09/18/13

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Indian Summer Edition

The Watcher’s Council

Syrian Indian Summer

Indian Summer, the dream time, neither totally here nor there…

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday.

Council News:

This week, Ask Marion and Maggie’s Notebook took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

Simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6 PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members, while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have this week…

Council Submissions

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09/18/13

Libya’s Lessons on Syria

By: Bethany Stotts
Accuracy in Media

The Obama administration appears to have brokered a deal with the Russians to catalogue Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian chemical weapons store, and the United Nations has recently confirmed the existence of a sarin gas attack.

However, the administration has continued its saber-rattling, threatening the use of force if Syria does not comply with the agreement. “The threat of force is real and the Assad regime and all those taking part need to understand that President Obama and the United States are committed to achieve this goal,” said Secretary of State John Kerry on September 15, as reported by CBS News.

And again, on September 17, the Los Angeles Times reports that “At his meeting in Paris with French and British counterparts, Kerry urged the U.S. allies to keep the threat of airstrikes against Assad on the table to ensure he doesn’t backtrack from his pledge to give up his illegal weapons.”

A U.S. intervention in Syria could be disastrous, in terms of controlling a budding al Qaeda and jihadist movement among the rebels. In a recent report issued by the Bipartisan Policy Center, the authors argue that “It is in Syria then that al-Qaeda’s future…turns.”

“Syria is also a particularly agreeable environment for al-Qaeda,” they write. In 2003 to 2009 in Iraq, “it was a key base for training and supporting foreign fighters, many of whom were Syrian jihadists themselves.” They continue: “Shortly after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, the late Zarqawi, the founder and then-leader of [Al Qaeda in Iraq], established operations in Syria that contributed enormously to the escalation of violence in Iraq.”

Jabhat al Nusra, which has in some cases spearheaded the military actions of the Free Syrian Army, is an al-Qaeda splinter group affiliated with Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). “Al-Nusra’s emerging role as the spearhead of the most bloody and spectacular opposition attacks is demonstrated by the nearly tenfold escalation of its operations between March and June 2012,” write the authors. Al-Nusra has garnered support among the population not only by not imposing Islamist rule, but by providing social services such as “such as food, hospitals, and sharia courts to the embattled population.”

“I think we’re, like I said, we’re skeptical of military involvement in Syria because of how the Obama Administration handled Libya, especially in the aftermath of the conflict there,” said the Heritage Foundation’s Peter Brookes at a recent Heritage panel on the Benghazi attacks.

Remember how the Libyan populace reacted strongly to push out Ansar al-Sharia from Benghazi following the September 11, 2012 attacks which claimed four American lives: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods? This same Ansar al-Sharia was welcomed back by some to protect the hospital, to man checkpoints, and “as protectors due to the lack of security provided by the new government in Tripoli,” according to the report.

“In September 2012, a leader of Ansar al-Sharia…said that while his brigade was not linked to al-Qaeda, he ‘approves’ of its strategy,” states the report.

But the American failure in Libya really started in pre-Qaddafi Libya, when the U.S. chose to intervene, along with NATO, for “humanitarian reasons” back in 2011. John Rosenthal, author of the The Jihadist Plot, paints a frightening picture of the black-flag-waving troops whom we assisted in Sirte and other key locations throughout the country. These forces, he argues, had jihadist and al-Qaeda connections, yet we assisted them in “liberating” Libya. As Rosenthal wrotes “The streets of Benghazi were in fact awash with al-Qaeda flags in the days following Libya’s ‘liberation.’”

It gets worse. The head of the Tripoli Military Council, and Tripoli’s military governor, Abdelhakim Belhadj, has had significant influence on Libyan politics. Belhadj is a former member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), which shared training facilities with al Qaeda and can be connected to the Madrid bombings of 2004.

Rosenthal also points to the Sinjar Records, which catalogued the origins of foreign recruits joining al Qaeda in Iraq between August 2006 and August 2007. Two cities in Libya sent large numbers of jihadis to AQI: Benghazi and nearby Derna. “In per capita terms, however, the most important supplier of al Qaeda recruits turned out to be none other than Libya,” wrote Rosenthal.

Today Libya, and Benghazi, are rife with conflict as the weak central government fails to take control of growing violence. Al Qaeda—and jihadists—love a security vacuum. The same goes for Syria.

