Operation American Spring Fizzles, Twitter Responds.

I spent much of Friday afternoon watching various live feeds from Operation American Spring and overdosing on schadenfreude. The predictions of 10 to 30 million people turned out to be a few hundred people, tops. Watching the video was absolutely hilarious. There should have been a drinking game for it. If you took a shot every time someone said “we the people” you’d be dead within an hour.

Matt Cohen, who writes for the DCist, went to cover this massive uprising and was promptly told by one of the attendees that he was part of the “liberal Jew media.” Seriously, this couldn’t have gotten any better if I’d planned it myself. On Twitter, the #OperationAmericanSpring hashtag quickly became a mixture of real “patriots” posting inane things and others mocking the whole thing. Some of them were absolutely hilarious. A real one:

Poor Glenn Beck! Being trashed and called a traitor by his own people! And some of the ones mocking it:

And this one is from Col. Morris Davis, the former lead prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay:

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  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    The hashtag #AmericanSpringexcuses has some good ones, too.

    Thought leaf blower was drone spent all day hiding in basement.

    There WERE ten million of us, you just couldn’t see us because of the camo.

    There was a puddle


  • Mobius

    Rachel Maddow pointed out that the prediction of 10 to 30 million was correct, though the number was much closer to 10 than it was to 30 million.

  • Al Dente

    It was raining in DC. You can’t have a revolution in the rain! Says so in the Bible:

    Thou shalt not rebel against the magistrates when the rain pourith down. This is an abomination sayeth the Lord. -Deut 72:666

  • Doubting Thomas

    So, I guess all those people who promoted this thing and predicted the ridiculous projected numbers will realize how silly and out of touch they were, right? What? Maybe a few of them will? No?

  • marcus

    ArtK @1 “There was a puddle”

    Hey! Puddles can be dangerous goddamnit! You could get your socks wet and catch your death of pumoniya!

  • A Hermit

    This one’s a classic:

    #OperationAmericanSpring participants awaiting the keynote speech by Clint Eastwood


  • Jared Ragland

    No question, DT. They’ll catch on and wise up just as quickly as they did after the Truckers’ Crusade, and the Larry Klayman Armistice Day Coup.

    Yessir. Just as quickly.

  • dingojack

    You poity-Headed libEralz are soooo meeeeaaaan! I’m Gonna take MY AK47 and go hoMe!!

    Oh wait….


  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Worst.* Revolutionaries. Evah! (/Comic Shop Guy voice.)

    * In the most pathetic, incompetent at it and unimpressive meaning of the word.

    PS. These pitiable if rather nasty fools believe their God controls the weather right?

    So I wonder what “message” they’ll take from the rain that fell from “heaven” to stop their sad little -and that definitely seems the operatiove word here – parade here?

  • Michael Heath

    Doubting Thomas writes:

    I guess all those people who promoted this thing and predicted the ridiculous projected numbers will realize how silly and out of touch they were, right?

    Nah. People were scared to come because they knew President Obama planned to drone-bomb all-over their asses if a gaggle or more showed up. Cowards.

  • dingojack

    For those ‘hard-working and dedicated patriots’ who’ll no doubt will be bring us the nth American Revolution in due course.

    A musical dedication.*



    * mind the Streisand Effect

  • colnago80

    Re StevoR @ #9

    Actually, the rain stopped around dawn and it was sunny and pleasant the rest of the day.

  • dhall

    Wonder if all of those who promoted it and predicted such a huge turnout actually bothered to show up themselves. Or if they were all at the Bundy ranch. And why is that the name Bundy always reminds me of Peg and Al . . . who were at least as highly educated and thoughtful as Cliven, although they had totally different problems, and were far more entertaining.

  • http://www.atomiccitizen.net/ EricJohansson

    My contribution to the Twitter mocking:

    Should’a brung some cows to graze on the National Mall. That would’a brought the patriots out. Or sheep

  • dingojack

    Wouldn’t the cows bring out the sheepies?


