Despite detractors’ cries of the gathering being an effort to remove the Obama administration by force, on Friday thousands of Americans assembled in Washington, D.C. to launch Operation American Spring.
“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,” said OAS organizer retired Army Col. Harry Riley. “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.”
OAS seeks a Redress of Grievances as stipulated in the Declaration of Independence, as well as the resignations of President Obama, Speaker John Boehner, Attorney General Eric Holder, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden.
“We are calling for [their] removal,” Riley said “as a start toward constitutional restoration. They have all abandoned the U.S. Constitution, are unworthy to be retained in a position that calls for servant status.”
While Capitol Police, Secret Service, and the FBI created a perimeter around the Capitol and White House as a formality, OAS participants could be seen laughing and joking with law enforcement officials from early on.
Exclusive interviews with Col. Riley and other participants from the event can be heard here.
Live streamed prayer services will be offered at OAS on Sunday.