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Why Operation American Spring is Unconstitutional

Angry-Mob-acwraith“It is impossible to read the history of the petty republics of Greece and Italy without sensations of horror and disgust at the distractions with which they were continually agitated, and at the rapid succession of revolutions by which they were kept in a state of perpetual vibration between the extremes of tyranny and anarchy.”  – Publius, Federalist Paper No. 9

For those who haven’t heard, Operation American Spring is a group of so-called patriots led by retired Col. Harry Riley, who are planning to demonstrate in Washington on May 16th. Their announced aim is to oust politicians they deem corrupt, and to replace them with politicians they like. OAS is claiming the authority of the Constitution and Declaration, to “throw off the bonds” of an unjust government and to redress grievances. There’s just one problem. Transferring power by these methods is totally unconstitutional. If we follow this lead, we can forget elections and voter sovereignty.

Any group of citizens can collect in public to air grievances and urge a course of action. They can speak to create a tension in the mind of the community. But OAS can’t claim to be restoring our constitutional republic by inviting ten million people to show up in Washington to throw people out of office outside the electoral process. Be they ten or ten million, no one voted for them to represent America; and they certainly do not represent the Tea Party, which has from the start been a constitutionalist movement. Riley and OAS represent only themselves.

In the Federalist Papers, Publius warned against exactly what OAS is, a faction: “…a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens…” (Federalist Paper No. 10).

PubliusThe Founders took great pains to create a government that would prevent the changeable passions of a group in frenzy from imposing their will on the rest of the country.

Dr. Mickey Craig of Hillsdale College, puts it succinctly:

“The Constitution, while it is a popular government, it is a form of popular government which recognizes the disease of popular government, and has put in place institutional arrangements that will make it less likely that a factious or tyrannical majority will form and lead to the loss of liberty for the country.”

Operation American Spring is taking its cues from the populist Occupy and Arab Spring movements. The first brought destruction and anarchy to the streets of New York City and elsewhere. The second lead to the installation of one of the most tyrannical, fanatical leaders in Egypt’s recent history. This is horrifying enough. But more, they are preying on the well-meaning patriotism of many in the Tea Party movement, trusting that these same folks won’t see that OAS is completely antithetical to how we change power in America.

They are using the genuine and understandable frustrations of patriots who are fed up, citizens who see government out of control and want to do something to bring us back from the brink; from unsustainable debt, a government that won’t enforce our laws, a tyrannical health care policy that infringes on our liberties, and an economy and foreign policy that are in the toilet. They want to do something – something with faster results than our republican form of government allows. So here comes OAS with a call to action, miming Constitutionalism and encouraging the people to rise up and kick the corrupt bastards out via Washington sit-in.

constitution imaeThe slow, deliberative nature of our electoral process exists to temper the passions of just such a furious mob with its great potential for violence and anarchy. The constitution guarantees the peaceful transfer of power through the consent of the governed. It doesn’t matter how many papers OAS submits to Congress to get the Obama administration and John Boehner to resign. They can’t usurp and disregard our electoral process. To do so is to destroy the civil rights of the rest of the country who voted in 2012 and who certainly have a stake in November, 2014.

As Publius says in Federalist Paper No. 54, “This constitution will only work if the people choose men of wisdom and virtue to occupy the offices.” Where there are corrupt politicians, it is our duty as citizens to vote them out and vote in better representatives. Where there is voter or election fraud it is our duty to expose it and to stop it by requiring the same government-issued photo IDs we need to do everything else in our lives. Where millions are persuaded to vote for corrupt politicians and destructive policies, it is our job as citizens to persuade them otherwise. Where these problems are addressed we can begin to right the ship and save our country, no revolution needed.

Either Col. Riley and OAS are totally ignorant of what they are claiming to represent, or they are deliberately hijacking constitutional patriotism to enact what comes down to a coup – and mere months before our next election. Isn’t it ironic that a group claiming to restore our constitutional republic won’t use constitutional methods to do it?

Patriots from coast to coast should soundly reject Operation American Spring for exactly what it is: a tyrannical faction that is illegitimate, destructive, and unconstitutional.


“American Spring” Will Destroy The Republic It Purports to Preserve

Retired Colonel Harry Riley via Patriots of America has announced “Operation American Spring,” a march on Washington this May intended to oust the Obama administration. I completely understand the desire to overthrow these louts. It’s not just Obama and Democrats, there are a lot of Republican enablers that should go too. I know people are at their wit’s end and searching for bold solutions. The OAS plan, however, is ill-conceived, shows terrible judgment and in all likelihood will not bring about the intended results.  In fact, it will destroy the very Republic we are trying to conserve and discredit conservatives forever.

