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. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Okay, this group wants less governtment spending. What are they willing to cut to get that? Do they want less military spending? Do they want less protection from criminal gangs? I haven't heard what they are for and what they look to do. Can they explain that?

    January 4, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. Ernie

    Congress is ignoring them? Two reasons:

    1. Ignoramuses shouting incoherently should be ignored.
    2. The Tea Party needs more money and lobbyists if it's seriously interested in influencing anyone on the Dem side.

    January 4, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. mike

    you got to be kidding me that the so call tea baggers are going to have
    strike first of all nobody came to there rallies jon stewart showed that
    was crap when fair and balance faux news doctor the video of there
    DC rally showing more people then there actually was , i will be the
    first person to cross there picket line because I don't like scabs

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

    Grassroots? There is no grassroots involved in the Tea Parties. FEC records prove that.

    January 4, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. American

    Another socially CONservative teabagger wishing failure upon on our country's economy for the sake of selfish politics. Limbaugh must be so proud.
    Give me a break.

    January 4, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. Justin

    Wow...... Don't buy something on Monday to show a point (of course you will just turn around and buy it on Tuesday). This lame idea has not caused oil companies to lower the price of gas so why would it cause anyone else to pay attention....

    January 4, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Lee in TN

    These people are a joke. They are running around the country protesting the costs of pulling the nation out of one of the worst messes left by any administration, Bush-Cheney. They protest taxes, yet the Bush tax cuts were just a shift of the tax load to the middle class who are now paying for those mistakes. The Tea Party folks will wake up one day and realize who is really taking them for a ride!

    January 4, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. Vegas Filmmaker

    I expect any minute this whole crazy thing with the tea baggers, the birthers, the GOP, all this stupid, absurd insanity will come to an end just like "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" did. The cops will come riding in and put a final stop to the madness.

    January 4, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. Ryan

    A day with out Teabaggers??? I cant wait!!!

    Please, for the love of god, please "strike" my place of business so I dont have to talk to any of you ignorant idiots.

    January 4, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. abl

    Someone needs to tell these idiots that what they are actually proposing is a picket, not a strike. On second thought, why bother?

    January 4, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. Gareth

    Sorry, can someone get the guy a dictionary? He is plainly describing a boycott, not a strike. Don't get me wrong, that's not the biggest problem with his agenda by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm not sure where this weird (and false) definition of "strike" is coming from. Unless maybe he considers being a consumer his profession?

    January 4, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Who?Ha!

    A strike?? – from what, being retired and collecting a Social Security check or getting socialized medicine via Medicare.

    If it wasn't so sad, it would be funny. Afterall, it is the big corporations funding the Tea Baggers' astro-turf agenda.

    Once again, the richest 2% using the dumbest 40% to stay in power.

    January 4, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. Gareth

    And what is this article, precisely, except an advertisement for an event the author himself indicated was anything but widespread?

    "Let's follow this story, and if it doesn't go anywhere, we'll force it, by god!"

    January 4, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. TruePatriot

    An national economic strike, during the worst recession this nation has experienced since the great depression, is tantamount to sedition or possibly even treason. How many more people do they want to become unemployed and homeless? This is not free speech.

    These people want only to force their will down the rest of our throats without regard to principles of democracy. This act, if they carry through with it, shows their true colors and intentions.

    Shame on them and anyone who supports them!

    January 4, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Moderate

    You know of course we can do the same thing and there are far more of us than you! Reference Obama winning by 11 million votes (11,000,000), instead of winning by Supreme Court verdict

    January 4, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. dale

    Actually the american people should make this a week long strike. Look at the college kids, what field do they want to be unemployed in? This administration is radical to the bone and they lie constantly. They don't even know how to tell the truth anymore.
    We need the states controlling themselves, that would iron out the problems.
    Once states started being successful others would follow but this government don't want that at all.
    All must go this year. Elect all new people on both sides. These idiots just don't listen to the people at all.

    January 4, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. rick

    these people make NO sense. huge turnouts? how about inflated false numbers. they can do whatever they want to do, when they get fired they can just blame obama.

    January 4, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Barry Sullivan

    I agree with the TEA Party movement; however, TEA party leaders, don't try to turn the movement into a "United We Stand" fiasco. If we protest the current governance, it is reasonable to expect we would join with the GOP.

    January 4, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. CommonSense09

    Tea Baggers: Get a life.

    January 4, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. Tim

    Hope they have fun. I'll be at the office trying to earn a buck

    January 4, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Dylan from MN

    None of these(or very little) teabaggers voted for Obama. And guess what? He won by over 9 million votes.

    January 4, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. NC

    Tea Baggers are being ignored because they did not vote for the majority in Congress. Let them strike, the are only hurting themselves.

    January 4, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. Lisa Stein

    It is time these idiots start representing the voters.

    January 4, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Ron in California

    Time for the party of YES to outrageous behavior and poltics to go back home.

    January 4, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. kman821

    I thought the TEA-BAGGERS were non-partisan ... one would have to conclude that they approve of Conservatives which are made up primarily of REPUBLICANS. They've proven that they are just what I always assumed they were ... ignorant Bozos without a plan ... while whining and pretending they are patriots!

    January 4, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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