Hundreds of people have gathered in the nation’s capital this weekend for Operation American Spring. Though you will likely see no video of this march on the national news this weekend, the march was attended by Americans demanding answers in regard to Benghazi and the current state of our nation.
The event has received virtually no media attention but appears to have been called for by retired Col. Harry Riley. Riley at one point was calling for 10 to 30 million Tea Party members across the country to turn out for the event. Clearly the turnout was nowhere near what had been expected. Though videos from the scene do show that some people turned out voice their displeasure with the power structure in Washington. One that is unresponsive to the people regardless of which party is in power.
So what kept Operation American Spring from receiving not only media attention but the kind of support you would expect from those who seem to want to capitalize on Tea Party frustrations?
According to TeaPartyCrusaders.com, the Mission Statement of Operation American Spring calls for:
Restoration of Constitutional government, rule of law, freedom, liberty “of the people, by the people, for the people” from despotic and tyrannical federal leadership.
The writer at TeaPartyCrusaders goes on to say, “You would think that such an Operation would enjoy the support from all tea parties nationwide. You would be wrong. Perhaps the problem was that so many tea party people are just plain worn out by endless rallies that reap little reward, or perhaps Phase 2 of the Operation was part of the problem. It read:
One million or more of the assembled 10 million* must be prepared to stay in D.C. as long as it takes to see Obama, Biden, Reid, McConnell, Boehner, Pelosi, and Attorney General Holder removed from office. Consistent with the US Constitution, as required, the U.S. Congress will take appropriate action, execute appropriate legislation, deal with vacancies, or U.S. States will appoint replacements for positions vacated consistent with established constitutional requirements.
This weekend, a lot of jokes have been unfairly made on Twitter and across media about the “failure” of Operation American Spring. Unfortunately, new media continually pushes the American people to make their voice heard but unless your voice sounds the way they want it to, they are no longer in support.
The need for disruption in our current system is badly needed. Kudos to those who were willing to travel to D.C. and stand up against a system they believe is robbing them and their children of liberty. We don’t all have to agree with each other on every issue to support one’s right to protest.