The USA is primed for a revolution and/or a civil war; let us make it a nonviolent event should it occur. The midterm 2018 election for congressional control and the 2020 Presidential race will have a lot to do with the making of these possible events. The FRC business venture, featuring the Economic Inequality Rating App, (EIRA) is a means to bring about law-abiding peaceful change.
Will a civil war, with all of its chaos, morbidity, mortality, and economic collapse, really happen?
31% Think U.S. Civil War Likely Soon
From Rasmussen Reports in Politics http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_ ... ikely_soon
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Thirty-one percent (31%) of Likely U.S. Voters say it’s likely that the United States will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years, with 11% who say it’s Very Likely.
Robert Reich, a pillar of liberal thought, presents the following frightful scenarios,
New American Journal
Are We Headed for Another Civil War?
June 9, 2018 https://www.newamericanjournal.net/2018 ... civil-war/
Imagine that an impeachment resolution against Trump passes the House. Trump claims it’s the work of the “deep state.” Fox News’s Sean Hannity demands every honest patriot take to the streets. Rightwing social media call for war. As insurrection spreads, Trump commands the armed forces to side with the “patriots.”
Or it’s November 2020 and Trump has lost the election. He charges voter fraud, claiming that the “deep state” organized tens of millions of illegal immigrants to vote against him, and says he has an obligation not to step down. Demonstrations and riots ensue. Trump commands the armed forces to put them down.
If these sound far-fetched, consider Trump’s torrent of lies, his admiration for foreign dictators, his off-hand jokes about being “president for life” (Xi Xinping “was able to do that,” he told admirers in March. “I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll give that a shot some day.’), and his increasing invocation of a “deep state” plot against him.
The United States is premised on an agreement about how to deal with our disagreements. It’s called the Constitution. We trust our system of government enough that we abide by its outcomes even though we may disagree with them. Only once in our history – in 1861 – did enough of us distrust the system so much we succumbed to civil war.
But what happens if a president claims our system is no longer trustworthy?
The esteemed opinion columnist for The New York Times, Thomas Friedman, recently weighed in on the matter of a possible civil war,
The American Civil War, Part II
Thomas Friedman, New York Times October 3, 2018 https://lasvegassun.com/news/2018/oct/0 ... r-part-ii/
The nation is deeply divided, with each side seeing the other as “the enemy.”
I began my journalism career covering a civil war in Lebanon. I never thought I would end my career covering a civil war in America.
We may not be there yet, but if we do not turn around now, we will surely get where we are going — which was best described by Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., on Monday: “Tribalism is ruining us. It is tearing our country apart. It is no way for sane adults to act.”
What stops it? When a majority of Americans, who are still center-left and center-right, come together and vote only for lawmakers who have the courage to demand a stop to it — now, right now, not just when they are leaving office or on their death beds.
But even this notion is under attack,
Thomas L. Friedman Acknowledges "The American Civil War, Part II" - but omits a key element.
Wednesday October 03, 2018 https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/1 ... ey-element
Friedman calls on the center-left and the center-right to come together and vote for politicians to put a stop to this. The problem with that is that there is no center-right any more, just an increasingly extreme minority consolidating power by every means they can get away with, whether it’s rigging FBI investigations, stealing a Supreme Court seat, or colluding with Russia to steal an election. They are openly looting the country, trashing the rule of law, and using racism and worse to energize their base.
So often we now read the words partisanship, tribalism, polarization, divided, fractured, and the like, all pointing the momentum going in the same direction, so much so that we need to ask the question,
Is the US going to have a second civil war?
Jim Moore, Journalist https://www.quora.com/Is-the-US-going-t ... -civil-war
With an enormous disparity in wealth distribution, with immigration anxieties and xenophobia burrowing into even the smallest towns, with political divisiveness at or above the boiling point, with tax, education, and healthcare issues threatening the middle class at every turn—pitting the haves against the barely haves against the have-nothings—it is apparent to me that we are seeing incivility and conflict running rampant across the American landscape. There is a fire growing, and it is fueled by the very dry and apparently plentiful tinder of unethical, irresponsible, and careless behavior of national leadership.
