CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Flags saying “Don’t tread on me,” signs calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama and honking horns of support greeted those attending Saturday night’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in the Capitol City.

Photo by Shauna Johnson

Passing drivers honked their horns to support the protesters outside of the Charleston Civic Center on Saturday.

Vice President Joe Biden was the featured speaker for the annual state Democratic Party fundraiser which was dedicated, this year, to outgoing U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) who will leave the U.S. Senate next year following 50 years of public service.

Keith Morgan, president of the West Virginia Citizens Defense League, said the message of many of the protesters outside of the Charleston Civic Center Saturday, though, was aimed at U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) who introduced Biden during the event.

“We’re protesting Senator Elmer Fudd, also known as Senator Joe Manchin, for pushing for more federal laws that the federal government isn’t enforcing to begin with,” said Morgan.

“We’ve got people with signs with flip flops on them.  I mean, the guy (Manchin) was elected by shooting a rifle at a cap and trade bill to get the gun vote and then he goes to Washington and stabs West Virginia in the back.”

Earlier this year, Manchin was one of the lead sponsors of legislation that would have expanded background check requirements to private guns sales at gun shows and online.  The measure, which failed, was a compromise from an earlier proposal that would have required background checks on all sales between private parties with limited exceptions.

More recently, Manchin has said he’s not going to push for any new gun debate unless there is an increase in support for the effort on Capitol Hill.

Dozens of people were part of Saturday’s protest.

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  • Patriot

    Great comments, but lets focus on facts, what Dorene said is fairly accurate but then went to a personal opinion which is ok and in fact good dialog, I say look at the Nepotism issue and then look for ways to correct it. What's the best course of action to address and request redress for these actions?

    1. Start a online petition, start a Facebook page that points out the facts and then look to media to assist you in gaining a public debate on the issues.

    2. Contact the state party chairmen for the Democrat, Republican, Libertarian and Constitution Parties and ask all for an opinion then post it or better yet set up an open public debate on the issues and get an opinion from party leaders and make a list of appropriate courses of action.

    Violence and ranting does little to change anything and truly a leader that uses such tactics has no true following but yet have those following due to fear or ignorance, leadership is action not a position. Marches and sign waving does put a message out at times if done right with a level of dignity snd honor, but I tell you that public exposure and a publishing of FACTS with proof makes great positive changes, just look at the issues in southern WV, that came from exposing the truth with facts.

    To be a good American patriot means to accept the fact that everyone will not agree with you and then respecting and protecting that freedom to do so at all costs. Right now I see lots of saber rattling and intimidation for one sided causes that don't include respecting the diversity and protecting others who may disagree with you.

  • Dorene J Kitzmiller

    I am very disappointed in our legislators! our freedom is slowly being taken from us & they are too dumb - too political minded to see what's going on. I couldn't believe when Manchion removed the President of wv state Board of Education, and put his wife there. I called it nepotism - and it is; what made her greater than Wade? Signs of the time - freedom slowly ebbing to DICTATOR - huge national debts - who will pay - and yet still borrowing. If I don't have $$$ I don't spend

  • Ripsnorter

    WVU should be ashamed that someone of your ilk would use the WVU reference in their E-mail address. If West Virginia is so backward, racist, and uneducated and you consider yourself above us, why are you here ? Surely you are aware of the fact that the democrats have had control of this state for nearly 80 years and have contributed overwhelming to our ranking. obama and biden are a disgrace to this country and deserve NO respect -- to the degree that I refuse to capitalize their names when referring to them. The very first time I ever heard really positive comments about West Virginia was in New Jersey after Arch Moore was first elected governor. As our 1st lady would no doubt say, " For the first time in my adult life I am/was proud of my country/state "

  • Patriot

    Oh brother all these rants solve nothing, it's truly a shame how low we have sunk attacking fellow Americans. Both your sides are full of hate and a load of crap all spew to try and justify that hate. Try civil and reasonable discussions that lay out facts.

    1. Has anyone had their guns taken away in West Virginia for any reason except a serious criminal or mental issue?

    2. Has anyone knocked on any of your doors asking you or forcing you to buy a firearm or demanding you give up your individual liberal or conservative freedom?

    3. Has anyone on here been arrested for "civil" demonstrations or for addressing political leadership up to the POTUS if your dusatisfaction in the management of the country over the last 25 years?

