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What Would It Take?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Turkey Creek, Jul 7, 2004.

  1. Turkey Creek

    Turkey Creek Member

    Feb 2, 2003
    As I look around at this country in my advanced years (no I'm not telling), it seems to me that the USA is not the same country of my youth, and certainly not the country of my Father- I fully understand that all things change as time marches on, but the changes I see do not appear to me to be for the better- Is there anyone who believes that we have more freedom now than say 25, 50, or 75 years ago?- At my stage of life, with probably not a great deal of time left, it is not so much a personal concern as much as it concerns me for the sake of my children and grandchildren- I am not strictly thinking of Second Amendment Freedoms but of all of them in total that we used to enjoy so much more than now- I could go on forever listing them but we all get the drift here- So to the point- What would it take, if anything, for a Second American Revolution to begin in this country- I fear that even if America continues on what, appears to me, to be it's down hill slide, that we have no New Founding Fathers that would be able to show us the way, and few that would follow- I pray that I am wrong- I pray that this would never be necessary, and that the Country will find itself and reestablish itself as the Champion of Freedom for All- Comments?

    RAY WOODROW 3RD Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Beverly, N.J.
    Generally speaking...........

    "What would it take, if anything, for a Second American Revolution to begin in this country-"

    We all need to draw that line in the sand including yourself. No one is going to say, "Now is the time! Lets do this!" YOU need to take a long look in the mirror and figure out what YOU are going to do about all these things you are discussing above.

    Either start educating the "little ones" around you or pick your trigger line when the bastards have gone far enough and stand by it.

    No one will egg you on or state anything as to "when" to start up such a thing and I pray to GOD that it does not happen BUT I would rather it happen in my lifetime than my children or grandchildren's time.

    Just my .02

  3. madcowburger

    madcowburger member

    May 15, 2004
    Where the buses don't run
    I don't know what it would take to get a good revolution going either. I kind of think the only things most Americans will actually take up arms for anymore is a good-payin' union job, or someone *else's* property during riots, power outages and the like.

    I know what you mean about shrinking/vanishing freedom. A few years ago (late-1990s sometime) country singer and ex-con Merle Haggard said: "In 1960, when I got out of prison as an ex-convict, I had more freedom under parolee supervision than there's available to an average American right now ... God almighty, what have we done to each other?"

    I was only three in 1960, and I don't think I have ever drawn a completely free breath in my 47 years of life, but even I can remember times when an American didn't have to just go around *scared* of his own government all the time, when living didn't necessarily mean living *in fear*, like now.
    :scrutiny: :uhoh: :scrutiny:

  4. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    The obese tend to make mediocre guerrillas.
  5. Dbl0Kevin

    Dbl0Kevin Participating Member

    May 26, 2004
    I highly doubt it would happen. To trigger a revolution the gov't would have to take a drastic step that would cause a number of people with their head stuck in the sand to wake up. The people in the government are not stupid enough to try this. People nowadays have been conditioned to accept more government control of their life and they actually welcome it from what it seems to me. Most people believe that they are not smart enough to make decisions for themselves and that the govn't should step in and tell them what is best.....hence seatbelt and helmet laws, gun control laws, laws against prostitution, drugs, etc. These did not just pop up overnight though, cause people of years ago would have freaked out. They were instead introduced gradually over a period of time each coming when the populace was more and more accepting of it. In short I don't see any reason to believe this will stop happening unfortunately.

    It's like the saying goes if you want to cook a goose you don't throw it in a pot of boiling water......you put it in a pot of warm water and slowly turn up the heat.
  6. R.H. Lee

    R.H. Lee Mentor

    Jan 26, 2004
    At about the time our original 13 states adopted their new constitution, in the year 1787, Alexander Tyler (a Scottish history professor at TheUniversity of Edinborough) had this to say about "The Fall of The Athenian Republic" some 2,000 years prior.

    "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves
    generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the
    majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits
    from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will
    finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."

    "The average age of the worlds greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

    From Bondage to spiritual faith;

    From spiritual faith to great courage;

    From courage to liberty;

    From liberty to abundance;

    From abundance to complacency;

    From complacency to apathy;

    From apathy to dependence;

    From dependence back into bondage."
  7. Jeff

    Jeff Active Member

    May 28, 2003
    Good God, Riley, that is a grim excerpt. :(

    It sounds remarkably accurate, too.
  8. TheFederalistWeasel

    TheFederalistWeasel member

    Aug 1, 2003
    There is a sad truth to this country; one, which I’m sure, can be applied to almost anywhere else.

    95% of the population is carried by the remaining 5%.

    Just look around you at all the thoughtless and ridiculous things your fellow rock dwellers do on a daily basis. This alone tells me that most do not have it in them to rise up over anything… well okay, maybe something, but it wouldn’t be anything genuine.

    Start taking away WWF, Nascar and the like then you’d have HELL on your doorstep, but take away the right of self-defense or the right to peaceably assemble and those 95% who just have no f-ing clue and wander aimlessly thru the day needing others to tell them when, where, how and why to do something would just continue to drift pointlessly as long as there is beer in the fridge and WWF or Nascar on the boob tube.

    I deal with the public each and everyday as a Police Officer and I can speak with a little authority when I say that just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes someone who does something that redefines stupidity and makes you just scratch your head and stair off into the ether and say, “Damn…â€

    These people cannot spell Constitution much less comprehend what it means and stands for, and you expect them to have the intellect to stand up for something when the time comes?

