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Obama foes petition for impeachment support

Daniel Yule of Detroit watches as Sarah Mismas of Amherst signs the petition to impeach President Barack Obama at the corner of Cleveland and Milan avenues in Amherst. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Daniel Yule of Detroit watches as Sarah Mismas of Amherst signs the petition to impeach President Barack Obama at the corner of Cleveland and Milan avenues in Amherst. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Supporters of political activist Lyndon LaRouche set up stands in Amherst and Elyria on Tuesday to gather signatures to back the impeachment of President Barack Obama, who was portrayed with a Adolf Hitler-style mustache in posters used by the group.

The signs drew honks of solidarity with the impeachment idea and shouts of support for the president from passing motorists as people listened to the activists explain their disdain for Obama and his policies.

“I love Obama!” yelled out one woman as she stopped her car at a stop sign in the Five Points area of Amherst where LaRouche’s workers were gathering signatures on the edge of a shuttered gas station.

That’s not uncommon, said Ben Tatro, a LaRouche supporter from Michigan working in Amherst.

“We get lots of thumbs up and middle fingers,” he said.

Signs hang on the booth in Amherst where workers from Larouchepac.com are in the area looking for supporters and signatures on their impeachment petition.

Signs hang on the booth in Amherst where workers from Larouchepac.com are in the area looking for supporters and signatures on their impeachment petition.

He said they chose the spot at Five Points to maximize their exposure and limit traffic problems.

“People can see our signs, and they’re not in any way stressed out by the traffic,” Tatro said.

In Elyria, where the activists set up at the intersection of East Broad Street and South Abbe Road, one man got into a shouting match with LaRouche’s supporters that prompted someone to call police.

Mike Lowery, another LaRouche supporter from Michigan, said the man, who left by the time police drove by, became upset with several points he brought up.

“In this case, I would consider it irrational,” he said. “Reason is a better way.”

Lowery also defended the controversial signs used to draw attention to his cause. He said the signs are simply directing people toward the truth.

“It’s just a result of First Amendment activity,” he said.

Tatro said that the signs convey similarities he and other LaRouche supporters see between Obama and the fascist dictators of the 1930s, like Hitler. He said the drone strikes used by the Obama administration against terrorist targets and Muslims are akin to the mass killings of Jews and others by Nazi Germany.

“Instead of putting Jewish people into the gas chamber, we’re drone-striking them,” he said.

Nancy Dixon, of Amherst, said she had no qualms about pulling over to sign the petition, which urges Congress to take up an impeachment resolution introduced by U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C.

“I think he’s the Antichrist, and I did before he came in the first time,” Dixon said of Obama.

Sarah Mismas, also of Amherst, said she signed the petition to impeach Obama because she has concerns over the possibility of military strikes in Syria and Obama’s failure to address the nation’s problems.

“They always promise change, and I didn’t see anything,” Mismas said.

Daniel Yule, another LaRouche worker, said that the problems facing the country and calls for impeachment haven’t been limited to Obama. LaRouche’s political action committee called for the impeachment of former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney when they were in office as well.

Chief Photographer Bruce Bishop contributed to this story.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.

  • Guest

    Please,
    gimme a break. I’m no fan of Obama, but these guys are only making his
    opposition look ridiculous. When someone drags out a Hitler reference,
    they’re the automatic loser of the debate. It’s not clever or funny or
    bold. It’s just dumb.

    • stargazer2012

      This group is only one of MANY groups that want this man gone. There are hundreds more.

      • Paul Facinelli

        Hundreds, eh? Name 10.

  • Guest

    Gimme a break. I’m no fan of Obama, but you’re only making his
    opposition look ridiculous. When someone drags out a Hitler reference,
    they’re the automatic loser of the debate. It’s not clever or funny or
    bold. It’s just dumb.

  • Guest

    Gimme a break. I’m no fan of Obama, but these guys are only making his
    opposition look ridiculous. When someone drags out a Hitler reference,
    they’re the automatic loser of the debate. It’s not clever or funny or
    bold. It’s just dumb.

    • stillsleepyeyes

      so is posting 3 times in a row…………dumb

      • Larry Abercrumbie

        good point sleepy.Obama needs to go

  • Don Grantzki

    He’s not going to be in office much longer. I prefer to go with the the known scourge than have to endure the rest of this term in office looking at a guy who would be more appealing if he had a big red ball on the end of his nose.

  • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

    You failed to mention that the LaRouche movement is filled with conspiracy theorists who believe, for example, that the Bilderberg Group controls the entire world’s economy and handpicks presidents. Really, you failed to mention anything at all about who the followers of LaRouche are, or who LaRouche himself is.

    Has Obama committed war crimes? Without a doubt. So did GWB and Reagan (and arguably GHWB and Clinton in Iraq and Bosnia, respectively). Will he be impeached because of a petition from a fringe group of conspiracy nuts? Definitely not. Your best bet is to form coalitions and grow a meaningful opposition… a dozen people on a streetcorner aren’t changing the world, but a dozen people on EVERY streetcorner could.

