Was #OperationAmericanSpring insufficiently gun nutty?
Amidst the pointing and laughing at the failure of "Operation American Spring" to get more than a handful of supporters (and just to pile on a little bit more: it looks like the only way the Tea Party gets real numbers in DC is if the Koch brothers charter buses for the event. Not very grassrootsy!), I'd like to point out one thing before the whole episode goes down the memory hole:
This was an event that explicitly disavowed the "watering the tree of liberty" bullshit that teabaggers hold so dear. From the Operation American Spring web site (all emphasis added).
- Millions of Americans will participate.
- American veterans and patriots are energized to end the tyranny, lawlessness, and shredding of the US Constitution.
- Government is not the target, it is sound; corrupt and criminal leadership must be replaced.
- Those in power could use force against unarmed, peaceful patriots exercising their constitutional rights.
- Patriots could be harmed, but not expected.
- There is no hope given today’s technology of secrecy for the effort nor do we want it secret.
Concept of Operations:Phase 1 - Field millions, as many as ten million, patriots who will assemble in 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. Go full-bore, no looking back, steadfast in the mission.Phase 2 - 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.
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.
I don't recall ever seeing such a clear declaration of nonviolence for a Tea Party event. They do love to show up packing heat, because America.
So I wonder if the site's embrace of nonviolent resistance tamped down enthusiasm. Correlation is not causation, of course, but I think it's an interesting data point.
And also, this remains true: The next well attended one that advertises nonviolence will be the first.