Such uncivil conflict may not rise to the bar of armed aggression between states and countrymen, but the background noises caused by rising personal and community frustrations, blustering moral position-taking and righteous chest beating, Macedonian cries from many corners of the country, and the steady uptick of almost fascistic executive orders from a president who appears soulless to many, and outright dangerous to many others…that noise is, to my mind, the drumbeats of a war-in-the-making.
As I have stated previously,
Revolutions, as in the colloquial sense of overthrowing a government or economic system, are many times rapid, explosive, bloody, and with unpredictable results. Yet I hear many people calling for revolution in this manner without really thinking about the real consequences. For example, the Civil War here the USA caused approximately 750,000 deaths. This accounted for about 2.5% of the population at that time being lost. In today's terms, with a USA population of nearly 320 million people, this percentage is equivalent to the loss of 8.13 million people. To put this into perspective, nearly all of our largest city, New York City with its 8.5 million people, would be annihilated. It would mean a massive amount of suffering and this does not even account for the associated morbidity.
From our discussions, Dr. Heetun has expressed to me her desire not to invoke this type of radical revolution. Rather it would be the nature of the non-violent type of revolution. This involves creating change more in line with the philosophy of Gandhi's non-violent resistance. Bye the way, this resonates well with my own philosophy of how change should take place.
The first American Civil War was based in large part upon slavery; a second Civil war will be based in large part up New Age Slavery,
Under the FRC topic of New Age Slavery I wrote in post #2,
Most assuredly Wage Inequality causes slavery, just not the type stereotypically portrayed on television or in the movies. When many people think of slavery they think of modern day Blacks or ancient Jews in the days of the Pharos. The slave, bound with ropes or iron shackles, was restrict in their freedom and forced to perform tasks they otherwise would not do. The conditions caused by Wage Inequality are still slavery but with the physical restraints now being replaced by economic constraints. This type of loss of freedom is slow and insidious but nevertheless real and debilitating in a physical sense. If your parents are poor, there is a greater likelihood you too will be poor. If your parents are uneducated, there is a greater likelihood you too will be uneducated. Those relegated to poorer neighborhoods are many times bound by the chains of drug addiction, poverty, crime, loss of medical attention, and the like. The fence of days gone by that restricted a servants movements is now replaced with a financial barrier of similar impenetrability. Both circumscribe the free will of the individual.
This is now slavery and on a grand worldwide scale. No longer is it restricted to small regions but rather large swaths of society are affected. Arguably one could say there are more slaves now than ever before because of population growth and the economic chains of Income Inequality encircling the planet. The resentment this is causing is growing. A ratio of 335:1 is better reserved for the gods, not CEOs who put their paints on one leg at a time like the rest of us mortals. Sooner or later merely expressing outrage will not be sufficient; it will be replaced with the fury of action.
I also wrote in post #20,
So what is this, "fury of action," to be? How will it be expressed now that we have been shackled and crammed into an unfair cage?
We know with certainty the new Tax Plan will dramatically increase economic inequality. With this comes the inevitable worsening of negative outcomes regarding health and social problems in near lockstep. Listed below are some of these inevitable outcomes as referenced from the research shown in Richard Wilkinson's video:
Life expectancy (decreased)
Math and Literacy (decreased)
Infant Mortality (increased)
Teenage births (increased)
Mental illness (increased) including drug addiction and alcoholism
Social mobility (decreased)
When combined in a synergistic manner, these negative outcomes will create a toxic stew of combustible grievances mostly in the poorest communities with some parts of the middle class also being impacted. We also know how people respond to such stressors with the resultant physical and emotional suffering manifesting predictably. Eventually the community pressure cooker will explode with fragments of rage and violence in an attempt to lash out at those who have done them wrong; the wrong doers being those who have treated them unfairly as per the example of the monkey in the video. This is "the fury of action" I talk about.
"Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose" are the lyrics from the 1969 song, Me and Bobby McGee as sung by Janis Joplin. There is a lot of freedom gained when you have nothing left to lose. Just ask any anyone who has ever been pushed to the brink.
But "the fury of action" does not necessitate the use of force, armed insurrection, or bloodshed. Let us accomplish our goals by using our minds rather than our fists and take a cue from Gandhi as he said,
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
And shake we must, but do it in a gentle way.