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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Racism: Thrives, Spreading and Yes You Have Seen It

Racism in America is alive, well, thriving and spreading. You might be a bit surprised at how racism has creeped into parts of the nation formerly considered insulted via tolerance for people of different cultures and ethnicity.

Repost from The Daily Kos. 

Proportion of Google queries containing the “N-word” by designated market area, 2004–2007.
Colors changed so the map can be seen by all. Original is below the fold.
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There are neighborhoods in Baltimore in which the life expectancy is 19 years less than other neighborhoods in the same city. Residents of the Downtown/Seaton Hill neighborhood have a life expectancy lower than 229 other nations, exceeded only by Yemen. According to the Washington Post, 15 neighborhoods in Baltimore have a lower life expectancy than North Korea.
North Korea.
And while those figures represent some of the most dramatic disparities in the life expectancy of black Americans as opposed to whites, a recent study of the health impacts of racism in America reveals that racist attitudes may cause up to 30,000 early deaths every year.
The study, Association between an Internet-Based Measure of Area Racism and Black Mortality, has just been published in PLOS ONE and has mapped out the most racist areas in the United States. As illustrated above, they are mostly located in the rural Northeast and down along the Appalachian Mountains into the South. How they did it and what it may mean are below the fold.
Some of the 50,000 Ku Kluxxers who marched in Washington, D.C., on August 8, 1925.
We already know about the racism that led to Jim Crow, the KKK, and lynchings. We also know about the racism that has become embedded in our justice system, from cops who kill, to prosecutors who ensure that blacks receive longer prison terms than do whites. We know that those sentencing disparities lead to greater disenfranchisement of blacks.
We think we know how racism has injured and killed black Americans. But do we really? There are the obvious cases, like Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner, but what about the silent killers? The hypertension and the chronic medical conditions that lead so many more blacks to an early grave than they do whites. Could racist attitudes lead to 30,000 early deaths every year?
According to the authors of the study, current research points to a variety of causes for the disparities in health between white and black Americans, many of which can be traced to racial segregation. Many blacks are restricted to high-crime neighborhoods that are lacking in outdoor recreational areas, access to healthy foods, and decent health care. Discrimination in employment leads to lower wages that further impact the ability to enjoy healthy food, exercise, and recreation.
The authors also point out that:
... racial discrimination may also directly impact health by engaging psychobiological mechanisms induced in the stress response
Young woman displays her sign which reads
In other words, stress, especially chronic stress, is bad for your health. This isn't really news. Experiences of racial discrimination are often accompanied by a sense of powerlessness, of anxiety, and of anger. These stressors, especially over a lifetime, can lead to negative health impacts. Jon Stewart did not know how right he was when he said, "If racism is something you're sick of hearing about, imagine how exhausting it must be living it every day."
As a source of chronic psychosocial stress, repeated racism may result in a heightened pro-inflammatory state that can have particularly detrimental consequences for the etiology and progression of cardiovascular and other immune disorders. Studies on discrimination have found evidence for adverse consequences for hypertension, atherosclerosis, and their inflammatory mediators. A recent study found that racism-related factors may also be associated with accelerated aging at the cellular level.
Past studies have had problems quantifying racism. They can look at localized institutional racism via housing and employment, or they can rely on self-reported incidents of racism. Of course, self-reported attitudes are difficult to verify and are subject to self-censorship, especially in regard to micro-aggressions and racism without a clear perpetrator, and institutional studies don't actually reflect racist attitudes as much as their results.
The authors of this study have turned to internet searches using the "N-word" for help in finding areas of racist attitudes in America.
This measure, calculated based on Internet search queries containing the “N-word”, was strongly associated with the differential in 2008 votes for Barack Obama, the Black Democratic presidential candidate, vs. 2004 votes for John Kerry, the White Democratic presidential candidate.
The study authors used the designated market areas (DMA) as defined by the Nielsen Media Research. Residents within these DMAs generally receive their information from common television and/or radio broadcasts and newspapers, providing similar messages that influence racial attitudes. The authors make clear that not all searches for the "N-word" are due to racial bias and that not all residents in a DMA share racist attitudes, but the volume of the available data provides a high signal-to-noise ratio.
Using this information to find areas in which racism is alive and well, they then looked at black mortality rates using data from 2004–2009, collated by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). They examined four leading causes of death among blacks: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. Unsurprisingly, they found a significant association between the racism indicated by the internet searches and an increase in black mortality.

