Protestors take stand for Obama impeachment
SALISBURY — Starla Rea said she started paying attention a couple months ago, and when she did, it led her to this — standing on overpasses above Interstate 85 calling for President Obama’s impeachment.
“I’ve just been cut in half in everything,” Rea said. “It’s sad that I have to do this.”
Rea has become part of a small national movement, relying on a website and Facebook to promote itself, called “Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment.”
The main course of action for followers is to do what the name says, stand on overpasses and use homemade signs to make their case for ridding the country of its top executive — a person they blame for the embassy tragedy in Benghazi, Internal Revenue Service improprieties, spying on Americans by the National Security Administration and Obamacare, among other things.
Their main feedback is hearing the honking horns of passing motorists who support their message.
“It hasn’t been too bad,” Rea said of the response during a rain-soaked Saturday of standing on Jake Alexander Boulevard above I-85. “We get a honk every few cars.”
Rea, a resident of Lexington but an employee of Ryan’s Steak House in Salisbury, secured the necessary permit from the city for Saturday’s demonstration, which lasted from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Participants flowed in and out of the line along the bridge, usually devoting several hours to the cause.
“Somebody’s got to do it,” said Lucette Stanton, a Huntersville resident. “Somebody’s got to wake these people up. Sitting at a computer won’t do it.”
Stanton said she became interested in the impeachment initiative because she has watched what’s happening in the country. Taxes on the middle class have taken an extra $100 a week out of her paycheck, said Stanton, who works in accounting for a construction firm.
Steve Sofia, also of Huntersville, ticked off several things that have sent him to the overpasses in opposition to Obama. He listed, for example, Benghazi, the economy and NSA spying and described the problems as one thing after another.
“This is something that should outrage everyone,” Sofia said, “if you’re paying attention.”
Sofia and Rea were part of an earlier overpass demonstration in Concord along Winecoff Road.
Rea said she has never been political until this summer when her hours were cut substantially at Ryan’s, and she blames Obamacare.
“I can’t blame them,” she said of her employer. “Who can afford that?”
Rea has worked at Ryan’s for four years. She is a single mother of three children. She said she used to work 37 to 38 hours a week. Now her hours have been cut back to 23-24 hours and 28 at the most.
Because of the cut in hours, which she blames on Ryan’s dealing with Obamacare, Rea said her monthly income has decreased by $400.
“Being on minimum wage, that’s a lot,” she said. ‘Obamacare is going to kill the economy. There are not going to be any more full-time jobs. It’s not right.”
Rea said she has always been able to pay her own bills — the rent, water and lights. But this past month, she needed help to keep her lights on.
When people question her call for impeachment and note that Obama has won two elections for president, Rea said she brings up voter fraud in those elections when people were shown to have voted twice, or dead people were recorded as voting.
Even if the elections were fair she said, it was only two months ago she started paying attention with the cut in her hours and realized it’s Obama who has got to go.
Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263.