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“MARCHING TO THE WHITE HOUSE”
by Sharon Rondeau
(May 17, 2014) — Early on Saturday afternoon, The Post & Email conducted a telephone interview with WheresObamasBirthCertificate founder and radio show host Michael Volin, is arrived in Washington, DC on Friday to attend Operation American Spring (OAS) activities and rallies.
OAS was conceived by Col. Harry Riley (Ret.) at the end of last year as a protest by millions demanding that Obama, Biden and high-ranking members of Congress of both parties resign. The first stage of OAS was stated by Riley as 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.”
As Volin was speaking to us, he was walking in a group of about a dozen people to the White House to gather there for approximately an hour. “We’re actually walking from almost the Capitol to the White House,” Volin said at the time. Volin estimated the total number of protesters to be about 3,000, with Friday’s total estimated at 5,000. “There are Oathkeepers, everybody’s here…veterans, elderly people, young people, constitutionalists, everything,” he told us.
“The media is portraying OAS as a flop,” we told Volin, referring to The Washington Times’ gloomy picture of the events as a result of one interview with an attendee.
Volin said he disagreed with that characterization and restated that people are going to be cycling through Washington, DC over days, weeks and perhaps months. “I spoke to Deb, Col. Riley’s press person, and I walked right up to the colonel. Nobody’s covering this. They’re pushing for me to do more coverage because nobody’s doing it. Regarding the live streams, most of them don’t work.”
Commenters on Twitter were also highly critical and derisive of the event.
Radio show host Erik Rush, who covered OAS on Friday on both his own show and as a guest host for Volin’s show in the afternoon, commented that Glenn Beck’s coverage was that of “mock and misrepresent.” On his Thursday radio show, Beck told his audience that Operation American Spring “is one of the most irresponsible and dangerous things I have possibly ever heard.” Linking to the group’s Facebook page but not the official websites, Beck deprecatingly broadcast, with the help of two assistants, that “maybe” there would be “maybe 80,000” in attendance rather than the 10,000,000 which he said “organizers guaranteed” would attend.
Beck’s tone was clearly one of ridicule. “I don’t see 10,000,000 in the cards,” he said. “I don’t a million; I don’t see very much…” he said. Beck derided anyone calling for “violence,” but Riley made clear from the beginning that he would not tolerate any violent intentions.
Beck’s advice was for people to “get down on their knees and pray.” He said he feared that a Marxist revolution would occur as a result of the OAS protest from “looking at history.” “It always ends the same way,” Beck said, saying that the “Arab Spring” didn’t work out “so well.”
When federal agents pointed guns at members of the Bundy family and its supporters last month, Beck called for a non-violent resolution but was perceived as being clearly on the side of the federal government for which he was excoriated by retired Sheriff Richard Mack.
On Friday, Deb invited Beck to call Col. Riley or her to obtain an accurate report of what OAS intends to accomplish.
Mack defended the Bundys, who he said “just want to be free.” “The government is destroying the ranching and farming industry in America,” he said. “What do you think that’s going to do to our food supply? What do you think that does to liberty? The greatest enemy to our country is our own federal government, and some people are even applauding this…Glenn Beck, you ought to be ashamed of yourself. You should be out here marching with us. You should be at the front lines when the bullets start flying from these federal thugs and criminals. Let’s get out here and support the American people…”
Last June, Beck was filmed walking down a street in New York City declaring that a stunning revelation to be made “within 24 hours” would cause a massive change in “the power structure.” “The whole world is about to change,” Beck said, claiming knowledge of a key document allegedly provided by a very frightened whistleblower. However, Beck never delivered on his promise or explained why he never came forward with the revelation.
“If you think that this military won’t turn their guns on you, the American citizen or you, the American patriot, you’re wrong again…” he said, implying a minute later that the intention of OAS was to “overthrow the government.”
Of the media’s negativity, Volin said, “It might be a tactic to get people to stay away.”
U-Stream is providing live coverage of OAS as of this writing. At 2:15 p.m. EDT, a man who said that he defended the Bundy ranch last month commended Pete Santilli of Guerilla Media for his coverage of both events.
CBS News’s Mark Knoller reported earlier on Saturday that Obama is playing golf at a particular private club in Virginia for the first time.
“I’m very disappointed in the news reports because I’m here; I’m right in the middle of it, and I’m reporting from the middle of it, and it conflicts with what they’re saying. I’m questioning their motives,” Volin said.
Volin will be broadcasting a prayer service live beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday morning in which The Post & Email will participate.