Operation American Spring, a protest movement that seeks to remove Barack Obama and other leaders from power in an effort to restore Constitutional freedom, is set to hit Washington, D.C. on Friday, hopefully with millions of supporters showing up to make their voices heard, the Washington Times said Wednesday.
Their message is simple and bipartisan, being aimed at Democratic and Republican leaders alike: Get out.
Retired Army Col. Harry Riley said the movement seeks the removal of Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
“We are calling for [their] removal … as a start toward constitutional restoration,” he said, according to Raw Story. “They have all abandoned the U.S. Constitution, are unworthy to be retained in a position that calls for servant status.”
The group also seeks to influence other lawmakers to “sponsor and pass very constitutionally crafted state legislation to dissolve the size, powers, scope and spending of the U.S. government by two-thirds.”
As with any protest movement, OAS has come under fire from some who seek to spread misinformation and falsehoods. To combat this, the group set up a page on its website dealing with various Internet rumors.
The page says, for example, that attendees are not to bring weapons. Another rumor claimed that Col. Riley works for the NSA. In response, Col. Riley said he once worked for the NSA, but has not since his retirement in 1992.
Another rumor claimed that retired Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely is connected to the protest, but Col. Riley said that, too, is false. One of the more outrageous rumors claim that OAS is a Satanic operation, but Col. Riley dismissed that as patently false: "Those who judge will also be judged."
According to Col. Riley, over a million militia members have already mobilized for the event, and projections that as many as 10 million may attend are not considered unrealistic.
“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,” he said. “Every branch of government looks at ‘we the people’ whom they have taken an oath to serve, as ‘pests,’ interfering with their political agenda, cramping their self-serving, greedy agendas. We have no faith in the ballot box any longer, as many believe this sacred secret box has been compromised."
A live video feed of the protest has been set up at Uncle Sam's Misguided Children and can be seen here.