When Revolution Starts …

Words from someone that I consider an otherwise reliable Republican voter:

“Parties are polarized due to a lot of reasons, fractionated population will little common ground. Only when more middle class get fired and lose their homes do things change. Rich people make money in good and bad times. [The] Poor always get screwed. But when middle class gets pushed into the lower class than REVOLUTION starts.”

— Doug R, somewhere in Florida


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3 responses to “When Revolution Starts …

  1. …sounds like the rhetoric of the late 18th Century (1770 something). Thomas Paine’s Common Sense comes to mind.

    Everyone claims Jefferson as their own (as they should). One of my favorite Jefferson quotes is from a letter to William Stevens Smith (November 13, 1787), “God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty . . . And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

    I think our leaders have been warned.

  2. Wm. Corzine

    This is exactly what we have forgotten how to do – to make our voices heard. Instead, we are ‘pacified’ with choice words reminding us that all that the ‘tyrant’ does is in our best interests. We are constantly told how much better our lives are, here, than in any other place or time. That may be so … but, at what cost?

  3. I’m not sure it’s about class warfare. I think it’s more about politicians versus people. Our two-party system has clobbered us. It needs to be systematically dismantled and rebuilt. The more I think about it, the more I’m investing in the idea of every one of us LEAVING our political parties and becoming Independents. I’m starting to try and mobilize the women in this direction. http://www.girlrebels.com.

    Unfortunately, I think we are too comfortable to start a revolution. We are still fat, happy, and consumed with consuming. Not quite enough pain to get people to take to the streets. But “unaffiliating” from the Dems or Repubs is quick and easy. If enough of us left and closed our checkbooks, what power would they have anyway?

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