Citizens won’t leave Washington until change is made
(Tea Party) – Veterans, truckers and bikers all rallied in DC, taking a stand to restore America but after they departed the Washington establishment continued running the nation amok. According to one man he hopes an mass rally in the works for this spring will be different.
Retired US Army Col. Harry G. Riley, who runs the Patriots for America website, doesn’t have an organized sponsor for the rally. Instead, he’s calling on individual Americans. He wants them to assemble and demand America be restored to her former glory.
Riley has pledged that they will not leave Washington until they see change.
“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,” explained Riley in an email regarding his plan.
“The senior Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives will become Speaker of the House and the U.S. 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.”
With more than 34 years in the US military and multiple tours of duty worldwide, Riley received numerous honors and medals including the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal among other honors.
Having been successful in a variety of efforts, including the 2007 Gathering of Eagles, Riley has not gone without his share of attacks from the left.
Of the upcoming spring march, Riley says:
“There is not much time and the only planning necessary is to select a starting date, which we have done, and then show up in Washington, D.C., on that date, and plan to stay for the duration. The goal is restoring the U.S. Constitution as the law of the land, removing the lawless leadership.”
“Will this be a cake-walk? No, it will be painful, and some people may die because the government will not be non-violent; some of us will end up in a cell, and some may be injured. If that’s what it will take to save our nation, do we have any choice? Freedom loving Americans will say there is no choice, we must begin the second American Revolution. Not with guns, but with millions of Americans demanding a return to constitutional government and the resignation of Obama, Biden, Reid, McConnell, Boehner, Pelosi, and Holder as a start…then the constitutional restoration process can begin.”
Riley is urging “all organizations, groups, particularly veterans and military retirees, [to] begin planning to visit Washington, D.C., beginning May 16, 2014.”
Another military leaders, Retired Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely has also called on millions of Americans to “stand up” to a government that is “conducting treason … violating the Constitution, violating our laws.”
Vallely is also calling on Americans to march, urging a legislative “no confidence” vote in President Obama as well as Congress in addition to citizen arrests. It was the 33 million Egyptians who rose up against their government and removed Muslim Brotherhood officials from office that gave him the inspiration.
Vallely claims that his call for a new American uprising struck a note with millions of modern tea partiers—those looking for unifying leadership.
It’s been all over Facebook, a number of websites, radio shows calling me for interviews,” Vallely said. “And the response I’ve received has been 99-percent positive.”
“I think the biggest thing is that someone is finally standing up to lead.” “We need someone to lead; we need a new George Washington,” said Vallely.
Riley expanded on his philosophy:
“Similar to our Founding Fathers, citizens and patriots in America now find themselves increasingly denied freedom and liberty from a government leadership (A new crown) that is focused on self-serving, power hungry, deception, and betrayal motivations…the ultimate goal of U.S. Constitutional destruction,” he writes. “While our Founding Fathers endured pain and suffering from the British Crown, there came a time when they declared ‘enough is enough.’ Thus, the Declaration of Independence was drafted. We should read our Declaration of Independence and note the grievances that led to the decision of ‘independence or death.’ America is under the heel of a new ‘crown,’ enduring grievances of which are not far removed from conditions our Founding Fathers experienced. The Founders moved to action. Now is the time for American patriots to move to action.”
“Underlying the plan is the invitation to “patriots” to help restore the constitutional government, rule of law, freedom and liberty” from what is described as a “despotic and tyrannical federal leadership.”
Step one is for millions of Americans to assemble peaceably and physically unarmed, showing their loyalty to the US Constitution. The next step is for a large number of those who assemble to stay in Washington until changes that are “consistent with the Constitution” are made.
Riley said he’s never seen so much interest in such a move. “This has to be done,” he said.
“We are past the point of no return, thus must move forward with an effort to save our nation, as there is no other choice. We are asking, pleading with you, and any others that have resources, national voices, email lists, blogs, FB, Twitter, to call for a non-violent American Spring May 16, 2014, in Washington D.C. We must appeal to ten million and more American patriots to come and stay in Washington, D.C., to stop the White House and Congress from total destruction of the United States. It’s now or never. God help us.”
He went on to say, “The Congress and the administration are just totally oblivious to the American people. They go their own way. The administration makes its own laws. They have their own Congress in the president’s staff.”
Riley’s inspiration was Georgetown University’s Jonathan Turley and his recent Congressional testimony. Turley represented members of Congress in a lawsuit over the Libyan war as well as workers at the top-secret Area 51 military base. He’s also served at counsel on national security cases. Turley is now saying that Obama is a danger to the US Constitution.
