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'One Million Truckers' Ride to Restore Constitution Next Week

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Having had their Facebook page shut down by Facebook administrators earlier this month, a group spearheaded by the Independent Truckers of America is calling for a three-day 'buy nothing' period from October 11 - 13.On these days, the truckers will descend upon Washington, DC, in heavy rigs with signs calling for the restoration of a constitutional republic. The truckers are demanding that congressmen obey their oath to "defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." Supporters of the action say that members of Congress must obey their oath or resign.

After Facebook shut down the group's Facebook page entitled "Truckers To Shutdown America," which had reached 86,000 "likes," the truckers opened a new website, RideForTheConstitution.org. A second Facebook page has since been reopened under the new title "Truckers Ride For The Constitution." (Cached screenshot of previous Facebook page.)

Among the points made at the Facebook page before it was shut down was: "The banksters need to be thrown in jail. They must be stopped from stealing trillions of dollars from our country."

A complete manifesto published at the new website includes the grievances:

c) "We now support Al Qaeda. This must end immediately. We have lost thousands of lives fighting Al Qaeda, now we need to arrest people like Obama and McCain for aiding them. We should do this on behalf of all the men and women who have given their lives for our country."

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e) The criminals who are responsible for stealing trillions from our country need to be thrown in jail...

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f) Our elected officials have allowed the NDAA to become law. This horrifying legislation that most Americans don't know much about has converted our country from a free country to a tyrannical one. This is fact; not theory. The NDAA must be repealed along with any other unconstitutional legislation.

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i) There are so many cover-ups it is almost impossible to list them here. Benghazi, Seal Team 6 Six, Osama Bin Laden death, drug running (CIA) and gun running by the US Justice Department (Eric Holder's Fast & Furious). These must be investigated, and people need to be brought to justice.


The reference to NDAA, the National Defense Authorization Act, is a reference to the power sought by and obtained by Obama to arrest and hold US citizens in military detention, without charge or trial, indefinitely. (House roll call vote on NDAA 2012, a 'yea' is for power to hold Americans indefinitely without charge or trial.)

Other grievances are what the group says is truckers' subsistence on "slave wages." The truckers say:

"Independent Truckers have an incentive to protest, because of dangerous regulation of New Hours of Service and are living on poverty wages like many others. Low wage jobs are all that is left. Our system is setup for the same slave labor we benefit from in China & Vietnam, and the truckers are the symbol we can all relate to. Workers must not be treated as slave laborers."

The entire document can be viewed HERE.

The group says in its manifesto:

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