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. Brian Nylaan

    Funny, but it's scary how many people don't realize the Boston "Tea Party" was a gross act of terrorism committed against an occupying force, the British. Now the Tea Partiers are doing the same thing against their own country – isn't that treason?

    January 4, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Moderate Democrat

    Hmmm, let's see...........a group of people who haven't been at work for the past year, and instead have been running around the country throwing tantrums and being a nuissance, are going to go on strike.

    Yea, that's going to be a HUGE thing. People that aren't working are going to go on strike. That's GENUIS! The worst case is that some republican/conservative moron that has been financing them is going to lose even MORE money.

    January 4, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Flyer69

    What are they really protesting about on the 20th? They are protesting the election of a BLACK man to the white house. Just like republican congress which would rather say no to everythimng than put forth suggestions to help their country reduce the health care cost for every working stiff in this country. People cutting of their noses to spite their faces!!!

    January 4, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Ben in Texas

    Welcome to America, tea baggers.

    The anti-war movement held numerous protests during the Bush years, much bigger ones than the tea baggers, and they were ignored by the media as well as the politicians. Now, the media gives you attention for your little soirees (and Faux News even helps you organize them), but you're not getting pampered by Democratic politicians, so you're peeved.

    It's your right to tea bag or sand bag or bag your face or whatever. It's my right to recognize you as losers and totally ignore you. I don't think your strike will be felt whatsoever.

    January 4, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. white female

    C'mon people stop the whinning about every little thing, and get o work.
    If you'll would spend more time working to help someone else in need and be grateful for what you have, and stop trying to bring this President down who is trying his best to help you close minded fools, the country would be a better place.

    This is why other countries say we don't appreciate what we have. And the way you fight against the Gov't now that we have a smart President running things you just don't want to have it be known that we can make peace without war. The way you hateful people terroriize this President, call him names, put out threats and against him, you should not be affraid of the emeimes from other countries when they terrorize your Ass. Now you see how it feels to cont. to do hateful things to this President.

    What goes around comes around people. Let stop this foolishness and try making peace for once in your life.

    January 4, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Common Sense

    Thank God they are being ignored. Conservative republicains have had loud voice in Washington for 8 years and I think they did enough damage. It is also funny that they are upset about all the government spending that really took place while the GOP was in power – we are just now seeing the effects of their policies.

    January 4, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. chill

    Now you know how we felt for eight years under Bush. Frustration doesn't come close. Come on guys, there are certainly a lot of you, but you don't represent a majority and scrweaming and hollering isn't apt to make you one. Obama is pretty much trying to do what he said he would during the campaign. If anything, he's ratcheted back on some of his healthcare and other proposals to get a majority in the Senate. Certainly the deficit is much bigger than anyone wanted it to be, but that's what needs to be done in an economic crisis. As we come out of the recession over the next two years, we absolutely need to deal with entitlements and discretionary spending and start paying our way.

    January 4, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |

    "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."
    Apparently, rather thana realizing that the tip was bogus the CNN staff ran the story anyway. Since when is advertising for a small group of planners in a movement considered legitimate news?

    January 4, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. Bill or Vin from Philly

    Tea Party = sore losers

    January 4, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. WHAT!

    This tea party stuff is getting out of hand.... Go sit down people!

    January 4, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Fan

    These people should get something to do rather than stricking

    January 4, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. larry

    if they strike and get fired then I hope someone more deserving will get their jobs.

    January 4, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Al-NY,NY

    why shouldn't they be ignored? They hold signs of Obama with a Hitler moustache, call him a Nazi/Socialist/non-citizen and expect to be taken seriously???

    January 4, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

    Personally, I think teapartiers should protest against big corporations before they protest against a big government. As corporate rights are growing ever stronger against individual rights, how else can we protect ourselves against corporate take-over of the nation? Shouldn't teapartiers take on the health insurance industry before they protest against our government?

    I am insured and have got plenty of tea to sip, but many Americans are paid with too low an income and can't afford health insurance premiums. You or I can become one of them if we lose our good jobs and drain our savings. Our own government is not the British empire in 1773. Why don't you march on Wall Street before you protest anywhere else? Thanks!

    January 4, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. JJ

    It sounds like Mr. Hardage needs a little nap. Or prehaps a one-way ticket to the "good ol' days".

    January 4, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Kimberly from Houston, Texas

    The biggest "Big Government policies" came under the last administration...

    Homeland Security
    Medicare part B
    Tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and Corporations

    Where were you so called "tea baggers" the last 8 years?
    And "The question is that if the elected officials ignore you..." it's because you deserve to be ignored!!

    January 4, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. dreadnaught

    The Bush administration predicted that the war it started in Iraq would cost $50 billion to $60 billion. The Congressional Budget Office and other analysts say that it will cost $1 trillion to $2 trillion. Joseph E. Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize-winning economist and critic of the war, puts the long-term cost of the war at more than $4 trillion.

    Where were the TEA BAGGERS then?

    January 4, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. RB - CA

    Oh my goodness, they're going to strike. Whatever shall we do??? Their demonstartions during the health care debate really shook the foundations of congress and changed the course of America forever. They are so frighteningly powerful, and I'm so, so afraid of what they might do next. What if they stomp their little feet? What if they hold their collective breath 'til they turn blue??? What if they throw themselves on the floor and scream and kick??? I'm so, so scared.

    January 4, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Steph

    What this tea partier neglects to say is that the majority voted, and the majority wants health care reform and the majority knows this president had to take some drastic measures to drag us out of a horrible downward spiral. Does this idiot remember what level the DOW had sunk to on Jan. 20th of last year?

    January 4, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. Lulu'

    These people are really really nut cases.

    Maybe if somebody knew what they want, they'd not be ignored, but since nobody knows, not even themselves......

    What kind of radical agenda are they talking about??

    The non-reform healt-reform??

    Give me a break!!!!!!!!!!

    January 4, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. Republicans - Wrong about everything, Wrong for America (and GW Bush was the worst President ever)

    Congress is ignoring them because they are a bunch of whack jobs. How many times did we see a tea bagger screaming about not wanting government run health care, only to find out that they were receiving health care from medicare. Or how many times did we see a tea bagger being interviewed who couldn't answer even the simplest questions about the current health care system or the proposals. It is absolutely ok to protest, but it would be nice if these people actually new something beyond the Limbaugh/Beck type of rhetoric.

    January 4, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. J. Rochester, NY

    Acknowledging these idiots would be like praising a disruptive mentally challenged child.

    January 4, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. geecee

    How nice that the teabaggers have all this time on their hands so they can organize and protest - what exactly???? Taxation without representation such as was done at the Boston Tea Party? These teabaggers do have representation, but they just don't like the decisions being made by their representatives. Too bad. So vote your congressman or congresswoman out of office next election. I would join them to protest on the other side, but I have to work to pay for their social security – the idiots!!

    January 4, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. Molly Weasley

    So, CNN, if "none said they were going to actively take part in the event," why are you bothering to give these loonies any publicity?

    January 4, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. Pat

    Hang on, that's the sort of thing that the Socialist French do!

    January 4, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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