OPINION: BY JEFFREY A FRIEDBERG
You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world….
—The Beatles, Lennon-Macartney, REVOLUTION, 1968
As I’ve asked before, “Where do you go to have a revolution?”
Is there a special rally point on a map? What does one do when they get there; if they make it there?
What are the rules of engagement? Who and what is the target. When and where is lunch? Where’s the water truck?
Who’s in charge?
I used to think the “revolution” being called for—screamed for—was not coming.
In the first American Revolution only 30% of the populace “bothered.” But they had real leaders; real men; guys who took the point and led from the front —daring canon and shot as it tore past, making holes in their coats.
So, I never thought there would or could ever really be an armed revolt in America.
I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT.
Conservatives and Republicans don’t protest. They don’t march; they don’t burn things down; they don’t lie hysterically EVERYwhere possible. Not like Democrats do.
The “Socialist,” Uninformed—those who don’t actually know what socialism really is, or how communism fits in. Or that communism has murdered 100,000,000 (MILLION) people. Our silicon social warriors, our radicalized college and high school stoonts, our suburban housewives, our aging hippies, millennials, celebrities, masked thugs, Hollywood and TV stars, news moguls, zillionaire entertainers, kneelers, and others. They have no idea what they call for.
Nobody ever taught them the evil of communism. The hopelessness of socialism. All those dead in streets and pits. The terrified, the hospitalized, and the hidden. The loss of individualism. The absence of imagination and creativity under totalitarian rule. The dehumanization. The enslavement.
No—the whole socialist thing sounds just swell to Uninformed Socialists. The worshippers of a fake, unicorn, bogus “Equality.” Where are all pulled down to the lowest level—not raised up in any “tide that lifts all boats.”
Conservatives and Republicans could have a breaking point. I don’t know.
It could happen in 2020, during or shortly after the Presidential election. The democrats could push things too far—even as Donald Trump sweeps them away like the political garbage they have become and are and always will be.
Democrats could push things too far—by stealing votes, by slander and libel, and by other lying, crooked means—possibly including disruption of the election itself.
—And maybe even by attempted or a ripened assassination.
Something along those lines might finally do it.
Something like that might finally set free the voices and actions of Thomas Paine, George Washington, the Green Mountain Boys—and others.
Released, they might come….
Omaha Beach, Anzio, the Battle Of The Bulge, Iwo Jima, Midway, Pearl Harbor, Treblinka, Auschwitz, Dien Bien Phu, Tet, Pleiku, Kandahar, Fallujah, and more —all those vengeful spirits raging to trample and set wrongs right— where wrath bursts to life, and maybe marches—unstoppable.
It would be a short war….
…and the world changed forever.
But…I don’t know.