LIMA — The winds were strong and cold on the Reservoir Road overpass over Interstate 75, but that did not deter the gathering of protesters Saturday calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama.
“The majority of the people support what we’re doing,” said Brian Lange, host of the Live T.R.U.T.H. Web radio show. “All we’re trying to do is build awareness to have Obama impeached and charged with treason, along with everyone else around him.”
For the seven protesters who braved the elements, there are many reasons to see Obama removed from office. Scandals involving such organizations as the National Security Agency and the IRS, among others, are proof to these participants that Obama is not the right person to lead this country.
“These are absolutely true scandals,” Lange said. “This man has lied from the very first day he’s been in office. “
“My main concern has been them treading on our constitutional rights,” protester James Ackerman said. “There have been a lot of executive orders that Obama has signed without permission from anyone, nor we the people.”
This movement was started by Oklahoman James Neighbors this summer and has seen a great deal of growth in the subsequent months. Overpass protests such as these have been appearing throughout the country, using social media outlets such as Facebook to organize events. The movement’s website, overpasses.org, contains links to groups in each state holding similar protests.
“Right now, there are just over 70,000 members nationwide,” protester Sheila Roth said. “Besides the one here in Lima, some of the other ones I know for sure here in Ohio are in Bolivar, Huber Heights and Troy, along with rallies going on in Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.”
Richard Shirk, one of the protesters, had tried to go through official channels and work within the system to voice his concerns over Obama, only to be disappointed.
“I’ve called every one of our representatives,” he said. “I started back in 2008. I thought there would be a mechanism in place to stop Obama, but no one did.”
With the apparent resistence within official circles to impeach Obama, activists are now taking to the overpasses to try to get their message directly to the public.
“I’ve come out to try to raise awareness to the community about certain issues that our government has been involved with,” Ackerman said.
“I’m trying to reach out to individuals,” Shirk said. “I thought, if there are thousands of overpasses with even just a few people on them, it’s still getting attention.”
Several vehicles honked in support as they passed by, letting the protesters know there are others who share their concerns.
“The response has been very empowering,” Ackerman said.