A tea-party coup d'état is set for this Friday in Washington, only the uneducated are set to show up
Later this week, Operation American Spring (OAS) is planning a protest on the National Mall in Washington. For OAS, the 2016 election is too long to wait. They want a revolution right now. There is no doubt they will fail, but the very fact that they exist speaks to the lack of education among the voting electorate.
OAS is demanding the overthrow of President Obama. OAS organizer, Harry Riley, predicts that “millions of people will participate,” but warns that “patriots may be killed, wounded, incarcerated and harassed by the government.“
If successful they will install a right-wing tribunal led by Allen West and Ted Cruz. Even though “some people may die because the government will not be non-violent” writes Riley, “If that’s what it takes to save our nation what choice do we have?” They are basically calling for a Tea-Party coup.
Riley feels that this is necessary because “When Barack Obama became the White House occupant we saw the Constitution being destroyed and ignored at nearly the speed of light.” He has posted bizarre rants on his website claiming that Obama may “impose martial law to remain in office beyond his term.”
It is easy to dismiss this group as just a bunch of lunatics. However, the Bundy Ranch fiasco showed that extremists can lead to life threatening situations. It is a mistake to ignore them. The media seems to be taking this approach. Very little, if any, coverage has been given to Operation American Spring in terms of the planned revolution.
The best way to defend against radical groups like OAS is to educate people. That means both parties, Republicans and Democrats, need to agree on a core set of truths. The problem is, Republicans don’t necessarily want an educated populace because they rely on votes from crazy, radical, fringe groups like OAS. In return, Republicans pander to the radicalized fears of these groups and create gridlock.
Operation American Spring and its supporters are focused, almost obsessively, on the President’s ability to issue executive orders. However, it is a power afforded by the Constitution and is available to every President. By comparison George W. Bush issued 173 executive orders in his first term while Obama issued 147 in the same period.
By educating people on the reality of the political system we can improve the quality of debate. It would also help stop the hysteria created by groups who play on the ignorance of people. There are enough real problems facing our nation without wasting precious resources on issues like whether Obama is Kenyan or when he will take away our guns.