Upset citizens from around the state will take to an interstate overpass here Saturday with posters to show their frustrations with President Barack Obama and will be asking Congress to impeach him.
The event, “Overpasses for Impeachment,” is part of a national effort to rally support to impeach the president. Joel Tysver, a 47-year-old truck driver from Bismarck, said at least 100 people have committed to the peaceful rally he is coordinating atop the State Street bridge over Interstate 94 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“This guy has me fired up,” he said from a truck stop in Montana. “This has got to stop. He has got to go and take his administration, that’s all there is to it.”
Tysver, who says he hasn’t been politically active most of his life, believes Obama is ruining the country with various unconstitutional orders and is not an American citizen.
Obama has been dogged by rumors that he was not born in the United States, a requirement to be president. Obama has produced a Hawaii birth certificate, but that has not slowed detractors, some of whom claim it is a forgery.
The national “Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment” website, www.overpasses.org, lists a dozen reasons why Obama should be impeached, with many indicating he has implemented illegal or unconstitutional policies such as giving the federal government control of the Internet and its content, requiring religious organizations to provide contraceptives, not enforcing laws against illegal immigrants and nationalizing the auto and banking industries.
The national group’s Facebook page has more than 20,000 “likes,” with the North Dakota page garnering 75 members.
According to their Facebook pages, rallies around Minnesota and South Dakota are planned for Tuesday. As of Thursday, South Dakota had 170 members and Minnesota had 229 members on their Facebook pages.
Tysver said he was inspired to host the North Dakota rally after the idea sparked in California, and friends drew a large crowd in Denver during a similar rally earlier this week.
To pull off the Bismarck event, Tysver said he simply contacted the Bismarck Police Department for a demonstration permit. “They are not really thrilled,” he added.
Tysver said he doesn’t expect any problems at the rally.
“We have to do this peacefully and legally or we will lose credibility,” he said.
Officer Pat Renz said as long as there is a proper permit to demonstrate, the police department only wants a peaceful rally.
“We would respect their rights and the rights of others to make sure demonstrators don’t infringe on others’ rights,” Renz said.
Because the event is on an interstate overpass, the North Dakota Highway Patrol will take the lead on patrolling it.
Page 2 of 2 - Tysver said there needs to be somebody in the White House who will do right by the American people.
“I could do a better job than this guy, I’ve actually had to work for a living,” he said. “We put a man in power who has never worked for a paycheck at a 9-to-5 job, never had to live and control a budget, never had any foreign relations experience and has his finger on the nuclear button.”
Obama worked at the University of Chicago School of Law and as a practicing civil rights attorney before he was elected to the U.S. Senate.
Along with his efforts to have Obama impeached, Tysver said the whole government needs a new direction.
“The country has gotten too big and too out of control,” he said. “We have senators and congressmen that are not doing anything but furthering their party’s agenda. The two-party system is starting to stink up the place.”