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Oh, by the way, there will be a violent takeover of the federal government this weekend. If you live in the DC area, there could be traffic tie-ups.

Self-styled revolutionary patriots plan to converge on Washington, D.C., this week to drive President Barack Obama and disloyal lawmakers out of office.

“We are calling for the removal of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, and Eric Holder as a start toward constitutional restoration,” said retired Army Col. Harry Riley, leader of the Operation American Spring protest group. “They have all abandoned the US Constitution, are unworthy to be retained in a position that calls for servant status.”

I don’t recall which part of the Constitution provides for mobs driving elected officials out of office, but I’m sure it’s in there somewhere. These guys are all about the Constitution, you know.

Operation American Spring aims to pressure those lawmakers who remain – or are replaced by officials of their own choosing – “to sponsor and pass very Constitutionally crafted State legislation to dissolve the size, powers, scope and spending of the U.S. Government by 2/3rds.”

Um, dudes, the Constitution doesn’t give state legislatures the authority to do that. You have to get two-thirds of the states to call a convention to amend the Constitution before you can do that.

The activists say they expect 10 million to 30 million like-minded Americans to join them Friday in the nation’s capital for a rally patterned after Occupy Wall Street and “Arab Spring” protests.

You see what I mean about the traffic.

They also plan a sister event the same day in Bunkerville, Nevada, where militia groups have gathered to support scofflaw rancher Cliven Bundy in his dispute with the federal government.

One of the chapters in The Book (Rethinking Religion: Finding a Place for Religion in a Modern, Tolerant, Progressive, Peaceful and Science-affirming World) is about “True Believers and Mass Movements,” which more or less argues that many people have a proclivity for believing ridiculous things, and eliminating religion won’t stop that. In fact, according to current research in social psychology most of us live inside a kind of personal myth that colors how we understand everything.

Some of us do seem a tad more mythical than others, though.

Organizers also anticipate “incremental nullification” by state legislatures of “all withholding taxes, employment taxes, employer taxes, and income taxes.”

“This will effectively DOUBLE the size of ALL American Middle Class family weekly paychecks and cause our local city and town economies to boom,” the group promises on its Facebook page.

Oh, goody! They have a facebook page!

Tea Party Nation promoted Operation American Spring last month in an email to its members from founder Judson Phillips, who hinted at a violent response from the federal government, and sent invitations in January to the protest.

“There is no way a militia with small arms can defeat the kind of arms the U.S. government can bring to bear on such a battle, but one has to admire the courage of those people who showed up to confront them,” Phillips said, comparing the protest to the American Revolution. “That’s quintessentially American!”

I predict they’ll get about 86 guys in DC this weekend, and the U.S. government will ignore them unless they litter the mall or try to climb on the monuments. The DC Park Rangers are a vigilant crew.

Operation American Spring spokesman Terry Trussell told the “Patriot Nation” radio program that he feared Obama would order drone strikes on protesters, and host Mark Hoffman suggested participants bring emergency supplies and make other preparations in case of violence.

Drones are the new black helicopters, I take it. But you don’t need “emergency supplies” in DC except for cash and credit cards and some sunscreen for the white guys. Well, OK, they’re all white guys.

Riley told Before It’s News that his group does not want violence, but he admits that peaceful solutions have thus far proved ineffective.

“For more than five years, ‘we the people’ have been writing, calling, faxing Congress, the media, screaming in Town Halls, marching, rallying, demonstrating, petitioning, all to no avail,” Riley said.

Yeah, the rest of us went through eight years of that during the Bush Administration. It sucks.

Skipping a bit —

“Every political persuasion, rich, poor, every color, all ages, men, women, liberal, conservative, independent, unemployed, et al, are now mobilizing to participate in this peaceful, non-violent, cause in the search for constitutional restoration for America,” Riley said. “We have well over 1 million militia members mobilizing; bikers, truckers, hunters, Tea Party groups — citizens across America. No, I don’t think 10 million (participants) is high at all.”

Or, as a blogger speculated at Before It’s News, the whole operation could be a false flag planted by the Obama administration to launch a civil war.

I so want Christopher Guest to make a movie about this.

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  1. uncledad  •  May 14, 2014 @3:40 pm

    “Some of us do seem a tad more mythical than others, though”

    No shit! Shouldn’t the DOD be able to suspend this miscreants military pension for these activities?

  2. Bill Bush  •  May 14, 2014 @4:25 pm

    I’m doing a kitten adoption this evening. Guess who will have accomplished more by midnight, me or the Operation American Springers? I haz a sad for dems. (Cat talk courtesy of I Can Has Cheezburger School of Feline Linguistics)

  3. maha  •  May 14, 2014 @8:42 pm

    Bill — Sadie wants to be sure you are keeping up the standards she set when she was running the place.

  4. c u n d gulag  •  May 14, 2014 @4:34 pm

    “Organizers also anticipate “incremental nullification” by state legislatures of “all withholding taxes, employment taxes, employer taxes, and income taxes.”

    “This will effectively DOUBLE the size of ALL American Middle Class family weekly paychecks and cause our local city and town economies to boom,” the group promises on its Facebook page.”

    ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!
    Uhm…
    Boys, your grade in Economics, is the first recorded “Z-!”

    And 10 to 30 million people?
    I have a better chance of Halle Berry coming to my door in a slinky negligee tonight, with a bottle of wine and a Barry White album, asking for a date.

    No need to alert the traffic cops.
    It’s like that “TRUCK CONVOY” they planned a while ago, to tie up traffic around the DC area.
    Remember the TRAFFIC-GEDDON” that caused?
    Neither does anyone else.

