If you're like most people, you have no idea that 10 to 30 million people were scheduled to overrun the nation's capital and overthrow the US government sometime today.
Some kind of rally is happening, but according to one organizer, the projected 10 to 30 million "patriots" may not have even cracked one thousand in reality.
Or as one twitter user put it:
Jackie Milton, 61, is the head of Texans for Operation American Spring, and is in D.C. along with a contingent of 126 people. In an interview with The Washington Times, he said he's very disappointed by the low turnout:
This is a very poor turnout. It ain't no millions. And it ain't looking like there's going to be millions. Hundreds is more like it.
Organizers have all sorts of excuses for why the event seems to have fizzled out so far, blaming everyone from Glen Beck to Fox News, but the most common scapegoat cited is rain.
According to Milton:
We were getting over two inches of rain in hour in parts of Virginia this morning, [but] now it's a nice sunny day.
Yes, the US Postal Service can deliver a letter rain or shine, but the patriots of OAS need baseball weather to deliver revolutionary justice, which puts the score at federal government: 1, OAS:0.
And seriously, if you're trying to provide a live video stream of your glorious revolution, you really ought to consider bringing along at least one extra battery. These revolution things do take time, after all.The hashtag #OperationAmericanSpring has been completely hijacked, and as one user observerd:
Finding tweets in support of the movement is nearly impossible because of the overwhelming wave of mockery crashing on what was supposed to be the official hashtag:
#OperationAmericanSpring, or as America will remember it, "Friday."- Robbie Sherwood (@RobbieSherwood) May 16, 2014
Can't tell if that's the #OperationAmericanSpring rally or some dudes from Home Depot having a smoke break.- Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) May 16, 2014
But neither the poor turnout for the event or supporters' extreme minority status on social media should be that shocking, considering the official movement twitter page has under 100 followers:
Some of the more imaginative supporters of OAS seem to be wondering if the global elite used the HAARP program to, you know, cause a rainstorm.
But as this insightful (and devastatingly handsome) Twitter user observed, most organizers of the event are content to just blame it on the rain:
Via The Washington Times & Twitter