Some Truckers Getting On the Anti-Obama Bandwagonby Jana Ritter - Published: 9/30/2013
In less than two weeks, thousands of truckers will descend on Washington, D.C., driving their big-rigs and calling for the restoration of a constitutional republic – while their friends and families will simultaneously join other Americans rallying on overpasses across the nation for Obama's impeachment.
The Truckers' Ride for the Constitution movement is protesting against what organizers say is corruption in government and a trashing of the Constitution. The group is teaming up with Overpasses for Obama's Impeachment to line the routes into Washington with flags during the Oct. 11-13 event. Both Houses of Congress are tentatively scheduled to be in session Oct. 11.
Truckers Ride for the Constitution leader and organizer Zeeda Andrews, a country singer and former truck driver and Overpasses Founder James Neighbors reached out to her, suggesting the two groups form an alliance. “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”, Neighbors said.
On Sept. 22, Facebook removed the truckers’ Facebook page, “Truckers to Shutdown America,” which had accumulated 86,000 “likes” within days of its launch. While the truckers’ group says it has made numerous attempts to appeal Facebook’s decision, the page remains unpublished.
Now the group is planning a special delivery to Facebook’s corporate headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., on the same day of the Washington, D.C., convoy. “Ride for the Constitution will now organize a convoy to Facebook corporate headquarters … to coincide with the ride to Washington, D.C.,” the group explained. “We fully intend to arrive on corporate America’s doorstep with our original ‘community standards’ guideline in hand – the U.S. Constitution.”
The truckers also launched their website and created a second Facebook page called, “Truckers Ride for the Constitution.” Neighbors explained, “The goal is to wake up the sleeping giant, the people of America.” But this event isn’t just another political rally. The joint venture has clear objectives and Neighbors said one goal is to pressure Congress to begin the impeachment process.
But some critics in the trucking industry have taken to Facebook to condemn the upcoming protest. American Trucking Associations spokesman Sean McNally said his group opposes Andrews’ activities. “The American Trucking Associations is not a sponsor of this ‘strike’ nor do we endorse or condone the activities of these few individuals,” McNally said. “ATA and the vast majority of America’s truck drivers will continue to deliver the nation’s most essential goods unabated even while we continue to work through whatever policy disagreements we have with Congress and the administration.”