“But [it is] the regime change in Libya, and the lack of follow-up by the Obama Administration, that led to the lawlessness, the rise of Islamist and terrorist groups and such as al Qaeda. This led, in my opinion, to the attack on our facilities in Benghazi on another tragic September 11th,” argues Brookes. “Not only did our facilities come under attack with the tragic death of four Americans, but al Qaeda began to run amok in North Africa, where they seized a large swath of territory in places like Mali.”

In Mali, members of the al-Qaeda branch there, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), instituted a vicious form of sharia law alongside local Islamist leaders. Hands and feet were cut off and adulterous women were stoned. Religious shrines were destroyed because they represented heretical views.

In fact, the leader of AQIM became so frustrated that he penned a letter to his fellow fighters stating, “One of the wrong policies that we think you carried out is the extreme speed with which you applied Shariah, not taking into consideration the gradual evolution that should be applied in an environment that is ignorant of religion.”

“Our previous experience proved that applying Shariah this way, without taking the environment into consideration, will lead to people rejecting the religion, and engender hatred toward the mujahedeen, and will consequently lead to the failure of our experiment.”

This popular hatred also occurred under Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s harsh Sharia experiment in Iraq. Could it be that al Nusra has learned the lesson espoused by this AQIM leader, and has focused instead on humanitarian aid to win souls and minds ahead of the institution of sharia law? They already have begun practicing with sharia courts.

The goal of al Qaeda is to establish an Islamic Caliphate similar to the one that existed in Afghanistan. That is why the leaders of al Qaeda have sworn allegiance to Mohammed Omar, spiritual leader of the Taliban. Syria provides an excellent opportunity for al Qaeda to grasp control of a failing state, should the wrong rebels gain power, post-Assad.

As recently as August 7, President Obama declared that “core” al Qaeda is on a path to defeat. “Because of you, the 9/11 generation, we are accomplishing what we set out to do,” said the President, according to The Washington Times. “The core of al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan is on the way to defeat. We are going to make sure that Afghanistan is never again a source of attacks against our country.” What about al Qaeda in other regions, such as Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP), AQIM, or AQI? What about the look-alike organizations that share al Qaeda’s values, such as Jabhat al Nusra, who are affiliated with but do not necessarily share al Qaeda’s name?

“The President can declare that the war is over, but nobody bothered to query the guys on the other side, and they’re still fighting,” said the Heritage Foundation’s Steven Bucci. Regarding Benghazi, he said: “So al Qaeda learned that they could keep doing this stuff and there’s isn’t much that this administration’s going to do about it.”

This assumption has been further enhanced by the fact that the United States government has held no one accountable for the death of four Americans, be it those who perpetrated the attacks or those responsible for the security failures.

In Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi, by Fred Burton and Samuel M. Katz, the authors note that those who attacked the CIA Annex “moved fluidly and proficiently from cover to cover in their assault.” And, they write, “The [mortar] crew members must have been Libyan military veterans or veterans of the jihadist campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, or Derna.” That’s because “Mortar crews required weeks of training and endless hours on the range in order to hone their skills.” Clearly, those who perpetrated the attacks were well-trained jihadis.

The FBI suspected al Qaeda’s involvement in the attacks within days.

Accuracy in Media recently held a conference on September 16 which explored the truth behind the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. You can learn more about AIM’s work on Benghazi by visiting www.aim.org/benghazi. Video of the conference will be posted on the AIM website later this week.

Bethany Stotts is a freelance writer, and former staff writer for Accuracy in Academia. She blogs at http://bethanystotts.wordpress.com/.

09/18/13

Explaining Global Communism Today

By: J.R. Nyquist
New Zeal

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In discussions with former KGB and GRU officers you will run across two apparently contradictory statements. Sometimes you will hear them say that the former USSR is still run by Communists, suggesting that the rulers there believe in Communism. On the other hand, they will tell you to forget about the Communist label; that the rulers of the USSR never really believed in Communist ideology, which was a deception used to manipulate large numbers of unintelligent people.

Former KGB Lt. Col. Victor Kalashnikov recently wrote several paragraphs on this subject, and it is worth presenting. Kalashnikov’s key point is that Communism is strategy, not ideology. Useful idiots believe in Communist dogma, while Communist strategists do not. Here is what Kalashnikov had to say on the subject:

Ideology as such has not ever been the real driving force guiding Russia’s rulers, from the Bolsheviks until the present. Ideological explanations are irrelevant. Consider the deeds of the Bolsheviks rather than the explanations or justifications given by them. Don’t forget that criminals may be very eloquent and even well educated, and are capable of offering convincing-sounding rhetoric. The real problem is located elsewhere. A lot of people, those ‘useful’ ones, will take that rhetoric … seriously, giving it attention and respect, and even protection. Yet if we rely on ‘Occam’s razor,’ we may remove the superficial misunderstandings caused by taking rhetoric seriously.