    Conservatives, find an island, and play “Survivor” for real, like in “Lord of the Flies.”
    We’re bored with you, you ignorant and bigoted flies.

  5. joanr16  •  May 14, 2014 @5:25 pm

    I so want Christopher Guest to make a movie about this.

    “I kin name ever’ kinda nut.” (From Best in Show)

    For instance:
    Racist nuts
    Gun nuts
    Sovereign-citizen nuts
    Faux Noise-exclusively nuts
    BLM-hating nuts
    ATV-riding nuts
    Cracker Barrel dine-&-dash nuts
    etc.

    I can see Jane Lynch as a super-crazy rancher, and Fred Willard as the Secretary of the Interior (cough).

  6. maha  •  May 14, 2014 @7:32 pm

    I can see Jane Lynch as a super-crazy rancher, and Fred Willard as the Secretary of the Interior (cough).

    Exactly.

  7. joanr16  •  May 14, 2014 @5:27 pm

    Bill Bush – hooray for kittehs and the people who care for them!

  8. Dan  •  May 14, 2014 @6:13 pm

    “No, I don’t think 10 million (participants) is high at all.”

    But the guy being quoted sure was…

  9. Ed  •  May 14, 2014 @7:22 pm

    But Obama is going to call in drone strikes and blow DC off the face of the earth! They will need a new seat of government; luckily, Bunkerville has plenty of room to relocate to.

  10. Doug  •  May 14, 2014 @10:31 pm

    If I announced that I was going to bench press 10 to 30 million pounds, and actually did manage to bench press 87 pounds, who would declare my feat to be remarkable? Except as a fraud and failure, perhaps. Those kind of remarks, I can do without. The level of mockery on Monday needs to match the degree of failure and by the standards set by their announcement, the failure will be massive.

    On the other hand, one should not dismiss the event as irrelevant. There are a LOT of people affiliated with this group who sincerely believe Obama is a Muslim, they are convinced he’s going to lock up opponents in FEMA work camps, right after he takes away their guns. The group is at war with all three branches of the federal government for unspecified ‘unconstitutional’ acts. The paranoia is toxic on their facebook page.

    In their minds, 10% or more of the country is with them, awaiting the leadership to throw off the dictatorship. It’s not there. When/if the government cracks down on open insurrection, some will go to prison, some will go home and some will go ‘underground’. When it becomes obvious to the movement that open warfare is futile, and the US military will not defect to support them, the ones who are underground will continue resistance in the only way left. Domestic terrorism.

    The KKK was once huge and influential. They became irrelevant before they became unwelcome. Civil rights became a reality without a direct confrontation between the federal government and KKK militias. I’m not sure – is there a lesson here? How did the oldest US domestic terrorist group become the butt of bad jokes without shots being fired? Can we repeat with the Tea Party fringe groups?

  11. Swami  •  May 15, 2014 @2:25 am

    http://progressivebumperstickers.com/images/744.jpg

    And what if they gave an insurrection and nobody shows up? Well, we’re about to find out the answer to that question.

  12. Bonnie  •  May 15, 2014 @2:45 am

    Did you see the video about the cat that saved a little boy from an attacking dog? It’s quite remarkable. One cat more useful than all these people involved in Operation American Spring. But, then, cats rule.

  13. justme  •  May 15, 2014 @3:26 am

    All I can say is I’ve got my popcorn. Let the entertainment begin!

  14. goatherd  •  May 15, 2014 @6:23 am

    My right wing, fundamentalist facebook friends, who were genuine meatworld friends way back in high school, would love to attend. Among the various misattributed quotations that they have posted was a list of legislation “opposed by Democrats.” At the bottom of the list the three items was the 18th Amendment, which according to the post “guaranteed voting rights for all.” If I thought that it could possibly have made a difference, I might have informed him that the 18th Amendment was “Prohibition.” I guess the maker of the image correctly figured that his audience might possibly read the first item, skim the second and glance over the third, satisfied that those hypocritical Democrats used to oppose voting rights. He certainly knew his audience. With that level of insightful knowledge of the Constitution of the U.S.A. how can the American Spring go wrong?

    I am virtually certain the Ted Nugent will be our new Secretary of Defence, but I am sure many of you would be able to flesh out the Cabinet far better than I can.

  15. c u n d gulag  •  May 15, 2014 @8:24 am

    Hey maha,
    To increase sales, can you ask the other Liberal bloggers to include the link to your book on their sites?
    I don’t have Kindle, so I’ll have to wait until the paperback comes out.

  16. Stephen Stralka  •  May 15, 2014 @12:03 pm

    goatherd, I’ve been seeing more and more of that kind of thing. I just did a little googling and found, for instance, the National Black Republican Association’s FAQ page, which is all about pretending that Barack Obama should have to answer for the sins of John C. Calhoun because they’re both Democrats. And then conversely you’ve got Republicans like Rand Paul going around trying to take credit for Abraham Lincoln’s accomplishments.

    But yeah, 18th, 15th, whatever. The Democrats did oppose it. They were the white supremacist party. So what? Now they aren’t. And all the states that seceded because a Republican was elected president are now Republican strongholds.

  17. JDM  •  May 15, 2014 @12:19 pm

    Anyone want to take the other side of a bet that our 24-hour news media will nevertheless give this protest, however small, about the same amount of coverage (or more) than they gave to the huge protests the left has staged over the past decade? (Things like the 2011 Wisconsin protests, the 2006 immigration reform protests, etc.) And that any coverage they do won’t emphasize any shortfall in turnout in this one?



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