Tens of People Descend Upon the Capitol to Drive the Obama Administration Out of Office

Written by Will Freeman, Abigail Bessler and Adam Peck

When Col. Harry Riley announced his plan for an Operation American Spring, he sought to evoke the same kind of populist uprising that toppled regimes in the Middle East, protests that were collectively given the moniker Arab Spring.

And while the photos that poured in from Tahrir Square were incredible, depicting tens of thousands of people in the streets, the pictures from American Spring were…less so:

Credit: ThinkProgress

Credit: ThinkProgress

The “second American revolution” got off to a slow start in Washington, D.C. on Friday, falling roughly 9,999,950 people short of their goal of 10 million angry, constitution-weilding participants. (That was the low-end estimate. They were prepared for upwards of 30 million).

The few who did make it to Washington, D.C. came with a laundry list of grievances, ranging from Benghazi, to Obamacare, to President Obama’s birth certificate, to general lawlessness.

“Our main goal is to return our government to the constitutional government,” said Marty Church, a protestor who traveled to Washington, D.C. from the Maryland suburbs. “The whole administration is based on lies,” added Fred Lachance, another protester from Maryland.

“Benghazi’s a lie and a cover-up,” said Church. “And if you’re lying about something as stupid as that, what else are you lying about?”

Wiley Drake, a pastor and talk radio host from California, knows the truth behind the Benghazi coverup.

“What caused Benghazi was a kidnapping gone awry from Barry Soetoro,” he said, referencing the name Birthers have ascribed to Obama based on a widely-circulated (and hastily photoshopped) Columbia University student ID. “He was going to kidnap Mr. Stevens, and he got killed in the process. That’s what really happened, that’s the truth.”

When pressed to cite other breaches of the constitution, one protestor referred us back to Operation American Spring’s website, which offers little more than an outline of the group’s three-phased mission (Phase 2 calls for 1 million of the 10 million gathered to camp out in Washington, D.C. until their demands are met).

Those demands — removing Obama, Biden and Nancy Pelosi from the federal government — are not achievable ones even according to many of the attendees. “It’s a good goal, but it’s not a realistic goal,” said Lachance. Others, though, were more optimistic.

“The Obama administration is lawless, and we want him out,” said Carrie “Beth” Koncar, who led a small group up from Georgia. “And basically that is the goal here, for the resignation of Obama, Biden, Pelosi. The Lord God is behind this, the Lord is the breath in this. He puts kings and kingdoms in their places, and he takes them down.”

As for the paltry turnout, several attendees could barely contain their dismay at the low-key affair. “I took a day off from work to come down,” said Art Skillman. “Where they are, I don’t know.”

This post originally appeared on ThinkProgress

Photo Credit: LukeBrinker via Twitter

271 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 months ago

thanks for the article.

Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson1 years ago

Finally - intelligent life!

ScoTT S.
ScoTT S.2 years ago

Ah, yes, another god is on our side ranter. Exercise 1 for the interested reader - count how many times god is referenced in the constitution - George Washington's signature does not count as that is a reference to a date - Exercise 2 for the interested reader - count how many times god is referenced in the declaration of independence and how many of those specify either god or jesus by name. Exercise 3 for the interested reader - count how many times the King of England is referenced in the declaration of independence. Exercise 4 - Compare and contrast the results of exercise 3 with the results of exercise 2 - Determine whether god or the King of England was more important to colonists using these results. Exercise 5 - assert that the US was founded as a christian nation - use specific references from the constitution and the declaration of independence as examples, such as article 6 paragraph 3 and the 1st amendment

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush2 years ago

I guess this was a lesson in learning about the REAL WORLD.

Donna F.
Donna F.2 years ago

thanks for the great comments! I love the pictures of the "tens" assembling in Washington

Dale O.

Agreed, JL A. Tim W, under a rock is the most likely answer to your query to dale H.

Dennis D, it sounds like the drip that he is getting comes direct from Faux News. That tends to addle the brains of con-servatives. I also realize that it is no real surprise that Benghazi Bill is still spinning his webs over in the Virginia thread and he has not seen fit to come over to this thread to express his disdain for President Obama for an actual on topic thread. I wonder why...too many people are already here that are prepared to refute his Obama Derangement Syndrome. One would think that he would at least make one showing here, given that he spends 98 percent of his time going on against President Obama in an unrelated sex thread. Tin foil hats are popular for his side of the thread, it appears that the right wing has a monopoly on that resource.

Ashley heffner
Ashley heffner2 years ago

Too bad that they have turned the Republican party in the joke. But their movement, thankfully seems to be dying down.

Ashley heffner
Ashley heffner2 years ago

I guess they just aren't generating enough old angry white guys to stay in business.

"The demographics race we're losing badly," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told the Washington Post. "We're not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term."

http://gawker.com/5939404/sen-lindsey-graham-not-enough-angry-white-guys-to-sustain-gop

Dennis D.
Dennis D.2 years ago

dale H. Calm down... You are having a psychotic break.. Just ask the nurse to up your drip....

jan b.
jan b.2 years ago

The Fox fans have turned on crazy Glenn Beck for the failure to make the president and the entire govt resign.
When will sanity come back to this country.....