Americans Believe an Armed Revolution Will Happen In a Few Years

Nearly 1/3rd of Americans Think an Armed Revolution Will Happen

Nearly 1/3rd of Americans Think an Armed Revolution Will Happen

My wife and I lived through many government debacles, including three wars that devastated our economy, and cost thousands of lives, none of which were elected officials or their family.  In a recent poll, nearly 1/3rd of Americans believe that an armed revolution will be necessary in the next few years.

Even the poll takers were somewhat surprised.  Those of us who pay attention to such things are aware that our congress has an approval rating inching towards the single digits, but who knew that everyone is paying attention?

I believe it may have begun with the bailouts of the banking industry and major corporations who were in reality the ones who caused our near depression.  While working class Americans struggled, the wealthy and our elected officials flourished.  And we did notice.

The survey, which was conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University, revealed that 29% of those polled believe we, the majority, will have to forcibly take back our civil liberties.  The poll was of 863 registered voters, and was conducted April 22-28.  Only 47% said that a revolution would not occur, and the remainder were uncertain.

I understand polls, and I am aware the sampling may have been too small, and the demographics were unclear.  But those of us in the real world have witnessed discussion of this for some time.

While our government is entirely out of touch with the average American, those of us in the ‘real world’ have witnessed this sort of conversation, which at first seemed like a far-fetched idea, for a growing period of time.  Our government is in the process of creating a new third world country, and it is us.

Applications for gun permits, guns and ammunition are on the rise.  At first indications were that fear of some sort of gun control was the driving motive.  Now questions are arising about a growing anger and disdain for our governing body, and there may be other reasons.

The ego of our elected officials is off the charts.  Neither party truly has concern for their constituents, and it is becoming more obvious that not only those of us who pay close scrutiny to the daily workings of our government, have a monopoly of the awareness of their criminality.  When lobbies run our country, drastic actions may be the only way to affect real change.

Of those 29%, 44% were Republicans who were opposed to any new form of gun control.  Although liberals are generally less aggressive, and advocate less violent action, the rumblings of a new order intrigue many of them.

Our government is nearly 180 degrees in opposition to the intentions of our founding fathers.  We have become a country governed by politicians, instead of civil servants, and we are ruled by men and women with self-serving goals and intentions.

I know that my age group is primarily made up of flag wavers, but I’m not one of them.  I love the people of my country, whether I agree with them or not.  Our flag has become a political tool, force-feeding emotion to the average man and woman.  Our government’s flag is the dollar bill, and they make millions of them for themselves.

One of my favorite quotes was by John F. Kennedy:  “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

Henry Miller had another:  “We have two American flags always: one for the rich and one for the poor. When the rich fly it means that things are under control; when the poor fly it means danger, revolution, anarchy.”

And the simplest, the most direct, might have been said by President Woodrow Wilson:  “The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation.”

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express