  • grumpyoldfart

    In the months preceding the rally did the organizers collect donations from the faithful? If so, I wonder how much? And how was the money spent?

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “Should’a brung some cows to graze on the National Mall. That would’a brought the patriots out. Or sheep”

    Whuddayatrinetado? Start the Lincoln Monument War all over again?!

    Earlier today I was on a blog where a guy compared the poor turnout to the moms against the NRA at their convention in Indy. I was a bit impolite.

  • dingojack

    Demo – He was just hackin’ on ya.

    :) Dingo

  • dingojack

    ArtK (#1) – “There WERE ten million of us, you just couldn’t see us because of the camo. ”

    Perhaps you couldn’t see them ’cause they was in the spirit world, asshole. (Continuing the theme).


  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    A haiku for teh TROO MurKKKan

    The Patriot Wake-up call

    False Armageddon

    Busted American Spring

  • neonsequitur

    Davis is absolutely right about that Cracker Barrel thing. I looked around for one, went to Five Guys instead.

  • Alverant

    #21 A big step down. I went there once and the burger was so greasy that it fell through the bag.

  • sc_770d159609e0f8deaa72849e3731a29d

    We, the person…

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    It’s hard to say what was most at play, sheer delusions of grandeur, or a ridiculous attempt to one up other right wing attempts at this kind of thing. “One million? Bah, your puny rally is kids’ stuff. MY rally will attract ten million Patriots! And Obama will run screaming in terror right out the White House front door.”

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    Love the pic of the patriots. Not exactly Charlie’s Angels, but close.

  • Trebuchet

    And why is that the name Bundy always reminds me of Peg and Al . . .

    Or Ted…

  • lorn

    One of the saddest aspects of this is that, based upon friends who seem to live in similar mind spaces, it is highly likely that most of the people in those pictures really think that the vast majority of people in the US share their beliefs. They really think that Obama has outraged the sentiments of the populous to the point that all it will take is a spark to start a conflagration, that the US population is on the verge of a national uprising … if only there were a spark.

    They see themselves as that spark.

    Which overlooks the simple fact that the US population, even though suffering after being economically abused and annoyed at the plutocrats, don’t blame Obama, and are not on the verge of any uprising.

    These people see themselves as providing the spark. Others see them as running out of matches, and credibility.

  • iangould

    Tomorrow’s headline in WND

    “29,999,830 Patriots abducted to FEMA camps’

  • poose


    That is the BEST metaphor I’ve ever seen to describe these Nul Units. Here’s my addition-

    Imagine a group of “would be” weekend warrior types (NOT military) in a rainy wood complaining how HAARP ruined their weekend, surrounding a pile of damp kindling, haven just watched their last match fail to light it…

  • smrnda


    On the idea that the majority of people share their beliefs, I’m thinking most of these types come from depopulated rural areas where they might need to make a road trip to find a densely populated city full of people who don’t agree with them. They probably don’t grasp the scale of the actual gap, and can’t admit that they are actually a minority.

  • John Pieret

    OK, what exactly do you take for a schadenfreude overdose?

    How about an irony pill, such as the moron holding the sign “Obama Epic Fail”?


  • D Carter

    @30: Same as the Occupy kids from overpopulated areas who assume Suburb Nation will rise up with them for (their idea of) justice. We’re unstoppable, we’re 99% vs 1%!–they can’t imagine that 96% really just want Netflix and a greener lawn. Nearsightedness take many forms.

  • dingojack

    Dear Operation Sovereign Citizen (or whatever your calling yourselves now): –

    Here* is an example of how to actually do it.



    * 300,000 Australians are, per capita, equivalent to 4.25 million Americans (or 28,336 times more than you managed to attract to your ‘revolution’).

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Or if they were all at the Bundy ranch.

    Or maybe they took a wrong turn and ended up at the Bunny ranch?