    4. Does anyone know what president sent troops in to quell a Veterans demonstration in DC? Who and what year.

    5. In the last government shut down how many demonstrators that physically removed barricades were beaten, killed or arrested on orders from the current president?

    6. How many have truly been oppressed in the last 10 years for their beliefs, race, sex, sexual orientation or any other reason? If so when and how?

    I call BS on both sides of this fight and both try to cause panic to drive membership up and create a problem that truly is not as bad as many on both sides are claiming. Try civil discussion and breaking down the FACT not assumed or possibles based on rumor, I own guns and I am a Christian and Veteran and feel that the rhetoric on both sides is truly exaggerated and driven by those who have no intent on truly embracing the concept of Liberty and Justice for ALL and instead seek to boost their own agendas, facts are Liberty, Freedom and Justice is even for those you disagree with and is required to continue to be the America of our forefathers. Everyone has the right to express their views and live in peace, but when it goes to just vile hate filled talk that solves nothing and does nothing to honor our country or constitution.

    • Charleston,WV

      Well stated!

  • Jesse's girl

    The phrase: "A glittering jewel of colossal ignorance" should be accompanied by your picture.

  • C. F. T.

    WVU999, you spew so much hate and arrogance, why? Are you so much smarter than the rest?. I would pass and ignore your post but for your disdain for Christians, for which our country allows freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.

  • David Kennedy

    Mr. Manchin made one huge mistake when he opposed the policies of the National Rifle Association.
    This will haunt him for the remainder of his life.
    If he had came fully on board he could have been President of the USA.
    Now he is relegated to 'bootlicking the Hillary's, Kerry's or Bloomburgs for a 2nd rate position as Vice-President.
    More and more, our country is a 'conceal and carry country...the people are afraid and feel that the only recourse is self-protection.
    That NRA money will talk in the next election and Moderates and Liberals will side with the Conservatives. I look for America to be saved by its people again...

    • Chuck

      I agree that more people are turning to "SELF protecion" than ever before but when you say NRA money you make it sound like they are one of the biggest lobbiest in D.C. in truth there are dozens of groups with ten times the money of the NRA, you can look that up, the difference is going to be PEOPLE, non members who are tired of being lied to and walked over and who are slowly starting to discover that you can't just turn to government for your healthcare or to pay your bills and especialy your protection.

  • Joe

    Someone told me Manchin's the man to talk to to obtain an MBA.

  • Doug

    This is whats wrong with this country. YOU WVU999! Someone doesnt agree with Obama and they become a racist. How quick you forget that Obama is just as much WHITE as he is BLACK. Yet for some reason, he is considered black. I disagree with him because of his policies, or lack of I should say. Jimmy Carter is the happiest man in America. Racist.....that's the only thing you can say. You have said it before. The only people who keep racism alive are people like you. How in the hell did he get elected president if this is all about race. And don't say it's racist because the majority of white people voted for the other guys in the elections because in North Carolina, Obama got about 95% of the black vote. Why is that not racist. You claim that white people voted for Romney and McCain because they were white. What about the black people that voted for Obama just because he was black. Isn't that the same or does that make me racist? You don't even know what color I am. That doesn't even matter. We should all be only Americans. Not African American, Hispanic Americans, or European Americans.

    • wvu999

      You voted for a convict from Texas at a rate of over 40% and claim it's because of his policies not race.

  • ConservativeRealist

    I respect the office, but I don't have to respect the man. BTW, when is the man going to show some respect for the office?...when is he going to put his hand over his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance?...when is he going to respect the sacrifices of the military?...when is he going to show some respect for the Constitution and stop issuing Executive Orders that directly are designed to usurp the separation of powers?

    • Jason412

      You can find videos on youtube of obama aith his hand over his heart during The Pledge of Allegiance as well as thanking the troops for their sacrifices as much as any President in recent history. I tried to post links but it got moderated for some reason

      Im not defending Obama by any means and dont like him but misinformation benefits no one.

      • Don WV

        If you don't like misinformation....................................................QUIT SPREADING IT!!!!

      • ConservativeRealist

        I appreciate the feedbackJason but I have seen over twenty (20) videos of Mr. Obama standing there kind of blase' while the Pledge is being read - not only when he was a Senator but also when he was President. I am sure his handlers brought these faux pas to his attention and he has to "adjust".

        As to his honoring troops, with the new information about "phony" ceremonies with empty caskets, the Arlington Cemetery fiasco, and his mishandling of Benghazi, I don't think he has endered himself to the least not the ones I know.

