You have probably seen him before on your drive. His name is Roy Gleiter and he has been living on the side of the road in Pueblo County for the last six months.
Gleiter is homeless, but refuses to stay at a shelter. That’s because he says he is on a mission to show people how to turn their problems into opportunities, something he is trying to do.
He tells 11 News that after being left homeless by Hurricane Katrina he decided to use his circumstances to create change in the country. He believes that it’s not circumstances that make us who we are, but the choices you make after them.
By living in these difficult conditions and pulling a wagon thousands of miles he hopes to encourage people to be the change they want to see in the world by demanding more of themselves and our nation’s leaders. He says he hopes Americans will return to the virtues that he believs built this nation in the first place. People who sacrifice to better themselves and their families, who want to explore, build, create, and improve.
“Because of this mentality of struggling and striving and trying to improve ourselves and our families lives and our community’s lives is how we built a great nation, how people have accomplished immense things to impact the whole world. But the truth is we have crawled onto our knees and i don’t know about you, but I’m tired of it,” said Gleiter.
He thinks America has lost its sense of accountability and responsibility, and that the “average Joe” can bring it back.
“I’ve seen them kill my country, rob us blind, steal my kids’ and my grandkids’ future and turn us into something I found abominable,” said Gleiter.
Gleiter says in today’s world people are too busy complaining, instead of doing something to fix the problem. Instead of complaining about politicians, he thinks people should step up to the plate and become one. He says that our nation has turned into a nation where people sacrificed to a nation of selfish spending.
He sas he is on a protest march for the middle and upper class and thinks simple steps by them will go a long way. He encourages people to call or write a letter to their local, state, or nation’s leaders.
“If I call a local politician they assume I am calling for 1,000 people who never picked up the phone. If I talk to someone at the state level they assume I am speaking for almost 30,000 people that didn’t make the call. If I call a national politician they assume its at least for 25,000 people. So picking up the phone or dropping an email can make a difference,” said Gleiter.
He thinks if America works to save itself and focuses on smaller more focused governments and a free economy, then this country can be a “solution for the world’s problems.”
He also believes in a flat tax rate based on what you spend not earn, free education for people so they can be educated enough to create a better future, that the Federal Reserve needs to give the government back its right to print our money, and that corporations need to be taken out of politics.
Gleiter also has some plans on how to better utilize food, water and energy.
He hopes to inspire people to improve America by stepping up, taking responsibility, holding leaders to a higher standard, and creating change instead of waiting for it.
“We need to step up and start saying ‘Enough is enough. Because if I can cause you to say that with me, that makes us ‘We the People’, the most terrifying thing that exists in this nation. This Nation was built by ‘We the People’, sustained by ‘We the People’ and will be either remade or destroyed by ‘We the People’,” said Gleiter.
He fears if people don’t act soon it will be the end of America, which in turn will destroy the rest of the world.
“It’s like the death of Rome, the circus and money control our politics,” said Gleiter.
His wagon is full of the items Gleiter salvaged from his lost trailer home. He has a harness that he uses to pull the wagon. He lives in the tent with a friend of the family he calls “mom” who does suffer from mental illness. He also has two dogs.
He says he has pulled his wagon more than 7,000 miles. His trek started in Washington D.C. in 2007 and will end in Washington State. He plans to start making his way there in next summer.