This is the plan:

Phase 1 – Field millions, as many as ten million, patriots who will assemble in a 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 bring down the existing 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. The senior republican in the US House of Representatives will become Speaker of the House and the US House of Representatives will elect a temporary President and Vice President of the United States. The U.S. Senate will take action to elect a new majority and minority leader.
As required, the U.S. Congress will execute appropriate legislation to convene new elections 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, will 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 & 3 will be consistent with the U.S. Constitution.”

constitution imaeThe second and third phases show an alarming lack of understanding of our Constitutional Republic (despite the asterisked qualifier) and a terrible lack of foresight.  This by definition is an unconstitutional means of trying to transfer power.  It is more along the lines of insurrection or secession or worse, the French Revolution.  Many might be on board with either or both of those, but that too shows a total lack of foresight and good judgment.  It is very likely that the representatives mentioned in Phase 3 would absolutely oppose these methods.

OAS is laid out as if the whole thing will happen in a vacuum without opposition.  It is highly likely that Obama would use such a protest to his own advantage, and he could do so in all sorts of ways.  He can argue how extreme conservatives are that they would use unconstitutional means to bully duly elected representatives they don’t like out of office (and he’d be right).  He can afford to wait out protesters who will supposedly “stay as long as it takes,” thereby completely undermining their mission.  Then the headlines will be “OAS Fails, Leaders Embarrassed.”  1.8 million may have already signed up, but once the action begins, few of them will actually be willing to lose their jobs, their homes (especially those with families to consider) or to suffer the discomforts of living on the streets of Washington D.C. for a protest that at best will be completely ineffective.  This is not a comment on a Patriot’s resolve, this is a recognition of human nature.  Surely a colonel, of all people, should know how precarious keeping people together and focused on a mission can be, in the best of conditions.  Add in bad living conditions, hunger, conflicting egos, potential violence, and you’ve got a big fat mess that professional military leaders themselves often have a hard time mastering.

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…can easily end up like this.

Who’s calling the shots here, whether it’s for one or ten million people; Col Riley all by himself?  Who else?  What qualifies them to lead an action like this?  Will they be responsible for the people who, as Riley says, may die in this endeavor?  That is a responsibility true leaders must bear, especially those instigating a rebellion.  If not, it’s every man for himself, a recipe for mayhem.

How exactly will those listed be “removed” from their duly elected offices? This is supposed to be a peaceful and unarmed movement, but such a thing cannot be done without force.  Nor can it be done constitutionally via a sit-in, however long it may be.

How will they deal with and respond to opposition or counter-protest?  Leftist Occupiers are much better at this than conservatives, who are already predisposed with a solid sense of responsibility.  The Obama supporters likely to mobilize are also particularly adept at goading, they are unafraid to use violence, of get hurt or arrested.  It won’t matter that this is supposed to be an unarmed, peaceful protest.  Once something starts, it won’t matter that the conservatives who before have never instigated violence and have left the Mall spotless, didn’t start it.  What will they do if the people, as mobs are apt to do, get out of control?

How will they respond when Obama sends in the troops to clear the city as Hoover did against veterans during the Great Depression?  The protesters will then have instigated a stand-off with the American military which has a grave potential of ending very badly for all.  What if the administration decides to declare martial law because of this “insurrection?”  How will either the protesters, Americans, or our Constitutional Republic benefit?

If OAS gets as far as ousting the administration, how will they (all 1-10 million of them) control what happens next?

  • Who is to say that all 534 in the House of Representatives could come to agreement on who the temporary president and vice president should be?
  • How will the government not devolve into complete chaos while the administration is being replaced?
  • Have they considered the international repercussions of sending our government into complete chaos?
  • How will the votes of the newly convened elections be counted and how will voter fraud be avoided and accounted for?
  • What will these people do if the votes don’t go the way they think they should?
  • What can they do to ensure order and non-violence indefinitely, “as long as it takes”?

If OAS succeeds, it paves the way for this kind of ouster by liberals of conservatives duly elected to office. Conservative patriots fighting to save our country from this administration stomping all over our Republic and the liberties it guarantees would agree, that’s not what we want.

In his (rather badly written) announcement, Col Riley asserts that we are past the point of no return, among other platitudes.  I would argue: not nearly.  Yes, this administration is destroying our country.  Yes, our supposed representatives in Washington D.C. are defying the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and flouting our laws.  Yes, they are tyrannical and corrupt.  But all that, which has been obvious to conservatives since Obama jumped into the running in 2007, is becoming obvious to many, many more Americans.  The administration is being exposed more every day for its corruption, and the people are waking up to the mistakes they have made in voting for this president, Democrats and establishment Republicans.  It’s more than just conservatives who are now seeing through the sham that is political correctness.  America and her citizens are very resilient, just look at Scott Walker’s Wisconsin.  Fomenting a rebellion just when the administration is crumbling on itself is the stupidest thing anyone could do.  This “plan” is no plan at all, and the very people they want on their side and more will turn resolutely against them for it once the dust has settled.

Operation American Spring won’t save the Republic, it will destroy it.  Conservatism will be completely discredited because all conservatives will be lumped in with Col. Riley and his thoughtless, rash cohorts.  This is not pledging lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the cause of liberty, it’s throwing all of those away for confusion and mayhem that has a very high potential for leaving us much worse off afterwards.  Our best avenue to restoring free America is to persuade people to conservatism, to stop voter fraud and win back the country through elections, the peaceful transfer of power.


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