The Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment group for the state of Florida recently changed to a new FaceBook group with a different name “Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment – Florida” became “Overpasses for America ~ Florida,” thus dropping “Obama” and “Impeachment” from their new name.
Apparently, the group lost lost over half the members of the Florida state group when they removed “impeach Obama” from their name. The old group had more than 3,000 members and the new group has less than 1,300 members. They are also doing the same thing in other states shedding about a half to two-thirds of their members.
This continues a trend of the group moving away from the tough issue of confronting Obama with the constitutional process of removing him from office towards more a more diffuse and fluffy, but perhaps safer and more profitable, goal of “restoring the Republic.” There has been a trend of declining number of impeach Obama events for the last few months by the newly re-named “Overpasses for America” organization.
A number of independent, locally-organized, unpaid, volunteer groups for Obama’s impeachment have been started recently, as an alternative to Overpasses for America. Though they have a fraction of the membership, Independent groups have recently been organizing more and bigger impeach Obama events than the so-called “Overpasses” group. See the video below by one such independent group. To organize impeach-Obama protests, it is not necessary to support the OfA leadership financially in their quest for a higher standard of living for themselves. Local groups can organize and do it on their own.
Speculation for the purpose of the name change is that it is potentially easier to collect donations from large donors, if the purpose of the group is not about Obama’s impeachment, an often socially unacceptable topic among establishment Republican types and other potential contributors. A number of the organizers for the group left in the fall due to allegations of misuse of donated funds by the leadership of the now “Overpasses for America” organization.