      • WVU86

        Good points Jason. The myth of the Obama and hand-over-heart has been debunked many times over. As for ConReal other points, again, you accurately debunk other lies about Obama. And for Executive Orders, research will show that many presidents, Republicans and Dems alike, have used them. I did not vote for Obama and would never vote for him for anything. But until folks like Conservative can fault the current prez on facts (and there are many) and not goofy stories like the Pledge; just like Dems and liberals were doing the same to Bush II, the political system in this country will never work in its intended way, to which we all will continue to suffer, Rs, Dems, Independents and all others.

  • Conservative Professor

    Mr. Manchin, I believe, is the Democrats' Chris Christie -- trying to be all things to all people. If someone tries to be everything to everyone, he/she is nothing to everyone. For heaven's sake, Mr. Manchin, take a stand. Stand on principles -- your state is drowning in Obama regulatory policies. Where are you? Introducing Joe Biden? Is campaign financing so important to you that you diss your own constituents? I guess so. Shame on you, Mr. Manchin.

  • george

    The last 6 years have been horrible for Our Nation.......No jobs, religious freedom attacked, still killing babies, no roads, no respect for the USA, too much inflation, Russia has to bail us out of war, foreign relations have been destroyed.....and West Virginia still ranks near the bottom in almost every category.............yep lets keep putting the Dems back in office................................

  • Independent View

    thornton, your posts always appear with one or two objectives: 1) rail against others who's beliefs do not align with yours, or 2) your complacency is akin to what has caused most of the problems this country is facing, i.e., standing idly by and trusting politicians who believe that THEY know what is best for everyone.
    And, I beg to differ. Although I do not mail checks monthly to the NRA, the are the best defense we have as those Americans who belive in and hold the constitution sacred. Maybe the WV Citizens Defense may seem somewhat radical to you, however, I say, that's what needed. Those such as Bloomburg, Emanuel, Schumer, Feinstein, Boxer, Biden and the "Chosen One," do not hesitate to employ militant tactics, violate or ignore the law, spin lies, use selected quotes from statistical analysis to bolster their Left-Wingnut agenda. So, maybe the WVCDL is just what is needed to thwart the efforts of those attacking the 2nd Amendment.
    @wvu999--Obviously, you are still drinking the "Chosen One's" Koolaid. Put down the crack pipe and as soon as your mind clears, stop calling folks exercising their constitutional rights idiots! And, your concern that those demonstrators were an "embarrassment" with the VP in town??? You've got to be kidding--The VP IS THE REAL EMBARRASSMENT! Biden is a Baffoon in a suit & tie!

    • wvrefugee

      I assume you are a Doomsday Prepper as well???? Lunatic!

      • Charleston,WV

        Wvrefugee: I am confused with your cynicism towards prepping. If I am not mistaken, doesn't our very own Federal Government, aka FEMA indicate on its website that every United States citizen be prepared in case of an emergency? What gives?
        Now mind you, I am not saying you need to take certain extremes that are glamorized on the National Geographic channel, but to not be prepared in case of an emergency situation? I'll take a preppers side on this one.

  • thornton

    Not a Manchin fan but neither am I a fan of these people who strike me most as likely believing in the silly NRA fear mongering.

    Lot of dolts out and about these days defining the issues from extreme perspectives. None of which is helpful to taking steps ahead for the country.

    • Wes

      thornton..Since 1934, those with an agenda have been coming to the table on which rests the ¨cake¨ that is our second amendment rights ...and each time they have said the same thing...In 34 they said ¨give me half your cake and we will all be safer.¨ In 1968 they came back to the table and said.. ¨Lets compromise..Give me just this slice of your cake and we will all be safer¨. In the 80`s they came back for another slice. That strategy has continued to this day so that now we are left with one thin slice of the cake the founders gave us. The founders made it clear that the second is the guardian of all the rest. If standing on what was given to us by men like Madison, Mason, and Jefferson is ¨defining the issues from an extreme perspective¨, then you may definitely add me to your list of extremists.

  • Maynard

    Remember the "Open for Business" mantra the Manchin administration? WV is now $40+ million short of revenue projections and blaming the shortfall on gaming competition in other states. Anyone can order minions to cut budgets; it takes an innovative, intelligent leader to grow a state budget via a diversified economy. Please don't elect this career politician for Governor in 2016.