Results from our study indicate that living in an area characterized by a one standard deviation greater proportion of racist Google searches is associated with an 8.2% increase in the all-cause mortality rate among Blacks. This effect estimate amounts to over 30,000 deaths among Blacks annually nationwide.
These findings indicate that area racism, as indexed by the proportion of Google searches containing the “N-word”, is significantly associated with not only the all-cause Black mortality rate, but also Black-White disparities in mortality.
Racism doesn't just kill with a bullet to the back, it also kills by a thousand cuts, silently and mostly unnoticed.
Was it only a year ago that Ta-Nehisi Coates made the Case for Reparations? Reparations, hell, how about we stop killing black Americans first, and then discuss a way to repay them for the massive wrongs that have been done.
Proportion of Google queries containing the “N-word” by designated market area, 2004–2007.
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End The Daily Kos piece.

If you finished the piece and have thoughts like me about more detail related to overt racism and hate, the Southern Poverty Law Centers maintains a "Hate Map. The map facilitates much more detailed scrutiny of hate groups and is interactive down to the county and locale of such groups. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Have Another Koch: $900 Million On 2016 Elections

As he Koch brothers make it known they plan to spend $900 million on the 2016 general elections. The Kochs have bankrolled American conservatism and the GOP for decades. Koch spending has grown exponentially with the announcement, and selection of then Senator Barack H. Obama, as a candidate for the 44th President of the United States of America. 

If we want to keep it simple the Koch are oligarchs. Oligarchs who wish to shape the nation in their paradigm; a paradigm in part shaped with a brush filled with the color "white" only. 

The billionaire Wichita "Wanna be" oligarchs are not humble men concerned about a the "general welfare" of all in our nation. They are social (high end) operatives who use their wealth to shape the nation in the shadow of the social views of their father. Their father Fred Koch as a co founder and long-term leader of the John Birch Society (JBS). While the JBS was founded as an organization chartered to counter post WWII Soviet expansion (Communism) into the United States, The JBS took on a anti-Civil Rights positions comparable to the Jim Crow White Citizens Council.

Robert Welch, who founded the John Birch Society in
1958, named his group after an American intelligence officer executed by the Chinese shortly after
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 Fred C. Koch Chemical engineer
Fred Chase Koch was an American chemical engineer and entrepreneur who founded the oil refinery firm that later became Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held company in the United States.
Racist roots: The John Birch Society today denies any racial or anti-Semitic animus, but it wasn’t always so. The society joined others on the far right in accusing Martin Luther King of attending a “Communist training school” in the 1960s. WILLIAM LOVELACE/GETTY IMAGES
The man fingered by the JBS is obviously not the Late Martin Luther King, Jr. But, I supposed for some, you know the only racist adage:  "They all look....."

In the spring of 2013, the Southern Poverty Law Center published a piece about the resurgence of the JBS. I offer a excerpt from the piece.
Charges of racism and anti-Semitism have dogged the John Birch Society since its earliest days. It opposed civil rights legislation in the 1960s, saying the African-American freedom movement was being manipulated from Moscow with the goal of creating a “Soviet Negro Republic” in the Southern United States. The society was a close ally of Alabama’s segregationist governer George Wallace and reportedly had 100 chapters in and around Birmingham, Alabama’s largest city, as well as chapters across the rest of the state. Thompson, the group’s CEO, said the society has never been either racist or anti-Semitic, going so far as to add that once a member is discovered to harbor such views he or she is immediately “booted out.’’
While Charles and David Koch fiend themselves as social liberals, they are in fact, staunch libertarian conservatives, who also embody views that appear as anti-minority and certainly anti-Civil Rights. Democracy Now recently published a piece that exposes the Kochs as conservative operatives in every sense and right-down to their deep rooted anti-civil Rights paradigm.

If our assertion the Kochs are staunch anti-Civil Rights strikes you as fantasy, take a few minutes to review two research based video segments with Author, Lisa Graves, president of The Progressive Inc., and publisher of The Progressive magazine.

In July 2014, Graves appeared on the The Matthew Filipowicz (radio) Show for a 10 minute discussion of the Center For Media And Democracy report on Charles Koch’s connection to the John Birch Society.

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Graves's work was also show cased on Democracy Now via a much more extensive interview and video snippets.