The Bolsheviks were basically nothing but professional gangsters and terrorists, killers and robbers, and that is unquestionably more relevant than all the ideological explanations provided by them. They were part of a broader terrorist spectrum which spread across Russia since the late 19th century and grabbed power and national wealth UNDER COVER of Marxist and Leftist-sounding slogans. They did so to mislead the Russians themselves and the foreign public – the latter often longing for ‘real’ socialism or communism.The slogans of the gangsters have varied substantially over time, according to the changing needs up until our day. Compare the types of Marxism preached and practiced under various general secretaries, even during different parts of their respective tenures. Marxism-Leninism was used in the USSR rather as a DECEPTION TOOL; whereas, in reality, the regime was a gangster-run state with all the unmistakable features of organized criminal activity.

I can only confirm what Viktor Suvorov once told me about the GRU as applying to the KGB: namely, that if any faithful communists happened to penetrate the intelligence staff by chance, they would be filtered out. ‘You may not entrust serious matters to the people believing in all that rubbish,’ Suvorov said. Take ‘proletarian solidarity’ for example. When and how did it work? Or take ‘pauperization of the imperialist states,’ or ‘inter-imperialist wars,’ etc. What really remained untouched among all the ‘Marxists’ in state power [was] the ever present and aggressive anti-Americanism. Why? – Because the United States is reasonably regarded as an INHERENT OPPONENT of ‘Leftist’ rule and policies. All of this also implies more power for the secret police to suppress dissent and opposition, along with the crucial role of BUREAUCRACY and all its perquisites like nepotism, corruption, etc. That’s where the COMMON DENOMINATOR with Russia is to be found. Such regimes are incompatible with normal countries and doomed to seek conflict rather than cooperation.

Anti-Americanism would probably be the most distinct and unifying feature among them – so that you may take it as the only workable and articulated ideology of substance that they espouse. And, of course, Moscow supplies all anti-American forces worldwide with arms, training, secret police and subversion know-how, plus diplomatic and political cover. Clearly, the KGB and GRU have laid down firm foundations for such international alliances on institutional, material, financial and personal levels. The General Staff of the Russian armed forces has definitely integrated those Leftist regimes of Latin American into its strategic planning, including subversion, terrorism and various forms of soft power, targeting the United States and its allies. As already noted, the ‘Marxist’ or so-named ‘liberation’ ideology rather plays an operational role for the purposes of propaganda and deception.

The West seems to live with a self-made, or partly imposed from the outside, fairy tale about Russia. I’m really getting tired of continually explaining this wherever I can. Probably, the Western culture and the overall state of mind are in need, for the sake of inner balance and comfort, of an alternative to a decadent Western society. This alternative is somehow thought to be Russia, which still belongs to the European realm with all its great writers and composers of the 19thcentury. This artificial idea about a Russia that never really existed, and by no means is Putin’s ‘Russian Federation’ anyway, is eagerly supported in Moscow. In fact, the present-day Russia is engulfed by CULTURAL REGRESS which is increasingly apparent if you look straight at arts, literature, architecture, media or public life. However paradoxically, this regress may become an effective survival strategy for Russia. Remember that a mollusk can outlive every other thing on earth because of its simple adaptive abilities. That makes Putin’s Russia even more dangerous, and requires a truly fresh look at an ominous phenomenon.

Here we discover, in Kalashnikov’s analysis, the keys to the whole puzzle. Not all Communists believe in the sense of religious belief. Their Communism boils down to a set of strategies. In practice, they are gangsters and terrorists. Their strategy was (and is) to destroy the United States in order to lay the entire world open to plunder. As Lenin once said, “Communism is nothing more than the scientific management of human affairs.” Of all sciences, strategy involves the mass manipulation and management of people. For a criminal, this manipulation signifies mass murder and mass robbery.

It is beyond doubt, of course, that the Cold War did not end in 1991. Inside the former Soviet Union we can discern criminal totalitarian structures at work behind the scenes. These structures appear to control the large Russian corporations, media and, at minimum, maintain a veto power over government agencies in former Warsaw Pact countries and former Soviet republics. If these structures are not Communist in a strict sense, they are Communist in the sense that their actual ideology is anti-Americanism (as stated by Kalashnikov).

