Operation American Spring, as reported by Raw Story, is an event styled on the #Occupy and Arab Spring protests where ten to thirty million self-described "patriots" will show up in DC this Friday to drive Obama out of office.
Yes, you read that sentence correctly.
“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.”
Oh, but wait. There's more:
Organizers also anticipate “incremental nullification” by state legislatures of “all withholding taxes, employment taxes, employer taxes, and income taxes.”
“This will effectively DOUBLE the size of ALL American Middle Class family weekly paychecks and cause our local city and town economies to boom,” the group promises on its Facebook page.
In addition to the ten million to thirty million people to show up in DC on Friday for their colonial tricorn hat and whoop-ass fest, they're planning a parallel event in Bunkerville, Nevada, where militia groups are having a freedom n' guns hoedown with welfare queen rancher Cliven Bundy. The event's being promoted by Tea Party Nation.
If this isn't far enough down the rabbit-hole for you already, a blogger at Before It's Hews is touting, with the headline "COUP ALERT: Operation American Spring is a Trap", the theory that Operation American Spring is actually a false flag operation.
As detailed in the Truther.org report entitled “Top U.S. Landmarks Slated For “Controlled Demolition” Under Obama”, the entire city of Washington, D.C. has been rigged for demolition under the Obama administration (e.g., the National Mall; the Pentagon; the United States Capitol; the Supreme Court Building; the Washington Monument; the White House, and the FBI’s the J. Edgar Hoover Building). Therefore, within a few minutes, the entire city of Washington, D.C. can be turned into a raging inferno, thus giving the look of an elaborate and organized coup.
Oh ... the death of Keith Crisco is part of the conspiracy.
If you can wrap your head around all this paranoid self-delusional nonsense, take a deep breath and consider what this really means.
We have a group promoting the idea of eliminating Federal control in states, doing away with the tax codes and what they define as entitlements, and advocating a coup to overthrow officials that were duly elected by voters.
When is the last time you heard any of NC's Republican legislators, governor or their main backer - Art Pope - denounce this kind of nonsense?
It is imperative that liberals and progressives remind voters that this isn't some "fringe" group without any influence. They're being courted by Tillis, McCrory, Pope and the rest of the extremists in Raleigh with a "nudge nudge" and a wink and nod.
They're perfectly willing to spout all manner of lies and rhetoric to fuel the anger and delusions of groups like Operation American Spring and turn the other way. The things Operation American Spring aren't that different from what "mainstream" Republicans in North Carolina are calling for - the only difference is that they're wanting an armed overthrow of the government, while "mainstream" Republicans are willing to use gerrymandering, constitutional amendments, court cases, crony appointments and poison legislation to get what they want.
There's an Operation "American Spring" North Carolina Facebook page that has 75 likes and postings on their wall, promising that the "Stokes County Militia" will show up. Clicking on some of the folks that have posted there, you see the usual postings on their own Facebook pages with loving tributes to Greg Brannon, Fox News stories, links to local NC Tea Party groups and the like.
Yes, it's a small group of fanatics. However, listen carefully to Tillis and other Republicans in the coming months. How often are they talking directly to the Republican's militia fringe?