The Kochs’ Anti-Civil Rights Roots: New Docs Expose Charles Koch’s Ties to John Birch Society

The Progressive magazine and Center for Media and Democracy have released new documents that show billionaire oil industrialist Charles Koch was an active member of the controversial right-wing John Birch Society during its campaigns against the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Charles Koch was following in the footsteps of his father, Fred Koch, a leader of the John Birch Society from its founding. We speak with The Progressive’s Lisa Graves about her new article, "The Koch Cartel: Their Reach, Their Reactionary Agenda, and Their Record." Graves details how the reactionary ideas absorbed during Charles Koch’s youth continue to animate many of his actions decades later. Charles and his brother, David Koch, have used their wealth to push a similar agenda into the mainstream through the tea party and "dark money" political coalitions that allow donors to shield their identity while funding attack ads against Democrats.


This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.
AARON MATÉ: We turn now to "The Koch Cartel: Their Reach, Their Reactionary Agenda, and Their Record," a scathing new look at the Koch family’s role in the ultraconservative John Birch Society. The story appears in the new issue of The Progressive magazine, "Attack of the Plutocrats: The Robber Barons Issue." It zeroes in on Charles Koch’s roots with the John Birch Society and how he has since used his wealth to push a similar agenda into the mainstream.
AMY GOODMAN: For more, we go to Washington, D.C. We’re joined by its author, Lisa Graves, president of The Progressive Inc., which includes the Center for Media and Democracy, also the publisher of The Progressive magazine.
Welcome back to Democracy Now!, Lisa. Can you lay out what these new revelations are that you have found out?
LISA GRAVES: Yes, well, thank you so much for having us on. And we’ve been doing research in archives across the country, and what we’ve discovered is not just that Fred Koch, Charles and David Koch’s father, was a member of the John Birch Society and in fact helped found it, but what we discovered in archives is that Charles Koch himself followed his father’s footsteps into the John Birch Society. And that society was a very extreme organization. It was an extreme right-wing organization that spent the '60s largely opposing the civil rights movement here in the United States. And so, these documents, some of the documents we're revealing today, talk about—are, in Charles Koch’s own words, funding for the John Birch Society, trying to support its mission. And what we’ve documented is what that means in context in the civil rights movement, how that organization was trying to stop the civil rights movement, trying to discredit it, opposing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, opposing other progress on integration of our society.
AARON MATÉ: And, Lisa Graves, why is this so significant? Obviously the Koch brothers, billionaires, have a lot of power in this country, but do you see that John Birch legacy still continuing today in the political activities that they fund?
LISA GRAVES: We do. So, even though Charles Koch resigned his life membership and stopped advertising in the John Birch Society publications and promoting its radio shows and fundraising for it in 1968, what we think has happened, based on our other research, is that he’s really advanced those ideas. He has learned to use other language than calling people communists. For example, in his op-ed in The Wall Street Journal earlier this year, he used the term "collectivists" to describe anyone who basically opposes his agenda. In many ways, what Charles Koch has done is put a more sophisticated gloss on the John Birch Society through the organizations that he and his brother have helped fund and fuel and, in fact, really proliferate across this country to try to push these ideas into the mainstream, these ideas that anything that is—anything other than free market fundamentalism is somehow communist or collectivism.
AMY GOODMAN: Lisa Graves, your report features many photos about the Kochs and the John Birch Society that you gathered from public archives in recent months, including one that shows a double billboard they ran in Birmingham, Alabama, in the aftermath of Bull Connor’s attacks on protesters.
LISA GRAVES: Yes, one of the shocking documents that we discovered was that the John Birch Society—the bookstore that Charles Koch was hanging out in Wichita and helping to promote was putting out these pamphlets attacking not just the civil rights movement, but attacking even key photos and moments in civil rights. And so, Joseph—pardon me, in the John Birch Society, the founder, Robert Welch, helped promote the idea that the infamous attack on civil rights activists in Birmingham, where activists were bitten by dogs and hosed by fire hoses, that the dog bite photo was a setup, it was a sham. And so, after the outcry in the nation over the brutality by Bull Connor in Birmingham, Alabama, against civil rights activists and protesters, the John Birch Society started pushing a movement to support your local police. So, in addition to calling for the impeachment of Earl Warren, the chief justice of the Supreme Court, in addition to attacking Martin Luther King as a communist, in addition to suggesting that Rosa Parks was a communist and trained by communists, they also promoted, in the immediate aftermath of those attacks on protesters, a movement to support your local police. Those are the types of materials that were promoted in the 60s, in '64, ’65, ’66, ’67, ’68, attacking the civil rights movement, in fact asking, "What's wrong with civil rights?" and claiming that basically civil rights in the United States were perfectly fine without federal intervention.