During a House Judiciary Committee meeting on December 4, Turley was asked by Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R. VA., “Professor Turley, the Constitution, the system of separated powers is not simply about stopping one branch of government from usurping another. It’s about protecting the liberty of Americans from the dangers of concentrated government power. How does the president’s unilateral modification of act[s] of Congress affect both the balance of power between the political branches and the liberty interests of the American people?”
Turley’s response: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The danger is quite severe. The problem with what the president is doing is that he’s not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid. That is the concentration of power.”
“The Newtonian orbit that the three branches exist in is a delicate one but it is designed to prevent this type of concentration,” said Turley.
“There are two trends going on which should be of equal concern to all members of Congress,” he said. “One is that we have had the radical expansion of presidential powers under both President Bush and President Obama. We have what many once called an imperial presidency model of largely unchecked authority. And with that trend we also have the continued rise of this fourth branch. We have agencies that are quite large that issue regulations. The Supreme Court said recently that agencies could actually define their own or interpret their own jurisdiction.”
Watch Vallely call for millions of Americans to march on Washington during this radio interview:
Vallely is a huge favorite among the tea party organizations seeking to bring Rule of Law back to Washington. The tea party has cited Obamacare and the more than 15 times that Obama has changed the law without Congressional involvement.
Vallely sees a vote of “no confidence” as the solution.
The founder of Stand Up America, an organization dedicated to providing education resources based on the values of the Founding Fathers said: “Clearly America has lost confidence and no longer trusts those in power at a most critical time in our history. … It is true that not all who ply the halls of power fit under that broad brush, but most of them are guilty of many egregious acts, and we say it is time to hold a vote of no confidence. It’s time for a ‘recall.’”
There are members of Congress addressing Obama’s violations of the Constitution. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-SC., has said that Obama’s actions have reached unprecedented levels and that we must do something about it.
“Assume that a statute said you had to provide two forms of ID to vote. Can the president require three forms? Can the president require one form? Can you suspend all requirements? If not, why not?” he said. “If you can turn off certain categories of law, do you not also have the power to turn off all categories of law?”
Gowdy cited several instances of Obama’s usurping of power including Obama’s decision to ignore immigration law despite Congress not approving the changes. In addition, Gowdy cited the arbitrary changes to Obamacare as well as “recess appointments” of judges even though the Senate was not in recess.
Gowdy is proposing that Congress take the White House to court over Obama’s actions. A resolution that has been proposed by Rep. Tom Rice, R-GA., would authorize the House to sue the Obama administration. Currently, the resolution has 30 co-sponsors backing it.
Because of “this disregard of our country’s checks and balances, many of you have asked me to bring legal action against the president,” said Rice.
“After carefully researching the standing the House of Representatives has and what action we can take, I have introduced a resolution to stop the president’s clear overreach,” Rice said.
Gowdy was asked by a Fox News interviewer if Obama could refuse to enforce election laws.
“Why not?” asked Gowdy, “If you can turn off immigration laws, if you can turn off the mandatory minimum in our drug statutes, if you can turn off the so-called Affordable Care Act – why not election laws?”
Michael Cannon, director of Health Policy Studies for the Cato Institute said that there is “one last thing to which the people can resort if the government does not respect the restraints that the Constitution places of the government.”
“Abraham Lincoln talked about our right to alter our government or our revolutionary right to overthrow it,” said Cannon.
“That is certainly something that no one wants to contemplate. If the people come to believe that the government is no longer constrained by the laws, then they will conclude that neither are they.”
Cannon continued, saying it is “very dangerous” for President Obama to “wantonly ignore the laws, to try to impose obligations upon people that the legislature did not approve.”
Larry Klayman, former Reagan Justice Department lawyer, hopes that November 19th will rank with the 4th of July someday. Klayman called the day the start of “The Second American Revolution.” November 19th was the day that Klayman organized a rally by “The Reclaim America Now” coalition at Lafayette Park across from the White House.
The “Reclaim America Now” coalition is composed of approximately three dozen conservative groups, including Freedom Watch, Gun Owners of America, Tea Party Patriots, 2 Million Bikers to D.C., Jihad Watch, and the Western Center for Journalism among others.
Two hundred or so people gathered at the rally where speakers called for two things: The renewal of America and the resignation of Obama.
Klayman accused Obama of tyranny while calling for peaceful change, declaring: “We the People have had enough of the corrupt and incompetent ways of the Obama administration and its bipartisan political enablers. It is time for action, not words.”
It is the hope of Riley, Vallely and many others that this coming May 16th will bring millions upon millions of Americans to DC for an American revolution that will change the course of history back to the one our Founding Fathers envisioned.