Air Force vet takes on 143 miles for cause

Cecilia Spears
Published: Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:15 AM.

Wendell Beattie, a 28-year service veteran retired from the Air Force made his way through Bonifay on June 17 and continued on his course on June 18 through Chipley as he made his way from Crestview on foot, carrying the American flag and sporting his fatigues, all for what he said was “a more than worthy cause.”

Beattie began his journey in Crestview on June 14 after he heard the concepts and ideas of Crestville’s very own Harry Riley, the creator of Operation American Spring. Riley is retired navy intelligence, retired NSA and is known for his various local forums and letters to the editors near Crestview and Walton Beach.

“He’s been calling and writing, trying to get the American people to stand up for their rights,” said Beattie. “If you don’t stand up for your rights, then you’re going to lose them. The main goal is to restore the Constitutional government and to go about it with God’s help and the Constitution.”

He said after further research he decided to be an active participant for Operation American Spring, which has three phases.

Phase one was to “field millions, as many as ten million, patriots” into displaying a peaceable, non-violent protest against the current government leadership in Washington D.C., explained Beattie.

“For phase two we were supposed to have millions assemble and stay in Washington D.C. as long as it takes to see Obama, Biden, Reid, McConnell, Boehner, Pelosi and Attorney General Holder removed from office,” he said. “We went to D.C. on May 16 and hoped for a couple of million people only to find a couple thousand but we did deliver speeches, prayers and articles of impeachment to all congress members. When I left about a week later there was about 100 remaining to continue the protest.”

The remainder of phase two is under the assumption that the U.S. Congress will take action by impeaching the members listed and appoint replacements that are “consistent with established constitutional requirements.”

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