AARON MATÉ: Lisa, your piece details this little-known political operation that the Kochs ran in 1996 called Triad. Can you talk about this?
LISA GRAVES: Sure. So, after leaving the John Birch Society and funding a number of other organizations, Charles and David Koch appear to have been involved in an operation called the Triad entity, basically, that was investigated by Congress back before smartphones and Google, and so it’s a little bit of obscure history, but in fact it’s very revealing because the Triad operation in Kansas was designed to use shell corporations, shell entities, to run ads to influence the 1996 races, federal races in this country. It was investigated by Congress. There were efforts to subpoena the people involved in Triad. One of the Republicans shut down that investigation, and later it turned out that part of that operation was largely financed by the Koch family fortune.
And if you fast-forward to just 2012, what you see is that operation on steroids, basically, through the Koch operatives who are running what’s known as Freedom Partners, which is another of these entities that basically operates a bunch of shell organizations or fuels shell groups with pop-up names, basically, to transfer cash, big cash. What we and the American people didn’t discover until almost a year after the 2012 elections was that the Koch brothers and their billionaire buddies had managed to inject nearly a quarter-billion dollars of money into the election through a group called Freedom Partners that no one outside those operatives knew even existed.
AMY GOODMAN: And let’s talk more about Freedom Partners, the Koch-backed political coalition, The Washington Post and the Center for Responsive Politics reporting in January on how it’s designed to shield donors through this labyrinth of 17 tax-exempt groups and limited-liability companies; in 2012 raising at least $407 million for voter mobilization and TV ads attacking President Obama and congressional Democrats. The Koch Industries spokesperson, Robert Tappan, told The Washington Post, "This type of activity is undertaken by individual donors and organizations on all ends of the political spectrum—on the left, the middle, and the right. In many situations, the law does not compel disclosure of donors to various causes and organizations," he said. Lisa Graves, your response?
LISA GRAVES: Well, this is one of the big issues of our time. In fact, it’s the biggest issue of our time, whether this sort of dark money can be injected into our elections, designed deliberately to influence the results of our elections, and that the American people are kept in the dark about who’s really funding it. We have a long set of campaign finance rules in this country that were designed to make those sorts of direct efforts to help candidates, to promote them, public so that people would know who’s really influencing their elected officials, who’s trying to buy influence with them. And what the Koch brothers and their billionaire buddies and their legal team have done is to try to obscure that information from the American people, to try to hide that information while putting millions, tens of millions, hundreds of millions of dollars into our elections through these groups whose names change. They get fined, and then they pop up with another name, like Center to Protect Patient Rights, which is now American Encore. This is an operation to really hide from the American people the influence of these credibly super-rich people in this country who are trying to distort our policy and dramatically change our democracy for the worse.
AMY GOODMAN: So can you talk about the website that you’re releasing today, Lisa?
LISA GRAVES: Yes. So, we have created a clearinghouse called that includes a number of profiles about the Koch family fortune, about some of their operations, about groups like this. This is a service, in essence, that we’re offering to the public to make sure that they can learn more about the Koch brothers. They can learn more about these groups that change their names or pop up here and there. And they can help trace the dark money that is being pushed into our elections. As was reported earlier this year, there has been an effort to increase the sophistication of that operation in the 2014 Senate races and governors’ races across the country. And so, we think it’s important for people to know who these Koch brothers are—
LISA GRAVES: —who these billionaires are.
AMY GOODMAN: We’re going to have to leave it there. Lisa Graves is president of The Progressive Inc.