  • Olivia

    IMPEACH THIS SO CALLED “PRESIDENT” WHO IS LITERALLY DESTROYING AMERICA. ME AND MY FAMILY ARE IN DEBT BECAUSE OF THIS GUY!

    • stop ur whining

      facts? it is probably a better assumption that you and your family have put yourself in a situation in which you can not escape.

    • Paul Facinelli

      I’m curious, Olivia. Exactly how did the President cause your family’s indebtedness? Also, keep in mind that impeachment requires the commission of a “high crime or misdemeanor” according to the Constiution. Not likely the guy, for whatever reason, is not ground for impeachment.

      • stop ur whining

        nice to read that not everyone is nuts. Im tired of people blaming others for their problem. The idea that the President could damage a family like that is impossible. I don’t like the guy, voted for him the first but not the second time. But there is no president, red or blue that DIRECTLY causes peoples financial issues. Those wounds are almost always self inflicted. Olivia needs to work harder and live smarter. I bet they have xboxes, numerous flat pannel tv’s, ipads and smart phones yet whine about how poor they are and that is is someone else fault.

        • y not?

          4.00 per gallon gas. 3.00 per gallon milk. unaffordable healthcare. low wages. increased taxes. so on and so on…. yeah bo has nothing to do with anything negative going on in our country right now… keep supporting him cause we all know he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.

          • stop ur whining

            yea Obama is responsible for all that. wake up. no one is perfect, he is far from the greatest thing since sliced bread. What you fail to realize is that every item you just rattled off was rising in cost well before Obama. Healthcare has been WAY out of control beginning in the late 90′s early 2000′s. Gas…liberals were ready to hang bush for the jump at the pump around the same time. the wage gap has been creeping up since the 80′s most do to the stupid concept of trickle down economics. Its funny that you think one man in five years is responsible for everything wrong in this country.

  • stop ur whining

    the tea party…destroying the GOP since 2010.

  • Paul Facinelli

    Let’s see: The Dow was somewhere around 6,900 when Mr. Obama was inaugurated in Jan. 2009. It’s over 15,000 now, well over a 100% increase. (2) According to the CBO, the President’s stimulus initiative created between 1.5 million and three million jobs. (3) He continued the TARP program, begun under President Bush, thereby stabilizing the country’s and the world’s financial system. (4) Unemployment was at more than 9% in March, 2009… it’s at 7.4 now. (5) The President’s Administration extended loans to the auto industry. Those loans have been repaid, with interest, and the auto industry, with its tens of thousands of jobs, is thriving again. (Mitt Romney was against the auto industry loans.) (6) The President ended our hideous involvement in Iraq, a war based on a pack of lies that cost an unimaginable amount in lives and treasure, both for Americans and Iraqis. (7) The war in Afghanistan will end next year, thanks to the President. (8) The President sent Osama Bin Laden to sleep with the fishes. (9) The United States is a respected diplomatic leader around the world again, thanks to the President’s engaging style that is based in mutual respect, a stark contrast to the Bushies’ “our way or the highway” approach that alienated almost everyone. (10) Next week, 30 million more Americans will be able to get affordable health care of the 50 million or so that need it. But it’s a start. (Fun Fact: The United States, despite the right wing’s protestations about how wonderful our health care system is and how we don’t need the Affordable Care Act, is 51st in the world in life expectancy. That’s right, 51st.) Already, because of the ACA, children can be on their parents’ plan until age 26, there is no denial of insurance for pre-existing conditions and no lifetime maximum. But single-payer, as the rest of the civilized world has, should be the goal. No person should die prematurely or suffer with treatable medical conditions because they lack money. It’s simply immoral. The President’s signature domestic achievement begins to make our health care system decent. humane and moral. All of these things were accomplished in not even five years despite the most orchestrated and unrelenting opposition from the opposing party in the history of American politics. In truth, Barack Obama’s story is quintessentially American: raised by a single mother and grandparents, he works hard in school, goes to the best colleges and ascends to the Senate and the Presidency. All with dignity and class. Moreover, the first family if a model of the American family unit. And this is the guy the Larouche people want to impeach? I don’t know who said this, but I wish it had been me: “Genius has its limits, but stupidity knows no bounds.”

    • CharlesMartel732

      This message paid for by MoveOn.org, George Soros President.

      • Conservator440

        He fails to mention that this “affordable” care act may have lower premiums for some, but the 5-6K deductibles per year PLUS co-pays are conveniently buried. Let’s see, for the majority of GW Bush’s term, unemployment was hovering about four percent, and some pundits were speaking of full employment. Then the democrats create the housing scandal and the bottom falls out of the market. No mention of that above either. The statistics on current unemployment are in truth over ten percent, because those leaving the search are no longer counted. The deficit is reduced, only because of the huge increase in taxes that are needed to fill the federal pig’s appetite. People’s work hours being reduced to under 30 sure help the folks too, don’t they. So you will be working ten less hours per week, and you are being railroaded into federal exchanges with the lure of a low premium and the wallop of a huge deductible plan. Kind of like getting a nice suv for ten grand, then finding out that it gets four miles to the gallon.

