Operation American Delusion ‘smoking own exhaust’
by Kevin Foley
May 22, 2014 10:28 PM | 2628 views | 8 8 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
More proof conservative zealots live in an information cocoon devoid of reality arrived in Washington on May 16.

Ten to 30 million “patriots” were to descend on the city that day, launching “Operation American Spring,” an epic demonstration aimed at ousting President Obam,a along with House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other government leaders.

OAS was the brainchild of Harry Riley, a retired Army colonel who was inspired by the Arab Spring movement. Riley figured if he could put millions of right wingers in Washington’s streets, the U.S. government would topple as it did in Egypt.

“I don’t think 10 million is high at all,” the colonel declared when asked if turnout estimates were optimistic. “The energy, determination, and willingness to have the ‘back’ of the United States Constitution has (sic) finally resonated with the call, ‘enough is enough’.”

Riley issued marching orders to his troops: “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.”

Riley wasn’t clear on what “removal” meant, but he had a plan for what came next:

“Those with the principles of a (one-term Rep. Allen) West, (Sen. Ted) Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, (Sen.) Mike Lee, (former Sen. Jim) DeMint, (Sen. Rand) Paul, (Wisconsin) Gov. (Scott) Walker, (Sen. Jeff) Sessions, (Rep. Trey) Gowdy… should comprise a tribunal and assume positions of authority to convene investigations, recommend appropriate charges against politicians … to the new U.S. attorney general appointed by the new president.”

So Riley’s OAS is a coup d’etat. After illegally seizing power, a gang of right wing extremists/Fox News talking heads would summarily judge the president and others who won office in free and fair elections.

“The goal is restoring the U.S. Constitution (and) removing the lawless leadership,” Riley goes on. “Will this be a cake-walk? No … some people may die because the government will not be non-violent. … If that’s what it will take to save our nation, do we have any choice?”

Yes, you do have a choice. Make your case to the American people and win an election. That’s what makes America and Egypt so drastically different.

If it’s as bad in Washington as Riley says, if his movement has the popular grassroots support he claims, he should send his legions of followers to the polls, not Washington.

But like Cliven Bundy, the deadbeat racist rancher, Riley abhors our form of government, a representative democracy conducted under the rule of law.

Last week, D-Day dawned bright and sunny in Washington. Tens of millions of patriots were to surround Capitol Hill and the White House and not leave until the country’s lawfully elected leaders were frog marched from office.

There was just one hitch: Only a couple of hundred showed up to overthrow the government.

Predictably, they were mostly white, mostly middle aged and actually surprised at their pitiful numbers.

“It’s a dismal turnout,” whined a Riley disciple.

What went wrong?

When you consume a strict diet of right wing propaganda to the exclusion of all other information and most especially facts that run counter to your own biased views, like Col. Riley, you might say and do delusional things.

For example, you would be absolutely positive there are millions upon millions of Americans out there just as passionate in their hatred of Obama and others we elect to run the government.

As you sit at your kitchen table feverishly writing and posting unhinged accusations and breathlessly dire warnings, you just know hordes of like-minded revolutionaries will heed your call, leave their jobs and families behind, and follow you to glory.

In public relations, we have a technical term for this condition: smoking your own exhaust.

Kevin Foley is an author, writer and public relations executive who lives in Kennesaw.

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Doc Hollidawg
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May 23, 2014
And the point of this is.....that there aren't millions and millions of conservative zealots as you want there to be? And that you pick the crazies and then use that to define all conservatives? Is that the point of this?
LauraLee7
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May 24, 2014
May I please point out the hypocrisy? Obama supported the Arab Spring. Obama recently supported the ouster of an elected government in Ukraine. All on the basis of protesters.

Suddenly, when the shoe is on the other foot... that's "anarchy" or "crazy" should Obama's chickens come home to roost??

I bet if you searched an archive of this writer, he supported the Arab Spring and the overthrow of the Ukraine elected government "because Obama said so".

The shrill sound of hypocrisy is screaming in this article.
Bob S
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May 23, 2014
So Kevin, I agree with you for once. I'm just not sure of your point. If your point is that there are only a few hundred people in this country that are so "angry" that they are willing to topple the government - you made it correctly.

But if you are trying to lump the rest of the conservatives into a group of anarchists, you failed miserably - again.
L. Armstrong
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May 23, 2014
Citing sources would be useful here. Was it some e-mail you got, was this on your favorite FOX news? Or just circulating among your addled former hippy friends? I stay pretty current on the conservative blogosphere and don't recall anyone named Riley doing anything of note, a "march," whatever. Yet you use this random event, you think, to make some point (not clear there either).

In America, we have a technical term for columns like this: unsourced, unsubstantiated and publicizing an event which is simply un-newsworthy. In an Alinsky-like attempt to soil legitimate people for political gain.
Kevin Foley
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May 24, 2014
Laura, the point is stated in the very first sentence, which I wrote with folks like you mind.

I invite you to Google Operation American Spring to learn more.

Thanks for writing.

Laura Armstrong
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May 29, 2014
Ah, so I'm a "conservative zealot." You would be incredibly surprised at where I stand on a number of issues, contrary to the conservative point of view. Be very careful who you classify there, Foley.

More importantly, you never cited your sources. That's sort of important for your credibility as a journalist vice a propagandist.
CobbCoGuy
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May 23, 2014
Another distraction from Mr. Foley.

Let's get to some red meat issues, mmm k?

The real story these days is the epic failure at the VA. No worries, however. The O is mad, real mad. And when the reports from his newly requested investigations are disclosed; MAN, he will REALLY be mad if there is bad news. Whoa daddy, look out!!!

Per Rachel Maddow, the VA's budget increased from about $100 million to $150 million plus. Note: I cite Maddow because if I cited Fox News, KF and his buds would blow me off.

So, for those of you who believe in Gubmint, and the ability of Gubmint to do great things, and solve society's great problems, and that throwing more money at a problem (the progressive way, right?) will solve everything, 'splain all this to me, please.

The VA's problems are not new, The O campaigned on solving them and he has been in office for five plus years, they threw in an additional $50 million, and this is what we get?

To be fair, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not single payer, completely gubmint run healthcare, yet. However, there are many who believe that the ACA is a stepping stone toward such.

Is that what we really want? A healthcare system designed by, run by, staffed by, paid for by, the Feddle Gubmint? Really?

Sorry to go off topic, Mr. Foley. I'm just trying to help you generate some hits for the MDJ. Your chosen topic this week was kinda lame. I mean, I try to follow current events, but I'd never heard of Harry Riley and all the hooha he was trying to stir up.

I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend. Go find a veteran and shake his or her hand. Pick up their tab if you see one at a restaurant.
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