The mainstream media snores and the movement mushrooms.
“Overpasses For Obama’s Impeachment” appears to be snowballing. The group claims it has grown to 40,000 strong across America. It may have become the largest grassroots movement in the nation since it was launched in June. The group’s national website has links to the Facebook pages of groups in all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C.
It is on those Facebook pages that the “Overpass Impeachment” crowd recruits and informs. Fellow members use the pages to share their experiences and bond. It is the modern-day equivalent of grassroots democracy. It is taking root and flourishing in cyberspace and on the streets of America.
The clout of “Overpasses For Obama’s Impeachment” is growing so fast, O.F.O.I. press secretary Jennifer Hitt said, “We would like to get to the point we can help fund a 2016 candidate. The movement started with the main Facebook page, grew to the state Facebook pages, and now we are trying to get most people to register on our state forums on the website, overpasses.org.” Hitt said the buzz isn’t limited to one area: “It’s nationwide. The energy is crazy high.”
Members of Congress may think impeaching Obama is an impossible dream, but sentiment to boot the president out of office seems to be rapidly gaining momentum across the nation. Just a few days ago, Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, said he believes there are enough votes in the House to impeach President Obama, but he fears such an effort would be futile because of the Democratic Party’s grip on the Senate.
However, the country’s mood may be shifting. Why? A relentless parade of “phony” Obama administration scandals certainly is playing a part, along with a number of severe setbacks to the president’s signature health care law that is now more unpopular than ever. Add to that an economy that is still refusing to recover after five years and a foreign policy that has a good portion of the Middle East in turmoil or at war.
The impeachment passion has been evident in growing numbers of people gathering on America’s streets in recent weeks. “Overpasses To Impeach Obama” has gone from local protests to nationwide events. The first “National Patriot Wave” was held August 6th, with rallies in more than 300 America cities and towns. Hitt said, “We refer to our national rallies as the Patriot Wave because it starts early on the East Coast and spreads west (like a wave).” She said, up until then, cities held their own local rallies.
What the protesters do is simple, but effective. They merely gather on highway overpasses and wave signs calling for the impeachment of Obama or urging drivers to “honk to impeach.” The tactics attract attention, both from drivers and the media.
The O.F.O.I. mission statement as expressed on its national website says, “Overpasses For Obama’s Impeachment has a simple goal. The removal of the corrupt and criminal President of the United States of America, Barrack Hussein Obama.” It lists 12 reasons for his removal, including abdicating “his responsibility to enforce the laws of the United States against illegal immigration,” failing to enforce and defend laws adopted by Congress such as the Defense of Marriage Act and for taking the nation to war against Libya “without the consent of the Congress of the United States.”
The O.F.O.I. movement has taken off by itself without much input from established groups such as the many tea partiers across the country. Chris Lawton of the Tea Party in Spartanburg, South Carolina, said the movement “kind of snuck up on us,” but now members are getting involved.
Hit said, “Most people I encounter are all for our movement. Then again, I live in the country. Our goal is to wake people up, and we’re doing just that. Waves, honks and thumbs up way outnumber middle fingers.”
She said, enthusiasm, already high, just keeps growing. “Comments from attendees consist mostly of, ‘I can’t wait to get back out there,’ and, ‘I am going to make sure I recruit more people for next time,” or, ‘Can we do this more than once or twice a month?’”
Many members of the O.F.O.I. movement say they believe the mainstream media has forgotten the Benghazi scandal, but Main Street America hasn’t. “My town in North Carolina holds a Benghazi Corner every Saturday,” said Hitt. “Signs are limited to Benghazi verbiage and we get lots of attention.”
She also insists the president’s race has nothing to do with the group’s call for impeachment, citing the example of Jaison Sheppard, “a black conservative who joins us for every event, along with his entire family.” Sheppard has a You Tube video.
Hitt said, “He (Sheppard) voted for Obama in ’08 and basically says, ‘It’s not about color. It’s about right and wrong. Obama has to go.’ And he does have to go. He is the most corrupt P.O.T.U.S. America has ever had.” Then, Hitt adds, “A couple of larger groups are supporting us in our efforts: A.L.I.P.A.C. (Americans For Legal Immigration) and Guns Across America and we support them in our efforts.”
Will this movement bring about impeachment? I hope so. I hope it will force the hand of the U.S. House of Representatives to start the proceedings. Why? Because the president needs to go through the process, regardless of whether he is impeached or not. In totalitarian states, the people have no recourse except to take to the streets and spill blood. In America, we still have a non-violent way to force the president to defend his actions.
He needs to, under oath, answer the questions many Americans are asking. Why did you go to war against Libya without proper authorization? What are the facts concerning Fast and Furious? What REALLY happened in Benghazi and what were you doing when that terrorist attack was in progress? Why didn’t you defend the Defense of Marriage Act as you were supposed to under the law? Did you authorize the I.R.S. harassment of tea party groups? Are you responsible for the N.S.A.’s spying on Americans without probable cause?
It’s time for the president to speak up or ship out.
Ed Baswell pastors The Clarion Church and is the host of Crossfire Radio, weekdays from 7-9 am, on The Promise, 90.7 FM. The show is streamed live worldwide at promisetalkradio.org and at ktbs.com. It can be seen each day on the KTBS 24-hour, digital news channel.