I’m having a hard time fleshing this out, but there appears to be a national “strike” proposed by some Tea Party organizations. The main site for the 1-20-10 Strike appears to be here. However, it seems that the site is troll ridden. Take a look yourself.
The question then is, what do people strike against? I’ve read that some suggest purchasing nothing that is taxed. I have to disagree. Since most of those taxes are local or state, it won’t hurt fedzilla, and it might harm small businesses, which have a great deal to lose in this economy (which is going to get worse). I’d also have to submit that trying to starve fedzilla for one day would go unnoticed.
Also, I’d have to say that one day boycotts or strikes haven’t been all that successful. Remember that immigrant strike a year or two ago? You know, the day that went by, and no one noticed? The economy, even in its weakened state, is too big for a one-day boycott to be effective. Not only that, what people need, they will buy, either before, or after the strike, negating any fiscal effects.
If by a strike, people mean not going to work, I fear the results are much the same. People will take a vacation day, or call in sick. It might make a slight dent in things, but most Americans will still not notice. Also, the media won’t cover it, other than to report it as a failure. While that doesn’t come as a surprise, I’ll suggest something that might make a bigger impression.
What if we had, oh, say, 2-3 million people in DC on the day that Obama made the State of the Union Address? What if those millions of people jammed the streets around the White house and the Capitol, and Obama couldn’t get there to give the teleprompter’s speech? No guns, no weapons…nothing but a sea of flag-waving, sign bearing, America–loving patriots! That, my friends, would make an impression.
The MSM would have to cover it, and while they’ll smear it, and make their usual false accusations, they’ll have to admit to the size and scope of the movement, which is what they’ve really been trying to avoid. It’s hard to play down the size of something and call it a “fringe” when it’s big enough to shut down the nation’s capital!
Maybe people would be arrested for blocking the streets, but if some were willing to take the risk, it might make a splash that the Tea Party organizers want. It would also put the Democrats on notice, that we’re a force to be reckoned with. No blood needs to be shed, and no violence needs to be involved – just patriots who are willing to stand up and be counted…literally.
Sorry to the folks that are supporting a strike, but I’m just not seeing a significant impact. However, let’s talk about it see if I’m missing something here.
Let’s see what the readers think. Here are two polls to get the ball rolling.
Consider this an open thread.