and many of them may travel along the inner loop of the Beltway, honking their horns, they won’t intentionally shut down traffic, he said.
“First of all, we know it would not be right to go to D.C. to lock down the city by the Belt loop,” said Conlon, 50, a veteran truck driver who has suffered through more than his share of traffic jams. “That wouldn’t be fair to the people there.”
And Conlon is not sure that he will even make it to town Friday.
Of course, I’m sure this has nothing to do with the Capitol Police having already demonstrated they’ll shoot a woman with a toddler in the car, so God knows what they’d do with a bunch of tweaked out truckers attempting to physically kidnap senators. Which, again, makes it a shame that this turned out to be just more macho posturing with absolutely zero chance of being backed up by action. Nugent-esque if you will.