I have a question.
After doing some research online which required my looking at signs the tea partiers put up, after knowing how hard it is to buy ammunition because of the hoarders of such, after knowing how many people feel compelled to buy machine gun type weapons, which now can be purchased easily by anybody, which are being manufactured all across this country, I began to wonder how serious is the threat of the extreme right wing trying to start a revolution?
We read in the newspapers a few months ago about a militia type group plotting to kill a sheriff as a way to trigger a revolution-- or so they thought. We know how many of the militias go into the woods or desert to train for warfare, but this kind of thing has been happening since the 1990s and likely before. How likely is it that if they can't win what they want by voting that they will turn on their own country and try to take it over?
I live out where that kind of thing makes me feel uneasy as we are a long way from routine police patrols. We do have a fair number of militia types who would probably like the idea of taking power locally. If we really had something happen that led to chaos in the nation (huge natural disaster or catastrophic terrorist attack), people like them would at least try take over their own regions and run them as they pleased. Would they show up here demanding what we have that they wanted? It would be naive to not realize that kind of thing has happened in history.
To expect that militia type people are more noble than everybody else is to not know very many militia type people. The reality is they run the gamut from noble to ignoble. Some would use such an opportunity to enrich themselves if they knew there was no force to stop them.
A book fiction series has something happen that really can't but it showed the consequences to the community of suddenly being forced to face feudal times. Dies the Fire is the series I mean and when I read it, it did make me think about what would we do if...
What I wonder is how likely would a violent attempt to overthrow our government be? I guarantee that nobody could stand alone against such people. It would take those who had banded together as communities to stop the chaos from overtaking their neighborhoods. But it's not like most of us would do that if we didn't have to do that. How many of us would choose to buy assault rifles by choice. They are only for the purpose of killing humans, certainly not basic survival gear.
It's not like we haven't had such anarchy threatened before and it didn't happen. Will this be like in the past and maybe a few like Timothy McVeigh or the guy who flew his plane into the IRS office recently, but generally people respect this country and will not turn violent just to get their own way if they cannot win at the ballot box. Are the numbers of those who would do such quite small? There are militias in every state. It won't be lefties if it happens. But should lefties be prepared?
What gets me about this is all the money that goes into the kind of weapons that are only needed if there is war within our country. It reminds me of Third world Country dictatorships. Is this where we are heading? I do not want to think so.