posted on Aug, 10 2011 @ 12:28 PM
Once again... let's put things in perspective.
In 1776, only 30% of American colonists wanted revolution and independence from England.
In 1860-61, most of the southern states did not want to seceede from the Union...and even after 7 states seceeded, the other southern states
hesitated. According to the diaries, newspapers, and editorials of the times... a disproportionate number of southerners did not want war nor
independence from the US.
As late as 1863-64...North Carolina almost broke out in civil strife as loyalties to the US were overwhelming.
In 1917 and again in 1940-41...the US hesitated taking sides and getting involved in a war.
Point is...Americans generally as a whole do not like violence and civil strife in any form. As previously pointed out, only after things get so bad
will Americans protest on a mass level.
Protests against the Civil War, marches for Populists Programs during the Great Depression, protests against the Viet Nam War, for Civil Rights, are
all good examples of how Americans have protested against a shocking and divisive injustice.
One of the things that makes Americans unique is that we tend to show our anger, anxiety, indignation in progressive waves...First, we call and write
our legislators, or go to local rallies, and send letters to the editor.
Next, we start organizing rallies, we posts posters and bumper stickers and make a point to get out the votes.... after all, that is what a democratic
republic does and that is what we are. I believe this is where we are now.
Next, and this is what the OP is wondering about....we have mass protests and they may become violent. Civil disobedience.
As the government/ civil authorities try to respond and implement restrictions and curfews...the impression of the populace is one of tyrrany and
oppression and unjust persecution.
This leads to outright violent protests and armed uprisings at a local level... unintended confrontations that stir the pot a bit too much and really
cause things to unexpectedly sprial out of control.
To the OP.... hope and pray that things never reach the level here that you are talking about. There are numerous restrictions in Europe that control
the use and availabilty of firearms. Not so here in the USA. Instead of molotov cocktails and rocks and baseball bats....
Here in NC or Texas or Nebraska or Virginia or Montana or Georgia.... it will be a disgruntled citizenry armed with AK 47s, AR 15s, Ruger Mini 14s,
Mossberg Shotguns, P 85s, Colt45s, and so on.... and we also have veterans of Viet Nam, the Gulf Wars, Afghanistan, Grenada, Panama, etc that are
equally disgruntled and disturbed by the direction this country has taken.
Then throw in the real wackos...the armed fringe militia sort...that have illegal weapons and weapon systems... and they do exist....you have the
possibilty of the USA looking like Bosnia.
I think most Americans realize that, and that is why they are so hesitant to start down that path.
As bad as things are, they will have to get worse before we take to the streets.
By the way, How old are you? Where do you live? Here in NC, most of the people...myself included that are beset by hard times are working extra, doing
all sorts of odd jobs, supporting their families and farms the best we can...and things are tough...but we seem to be doing OK.
Most of the people that I know or talk with that lost jobs are working where they can and starting up their own businesses.....I spent the morning
cutting firewood to use and sell this winter. I have hogs that I am breeding to sell pigs next year.
For those that live in the suburbs and cities...they are doing landscaping, cutting grass, working several part time jobs....things are tough, but we
all seem to be managing OK. In fact, I have had 2 people that work for me leave for better jobs in the last 6 months...and I was happy for them.
Frankly, I think if those that are so disgruntled... would work at education, skills developement, and trying to work at something...instead of
protesting...they might find a solution to some of their problems.