Today is Operation American Spring

I really wish I was in Washington, DC this weekend for two things: Women in Secularism 3 and the Operation American Spring event. I would love to have a front row seat to yet another failed march of wingnuts to chase President Obama from the office to which he was elected.

“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.”

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.”

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…

“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.”

I’d be willing to bet a huge amount of money on that. Larry Klayman got about 100 people to show up for his “second American revolution” last fall. That million trucker march turned out to be a handful of semis and pickups that no one would have even noticed. This one will get a few hundred people, a few thousand tops. And they’ll rant and rave and achieve absolutely nothing. And I’ll point and laugh at them. I just wish I could be there to do it in person.

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  • Donnie

    Man, I should have popped some popcorn, got a vending license, and sold popcorn in front of the participants of “Operation American Spring”….that would have been funny (in my opinion).

  • It was raining but it has cleared up now. Even the local news hasn’t reported anything on it, which shows how serious it’s being taken around here.

  • Trebuchet

    As someone pointed out in a comment on another FTBlog, “10-30 million” can be interpreted as “at least ten people, but a maximum of 30 million.” I’m guessing the lower end might be closer.

  • MarcusC

    I presume their 2/3 reduction in the government includes a 2/3 reduction in the military, border patrol and such. Or, are they just looking for a 2/3 reduction in the bits of the government they don’t like this week. In which case they could maybe provide a list?

  • Reginald Selkirk

    bikers, truckers, hunters, Tea Party groups

    It would be interesting to get all those sundry groups together in one place, but I wouldn’t want to be there. Could be more fun than the shindig at the Bundy Ranch.

  • AndrewD

    Well some one did ask Ophelia over at her Waterfront post if she had seen the demo. She hasn’t replied yet…properbly cant post due to laughing

  • MarcusC “In which case they could maybe provide a list?”


















  • Taz

    OBVIOUSLY the drone strikes that Obummer was CLEARLY going to send scared off 99.9999% of the PATRIOTS.

  • alanb

    The last I heard there were “hundreds” of demonstrators carrying Gadsden, Texas, and American flags and a wooden cross gathered at the base of the Washington Monument, where they locked arms and chanted, “Impeach Obama.” However, a video seemed to show considerably fewer than that. See

  • ‘smee

    I read the link at rawstory, and was (un)surprised by this statement at the end of the piece:

    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 suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. Smart people have made it so easy to use computers and computing services – including publishing blogs – that even mouth-breathing idiots who might have difficulty counting past five can opine* for all to hear.

    * this would be the *only* good thing about eliminating net neutrality – it might make idiots like the quoted blogger harder to find!

  • jasonmyers

    Watching the live stream. Either the stream was interrupted and went into a loop, or for about 5 minutes, the crowd in front of a speaker was chanting the unbeatable playground comeback of “WE’RE RIGHT, THEY ARE WRONG!”


  • ‘smee

    alanb @9

    video seemed to show considerably fewer than that

    I think my neighborhood swim team gets bigger (and more enthusiastically engaged) crowds.

  • Randomfactor

    So more female atheists converged on DC than American Spring “Patriots.”

  • John Pieret

    Even the Moonie Times has admitted that “Operation American Spring falls flat: ‘This is very disappointing,’ Texan says.”

    But this is a very poor turnout. It ain’t no millions. And it ain’t looking like there’s going to be millions. Hundreds is more like it.”

  • John Pieret

    Oh, and:

    The weather likely delayed some from showing, he said. But as the sun comes out, and the weekend weather dawns balmy, more could show, he said.

    Apparently, they are all “sunshine patriots.”

  • Trebuchet

    In case you’d like to see what 30 million people look like, here’s a page with some webcams:

  • cptdoom

    Well, I flew into DC from Tampa this morning, arriving just around 9AM. The trip from the airport to my house took nearly twice as long as normal, and the OAS people did threaten to shut the city down. Of course the torrential rains we got caused a rush-hour nightmare and threatened to flood parts of Rock Creek Parkway, my fastest route home, so that may have had some impact as well.

    Oh, and I just checked the livestream (w/out the sound on, so as not to scare any co-workers with the imminent revolution) and apparently it’s switched to the interior of some “Patriot’s” camper van, from which he’s broadcasting to the great mass of believer who neglected their save-the-date cards.

  • Moggie

    So much lulz. From rawstory:

    One of the demonstrators suggested they sing the national anthem, and he initially led off with the opening words to “America The Beautiful” before joining the others in “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

    A patriot who doesn’t know the national anthem? Awesome!

    “I’m so fed up with the tyranny I sold my jet ski,” the caller said. “I’m so fed up with the way the government is manipulating the water with the chemtrails, I’m afraid I can’t even use my jet ski.”

    I’m sorry, that is beyond parody.

    “Can’t get to Washington, D.C.? Not a problem,” said a man wearing a black cowboy hat and plastic rain poncho. “Go to your state representative. Can’t get to your statehouse? Not a problem. Go to your county courthouse. Can’t get to your county courthouse? Not a problem. Sit in your own front yard, holding a sign.”

    Can’t be bothered to go outside? Not a problem. Piss and moan online. That’ll work just as well.

  • juliestahlhut

    And then lackeys of the tyrannical government seized these brave and selfless patriots and shipped them off to forced labor camps … What? … Oh. I guess not. Never mind.

  • rabbitscribe

    My theory is that the few dozen third-rate morons is just a feint, and the capital is being silently infiltrated by tens of millions of far-right ninjas.

  • It looks like there are maybe 20 people there. It’s hard to tell with the tourists milling about the Washington Monument, but the tourists appear to outnumber the OAS kooks by quite a bit. It’s amusing to see the confused looks on the tourists’ faces.

  • grumpyoldfart

    I was watching their live feed (filmed with a telephone camera) and up came a slide saying the battery was running low and they were reducing film output to 12 minutes every two hours!

  • Matt G

    Why did God rain on their parade? I guess he wanted to see who was a Wingnut In Name Only (WINO).

  • John Pieret

    First and best comment at the Moonie Times article I linked to above:

    On their website they warned that Obama would unleash drones on the masses. Allegedly the president was going to fire missiles into the crowd—but the “patriots” were ready to face that!

    But rain! Dear lawd—no one told them there would be RAIN!


  • Moggie

    To be fair, I don’t think many LARPers would want to play in the rain.

  • caseloweraz

    There’s a march in California tomorrow:

    Hope it turns out better.

  • caseloweraz

    We take you now to the real Operation American Spring, already in progress all over this great nation.