Pundits have been mocking the latest Benghazi investigation; Jon Stewart is mocking Karl Rove and his epic fail over Hillary's brain damage ("Brainghazi"); and the Bundy "Moocher Militia" is begging for food and bus tickets to get them the hell out of the desert.
All of that is upsetting to the Tea Party because crazy is all they've got these days, so of course now they have to do something bigger and crazier!
That's why they think it's the perfect time to overthrow the government in Washington DC this weekend. But don't worry, it will be Constitutional - very Constitutional. They are the true Patriots, after all. And boy howdy, it is going to be big, big, BIG! And they are going to send the President to prison in Guantanamo, and install Ted Cruz as their king, and put Nancy Pelosi on trial, and burn Harry Reid at the stake, and ... well, you get the idea.
But the best laid plans of mice and men and mad-hatters - well, you know. Things may not go quite as planned.
This isn't even the first time they've tried something like this.
In early 2013, the Tea Party and NRA attempted the "Day of Resistance" on which they would strut around holding their big guns. What were they "resisting?" Well, Obama and his "gun grab" that would lead to the concentration camps and Agenda 21 and the U.N. takeover and the black helicopters that would brainwash the children, of course! So to head all that oppression by the evil Obama, the Tea Party and NRA members would be so bad-ass that the Obamas would move right out of the White House and surrender.
But it didn't happen that way. There was no big showdown, nobody grabbed anybody's gun, and frankly no one cared that much. In several open-carry states, the Tea Party Libertarian faithful turned out to hold "Molon Labe" signs by the side of the road (the phrase means "Come and Take It" - sort of a dare to Obama). But the crowds were quite small and there was no overthrow of Obama's Imperialist Communist Muslin Gummint, so they had a sad.
My blog post about it:
Big Flop ~ Tea Party Day of Resistance
Then in October 2013, there was the "Truckers Ride for the Constitution" that was meant to "surround" Washington in some type of embargo situation and shut down the city, but they barely slowed down traffic:
From Washington Post
There were police reports of about 30 tractor trailers with American flags and signs for their protest — “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” — driving at the same speed as the rest of traffic on the Beltway in Friday morning’s rush hour. But by mid-day the truckers appeared to have broken into smaller groups amid already-heavy volumes of traffic and rain showers on a holiday weekend.
The trucker protesters seemed to be but a mere blip on the traffic cameras of area police officials.
But in spite of past failures, the Tea Party planners have high hopes this time, saying they believe 10-to-30 MILLION people are going to show up. Yes, 30 MILLION. Rachel Maddow had fun with that number tonight, LOL.
And they want them to stay a while in Washington to make an impression this time, without saying exactly where they are going to live, eat, defecate, or whatever. Well . . . that's a LOT of people, and I'm not sure there are 30 million Tea Party members in the whole country. And even if there were, don't most of them pride themselves on keeping their jobs, taking care of their kids, and making it to church every Sunday? But I digress with this foul logic - just ignore me! They are quite enthusiastic:
On to the Manifesto!
From "Patriots For America":
Concept of Operations:
Phase 1 - Field millions, as many as ten million, patriots who will assemble in a peaceful, non-violent, physically unarmed (Spiritually/Constitutionally armed), display of unswerving loyalty to the US Constitution and against the incumbent government leadership, in Washington, D.C., with the mission to replace with law abiding leadership. Go full-bore, no looking back, steadfast in the mission.
Phase 2 - 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.
Phase 3 – Those with the principles of a West, Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, Lee, DeMint, Paul, Gov Walker, Sessions, Gowdy, Jordan, should comprise a tribunal and assume positions of authority to convene investigations, recommend appropriate charges against politicians and government employees to the new U.S. Attorney General appointed by the new President.
*All actions in Phase 2 and 3 will be consistent with the U.S. Constitution.
Date of Operation: “OPERATION AMERICAN SPRING – Beginning Of Tyranny Housecleaning, May 16, 2014, completion to be determined
Now I admit that nothing would please me more than if, say, a couple hundred thousand Tea Party Militia members showed up on the National Mall and were arrested while making crazy threats against Obama and others, but I don't think that is what will happen. Nothing much is going to happen. But it's a good weekend to make popcorn, open our blogs, and celebrate the sheer lunacy of Operation American Spring.
From the conservative Washington Times:
“We are calling for [their] removal … as a start toward constitutional restoration,” said retired Army Col. Harry Riley, the leader of the group, Raw Story reported. “They have all abandoned the U.S. Constitution, are unworthy to be retained in a position that calls for servant status.”
. . . The group expects between 10 million and 30 million similarly thinking Americans to meet them in the capital on Friday for a rally that’s being billed as a sort of “Arab Spring” for Americans.
Meanwhile, the group is holding another event on the same day in Bunkerville, Nev., near cattle rancher Cliven Bundy’s property and in support of his stand-off with the Bureau of Land Management over grazing fees.
The Friday event was promoted by Tea Party Nation.
But Faithful Patriots, beware - don't bring your sidearms and long rifles!
From Raw Story
Operation American Spring organizers, however, insist participants disarm before coming to Washington, which bars the possession of firearms in public.
The Communist forces that control Washington DC do not recognize the 2nd Amendment and have banned all weapons and ammunition from the district,” the group says in its rules of engagement. “Do not give them the opportunity to arrest you and prosecute you. Leave your guns and ammo within the safe proximity of a free state. When the government is changed constitutionally so will the laws in Washington DC."
The group instead urges participants to carry Bibles and copies of the Constitution, although the rules of engagement twice mention that protesters may defend themselves.
The main thing is, they are going to LIVESTREAM, so make popcorn and get ready!
Stars, Stripes, Beer Guts, Oh,My! #OperationAmericanSpring— pizzmoe (@pizzmoe) May 16, 2014
The wingnuts who will overthrow the gov on Friday were told by organizers to find lodging elsewhere. No tents allowed http://t.co/xZSXr2VMcH— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) May 14, 2014