The LaRouche PAC “Impeach Obama” movement received mixed reviews Tuesday from offended drivers with their long honks, along with some thumbs-up and cheers.
Motorists on Airport Road or Warwick Avenue could see and hear the combination of explicit language both favoring and disapproving of the drive to impeach the president.
Regardless of the feedback that organizers Kevin Pearl of Baltimore, and Ryan McCusker of Cranston, heard, they continued to smile and wave to cars.
“There are non-supporters, but it’s fewer than I can count in one hand,” said McCusker (ironically, as a driver flipped him off).
Pearl and McCusker said they were practicing their First Amendment rights. Pearl said the group is taking political action to “end the wars and end the bailouts.”
After five hours, the two had 35 to 40 signups and had accepted several donations, which Pearl said was on the higher end for their average. He wasn’t certain of the number of members in Rhode Island but said they have huge support in the region. Pearl has been with LaRouche for 20 years now.
(Lyndon LaRouche, who is widely considered a political crank but, according to the conservative American Heritage Foundation, “leads one of the strangest political groups in American history.”) He has a following described as cult-like in its loyalty, in spite of a conviction for fraud that got him five years in a federal prison in Minnesota in 1989, according to the post.
While both were talking to people in cars on the Dave’s Marketplace parking lot, a market employee walked out and reprimanded Pearl and McCusker for standing on their property.
“It’s my property and I don’t want you here,” he said. “Go on the sidewalk, that’s where you belong.”
Behind the Dave’s employee, a LaRouche supporter was shaking her head.
Police had already responded in the morning to a complaint that someone tore off signs including pictures of President Obama with a Hitler-like moustache.
Drivers continued to shout, “Get a real job,” or, “You’re wasting your time.” When the traffic light was red, the insults lasted longer. Pearl said it is necessary to maintain humor or else he’d go crazy.
“He just put a Nazi party in place in Ukraine that killed hundreds of people,” said Pearl. “We just want our constitution back.”
Pearl said that the organization never defended the Bush Administration for similar allegations that they are calling on Obama.
He described LaRouche as a nonpartisan political, nationwide group that is involved with citizens who fight to change policies based out of Virginia. The movement’s representatives travel to expand their memberships and gain donations from supporters around the country. After signing up for LaRouche, they mobilize and inform members via email about web casts and organize carpools to Washington, D.C. Pearl said they are “building a political machine” with members in the hundreds of thousands but only cited the group’s headquarters as a source of information.
The group plans to host a meeting at the Warwick Public Library on Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m.