Veterans, Truckers Heading for Washington

Million Vet March
Military veterans, along with truckers, are heading for Washington DC at the end of the week to express their opposition to the conduct of the federal government. Although the WWII memorial was constructed – and is maintained – with private funding and even though it is normally open to the public at all times and has no security, armed forces veterans have been prevented from paying their respects at the site, along with other war memorials. Some of the visitors have now even been arrested. At the same time, the authorities have given the green light to a rally on the National Mall, in support of illegal immigration. It seems that the level of outrage against the actions of the current administration has almost reached boiling point.

The truckers’ protest is labeled the “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” or “Truckers to Shut Down America.” The protest has been promoted on social networks, although the Facebook page was shut down and so a new one was started. The original page had quickly garnered more than 87,000 “likes.” The new page has almost 61,000 “likes.” Twitter also decided to censor the truckers, suspending their @T2SDA account, although the hashtag #T2SDA is still being used heavily.

From October 11-13, the truckers plan to bring the nation’s capital to a standstill. They will circle the beltway, taking up three lanes and leaving only an emergency lane open. They have vowed to respond to any potential action by law enforcement by creating a “three-lane roadblock,” according to one trucker. The drivers plan to call upon law enforcement to arrest members of Congress for violating the Constitution. “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…” the trucker said.

In a press release published Saturday on the movement’s website, the truckers have listed their grievances, which include a number of issues related to regulations which they see as unfairly restricting their ability to operate at a profit. These points of contention include mandatory breaks during driving time, the requirement to maintain electronic driving logs (ELOG) and high fuel prices, which they consider to be manipulated by the current administration, which, they say, has also refused to exploit North America’s abundant natural resources, which would, according to the press release, “lower the price of fuel and gas, well below $1.00 per gallon.” The Truckers also cite a number of political grievances against the Obama administration, such as its support of al Qaeda fighters in Syria, an excessive number of Executive Orders, and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to which, in 2012, President Obama added a provision for “indefinite military detention without charge or trial”. In addition to truckers, private citizens are being encouraged to join the protest in their personal vehicles.

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While the truckers are heading to Washington, military veterans are also organizing a “million veteran march” on the capital, scheduled to take place October 13, in coordination with gatherings at war memorials across the country. The vets are responding to the perceived direct disrespect shown by the administration towards them by the recent barricading of a number of prominent memorials including the World War II memorial, the Iwo Jima memorial and the Vietnam memorial.

Recent photographs of veterans being arrested at memorials in Washington have caused widespread disgust and anger, particularly since it has been revealed that a demonstration in support of illegal immigrants’ rights has been approved to take place on the National Mall, which has been, supposedly, closed down as a result of the partial shutdown of the federal government.

The “Million Vet March” is also being heavily promoted on social networks; the twitter hashtag is #1MVetMarch. According to their website, “Vets, their spouses, children, friends, neighbors – everyone who thinks enough is enough!” are invited to attend.

According to the petition that they are inviting Americans to sign, “We, the American people and honored veterans are outraged by the senseless closure of our national war memorials. We understand that many of these memorials are open 24 hours per day, seven days per week with little or no staffing and were paid for with tax payer funds.”

It remains to be seen how many truckers, veterans and ordinary Americans will be heading to Washington. It is also not certain what effect these events will have upon the nation’s elected leaders, although it may be that these twin protests mark the beginning of popular demonstrations against the US government that will rival the TEA Party and Occupy demonstrations of recent years.

 

Graham J Noble

 

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22 Responses to "Veterans, Truckers Heading for Washington"

  1. Judy   October 12, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    THANK YOU to all who are fighting for OUR rights as citizens.

  2. CONCERNED PERSON   October 11, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    in one comment above i read that the National Guard may block the roads in washington dc on the truckers and vets. surley they would not do this to the men and women that has gave so much for them and their families, thay should stand with them and support them every step of the way….i and my family greatly appreciate everything all of you have done for us….the sactrific you have made,…even tho we are not there in person,we all stand with you, we need to stand for AMERICA and the AMERICAN people….where is the MEDIA….this is the first time i have seen or heard anything about this, they sure don’t fail to give all the news and information about something not worth even talking about, like racism,whites,blacks,the stars divorces,the stars dresses,and all the crap…not worth listening to,..this is terrible,gas prices like it is, when it don’t have to be. our power bills as high as they are today…terrible,what is our country coming to….and it don’t have to be….WAKE UP,..PLEASE WAKE UP..IT IS UP TO THE PEOPLE, WE HAVE TO STAND TOGETHER..THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING THIS WEEKEND…GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU….

  3. Elena Hartz   October 11, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I like others am fed up especially with Obama. What a disgrace he is to our people!! I am a single Mom and with the help of my hard working father & Mom I wouldn’t be who I am if it weren’t for them. Our President knocks people with means while they are the ones helping such as the Fischer Brothers of whom my father personally knows. I have raised my two sons to be educated & work hard. One of which has worked 3 jobs in high school & went on to go to an Dartmouth. Because of the rich he was afforded the opportunity to now have a job after being let go by a hedgefund.He was unemployed for 4 months and finally landed a job because of his determination & education. He is now working for an IT company & working towards his Masters at NYU because of his wealthy grandfather & because he is ambitious. Our President is a disgrace!!! I personally work for a tree company lifting logs, managing the entire company, filling gas cans, lugging brush, chipping brush, etc…. I could not find a job and decided to help my fiance who has had it extremely hard just keeping his home. The government has made it nearly impossible to run a small business because of the rising costs.I am so proud of these people standing up for our rights. Thank you so much!!!!!

  4. Russell Carter   October 11, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Call him what you want but when the families lose their child or spouse in a war they deserve the money owed to them and when they don’t receive it that blame lands on the shoulders of the President.For that reason alone if given the chance I’d love to give him what he deserves.He’s the worst we have elected…

  5. Russell Carter   October 11, 2013 at 6:43 am

    It is absolutely appalling and nothing short of a travesty that elected officials continue to receive paychecks and benefits while NOT PROVIDING for those who deserve it most…This makes Obama the WORST President this Country has ever had…It’s down right STUPID on his part..He’s the first black President,it looks like he would want to go down in history as being a great one not the WORST one…Just my Opinion~~~

  6. Nancy Reid   October 11, 2013 at 5:25 am

    What is Washington doing to our “Greatest Generation”? Send Obama, Pelosi and Reid with a 100 lb backpack on off to Afghanistan. How dare they bar vets from their memorial and then lie about it. They bring a new face to evil.

    • Russell Carter   October 11, 2013 at 7:25 am

      Well said…5 *****

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