Locals join nationwide protest against Obama
by Ron Harris
Aug 18, 2013 | 4498 views | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend | print
About a dozen local residents joined a nationwide protest Saturday against President Barack Obama and his administration.

The protest, organized by a national group calling itself Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment, was held in cities across the United States. In Jasper, the protest was held along U.S. 78 just east of Industrial Boulevard.

“This is a national movement, and it’s being held all across the U.S.,” said Eva Atkins, one of the organizers of the local protest.

“This is to bring awareness to issues that the mainstream media is not reporting,” added Trisha Knight Gardner, one of a dozen protesters in Jasper.

Some motorists passing on U.S. 78 honked their horns in support of the protest. Many others expressed their feelings on the group’s Facebook page.

The group also has a website at overpasses.org.

According to the website, “Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment has a simple goal. The removal of the corrupt and criminal President of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama.

“His actions go unimpeded, our pleas through petitions unanswered. Our calls and letters to Congress are left ignored and unopened.

“Our only peaceful recourse is to take to the streets and overpasses of America and demand that our nation be returned to We the People, and that Barack Hussein Obama be impeached, removed from office, and held accountable for his actions while serving as President.”

“There are numerous points that we’re trying to bring to the nation’s attention,” said Karen, who didn’t want to give her last name because she’s a federal employee.

“The main thing that bothers me is President Obama getting our troops killed,” Atkins said. “But it’s also a lot of other things like what happened in Benghazi. President Obama just needs to go. He’s committed treason over and over and Congress has done nothing about it.

Lonnie Long, a 17-year member of the U.S. Navy who’s now retired, said he’s frustrated with the Obama administration and its lack of help for veterans and for most Americans.

“President Obama has split the nation so bad,” he said. “When Reagan was in office and when Clinton was in office — as much as I didn’t like them either — at least both sides of the aisle (in Congress) would talk to each other. Now, they won’t even talk to each other.”

“The administration is fostering that,” added Karen.

“He’s divided the country to the point where nothing is going to work,” Long said.

Protesters said race has nothing to do with their displeasure with Obama and his presidency.

“That’s garbage. I don’t like Joe Biden. I don’t like Harry Reid,” Long said. “Guess what, neither one of them is black.”

“It’s not about race,” Atkins said.

“I don’t care if he’s purple with green stripes,” said Karen. “He’s got to go. It’s like America at this point in time has congestive heart failure.”

“People are just not informed, that’s a big part of the problem,” Long said.