In terms of global strategy, these structures aim at the elimination of American power. Furthermore, these structures no longer require Marxist-Leninist ideology to function (though they do require anti-Americanism). At the same time they successfully make use of those Marxist true-believers in the West who still dream of socialist revolution.

When we look at Russian support to Venezuelan arms production, or to Russian support for Nicaragua’s new military preparation, it appears that global communist revolution is still supported as part of this anti-American strategy. Kalashnikov would say that this is “part of the deception.” Effectively, it doesn’t matter whether the FSB/KGB and the Russian General Staff believe in Marxism-Leninism or not. Their behavior is objectively the same as Marxist-Leninist behavior – only without the attending ideological clichés.

What does Putin actually believe? Since Marxism itself is a deception aimed at a specific audience, Putin must sound like a Marxist when speaking to Marxists, but must sound like a non-Marxist when interfacing with Western leaders. In the year 2000 Vladimir Putin was asked by Larry King about the cross he wears around his neck. Putin was evasive and refused to acknowledge a belief in God. When King pressed him for an answer, he said, “I believe in the power of man.” He had to give this answer because true-believing Communists in dozens of countries were listening, and he could not let them down.

When Putin first visited Cuba a journalist asked if he was still a Communist. Putin said, “Call me a pot, but heat me not.” The thing that is most difficult to understand and to relate to readers is that Marxism is two things with regard to two sets of people. Marxism is a lie – a deception strategy – for the strategists. At the same time, it is a religion to the true believers.

When a Communist revolution succeeds, the regime organizes everything around the concept of maximizing strategic power. Society itself is transformed into a tool of strategy. The true-believer always finds that the final end is not Communist revolution but strategic dominance to the point of universal tyranny. This produces the actual phenomenon of so-called “Communist states.” And this is, in fact, what Communism actually signifies in practice.

09/18/13

Sovereignty Unbound’s Inaugural NetCast 6pm ET, this Constitution Day (archived)

By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Bound

Happy Constitution Day!

And good evening.

We’re starting something new and would be honored if you would lend us an ear.

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We will be quite informal as we get acquainted with our new surroundings. This may be more of a prototype program than a well prepared premier, but we are honored to join PRN Radio on Tuesdays, 6-8pm ET.

This evening we are honored to interview PRN Radio’s Director and Watchmen of America’s First Officer, “Freebyrd” plus Denise Simon, also of PRN Radio and Watchmen of America. Denise’s “Uncommon Knowledge, with Bobbi and Denise” will immediately follow us (8-10pm ET).

UPDATE – Archived:

Link to the our program on BlogTalkRadio

As it says there:

Arlen will discuss the still nascent but very exciting “Sovereignty Campaign” and how it can be a truly pivotal solution for resetting America upon our authentic foundations of freedom, with popular sovereignty under God as our core. We will seek the best vantage point, to deal with America’s ongoing crisis of transnational progressivism under Barack Obama — with guests and call-ins!

Come Join our Custom Chat Room at: www.PRNRadioNetwork.com

09/18/13

50 Shades of Treason

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Cross-Posted at Right Wing News

U.S. Constitution – Article 3 Section 3

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

The Congress shall have power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

Since 9-11 and before, al Qaeda has been the sworn and declared enemy of the United States. Obama has waived the ban on arming terrorists and is openly arming the Syrian Rebels who are composed of al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. He is justifying the Benghazi atrocity and those deaths by doing this. He is seeking cover for arming radicals out of Libya. Barack Obama is actively giving aid and comfort to our enemies and is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors. In other words, treason.

From Glenn Beck who also levels the charge of treason at our Marxist-in-Chief:

“So why is it we’re going to war, Mr. President? Why is it you are giving comfort and aid to Al Qaeda? Because [Assad] is not a threat, and it’s a lose-lose situation. What possible good can come out of starting World War III?”

“He’s taking guns away from the people while giving guns to Al-Qaeda. What else do you need for impeachment?” he added.

I contend that Obama has been guilty of subversion and treason from the beginning. He is actively infiltrating our government with the Muslim Brotherhood and furthering the Caliphate in the Middle East. He has sided with the Brotherhood at every available opportunity: in Egypt, Libya and now in Syria. He has special televised messages for them, invites them into the White House and promotes them to ever higher seats of power:

Gaffney also spoke out about a man named Mohamed Elibiary, a member of the Homeland Security advisory council who he says has “extensive ties and unmistakable sympathies for the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Despite the numerous red flags — including Elibiary’s successful efforts to have certain explanations of radical Islam purged from the training documents for members of the military and intelligence community — it seems Elbiary just received a promotion.

