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.
â€œWe 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,â€ said retired Army Col. Harry Riley, leader of the Operation American Spring protest group. â€œThey have all abandoned the US Constitution, are unworthy to be retained in a position that calls for servant status.â€
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 â€“ or are replaced by officials of their own choosing â€“ â€œto sponsor and pass very Constitutionally crafted State legislation to dissolve the size, powers, scope and spending of the U.S. Government by 2/3rds.â€
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 nationâ€™s capital for a rally patterned after Occupy Wall Street and â€œArab Springâ€ 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 â€œincremental nullificationâ€ by state legislatures of â€œall withholding taxes, employment taxes, employer taxes, and income taxes.â€
â€œThis will effectively DOUBLE the size of ALL American Middle Class family weekly paychecks and cause our local city and town economies to boom,â€ 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.
â€œThere 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,â€ Phillips said, comparing the protest to the American Revolution. â€œThatâ€™s quintessentially American!â€
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 â€œPatriot Nationâ€ 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 Itâ€™s News that his group does not want violence, but he admits that peaceful solutions have thus far proved ineffective.
â€œFor more than five years, â€˜we the peopleâ€™ have been writing, calling, faxing Congress, the media, screaming in Town Halls, marching, rallying, demonstrating, petitioning, all to no avail,â€ Riley said.
Yeah, the rest of us went through eight years of that during the Bush Administration. It sucks.
Skipping a bit —
â€œEvery 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,â€ Riley said. â€œWe have well over 1 million militia members mobilizing; bikers, truckers, hunters, Tea Party groups â€” citizens across America. No, I donâ€™t think 10 million (participants) is high at all.â€
Or, as a blogger speculated at Before Itâ€™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.