Impeach Obama Protesters at Highway Overpasses – Are They Wasting Their Time? [POLL]
You had to have seen, in various places, groups of people waving American flags at strategic overpasses throughout the state with signs saying “Impeach Obama” and the like.
Stopping would probably be out of the question, especially if you’re speeding donw Route 80 or 195, but all they’re really looking for is some recognition of what they feel are the policies of President Obama that are leading us down the path to perdition.
How much attention do you think they bring to their particular cause, much the same way the OWS people brought, or perhaps did not bring to their cause?
Do you feel this is a big waste of time, or a valid expression of protest?
Will Cytowicz, with his long hair and scruffy beard, leaned forward against the fencing alongside Mill Road. He made a peace sign with each hand, and stood steady, watching the speeding cars and trucks speeding along Route 80 underneath.
Once in a while, one of the vehicles would honk, usually one of the trucks. It's hard to tell if they could see clearly.
Cytowicz, a West Milford resident easily a decade or two younger than most of the other people gathered on the overpass. But they could see the signs alongside him — with slogans like "Shut Down the IRS," "Say no to amnesty," "Defund Obamacare" and "Honk to impeach Obama."
Cytowicz was there for the same purpose, if not motivated by all of the same issues, as the rest of those gathered to support "Overpasses For Obama's Impeachment." The movement, which started seven weeks ago, aimed to organize rallies in every state today, and plans more in the future.
There were just a handful of people on the overpass mid-day. But Wharton event organizer Cynthia Corulla said there had been a larger crowd earlier in the morning, and she expected more after work hours. A few dozen people had signed up for her Facebook event advertising the protest.
Cynthia Corulla and her husband, Joe, both said they've got plenty of gripes with Obama in particular — such as what they believe is a coverup of key details in last year's attack on an American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, Libya in which four Americans were killed. They're also not fond of the president's support for a bipartisan Senate plan that would lay out a path to citizenship for immigrants in America illegally — a program they and other critics call "amnesty."
But the Corullas said their frustration goes beyond Obama — and to Washington, D.C. in general. Politicians, they said, use divisive issues as a wedge. And they're sick of it.
"Obama's just the head of the pimple," Joe Corulla said.
But as often as they delved into discussions of particular, specific issues, they returned to their broader theme — that people of different stripes should work together, and too rarely do. Politicians, including Obama, make that difficult, but it's up to people to overcome that challenge, they said.
Cynthia Corulla's father, Ralph Davis, said he's worried people aren't engaged enough anymore.
"I grew up when a country was a country. Everyone tried to do their best," he said. "Half the people you talk to don't even pay attention to the news," he said.
That’s more the problem than anything. The public’s disengaged and if they vote at all, they really don’t know all the particulars, or “do their homework” as I like to say.
So while I feel this movement to bring awareness to the Obama presidency is a valid form of protest, I doubt it will have much of an effect other than give drivers a reason to blink their bright and blow their horns.