WASHINGTON — Former Reagan Justice Department lawyer Larry Klayman hopes the 19th of November will rank with the 4th of July, someday.
He called the day the beginning of “The Second American Revolution.”
Klayman organized a rally Tuesday at Lafayette Park, across from the White House, by the “The Reclaim America Now” coalition.
That coalition is composed of about three-dozen conservative groups, including 2 Million Bikers to D.C., Jihad Watch, Freedom Watch, Gun Owners of America, Accuracy in Media, Tea Party Patriots and the Western Center for Journalism.
About 200 hardy patriots concerned about the direction of the country gathered on a sunny but chilly day to hear speakers call for two goals: The renewal of America and the resignation of President Obama.
Klayman accused Obama of establishing tyranny in America and called for peaceful change, declaring, “We the People have had enough of the corrupt and incompetent ways of the Obama administration and its bipartisan political enablers. It is time for action, not words.”
But, the attorney suggested the best remedy, the lawful transition of power, is in the hands of ordinary Americans.
“In the style of Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and others who have changed history and reclaimed freedom, Americans have no choice – as the three branches of government have completely abdicated their representation of citizens’ complaints,” he declared.
‘Doorstep of tyranny’
Standing nearly in front of the White House, former Sen. Gordon Humphrey, R-N.H., warned, “We are on the doorstep of tyranny, and that is not an overstatement.”
Likening it to a scared duty, the senator explained, “It is our goal to roll back this incipient tyranny and re-establish freedom for generations to come.”
He claimed the present administration had constructed “an unparalleled security state” with more power at its disposal than the “SS, Stasi and KGB combined” and that the IRS had been turned into “a tool to harass” those who disagree with the government.
“We want accountability, Mr. President, and, by God, sooner or later, we are going to get it,” he thundered.
The speaker whose one-liners drew the biggest roars was clearly retired Adm. James Lyons, who brought down the house with his bluntly worded, but razor-sharp, assessments of the world today.
With a candor the crowd appeared to find refreshing, Lyons described exactly why he believes “the rules of engagement are crazy” in Afghanistan.
The admiral noted how U.S. military personnel cannot stop an Afghan man from sodomizing a five-year-old boy or from beating his wife, because of “our need to be sufficiently sensitive to their 7th century values.”
His explanation for the downing of the helicopter in Afghanistan during the Extortion 17 mission that killed 30 Americans on Aug. 6, 2011, including members of SEAL Team VI?
“Treason!” roared Lyons – and the crowd roared back.
He called the poor preparation and unwise judgement in executing the mission “a dereliction of duty, the same as Benghazi.”
Nixon, he said, lied “only about a bungled burglary.” But who, he demanded to know, “gave the order to stand down in Benghazi,” costing the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans on Sept. 11, 2012?
As for the Obama administration’s strong desire to strike a deal with Iran over it’s nuclear ambitions, Lyons said “it makes no sense” to negotiate with the Islamic republic because of “taqiyya,” the Islamic code that gives Muslims permission to lie if it suits religious purposes.
Obama is not the problem?
Joseph Farah, WND editor and CEO, also addressed the crowd. He began by saying he’d been wondering where all the Americans have been during this time of “growing tyranny we are seeing in America today.”
In the following video of his speech, Farah explains why he believes Obama is not the problem, but merely the symptom of a much deeper problem – and why, when Obama is gone, America will not be automatically cured of what ails the nation:
Truth is the ‘first casualty of war’
Charles Strange began by declaring, “The first casualty of war is truth,” something he may know better than most anyone else.
He recounted the heartbreaking story of the death of his 25-year-old son, Michael, an NSA cryptologist supporting the ill-fated SEAL Team VI mission Extortion 17 that Lyons had mentioned.
Strange and Klayman have filed a lawsuit accusing Vice President Joe Biden and former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta of revealing that SEAL Team VI carried out the operation that killed Osama bin Laden, making the team vulnerable to retaliation.
Strange claimed the NSA began spying on him after he became publicly critical of the administration.
He said his computer became infected with a bug so advanced, it shocked a world-class computer expert who looked at it.
Strange was told that his computer was now monitoring him, not only when it was turned off, but even when it was unplugged.
Just the day before, Klayman, who represents Strange in a pair of lawsuits against the federal government, was asked by a federal judge why he thought the NSA would be interested in him and his client.
The attorney answered, “I believe the government is trying to intimidate us.”
Klayman said Strange received emails from him that he never sent, and even a text from his dead son. The attorney speculated the NSA was sending them a message that they could do whatever they want.
‘My kind of crowd’
Former Graham County, Ariz., Sheriff Richard Mack called it, “My kind of rally – a bunch of ‘crazy’ people who believe in God, the Bible and the Constitution.”
The former lawman, who was named the National Rifle Association Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for 1994 and member of the NRA Hall of Fame, claimed he was the first sheriff to sue a sitting U.S. president.
He also said he was the first person to sue former President Bill Clinton on a “nonsexual matter.”
Mack said the dispute arose after three federal agents showed up in the 1990s and told him, as sheriff, he had to enforce federal gun-control measures.
The Arizonan said he replied, “You’re not my boss and I don’t answer to you.” He then took his case to the United States Supreme Court, and won.
Indeed, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Mack and another sheriff, and told the Clinton administration it could not compel the states to enforce a federal regulatory program, the Brady Law.
Man of faith
Also making an appearance was WND contributor and pastor Michael Carl.
He warned that the left was using classrooms to indoctrinate the nation’s youth with revisionist versions of history that push the progressive agenda.
Regarding America’s destiny, the man of the cloth said a “‘true restoration’ will not come from a political messiah. It is in our hands.”
Carl asked Americans to “imagine what would happen if we trusted God and humbled ourselves before Him.”
‘A nation under judgment’
A similar theme was struck by Brooke McGowan of the Tea Party News Network, who invoked the importance of the lesson in the WND film “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” the No. 1 faith movie in the country after 75 weeks.
She called the United States a nation “under judgment” just as was Israel, and urged Americans to humble themselves before God and seek His guidance.
“God is calling us to return to prayer,” she added, then enunciating her words carefully, she closed with, “May America bless God, again.”
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