Charles Koch's affiliation with the John Birch Society should be as clear as mountain stream. A much more detailed review of the oligarchs background will leave you with an irrefutable perspective of a man who is willing to spend a billion US dollars to shape our nation in the likeness of his views and his father's social views.  

In 1980 David Koch, ran as the vice presidential candidate on the Libertarian Party ticket. The following excerpts from the 1980 platform shows the extent to which the Kochs have influenced conservative politics. The list also shows the extent to which the oligarchs will move the nation farther to the Right than the early stages of GOP Kochism of today. 

On July 8th, 2014 The Progressive published a definitive piece and the Koch's with links to  images that should frighten even the staunches of true American conservatives.

The Kochs are dangerous to the greater good of the nation. Billionaire industrialist do not spend millions (billions) on buying elections out of love of country. They do so for want of power, freedom to practice as greedy uncaring industrialist and they do so from deep paradigms instilled via their upbringing no different than any racist white supremacists standing outside the White House waving the flag of Pre-Civil War Confederacy.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

SPLC Has Archived Info About Spree Killer's Deep Rooted Racism! Racism?

Re-Blog w/Permission from PolicyMic

Elliot Rodger's Internet History Reveals Something More Sinister Than Just Misogyny
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Elliot Rodger's Internet History Reveals Something More Sinister Than Just Misogyny
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On Friday, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger murdered six people and injured 13 others in a killing spree that rocked the college town of Isla Vista, Calif. He committed suicide shortly after.
But what might have been dismissed as the isolated work of a disgruntled madman gained broader significance when his motives were uncovered:

According to Rodger, his problem was women.
He felt they deserved “retribution” for the “years” of sexual rejection he’d endured, during which he – “the perfect guy” and a “supreme gentleman” – had been slighted in favor of “obnoxious brutes” and “undeserving men.
Yet a look at Rodger’s Internet history reveals a racist ideology almost as pronounced as his misogyny.
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To better understand his intentions, this is an important realm to explore.
First: Many outlets have shown that Rodger was active on misogynist web forums. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, he made the following comments on a PUA thread in January:
“Today I drove through the area near my college and saw some things that were extremely rage-inducing.
“I passed by this restaurant and I saw this black guy chilling with 4 hot white girls. He didn’t even look good.
“Then later on in the day I was shopping at Trader Joe’s and saw an Indian guy with 2 above average White Girls!!!
“What rage-inducing sights did you guys see today? Don’t you just hate seeing these things when you go out? It just makes you want to quit life.”
These comments belie a number of racist presumptions, namely that “white girls” occupy a privileged space into which the encroachment of “lesser, undeserving” men of color should “induce rage.” Rodger’s idealization and objectification of white women also makes their rejection a noteworthy source of ire.
“On the day of retribution,” he explains in a YouTube video, “I am going to enter the hottest sorority house of UCSB and I will slaughter every single spoiled, stuck up, blonde slut I see inside there.”
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But that wasn’t all: In another thread that month, Rodger responded to a post from an Asian male asking if a specific pair of shoes would help him “attract white women”:
“White girls are disgusted by you, silly little Asian,” he wrote.
When the other man responded by posting photos of himself with a white woman, Rodger grew irate:
“Full Asian men are disgustingly ugly and white girls would never go for you. You’re just butthurt that you were born as an asian piece of shit, so you lash out by linking these fake pictures. You even admit that you wish you were half white. You’ll never be half-white and you’ll never fulfill your dream of marrying a white woman. I suggest you jump off a bridge.”
That Rodger’s misogynist worldview was so strongly linked to a racist one is telling. America has long been invested in the affirmation of white beauty, but to hear these ideas echoed by a mass murderer signals the oft-forgotten fact that racism and sexism are inevitably – and often violently – intertwined.
Rodger was not just angry with women. He was angry that white women would reject him for men he deemed racially inferior. Like the Ku Klux Klan and men’s rights activists before him, he felt entitled to certain considerations by virtue of his whiteness and maleness, and when he thought these were being denied, he saw himself as a victim and lashed out.
That his mother is of Asian descent is neither ironic nor contradictory. It merely exposes the degree to which such philosophies have been internalized across racial lines.
So what should we make of this? Rodger was a violent misogynist, indeed, but his misogyny was justified and bolstered by his racism. This does not discount the role of either: Such forms of oppression only grow stronger with the addition of others, and in the end, both maintain a similar set of systemic inequalities.
Perhaps no purer indication of this exists than a comment Rodger made in a forum days before the murders:
“It’s been my life struggle to get a beautiful, white girl,” he wrote.
That so many died to placate this man’s sexual and racial anxieties should weigh heavily on all Americans.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Operation American Spring....A Metastasized Tea Party

Operation American Spring
“It grew legs and now we feel the wind of God is behind us,” Riley said in describing the DC rally he first envisioned last December and has promoted through social media and the Internet. Harry G. Riley

Harry G. Riley tells Hatewatch his “Operation American Spring” is attracting widespread militia support and will be the sequel to last month’s Cliven Bundy standoff in Nevada, “forcing the government thugs to back down in the face of ‘We the People.’” Harry G. Riley
Alas, yet another sedition movement with a leader who reaches to Cliven Bundy as a model of resisting "federal government thugs." Harry Riley has no reservation about connecting with this......

