By John Friend —
SAN DIEGO, Calif.—Roger Ogden, the founder and leading organizer of the activist group Stop Obama Now—San Diego, is easily one of the nation’s most dedicated, determined and hardest-working activists out there today.
This reporter has been paying close attention to Mr. Ogden’s activist group, its protests, and YouTube videos, which have featured major demonstrations and public protests all across Southern California, particularly in San Diego County, for well over a year now. AMERICAN FREE PRESS recently spoke with Mr. Ogden to gain a deeper understanding of what motivates him, and to learn more about his organization and past and upcoming protests.
“I started organizing anti-Obama street protests after the Tax Day Tea Party Protests of 2009,” Ogden explained. “About a month before the election I began to realize that he was not fit for office, due to the radical influences in his background. It was a year later in August of 2010 that I first organized a protest specifically for Obama’s impeachment with about 50 to 60 participants. We also later flew a series of impeach-Obama sky-banners around the country.”
Reflecting the views of many patriotic Americans—including tea party supporters, disillusioned liberals and other independent, populist-minded Americans across the political spectrum—Ogden believes Obama is not eligible to hold the presidency, much less fit for office given his mysterious background and self-professed radical influences.
President Obama “is a malicious subversive, a pathological liar and also constitutionally ineligible,” Ogden boldly declared. “His many acts of lawlessness and his trampling of the Constitution since he was elected just confirm my early belief that he should not be in office.”
Ogden is quite suspicious of Obama’s past associations and political influences. “His associations with political revolutionaries like Bill Ayers and being a student of the methods of the notorious anarchist, Saul Alinsky, also disturbed me,” Ogden stated. “A person with his background should never have been allowed to take office in the first place.”
Obama’s dubious origins and his alleged birth certificate, publicly released by his administration as a result of pressure from conservative-leaning groups who questioned his American citizenship, also disturbed Ogden well after his suspicions of the president were already established.
“I was brought late to the understanding that he is not a natural born citizen as the founding fathers used the term, a child of citizen parents,” Ogden told this reporter. “Having a background in science and engineering, I was able to personally verify some of the arguments regarding the forged long-form birth certificate and Social Security card as being invalid.”
Ogden believes that the most pressing problem facing America today is the fact that “we have an illegitimate and erratic anti-American president who appears to have rather serious psychological issues.” Ideally, Ogden would like to see Obama impeached, but he admits that an impeachment alone would not solve all of America’s problems. However, impeachment “would be a great first step in the direction of a return to the rule of law,” Ogden opined.
The numerous public protests the group has organized and participated in have been quite successful according to Ogden, who believes that his message is gaining traction.
“We organized overpass protests last year in cooperation with Robin Hvidston of We the People Rising, which spawned a national outbreak of protests, called Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment, organized by James Neighbors of Oklahoma,” Ogden explained. “On the order of a thousand such protests took place all over the country with several thousand people participating.”
Many of the protests organized by Ogden have received attention from local media outlets in Southern California and, of course, many alternative media outlets, blogs and social media sites have covered and reported on the demonstrations as well.
In early May, Ogden and his group organized a major protest in La Jolla, Calif., a wealthy enclave in San Diego, outside an Obama fundraising event at the home of Irwin Jacobs, a top contributor to and fundraiser for the Democratic Party. This past weekend, Ogden and his group are participating in what will surely be yet another major protest outside of Angels Stadium in Irvine, Calif., where Obama will be delivering the keynote speech at the commencement ceremony for the graduating class of UC-Irvine.
“We are encouraging the start-up of independent, volunteer protest groups across the nation,” Ogden explained. “The protests need to grow to a point that they can no longer be ignored by the national media.” Ogden has set up a website to help support independent protest groups and publicize their events and activism.
Ogden is optimistic about the future. “It may still be difficult to imagine, but a sea change in the mood of the public can happen and would produce dramatic change. Internet communications have made it much easier for candidates to compete without the need to raise so much money, as we saw with Eric Cantor’s surprising primary loss to a previously unknown candidate.”
“Obama represents not just a threat, but something of an opportunity, in my opinion,” Ogden concluded. “What the broadcast media has covered up about him is incredible. If he is finally exposed and removed, the entire system will be shaken. This could well produce a third party and or a total reformation of the two major parties.”
John Friend is a California-based writer who maintains a blog.