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Fringe group pitches message at post office
Representatives from the Seattle branch of the LaRouche Political Action Committee camped out in front of the Oak Harbor Post Office Thursday afternoon planting impeachment mustard seeds in passersby and presenting information in the face of the occasional physical threat.
Organizer Paul Glumaz explained that the Lyndon LaRouche PAC, considered a radical fringe group by many, has vice president Dick Cheney squarely in their crosshairs. LaRouche is a perennial presidential candidate who has served prison time for tax evasion.
We want to get Cheney out of office before the end of summer, he said.
The group is working the Democratic side with House Resolution 333, which was submitted to Congress to impeach Cheney on three articles.
Were also moving the Republican side for resignation, Glumaz said. We want to implement the Baker-Hamilton Report of the Iraq Study Group and were running out of time to do that. And we want to shift the trajectory of this thing which is heading towards war with Russia. We want to have a strategic understanding between Russia and China and the U.S. for a kind of FDR New Deal.
A female sailor dressed in her Navy whites stopped to chat with LaRouche representative Dave Christie. With visible trepidation, she agreed that Cheney needs to go.
A lot of us want him out, she said.
The enmity surrounding Cheney is bipartisan, Glumaz claimed.
The issue of Bush is that can he be put under new advisors, new supervision, adult supervision and can he ride out his term, he said. If you get rid of Cheney its a possibility. But if you dont, then we have a constitutional crisis and we have a financial crisis.
Glumaz held a sign reading, Impeach Cheney First, then the Monkey! The monkey referred to President Bush. Christie engaged each person entering the post office.
Sir, you ready to send Cheney back to Wyoming? he asked a man with close-cropped hair.
Nope, he replied. Im happy with him.
Youre the one, huh? Christie fired back.
One man displaying tattoos that would have been all the rage in Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 40s took exception to the LaRouche supporters. He offered to settle the disagreement with the aid of some of his friends, who he said would accompany him to the post office the following day.
Cmon back tomorrow, he said. One more day.
Glumaz had crossed paths with the man approximately six months before.
He was making physical threats, he said. Im having deja vu.
The duo continued to hand out information about LaRouche PAC and kept a stiff upper lip as they rubbed shoulders with local residents.
Do you realize youre in a military community? a woman asked Christie.
Yes, we do, he replied.
According to Wikipedia, the LaRouche Movement is an international political and cultural movement that promotes LaRouche and his ideas, including a number of conspiracy theories, which some critics consider antisemitic.