Lord-a-mercy, you get distracted by primary elections and what-not, and it’s easy to miss the really big news (per Raw Story‘s Travis Gettys):

Self-styled revolutionary patriots plan to converge on Washington, D.C., this week to drive President Barack Obama and disloyal lawmakers out of office.

“We are calling for the removal of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, and Eric Holder as a start toward constitutional restoration,” said retired Army Col. Harry Riley, leader of the Operation American Spring protest group. “They have all abandoned the US Constitution, are unworthy to be retained in a position that calls for servant status.”

Operation American Spring aims to pressure those lawmakers who remain – or are replaced by officials of their own choosing – “to sponsor and pass very Constitutionally crafted State legislation to dissolve the size, powers, scope and spending of the U.S. Government by 2/3rds.”

The activists say they expect 10 million to 30 million [sic!] like-minded Americans to join them Friday in the nation’s capital for a rally patterned after Occupy Wall Street and “Arab Spring” protests.

Since 10 to 30 million pairs of boots on the Mall aren’t enough, the protests will also occur at that great well-spring of the New American Revolution:

They also plan a sister event the same day in Bunkerville, Nevada, where militia groups have gathered to support scofflaw rancher Cliven Bundy in his dispute with the federal government.

And the Magic will, well, magically spread:

Organizers also anticipate “incremental nullification” by state legislatures of “all withholding taxes, employment taxes, employer taxes, and income taxes.”

And these people are so certain of their imminent triumph that they are already spending the money:

“This will effectively DOUBLE the size of ALL American Middle Class family weekly paychecks and cause our local city and town economies to boom,” the group promises on its Facebook page.

Now you can laugh at this all you want (the godless secular socialists at Wonkette certainly allowed themselves a few guffaws), but hey, the scamsters at Tea Party Nation, who get quoted all the time as a legitimate political force, have endorsed the march, and the Washington Times account that first got my attention plays the pretensions of the protestors pretty straight, though they don’t offer advice about how to deal with the disruptions of traffic and retail sales a 30-million-person revolution might entail for locals.

The interesting kernel in this bushel-basket of craziness is that it truly does reflect the belief of “constitutional conservatives” that democratic means are but one, and not necessarily the most appropriate, way of dealing with the secular-socialist takeover of America they perceive as having happened over the last century or so. God and the Founders set up a perfect Republic (give or take the concessions to human bondage) that is eternally the only legitimate governing model for this country, and no manner of democratic elections, constitutional amendments, or judicial interpretations should be treated as durable obstacles to its restoration by any means necessary. While these “revolutionary patriots” may be a tad over-optimistic about the levels of popular support they currently enjoy, from their point of view that really doesn’t matter: they are the sole authentic representatives of the American Idea, and once they do have the firepower to impose their will on the rest of us, they won’t bother with elections to get the deed done.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.