The revolution may or may not be televised, but it will be streamed live online.
Operation American Spring is scheduled to kick off Friday in Washington, D.C., and an affiliated group posted a live stream online.
However, the feed showed only a call-in show hosted by conservative broadcaster Mark Connors, who said he was broadcasting from a tour bus about 10 miles away from the National Mall because he could not park any closer.
No verified photos or videos had been posted from the event, which organizers claim would draw between 10 million and 30 million people, by 10 a.m. EST.
Connors spoke with the organization’s leader, retired Col. Harry Riley, about 9:30 a.m. and asked about rumors that the Federal Emergency Management Administration rounding up participants.
“If FEMA does try to round you up, how will you defend yourself?” Connors asked. “With a piece of paper? With a flag?”
Riley said participants would not carry firearms to the event, but he said they were prepared to defend themselves.
A caller from North Carolina said he feared Obama would declare martial law and begin executing Christian citizens as a prelude to civil war.
“We learned one thing from the Bundy ranch,” the caller said. “If you are armed, they will not pose a threat to the people protesting. If you are not armed, you are a target — plain and simple.”
Another caller from Michigan said he was more concerned about government manipulation of natural resources.
“I’m so fed up with the tyranny I sold my jet ski,” the caller said. “I’m so fed up with the way the government is manipulating the water with the chemtrails, I’m afraid I can’t even use my jet ski.”
Riley told Connors that heavy morning rains had dampened turnout, but he said out-of-town visitors camping outside the capital would likely arrive later Friday or through the weekend.
A group of demonstrators shown on another live stream said shortly after 11 a.m. that they started their march into Washington, but one of them moved the goalposts from the capital to anywhere supporters lived.
“Can’t get to Washington, D.C.? Not a problem,” said a man wearing a black cowboy hat and plastic rain poncho. “Go to your state representative. Can’t get to your statehouse? Not a problem. Go to your county courthouse. Can’t get to your county courthouse? Not a problem. Sit in your own front yard, holding a sign.”
One of the demonstrators suggested they sing the national anthem, and he initially led off with the opening words to “America The Beautiful” before joining the others in “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
A woman in her 60s compared the demonstration to the wars she had lived through, going back to the Korean War.
“I didn’t see the Civil War,” she said. “But I’m from the South, and we’re still fighting it.”
Another demonstrator urged supporters to take part in one of the marches planned each Monday, starting next week.
“Whether you believe the Pentagon was hit by a missile or a plane, we need you out here,” she said.
The weather cleared up shortly after noon, and hundreds of demonstrators carrying Gadsden, Texas, and American flags and a wooden cross gathered at the base of the Washington Monument, where they locked arms and chanted, “Impeach Obama.”
“How can anyone reject a movement based on constitutional restoration?” Riley said.
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