On October 11th, a group of right-wing truckers is planning to drive to DC to shut down the major commuter highway that circles the city. They’ll continue to block traffic, they say, until they see the arrest of elected officials who have “violated their oath of office.”The supposed plan is for a group of far-right truckers to band together and, while traveling at highway speed, not let anyone on the freeway. How this is supposed to work—other than actively running other vehicles off the road—is unclear, but the organizers seem to be just the sort of batshit insane basket cases that you would expect them to be. The running Beltway roadblock will somehow result, they expect, in members of Congress being arrested by a "citizens grand jury" via some insufficiently-described Underpants Gnome scenario, and the reason for all of it is not just that they have to abide by state rules and stuff, but also because treason.
Organizers of the event, which is titled “Truckers Ride for the Constitution,” say they are fed up with a variety of headaches caused by the government: Fuel efficiency standards enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency, Obamacare, state and local laws over idling their trucks, and “insurance companies purportedly requiring technological updates,” according to US News and World Report.
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.More on the right-wing truckers' threats below the fold.
No, wait. That doesn't really do justice to the batshittedness. Let's go with this one.
Obama committed treason by allegedly funneling weapons from Benghazi, Libya, to al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels, said online radio host Peter Santilli, who is heading up a parallel protest in California.Oh yeah, that's the stuff. And also Obamacare. And fuel efficiency standards!
Let's just say that right-wing truck drivers are not exactly the brain trust of the movement. And wasn't it John McCain who spent all summer demanding America give heavy weapons to the nice people he was getting his picture taken with who, oops, may or may not have been actual terrorists? Choosing Pelosi and Feinstein as the centers of your treason-based conspiracy theory, that's a curiously Freudian place to wander off to. You'd almost think crackpot right-wing truck drivers who obsess over wingnut radio-based conspiracy theories have issues with wummen.
Well, it's no "everybody bring your loaded guns to Washington" day, but I expect this one will be a similar non-event. It also seems to have nothing to do with the shutdown, since the truckers started planning this beforehand and are not that agile of mind, and … oh, God, just do it. Go ahead. Nothing screams conservatism quite like trying to cripple various parts of America in order to make an incoherent point you heard from some delusional radio shitstain, you go right ahead with that. I can't wait to see how many members of Congress get arrested as a result of your Benghazi-based fuel efficiency standards under Obamacare theory, but we're all holding you to this now.