Riley Backtracking on OAS …
In emailed OAS “Update 24” and “Update 25” Harry Riley is backtracking on his expectations for OAS, and showing first signs of recognition that the movement, as planned and executed, will fail.
Update 24 indicates:
Demands/Grievances – Many have been asking “what if Obama, Biden, Reid, McConnell, Boehner, Pelosi, Holder don’t resign?” We will present a package to each member of Congress (535) including Demands/Grievances; Provable Articles of Impeachment; record of millions of signed petitions; and validated/verified by millions of boots on the ground, also a plan to keep tens of thousands in D.C. beyond May 16, 2014. As a team we’re doing all we can to right the ship in a peaceful, non-violent, unarmed operation.
Note that the “tens of thousands” to remain in D.C. after May 16th is an enormous reduction from the million originally indicated by Riley to remain in D.C. This is a tacit admission of Riley’s recognition that the movement is failing to garner the numbers hoped for.
Riley’s Phase-2 specifically states, “One million or more of the assembled 10 million must be prepared to stay in D.C. as long as it takes..” The reduction of this number to tens of thousands, not even hundreds of thousands, is at least a HUNDRED fold decrease of those anticipated to remain in D.C.. That’s a big change.
In Update 25, released on March 23, Riley trumpets an OAS Petition to Congress for redress of grievances, regarding which Riley indicates, “It’s all laid out for your folks”. Well, that petition does anything but “lay out” grievances.
There are in fact no demands, nor grievances, stated anywhere in that petition! However, remaining true to form, the only portion of the constitution referenced is the right of the people to petition the government for redress of grievances! (Does it get any more inane than a petition about the right to petition?)
What’s curious is that Riley has previously stated on more than one occasion that petitions and protests get no results, and are a waste of time.
Would you sign on to support an organization that does not state its demands? Would you sign a contract whose terms you do not know?
What that petition does do is provide one other list — a list of names supporting OAS, … and by whatever terms that might be created in the future, which is certainly convenient for the federal government!
“I am petitioning the government to fund navel lint fishing rods for all those signing Riley’s petition.”
Of further note, the first page of that petition uses a motto that I came up with early on, to promote OAS, but got no positive feedback whatsoever from Riley on: “If not us, who? If not now, when?” It’s a shame that Riley is not equally inclined to rely on the Founder’s terms lain out for him in the Constitution.