“We’ve got an interview coming up [with] him in which he makes clear his affinity for the Muslim Brotherhood. He makes clear it is his purpose to stop the prosecution of people in connection with material support for terrorism,” Gaffney said. “That’s not something, I believe, we need informing our Homeland Security Department.”

Beck concluded by strongly urging viewers enough to watch Gaffney’s entire course on the Muslim Brotherhood at MuslimBrotherhoodInAmerica.com.

I ask you America, where is your red line? The enemies within have taken control and will take us into war to finish us off. Not for the right reasons, but because they know we are at our weakest. Are we really so dense and blind we can’t see this happening in front of our own eyes? We are living 50 Shades of Treason…

Impeachment should be reserved for treason, bribery, and high crimes and misdemeanors where the president’s actions are great and dangerous offenses or attempts to subvert the Constitution and the most extensive injustice. — George Mason

09/18/13

Biker Ride to DC: One Biker’s Story – Eric Zern, a National Coordinator

By: Maggie Thornton
Maggie’s Notebook

Eric Zern (from Facebook)

I have had the opportunity via Facebook to talk with one of the two National Coordinators of the 2 Million Bikers Ride to DC. What first caught my attention was a video by Thomas Wells with Eric speaking to a group of bikers in front of a Harley-Davidson store. Not sure if it is the store where the meet-up was to happen in Ft. Washington, Maryland the morning of the ride. He gave a stirring speech. The transcript and video are below, but first here are some of the comments he made to me about why he stepped up and spoke out. You will feel the emotion that surged through the riders on 9/11/13, and Eric makes it clear that he and bikers in general, recognize and also feel the deep anger stirring in many of us from sea-to-shining sea. It’s not finished!

With regards to my speech, I had to do something. I knew that if there was going to be trouble, the “root” of that trouble would grow from the anger and outrage at what our government has allowed our great nation to become. I had to find a way to target that anger, and hold it at bay. Although the ride was to pay tribute to those that perished 12 years ago, and for our troops since called to engage terrorism, there was still that anger in the heart and spirit of every single rider.

Unlike our government that tries to ignore that anger, I wanted to target that anger and bring it to the surface. I knew it was there, because I feel it, too. So that’s what I did…1st, affirm the ride as being for those who perished and for our troops. Once that was established, I could then move onto the anger that was deep inside. I tried to affirm that it did exist, why it existed, and to let everyone know that it’s okay for them to be angry. 3rd, I tried to reason with them and in that way, hold that anger at bay. I told them that we are Patriots. We are the best that America has to offer.

One of our biggest complaints is how the government has slowly stripped us of our Constitutional Rights. Where would we be, then, if we turned right around and stripped someone else of their Constitutional Rights? We are “defenders” of our Constitution. It doesn’t matter how much we may disagree with a cause, we must respect our Constitution and respect those who have a “Constitutional Right to Assemble”. I waved the red, white, and blue in front of them and said THIS is what we stand for and THIS is why we ride today! We didn’t show up with chains and clubs. We showed up with red, white, and blue flags and we’ll do the right thing because we’re Americans!! We ride proud and we ride tall. United we stand with our brothers and we will move the eyes from those “other demonstrations” to where those eyes belong…on those that perished and on our troops.

Outside of a few parking citations, there was no trouble at all. I called the Washington DC police the very next morning and they said nope!!…no arrests and no trouble! I was like…YYYEEESSS!!! I’m so proud of our riders. I knew there was anger in their hearts but you know what? They are true, blue Patriots and Americans. They did the right thing!!

There may be other rides on DC that specifically protest how our country is being run. However, this particularly ride was a ride of honor and respect. To offer our condolences to those that perished, and to salute our troops. There is a time and place for everything. This was not the “Call to Arms” that I see on the horizon.

There is a hero out there somewhere in America that will lead this. It’s only a matter of time!!

…Having been one of the two National Coordinators, I was extremely involved in the organization of this event. We had to monitor the various states very closely. This was not a political event, and posts that were deemed political or hateful were immediately removed. Some of the posts we removed would raise the hair on the back of your neck! Talk about hatred!! Talk about anger!! Oh, my gosh!! So yeah, I knew I had to do something or there could easily have been some big trouble in DC.

So, I did what anyone in my position would do. I prayed and asked for divine guidance and intervention.

