Hot Meme – Truckers to blockade DC Beltway
It started on Monday of this week, reports in US News and World Reports claiming upset truck drivers would descend on Washington and block the beltway. The plan was radical, occupying all but the most extreme left lane (for emergency vehicles) the only way the truckers would let you get through was if you were donning a “T2SDA” sign. This stands for Truckers to Shut Down America.
When i first heard about the plan i was excited, which was dampened some by the tea party influence over the event. But even if it was being done by people i don’t like for a cause i don’t agree with, i am happy to learn from their tactics. The threats were colorful.
“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.”
It had the capacity to be a great action, except it fundamentally fails the plausibility test. Tractor Trailers cost about $260K average each in the US. This is too big an investment, too big a risk to make for an action which will likely not change much, as many felt it would fail.
By Tuesday, the official story was in full retreat. The Washington Post was already calling it a hoax, quoting truckers. Conlon would go on to say:
“Nothing gets the attention of the mainstream media like some sort of disastrous threat. I knew it was going to ruffle some feathers. We would not be having this conversation if government was balancing this budget,” he said.
Now if we are paying even the smallest amount of attention, we would know that blown budgets is a common thing in the US. That the idea that Obama is a traitor for not balancing the budget, would paint every contemporary president with this same brush. No, this is again about Obama being technically black.
By Thursday, the media was too good and the truckers (not representing any union as far we know) said the protest was back on and they had 53K of Facebook friends to prove it.
We will see tomorrow, but i am betting dollars to doughnuts that there will be a traffic jam, however it will not be a radical political action, just poor urban planning.
[Edited by Judy Youngquest]