US News Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy was all over the national media this past week when federal Bureau of Land Management agents seized his cattle to settle the more than $1 million in unpaid fines he’d racked up since 1993. Armed militants flocked to Bundy’s side, prompting the bureau to back off for fear of human safety. The fines are a result of Bundy grazing his 900 cattle on 600,000 acres of bureau-managed public lands since 1993 without a permit. He’s ignored his fees, fines, permits and multiple court orders.  Read More 

Operation American Spring

A demonstration and March to remove the entirety US federal leadership.

Removal with one very obvious exception. The seditious former military colonel has no interest in removing the current House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor (R) VA.

I find the target list (embed below) particularly intriguing. As is always the case the seditious leader has no published plan to replace the US government. Or, I should say he has no publishable plan as any such plan might prove conspicuous and revealing. Any "replace the US government" plan couldn't help but reveal the ugly underbelly of noted US oligarchs who are salivating for open and unfettered industrialism, social regression (including re-segregating school systems, and who funnel millions (maybe a billion) into all things anti-Obama.

We should wonder if the totally fizzled Tea party fell shy of its mission, and if former tea party funding is the financial fuel for civil action as the coming march and protest. While we make no direct accusations of Koch brothers funding of the coming  March, Koch funding aid to Bundy's tax evasion is readily available. MSNBC's Steve Benen published an exemplary piece of how post Bundy's "Let me tell what I know about the Negro" the Koch's American for Prosperity busily went about scrubbing its funding trial.

Yet, the Operation American Spring leader affectionately connects to Bundy, the now quiet fox News hero.

Southern Poverty Law Center

Retired Army Colonel Plans Militia-Backed ‘Operation American Spring’ to Force Obama Out of Office

By Bill Morlin on May 2, 2014 - 2:41 pmShare on print
Harry G. Riley
Harry G. Riley
A 76-year-old retired U.S. Army colonel is planning an event in Washington, D.C., on May 16, that he hopes will attract millions of antigovernment patriots voicing a “simple demand” – the resignations of President Obama and ranking members of Congress. 
Harry G. Riley tells Hatewatch his “Operation American Spring” is attracting widespread militia support and will be the sequel to last month’s Cliven Bundy standoff in Nevada, “forcing the government thugs to back down in the face of ‘We the People.’” 
“It does embolden me and gives me courage,” Riley said of the Bundy standoff, that ended with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management calling off its roundup of the rancher’s cattle for non-payment of grazing fees. Much of Bundy’s support evaporated when he made racist comments. 
“The militia groups and the others stood up for Bundy and the government thugs stood down,” Riley said.  “I hope people feel the same way about Operation American Spring.” 
In fact, Riley said he hopes members of Congress will “come to their senses,” leave their offices and join in the demonstration set to begin in two weeks. 
“It’s a sacrificial effort by patriots who believe our nation is in jeopardy,” Riley told Hatewatch today from his home in Crestview, Fla.   “Our government at the federal level is totally lawless.  Our nation is in grave danger right now of internal implosion.” 
While the event is attracting interest from various antigovernment and militia groups, those who join Riley will have to leave their guns behind or face arrest in the District of Columbia. 
The group will not apply for a U.S. Park Service demonstration permit “because we are just a bunch of individual patriots who plan on visiting Washington, D.C., exercising our constitutional rights, all at the same time,” Riley told Hatewatch. 
Operation American Spring already has delivered its “declaration of revision” demand packets to all 535 members of Congress, Riley said.  The packets call for the impeachment or resignations of President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Senate majority leader; Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Senate minority leader; House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the House minority leader, and Attorney General Eric Holder.Operation-American-Spring“These are individuals who are violating their oaths of office and not following their responsibilities under the Constitution,” Riley said. 
Those resignation or impeachment demands, Riley said, will be backed by the forthcoming demonstration – “the only simple way to express the collective voice of ‘We the People.’” 
“It grew legs and now we feel the wind of God is behind us,” Riley said in describing the DC rally he first envisioned last December and has promoted through social media and the Internet.

As elements of the population openly espouse sedition against the US government, a relevant question comes to mind. How could these people have sat through eight years of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney with no overt expression of malcontent as our nation devolved into an economically unstable and internationally embarrassing shell of it former greatness?

Yes, you know the question was a rhetorical question!