But another thing I saw was this…America is very, very, VERY angry right now. Washington doesn’t know it, but they are sitting on a time bomb because this country is about to go off!!!

American bikers were coming out in droves…DROVES!!…to be a part of this! Although this was a commemorative ride, you could “feel” there was more to it than just that. America is angry, Maggie!

They have sat back and taken it and taken it and taken it and they’re not taking it anymore! You could read that and feel that in many of the posts that we removed.

The “2 Million Bikers to DC” was not the proper forum to post such things so again, we removed them. But America’s anger was so intense at times that we were definitely concerned about what some of these riders were going to do when they got here. And you know what? I understand! I am just as angry about it as those making those posts.

Perhaps a ride will be assembled one day that is for the purpose of having Washington hear some of those posts but this ride was exclusively for those that perished and for the troops. By the grace of God, it stayed that way. However!…I cannot deny that undercurrent of anger that’s laying in wait out there, Maggie.

I knew there was a lot of discontent in America, but I think I underestimated how deeply the anger against Washington really was. America has really, truly had it! When you stop and consider that the entire “2 Million Bikes to DC” event was completed, start to finish, in 24 days, you can see how primed America is to take action! We were hoping for maybe 1,000 bikes when it started. At about the end of 20 days or so, we knew we were getting somewhere between 10,000 – 15,000. We ended up with over 100,000!! I really hope Washington doesn’t ignore that.

All it’s going to take is for that hero to step forward…!!!

Eric also told me that the Bikers to DC will be an annual event. A website is under development.

And, he gave me some insight into who he is:

I’m a very simple, blue-collar American that has a small business making clocks from logs. I live a simple life (well…I used to, anyway!). I am honest and sincere with others and strive to have a quiet and sincere walk with the Lord at all times. I rely on His wisdom and His guidance in all things.

Yes, I do have a degree from Towson State University but I guess I have the “Good ol’ boy” roots, and that is where I am most comfortable.

With regards to the “2 Million Bikers to DC” event, I never meant to get as involved as I did. I managed to “get in” on the ground floor and only intended to ride in the event. They were still struggling to get this moving, and I volunteered to help organize Western Maryland. Two days later I was the Maryland State Coordinator and about a week later I was on the National Team. Admittedly, I had to step back and ask myself, “How did all that happen??”

Anyway, yes, I was very involved in this event and found myself working 17-hour days up until the day of the event itself. We were absolutely shocked at how quickly we gained momentum. It very quickly turned into a freight train running downhill. It was all we could do to keep our heads above water at that point. But, it happened. There were a few hiccups here and there but I think things turned out okay.

Eric Zern

Begin video transcript (Eric Zern speaking):

There are people out there weeping that lost their homes of 30 years. There are families out there that can’t afford to buy their children’s school supplies, driving around on expired tags because they can’t afford their tags. How are they going to afford gas to get to work next week? WE’RE DONE WITH IT! [cheering]

And these people who are struggling, America is crying, it is noting, and then we have to sit back and watch these multi-million dollar conventions, and we have to watch the million-dollar vacations. One of those vacations would get a thousand of those Americans back on their feet.

There is an anger, I know, in everyone of our hearts. We have sat back and watched Washington, systematically, transform this country, from one of the greatest on the face of the earth…the greatest, into an international embarrassment.

Let me tell you something, we talk about patriotism, we talk about [inaudible] retirement [inaudible] people, WE WHO RIDE ARE THE TIP OF THE SPEAR and we have had enough!

You hear that rumble and the ground starts to shake under your feet, and you look out there and there are 10,000 motorcycles coming down your street, and thousands of red, white and blue flags. You don’t have to ask who that is. You know who that is. That is America, Land of the Free Home of the Brave, one Nation Under God and we are…pissed off at what you have done to our country!

If you are a Facebook user, visit 2 Million Bikers Ride to DC. National Coordinator Belinda Bee has done an amazing job keeping us up to date with these great patriots and working with the press.

I want to give a shout-out to Mare of MareZilla.com who is blogging for New York Bikers, some of whom are planning a more regional ride on Albany. Read DC is Just the Beginning. Maybe we will see more regional rides and have an opportunity to support those in our areas closer to us. As Eric said, when you see those Bikers coming down your street, you know who they are.

I said this is “one man’s story,” but I doubt it’s the whole story. I hope we hear more from all of the Bikers. America needs to know. God bless them for riding for our Constitution and in honor of victims of terrorism.

If the video does not play or disappears, try viewing it here.