Yes, what kind of a revolution would you like, if you listen to the calls for another revolution by crazy Republicans who almost brought the United States to another Great Depression? If you have not had enough of the recession that the Bush Administration brought upon us, they are singing your song as they call for revolution and cast racial aspersions on our President once again.
I laughed out loud when I heard a Teabagger calling for a "second nonviolent revolution," referring to the American Revolution as though it had been a kind of Occupy Movement in Boston and Philadelphia. The American Revolution was not non-violent! It was violent as it could be--remember the term, "Revolutionary War?" That was fought with rifles, not words. And you might want to give a thought to the horrific suffering of American troops in Valley Forge before you call for the people of America to take up arms against their lawfully-elected government. The stupid double-talk and emotional pornography that has come to be associated with the Republican Party has brought it down to a level of opprobrium that it has never seen before, ever.
But let's see now, once you start talking revolution, think about what has gone before. The Civil Rights Movement has been described as a second American revolution, but the Teabaggers can't have that; under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it was really a non-violent social action. It doesn’t meet the definition of a revolution. Those who are calling for revolution today in America are politicians who are either unhinged religious fanatics or the corporate shills who have sold themselves to the corporate lobbyists. Their aim--either way--is to sell out America to their religious ideology while allowing corporations to buy and sell everything from education and health care to our national park system.
Of course the corporations have no intention of taking care of these things; they are exploitable, for money, as in unlimited oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and the death of every life form in it. Oil drilling is also largely absent in Yosemite and Yellowstone, but once the parks are bought and paid for, corporations can "rectify" that situation.
With the percentage of Americans living comfortably on their incomes shrinking rapidly, and a smaller and smaller group of us getting unimaginably rich, it is now clear that the motto of the business community is, "Get yours and to hell with everybody else." This may work for awhile longer, because it will take time for the rest of us to galvanize ourselves into action. It always does; but what follows that period of confusion and unbelief is what I am writing about today.
The American Revolution was fought for freedom--real freedom, not the parody of it that is touted by liars today who want the "freedom" to impose their beliefs on you, while you do not have the freedom to refuse. Numerous right-wing pundits have declared that their aim is to convert everyone under American sway to their brand of evangelical Christianity or put them to death. The Dominionist Movement is one face of this idea.
Democracy is the guiding principle of our government, or so it says in our Constitution. We are seeing how Republicans use their office to deprive our citizens of the right to vote, award public monies to corporations and rewrite history in their attempt to take over public education. There is a name for this principle, and it is not democracy; it is fascism. Fascism is what we would call corporate rule, as in the Senator from Big Oil and the Representative from the Moral Majority.
Not coincidentally, both the French Revolution and the Russian Revolution of 1917 were revolts against fascism. And they were ugly. The image that comes to mind from the French Revolution is the tumbrel carts conveying a whole lot of the French upper class to public execution by the guillotine. The Russian legacy of revolution is the gunning down of the Romanoff family in a cell, with their helpless children. Such was the fury of the Russian people that was finally vented against their corrupt aristocracy.
So what would you prefer? Would you like to get a grip on the Congress that is bought and paid for by voting them out of office, or do you have to wait until the situation becomes so dire for ordinary people that they drag the Koch Brothers to a public execution? I think the generic CEO who is draining millions out of his/her corporation ought to give this some thought. Think that can’t happen? Just keep in mind that radical Republicans are encouraging “preppers” who think that they are going to take on the National Guard or somebody, over the presidency of Barack Obama simply because he is African-American. Apparently that is enough to declare war on our own government, to say nothing of the millions of Americans who elected him president—twice—by millions of votes.
Mobs don't make good decisions. People who are demented from anger that has been pushed on them from Fox News and right-wing pundits and preachers don't make good decisions at the polling places. No matter how idiotic the Teabaggers are, they were lawfully elected. Their voting districts have largely been gerrymandered to insure their continued election. So what to do about that? It will have to be a change of heart in their actual Republican constituents, which seems to be happening, at least if we can believe the polls.
What will become of the un-Christian Religious Right in this scenario is simple; their pollsters, the Barna Group, have been telling them for years that they are killing the evangelical church, and their response so far has been to double down on their kamikaze preaching. They teach hate as a tenet of Christianity and preach nothing but the Old Testament despite the fact that there is no such thing as Old-Testament Christianity. They seem to think that if they push hard enough, American will convert. In reality, America is abandoning their churches.
If the evangelical church would get out of bed with the right-wing Republicans, they stand a chance of rehabilitating themselves. But they probably will not do that if they can still smell money in the declining Republican Party. Christianity does not enter into this; it is all about money, as Frank Schaeffer reveals in his book Crazy for God. Schaeffer witnessed his famous evangelist father, Francis Schaeffer, found the Moral Majority with the express intention of selling endorsements for money. This was the beginning of the Culture Wars, which are going strong in the generation that set them up, but fading to nothing with each subsequent generation.
When the dust settles, we will have some kind of revolution in this country, and to be nonviolent, it has to happen at the polling places. It will not be non-violent if militias begin to use their arsenals against the National Guard in America's fifty states, as I hope you realize. The stoking of violent sentiments by such drug-addled former celebrities as Ted Nugent is not setting us up for some kind of non-violent Teabagger revolution. You have to decide what you want, because if you don't, someone else will.
As long as people like Nugent are popular in Arizona, and as long as militias lurk along the border, the Southwest is a time bomb and we are sitting on top of it here in Tucson. Everyone who is trying to avoid it is a sitting duck for the next extremist who decides to shoot up a supermarket parking lot and bag a senator or congressman whose ideas he doesn’t agree with…unless Arizona starts becoming a truly law-abiding state.
An American democracy-recovery movement or a violent uprising against fascism: which would you prefer? Or are you still a registered Republican who is waiting, hoping against hope that this will all work out somehow without involving you? Don't be deluded: it will involve you one way or another, unless you actually, physically escape from the collapsing house of cards that is America right now.