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. JR

    Bet their strike won't be against gun stores, insurance companies or anything defense industry.

    January 4, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. andy

    Don't these people have jobs?

    January 4, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. Future expat

    Nothing good can come out of a movement built on unfocused hate.

    January 4, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. Army Super Commando Tea Bag

    who does that lady with the sign think elected the president?

    January 4, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. riter is wrong

    When ignorance meets stupidity..Obama taking away your rights...its almost as if Cheney never thought about using the army to attack u.s citizens-look it up...

    January 4, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Troy

    Well, this will be interesting...
    When are these t-baggers going to understand that the majority of Americans really DON'T believe in the same things they do.

    My guess, is there will be a few thousand more people on the un-employment line after this debacle unfolds. I bet $50 most of them will turn to the government for a "handout" once it happens to them.

    January 4, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. C Spurgeon

    Demonstrates how they only want to promote own politics and not really participate to help country. UGH...

    January 4, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Nice picture. Where are all the brown people? Have a nice day!

    January 4, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Carnell From The Motor City!

    2 Comments, The Tea-Baggers Are Free To Do What They Want. It's Just Becoming Obvious To Even Ignorant People That The Tea-Party Movement Is About Everything But Taxes Or Big Goverment. As To "Uncle-Tom" Michael Steele's Comments, When You Listen To A Fool, When You Quote A Fool, And When You Believe A Fool. Then You Are An Even Bigger Fool For Doing So.

    January 4, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. al in memphis

    Great, the banks walked away with $750 billion under the old administration without any oversight– I guess that was not reason enough for the Tea Partiers to take action. Stimulate the economy, keep GM and auto industry from going bankrupt, put in long term plan to save health care, etc – those are reasons to have a boycott.

    Ahhhh, the good old days are back when public mind control just runs amuck.

    January 4, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Vets4Obama

    So, a group of people who have been running around the country throwing tantrums, and thus haven't been working for the past year, are going to go on strike. BRILLIANT! We might actually save money if these clowns stopped charging per diem for their tantrum tour.

    January 4, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. jo

    Do these people have jobs? If not, how can they go on Strike?

    January 4, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. Bonnie

    Were these people on another universe from Years 2000 – 2008? Just wondering !!

    Happy New Year !!

    January 4, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. James Napoli

    A misguieded group that only provides a knee jerk reaction to important issues. Their agenda: attack Obama reagrdless of the issue. But hey, they agree with Hannity on all issues including the need to avoid honest, intellectaul debate. Where were they when the Bush administration was spending away ... not to be found.

    January 4, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. strong

    These demonstrations or "tea parties", call them what you want - they rarely make any difference. Nada.

    The "system" is too big and powerful and won't let itself be changed, no matter what the general populace wants.

    January 4, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. bobbymcgee

    For the GOP and ALLof the OLD Tea Bags, 'IGNORANCE IS BLISS!!!"

    January 4, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    The petit bourgeoisie are revolting! Hee hee. Have a nice day!

    January 4, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. Felonious Monk

    What is so "radical" about Americans having real health care coverage?

    January 4, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Vets4Obama

    This should be interesting. A group of people that haven't been at work and instead have been travelling the country for the past year throwing tantrums are going to go on strike.

    Wonder what the outcome will be? Perhaps savings for their corporate masters since they aren't charging it to their vacation time?

    January 4, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Marcus

    Don't any of these people have jobs or are they living off the government with unemployment compensation or SS?

    I think they forget that what ever they paid into Social Security (matched, of course by their employer) has been used up a long time ago and now the benefits they receive are coming from the taxes that the rest of us working smucks pay in.

    They don't understand this and you can't argue with ignorant people.

    January 4, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. Wayne

    The way these people "strike" is hilarious. They don't work, so the feel that their boycotting of industries will get their opinions expressed. Typical BAC method of protest, keep that wallet sealed. They don't buy very much anyway, they have next to a null influence on the countries economy, and they don't really do much in the national work place.

    When will they realize that THEY DON'T MATTER?

    I can't wait for the "rapture". For Jesus to return and take all these lazy christians out of here so that the rest of us can get some real work done.

    January 4, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. odysseus14

    Reminds me of the bumper sticker: "What if they threw a War and nobody came?" So the wingnuts go on strike. Does that mean one day of National Sanity?? I think Yes!

    January 4, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. Bill

    I understand and empathize with this group. They have the right to express their beliefs and what they believe should be governed. However, the problem with this and many other groups is the language.

    These groups LOVE to say they are america or represent everyone/majority of americans. False is not even a strong enough word to describe it. 10-20k marched last year which is a huge number, but 60 million people voted democratically last year versus 55 million conservatively.

    Congress didn't ignore the people, the people elected congress to do what it is doing now...finally.

    January 4, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. Nick

    I listened to 8 years of the anti-Bush crowd complaining. You want to talk about hate? Those people know nothing but hate for anything that is different from themselves. And of course people are skeptical about Obama. He lied about Gitmo, it is still in operation here in 2010. He lied about openess. Can you follow the stimulus money? Moreover, terrorists attack this country and all the media can say about Obama's reaction is a sob story about how it interrupted his golf game.

    January 4, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Tony

    Here we go again, another "White People Only" rally... Kinda like only what Palin, Hannity, Beck & Rush would attract. That's the only America they represent.

    January 4, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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