        And let’s not even speak of the government taking over so much of our liberties. There is way too much “dot gov” Facinelli may worship Obama and the government, for he has made them his god. I choose to worship the creator who got it right the first time.

        • CharlesMartel732

          I choose to worship the creator who got it right the first time.

          Precisely.

  • Paul Facinelli

    I listed a number of President Obama’s accomplishments in my previous post. I would ask Republicans, if they so choose, to list Bush’s accommplishments. Please… I’m sure there’s enough space.

    • CharlesMartel732

      Here are some major Bush accomplishments. Barry Soetoro followed in Bush’s footsteps on surges, with not only 1, but 2 troop surges in Afghanistan. More troops have been killed there under O than under Bush but for some reason the media doesn’t treat us to the daily US troop body counts since Barry took office.

      Drone warfare. Obama took this one and ran with it too! 6 times as many Drone strikes under peacnik Obama than Bush! You go O!

      Remember the left’s howling over the Patriot Act? O thought that was a great idea too, even though he railed against it before he stepped into the office.

      TARP!

      Gitmo!

      Tax cuts!

      Open borders!

      Oh. When he came into office Barry considered prosecuting some of Bush’s folks for ‘war crimes.’ I hear now Bush accomplished having the Obama DOJ give the Bush administration immunity from any ‘war crimes’ prosecution. No wonder GWB thinks it’s great that Obama gets out on the golf course while Rome is burning.

      The only difference I see in Bush and Obama is, Bush was boiling the frog on low temperature, Obama turned up the stove to full throttle.

      • stop ur whining

        TARP was your boy George. The troops in Afghanistan as you said were sent in by bush, it is obama bringing them home. Perhaps we would not have lost so many troops if we had gone their to begin with instead of invading iraq. Mind you this was an invasion that was built on lies so that a little boy could one up his dad. Best part is that his dad didn’t invade when he had the chance because he did not want to be the president that involved the US in a decade long war. Drone warfare is the wave of the future seeing as it keeps pilots out of harms way, not quite sure why you site drones as a bad thing. oh and BTW, he got bin laden.

        I also find it amusing that you turn on Bush so quickly. Not crazy enough right wing i suppose. that is the problem with the tea party. They are perfect, they never do anything wrong. They are supreme and all liberals need to be shot. awful people, just rotten. to be so arrogant to believe that no one else can interject anything useful is the height of stupidity. it will also get you nowhere. the american people are recognizing the religious right for what they are. terrorists in sheep’s clothing. the tea party is trying to destroy the country. fortunately they will destroy themselves first.

        • Smira29595

          The US NAVY SEAL Got Osama Bin Laden

          • stop ur whining

            you got me there.

        • CharlesMartel732

          Reading your posts make me understand how Obama got elected.

          • stop ur whining

            haha. i didn’t even vote for him last time around. I am just logical. Your retort is as ignorant as you are. did i state one thing that wasn’t fact? Tarp was bush. Iraq was a gigantic disaster. Is the tea party completely obsessed with it self and believe that all democrats are evil? i beg you to reply. The biggest problem with the tea party is that they spout their mouth off with never a fact to base it on. fear mongering and bs. that is the tea party motto. You guys are killing the republican party.

          • CharlesMartel732

            Your so smart you jumped into an A-B conversation, like you did the last time we communicated, with absolutely no idea what the conversation was about.

            Your either Linky1942 or a blood relative. I no longer respond to his inane jabbering and I will no longer respond to yours.

            Deuces.

          • stop ur whining

            once again not an intelligent part to your retort. Just “i don’t like your views so im going home” typical of the tea party. all i do is state facts and you can’t handle it. try educating yourself instead of spewing nonsense. It is the #1 reason people hate your party. Zero compromise, zero acceptance. zero thought on the concept that someone else may have good ideas and ZERO facts to ever back up anything that falls out of your mouth. Meanwhile educated tolerant Americans can examine facts and come to a reasonable conclusion, but never the tea party. WAKE UP, you are what is wrong with America !!

  • duh

    “He said the drone strikes used by the Obama administration against terrorist targets and Muslims are akin to the mass killings of Jews and others by Nazi Germany”

    killing a few people who did terrible things is akin to genocide? aaaaaaaaaaaaaand im out…

  • Bob Owens

    LOL. Do they care that LaRouche is a thief and a fraud? http://articles.latimes.com/1994-01-27/news/mn-15995_1_15-year-sentence

  • CharlesMartel732

    Can’t make it on your own? Want “FREE STUFF” from the government? Do you think that hard working people are your meal ticket for life? Agree that the United States stole everything they have from the rest of the world and it needs to be destroyed? Do you want to shirk your responsibilities and not be looked down upon for it? Do you think the Constitution (particularly the 2nd amendment) is standing in the way of real progress? Believe that wealth redistribution is wonderful? Want other people to pay for your birth control and abortion?

    Want to be ruled over by bureaucrats?

    Vote Obama. Vote Democrat. Vote RINO Republican.

  • Lou

    Impeach I don’t care who or why they do it, just get this man out of office.