January 4th, 2010
11:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Tea Party groups plan 'strike'


Tea party protesters gathered on Capitol Hill in September 2009. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

Washington (CNN) - Some Tea Party activists from across the country are planning a 'national strike' on January 20, the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's inauguration.

The idea of holding an economic protest sprung up during the holidays as the result of a conference call held by various Tea Party group leaders, according to Allen Hardage, a conservative grassroots organizer from Georgia.

"Tea Party activists are frustrated that despite a huge turnout over the last year Congress is ignoring them," says Hardage, who is national operations director for the planned strike. "The question is that if the elected officials ignore you, what do you do to exercises your right to self-governance? So we decided to hold a National Day of Strike where we go after the large donors of the people pushing this radical agenda."

Hardage says the idea of the one-day strike is to focus attention on the businesses that support the most liberal members of Congress as well as groups that advocate "big government" policies.

But Hardage says the move will not be a boycott: "Here we are exposing the agenda of some of the most widely known companies in America and letting the consumer decide. If a corporation decides to jump into politics to the tune of millions of dollars, then they need to expect that they will alienate some of their customers."

The strike is being promoted online through the organizers' Web site through Web sites of various Tea Party groups and on social networking sites.

CNN reached out to a number of national Tea Party organizations. While some were aware of the planned strike and some not informed, none said they were going to actively take part in the event.

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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. russell

    What a bunch dumb sheep being led out to slaughter , they themselves don't know why their protesting , I have a thought for all of them , if your so against the government then why not give back that social security and the medicare and any other govenment assisant's you maybe getting , and while your at it , those roads that the stimulus (your were so against ) help rebuild and repave , how about you not driving on them either since you teabagger's have such a problem with the government ......

    January 4, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Gary

    Radical agenda? Let's see ending the wrong war and turning around the other one, saving the country from a depression, saving the auto industry, telling school kids to work hard, trying to make health care more affordable and cover more people, working to improve our security, fighting global warming,, trying to create more jobs and all without the help of Republicans. Sounds real radical. Nobody is paying attention? Maybe you should try selling the tinfoil hats on ebay. Better yet, Get A Job.

    January 4, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. Matthew

    Ha ha "waaa when will they listen to us?!?" - try the same time the Neo-Cons listen to me ask politely that the government not kill innocent people and invade countries for a corporate/oil agenda. Jeez all we're trying to do is lower the cost of health insurance, it's not like thousands of soldiers being lied to about WMD's and being sent into harms way.

    January 4, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. a little sad

    Isn't a 'strike' only effective if it disrupts the provision of services or goods that people actually need or want?

    If all the mimes hanging around city parks went on "strike" would anyone care?

    I haven't seen anything from the teaparties that leads me to believe that them going on strike would have any effect at all, even if ALL of them do it. They are not contributing anything of value anyway.

    January 4, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. Byron

    I am really upset that the gov't taxes me this much for Social Security benefits when I see this many old people with nothing better to do other that travel around the country to protest their crazy beliefs... all of these folks should be taken off of SS until they become productive again.

    January 4, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. sonny chapman

    These are the same people who cursed the Vietnam War protesters for raising their young voices against going to fight a war they didn't believe in & dying. The NERVE of those scuzzies. Of course, their lil angels, like Bush & Cheney, were getting into the National Guard or getting endless deferments.

    January 4, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. JA/TN

    racist, hate mongers, the tea partiers found nothing wrong during the Bush admin, i suggest they stick their heads back in the sand, protest, they are jokes

    January 4, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. call me crazy

    Just a bunch of spoon fed morons.These idiots have NO clue what they stand for! Nothing new here!

    January 4, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. lamuella

    I'm looking forward to their strike. I'm looking forward to it having zero impact whatsoever on the economy.

    January 4, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. LacrosseMom

    If you look at the ethnic make-up of the Tea-baggers, you will see that the crowd is made up of older white people, hardly representatives of the U.S.A!

    For the Tea-baggers:

    An estimated 800,000 to THREE MILLION Americans attended President Obama's inaugural celebration!

    January 4, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. lamuella

    also, isn't this like the fifth of these that they have tried and failed to do?

    January 4, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. GuyInVA

    How nice. The lefties on this site have a problem with people PROTESTING. The lefties have a problem with people STRIKING, BOYCOTTING, etc. As Jon Stewart would say, I-RO-NY."

    January 4, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. Milo Ippolito

    Do these idiots not know the difference between a strike and a boycott?

    January 4, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    If Faux News wasn't behind these gatherings, no one would ever have heard of the teabaggers.

    And they, like all the other GOP patsies, don't realize they're being used by the GOP, Faux and all the other folks out there spewing division and hate in the name of "patriotism" and "Christianity" – when their actions reveal all they care about is giving irresponsible tax cuts to the wealthy and lining their own pockets.

    Because really, teabaggers, was your life better after 8 years of Bush policies (and 30 years of Reaganonmics)? My guess is "No."

    Contrast that to Social Security, clean air and water, Medicare, Medicaid, the Interstate Highway system, the Voting Rights Act, and the National Parks System, the Space program, and many other society advancements – not to mention 40 years of economic expansion and prosperity – all the result of Democrats and their policies.

    January 4, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    I don't get it .... How can a bunch of people who don't work go on strike?

    January 4, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. harold

    ALL the Tea Bags in America.. are protesting the facf that Millions of Americans have NO health Insurance.. They do this from their love of Jesus and Jesus views of concern for mankind.......Am I right? Tea Baggers?

    January 4, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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