Methinks a lot of rhetoric flying is masochistic wishful thinking: a deep hope that great evil will befall the country, desired for the meaning, if not sheer entertainment value, of having something to struggle against. Every group not in power wishes the in-power opposition would do something horrible just to justify acting on the pent-up rage and punish/rectify imagined ills.
Indeed, I’ve been hearing “President X is going to impose martial law & cancel elections!” for several decades, regardless of party of those involved. BHO’s specialty is smoky backroom deals, not leading armies in total devotion to his cause. He may buy off the election, but he can’t cancel it.
Every group not in power wishes the in-power opposition would do something horrible just to justify acting on the pent-up rage and punish/rectify imagined ills.
You're right. The long story of humanity.
“Indeed, Ive been hearing President X is going to impose martial law & cancel elections! for several decades”
BS. I sure as hell haven’t. This is the FIRST time in my lifetime I’ve heard this concern so frequently, so seriously.
I believe there is truth in your statement above. We have a deep divide in the U.S. between the philosophies of the right and left. It is like a boil that has been festering for a long time. Some in this nation, on both the right and the left, would like it lanced.
I disagree, though, with your statement that the “ills” are “imagined”. When nearly 50% or more of one’s income is confiscated in taxes, when one is forced to support programs that deeply violate one’s religious conscience, and when one must lick the boots of numberless petty bureaucrats just to open a lemon aide stand, these offenses are not “imagined”.