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    D Carter: the Occupy “kids” (I guess you mean anyone under 70?) got a far better turnout than these reich-wing asshats, and managed to do so for a much longer time, in many more cities, and in more than one country. Don’t even THINK of comparing this latest gaggle of idiots to the Occupy movement — they’re not even in adjacent orders of magnitude.

  • dingojack

    RB = maybe they shoudda turned left at Albuquerque?

    :) Dingo

  • dingojack

    RE: Operation American Spring:


    :) Dingo

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    They need to rename this OASA: Operation Amusingly Small Attendance. Or, from their perspective, Operation Annoyingly Small Attendance.

  • dingojack

    What are the Sooper Geniuses at the OAS gonna unsuccessfully organise next I wonder?

    ‘A piss-up in brewery’ or ‘getting a hand-job in a brothel’?


  • Ichthyic

    for perspective, in 1963 the Civil Rights march on the Mall in DC had well over 250 THOUSAND people in attendance.

    it’s worth reading about in contrast to the sick, pathetic, “ideals” behind “Operation American Spring”.

    It also makes me kinda sad that we will never, ever, see its like again in the US, even though civil rights are still just as big an issue as they ever were.

  • Ichthyic
  • Ichthyic

    Here* is an example of how to actually do it.

    sadly, OZ pays lip service to the issues, while the government sets up detention camps for immigrants, spends literally FIFTY times more money (250 MILLION) on the school Chaplaincy program than they do for science programs for their primary schools (5 million). all the while Abott and his cronies are ripping OZ off for everything they can get their hands on, JUST like Cheny and Co did under W’s administration in the States.

    the current government is the worst thing to ever happen to OZ in my lifetime, and nobody is doing a damn thing there to stop it.

    How in the holy fuck did Abbott manage to convince enough people there to get elected?

    still boggles my mind, like it did when I waded through the election… and reelection, of W.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    Accurate descriptions of “crowd” at OAS*:

    Eeny, meeny, miney and not too many, mo.

    The few, the proud, er, the few.

    A veritable puddle of humanity.

    Operation Asshat Symposium

  • colnago80

    Re dingojack @ #37

    Movie blocked n in USA. I assume it is a clip from the film, Springtime for Frankenberger.

  • raven

    D Carter the Serial Killer:

    Same as the Occupy kids from overpopulated areas who assume Suburb Nation will rise up with them for (their idea of) justice.

    Carter is quite the murderer. Of strawpeople. They have the advantage of not firing back when someone takes them out with an AR-15.

    That wasn’t the intent or goal of Occupy Wallstreet. It was just to protest more or less nonviolently, just how fucked up and dismal their lives and future are today. Their message was naive and not well focused but at least they could turn off their internet connection and try and do something. And turnout what orders of magnitude greater and longer than the lunatic fringers of the lunatic fringes as Raging Bee pointed out.

    It accomplished a lot anyway in terms of awareness.

    1. Economic inequality has been increasing since the mid-20th century. And shows no sign of stopping. Economically inequal societies always become politically unstable. In fact, the USA is becoming politically unstable and heading towards simply not working any more.

    2. Everyone who cares knows who the 1% are these days. Everyone knows what an oligarchy is and who is in ours.

    D Carter in addition to being a serial killer hasn’t thought it through. Social change is usually slow. Life and the world aren’t like a video game. Things don’t happen in a few hours or never happen at all. The civil war ended 149 years ago and the consequences aren’t even close to working themselves out.

    US xianity is dying of toxic fundie-cide. I probably won’t be alive when it goes below 50% in around 2030.

  • gingerbaker

    If these people are so fracking stupid, how come Democrats can’t get them to vote for Democrats?

  • dingojack

    Ichthyic – you do come out from under your mummy’s bed occaisionally,right? If only to get fed?



    SLC – Aww, how about you watch some nice Jon Steward episodes instead? @@

  • steve78b

    I’m going to out on a little limb here and predict that the next patriot rally will have…..

    500 million Americans in DC. Ready to replace the government.

    There…… now just have to find all the people….. and open up a Cracker Barrel ……