If you were looking forward to an easy Friday commute into the nation's capital this week, I would suggest taking the metro.
Earl Conlon, a trucker from Georgia, is organizing a protest that will affect the traffic around the beltway for three days by intentionally clogging the D.C. Beltway with tractor-trailers. According to Ben Pal, an organizer of "Truckers Ride for the Constitution," the truckers are planning to "awaken the American people to the complete disregard for the Constitution and bring a message to Congress that We The People demand to be heard."
The truckers plan send a message concerning how elected officials are violating their oaths of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Conlan cites that President Obama committed "treason" by supplying weapons to Al Qaeda-backed Syrian rebels. He identified House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) as politicians he seeks to target for their alleged acts against the Constitution while holding office. Good, innovative protests are all well and good, but driving in circles is not going to fix the legislative branch.
Let's dissect this protest a little bit. I've attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and briefly worked in the D.C. area. If you want to get anywhere this weekend, take the metro. That thing goes everywhere, and it's cheaper than driving around. All of the landmarks, Ben's Chili Bowl, the Smithsonian, and hotels are all within walking distance of the metro.
Now let's address the whole "treason" thing. The oath of office should mean something, and legislators should be beholden to the Constitution. The only way to change the way legislators view the Constitution is to change who sits in that seat in D.C. When people on any side of the political spectrum say things like "impeachment" or "treason," all they do is de-legitimize their beliefs. You know what's treason? What Benedict Arnold did. That's treason.
There is a big difference between attempting to rally the country for an unpopular war and treasonous activities. I'm glad that the American public won't be arming Al Qaeda-backed rebels in Syria, and from my perspective, the president was dominated by Putin at every turn while making America appear its weakest internationally since the Carter Era. That doesn't make him treasonous.
Let's tone down this whole handcuffs and treason talk. It doesn't do any debate any service. It certainly doesn't help your political argument and it takes away from any potential political points at the center of the action.