Overpasses for Obama's Impeachment, a fast-growing grassroots movement that was founded in mid-June, held its second nationwide rally on Aug. 17. More than 300 rallies were held across the nation Saturday. The group holds the rallies on highway and interstate overpasses in order to get maximum exposure, taking advantage of the millions of motorists that use the nation's busy highways.
At least six rallies were held in the state of South Carolina Saturday, in the state capitol of Columbia, as well as in Charleston, Spartanburg, Greenville, Rock Hill, and Myrtle Beach.
Attendance at some of the South Carolina rallies was down slightly compared to the numbers of members who took part in the group's first nationwide rally on Aug. 6. That decrease was attributed to rain in the area as a result of Tropical Storm Erin.
The wet weather didn't dampen the spirits of protesters who attended the rally on the Harbison Blvd overpass on I-26 in Columbia. Around a dozen people, mostly women, attended that rally and the atmosphere was upbeat. Many passing motorists enthusiastically responded to the group by honking their horns and yelling words of encouragement.
Of course there were those who were not on board with the group's message, although they were vastly outnumbered by supporters. Two African-American women stopped on the bridge briefly and with some questions for the group "What about Bush," they asked, "He was a liar too?"
The response to the question was probably not what the women expected.
"Yes he was," was the reply from one member of the group, "This isn't about political parties or politics, this is about restoring the Constitution."
Overpasses members are in agreement on that sentiment. Many of those who spoke to the Myrtle Beach Independent Examiner said they have voted Democrat and Republican in the past, but they are disillusioned by both parties now. They were as quick to criticize former President Bush as they were President Obama.
One Obama supporter, Todd McLaughlin of Columbia, stopped by to talk with the group after he saw the protest as he crossed the bridge. McLaughlin stayed for about an hour and several of the rally-goers attempted to answer his questions. The group is very knowledgeable when it comes to the legal reasons for impeachment of the president.
McLaughlin agreed with much of what the protesters had to say, but brushed it off at one point by saying, "Both sides do these things, it's just that most of the time they don't get caught."
He didn't seem to be bothered by the fact that President Obama has openly violated the Constitution and side-stepped Congress, because, he said, "At least he's trying to help poor people who can't afford health insurance. Do you want to be stepping over sick people when you walk down the street?"
McLaughlin agreed to visit the group's website to get more information before leaving, but left little doubt in the minds of the protesters that he was not swayed by the arguments. "There are none so blind as those who refuse to see," said one of the group's members, Colleen Gandy, in reference to a famous quote.
The protesters agreed that both sides do disregard the Constitution, and they believe it is the duty of all Americans to stand up and demand accountability, not just for President Obama, but for all politicians on both sides of the aisle.
That strain of libertarianism thought that Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) spoke about recently when he said, “As a former prosecutor who was appointed by President George W. Bush on Sept. 10, 2001, I just want us to be really cautious, because this strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now and making big headlines, I think, is a very dangerous thought,” seemed to be running through this group as well.
Everyone in attendance at the rally favored term limits, and all were adamant about their belief that serving in Congress shouldn't be a career choice.
'Overpasses' has already planned a third nationwide event. The group announced yesterday that they will hold another rally on Sept. 9. The Columbia group will hold their protest on the statehouse steps in downtown Columbia instead of taking to the area overpasses on that day.