“By the summer of 2010, we will be in a revolution of some sort, or there will be a complete breakdown of civil society.”
Nah, today’s American can’t be bothered—ignorance is bliss and bliss is IN, baby! Hope and change! That FEELS GOOD!
“Get off your ass and fight!” Well, that does not FEEL
Kiss what the founders created GOODBYE.
Who’s going to fight? Modern Americans are a bunch of whining pansies compared to the scrappy founders.
Nah, we’ll continue to rot and eventually be absorbed by some EU-like entity.
America’s best days are truly behind her.
The rest is socialism, stagnation, infighting—like a nagging cramp, but no fight will break out—not a chance.
Sad to say, I think you are right.
It’s over. The American dream is over.
No job except deadening government jobs for the loyal and protected classes.
Inadequate heat in the winter.
Inadequate cooling in summer.
Inadequate power at high prices everywhere, all the time.
Inadequate food stamp money to feed your family, let alone feed them organics.
Inadequate income for trips to Cuba.
Inadequate donations to their causes and NGOs. Favoritism between factions for government grants.
The younger generation is very interconnected, thanks to technology. They know people everywhere, know the economic conditions, the outrages, the betrayals. Only a few can hope to benefit in a totalitarian regime. The rest are going to begin to seethe.
I predict that the upper income liberals who figured zerO and the donks couldn't upset their comfy apple cart will be the first defectors. Middle income folks of all ideologies and colors are going to get very nervous about terrorists being set free, tried for other crimes or incarcerated in their nearby prisons, which see escapes on a regular basis. The lower income classes are going to get nothing but crumbs, as usual, and they will resent it. The perpetually angry will either be bought off or become the target of envy and jealousy from the not-so-fortunate, but just as angry, cadres.
There's going to be plenty of fighting. Only 1/3 fought against tyranny, back in the founders' day.
As for us, a poster last night or today recommended what amounts to *monkey-wrenching* the regime. Increase your taxable deductions. Slow spending for all but necessities. Barter for whatever you can. Take whatever you are eligible for that is being passed out and still don't vote for them. Go on virtual or actual strike, depending on your circumstances. If you are in a position to cost the regime time and money without becoming a target, do so. Everyone can think of several ways to resist.
If the regime is forced to continually badger and pressure folks from every demographic and every ideology, they are going to be run ragged just doing CYA and PR while herding cats. Nothing ever works in a communist society, anyway.
Everyone is too smart to think they could stage a physical battle and become anything but tank tread material ala Tiananmen Square.