    As long as the politicians leave WWF and Nascar in the tube these mutants will sell their souls and not even realize they’ve done so.

    Apologies if this offends anyone but I just very jaded when it comes to my fellow men, I lost faith alone time ago.
  9. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    Colorado Springs
    "The 2nd Revolution" (if it is ever to happen) will begin not with us, the gun toting populace, but within our military.

    If at some point the government turns the military against the people there may be factions that rebel ... possibly a military coup.

    Lets pray they are led by men of conviction who love liberty and the Constitution.
  10. Barbara

    Barbara Senior Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    I'm going to take, once again, the slightly unpopular opinion, and say that while overall, I believe we're becoming more accepting of losing our rights and we're slowly giving a lot of them away..especially the 4th right now, for women, freedom has improved a lot in that time period. 50 years ago, I didn't have the right to work at any job I was qualified for, I couldn't keep a bank account without my husband's permission, etc. So, that's a plus. For me, anyway. :)
  11. tyme

    tyme Senior Member

    Dec 19, 2002
    Yep. You could say the same thing about rights for minorities.

    Is it impossible to have women's lib or rights for minorities without government handouts and statist laws? I don't think so. It's obvious that people are more equal under the law today than they were 50 years ago. However, even if the average citizen's freedom increased from 1960-1980 due to civil rights improvements for women and minorities, that average has been in decline for the last couple decades.

    I think it's clear where we are on Prof. Tyler's timeline -- dependence. Next stop: bondage.

    NIGHTWATCH Active Member

    Jan 1, 2003
    Ground Zero
    Think of what a handful of militia has accomplished in Iraq. Now think about how much you love your country and your freedom. Now, ask yourself if you would be willing to die for it if you could nolonger have it... liberty or death.

    Americans are sheep....sheep that love sitcoms, softporn musicians, fast food and fantasy. They will wake up and / or be willing to die for the cause of freedom when their pleasure has been removed. When they can nolonger forget or seek to forget, but its going to have to get Really bad for this to happen.

    In the meantime, the government will do everything in its corrupt power to get our guns.

    Our Guns Will Be The Issue That Sets The Nation on Fire...Again.
  13. porciniman

    porciniman New Member

    May 26, 2004
    boston, MA
    Here is part of a speech that Charlton Heston gave to Harvard law School Grads. I think he's pretty close to where we are now.

    "In his book, "The End of Sanity," Martin Gross writes that "blatantly irrational behavior is rapidly being established as the norm in almost every area of human endeavor. There seem to be new customs, new rules, new anti-intellectual theories regularly foisted on us from every direction. Underneath, the nation is roiling. Americans know something without a name is undermining the nation, turning the mind mushy when it comes to separating truth from falsehood and right from wrong. And they don't like it."

    Let me read a few examples.
    At Antioch college in Ohio, young men seeking intimacy with a coed must get verbal permission at each step of the process from kissing to petting to final copulation ... all clearly spelled out in a printed college directive.

    In New Jersey, despite the death of several patients nationwide who had been infected by dentists who had concealed their AIDs --- the state commissioned announced that health providers who are HIV-positive need not..... need not..... tell their patients that they are infected.

    At William and Mary, students tried to change the name of the school team "The Tribe" because it was supposedly insulting to local Indians, only to learn that authentic Virginia chiefs truly like the name.

    In San Francisco, city fathers passed an ordinance protecting the rights of transvestites to cross-dress on the job, and for transsexuals to have separate toilet facilities while undergoing sex change surgery.

    In New York City, kids who don't speak a word of Spanish have been placed in bilingual classes to learn their three R's in Spanish solely because their last names sound Hispanic.

    At the University of Pennsylvania, in a state where thousands died at Gettysburg opposing slavery, the president of that college officially set up segregated dormitory space for black students. Yeah, I know ... that's out of bounds now. Dr. King said "Negroes." Jimmy Baldwin and most of us on the March said "black." But it's a no-no now.

    For me, hyphenated identities are awkward ... particularly "Native-American." I'm a Native American, for God's sake. I also happen to be a blood-initiated brother of the Miniconjou Sioux. On my wife's side, my grandson is a thirteenth generation native American... with a capital letter on "American."

    Finally, just last month ... David Howard, head of the Washington D.C. Office of Public Advocate, used the word "niggardly" while talking to colleagues about budgetary matters. Of course, "niggardly" means stingy or scanty. But within days Howard was forced to publicly apologize and resign. As columnist Tony Snow wrote: "David Howard got fired because some people in public employ were morons who (a) didn't know the meaning of niggardly,(b) didn't know how to use a dictionary to discover the meaning, and (c) actually demanded that he apologize for their ignorance."

    What does all of this mean? It means that telling us what to think has evolved into telling us what to say , so telling us what to do can't be far behind. Before you claim to be a champion of free thought, tell me: Why did political correctness originate on America's campuses? And why do you continue to tolerate it? Why do you, who're supposed to debate ideas, surrender to their suppression? Let's be honest. Who here thinks your professors can say what they really believe? It scares me to death, and should scare you too, that the superstition of political correctness rules the halls of reason. You are the best and the rightist. You, here in the fertile cradle of American academia, here in the castle of learning on the Charles River, you are the cream. But I submit that you, and your counterparts across the land, are the most socially conformed and politically silenced generation since Concord Bridge. And as long as you validate that and abide it ... you are - by your grandfathers' standards - cowards.

    Here's another example. Right now at more than one major university, Second Amendment scholars and researchers are being told to shut up about their findings or they'll lose their jobs. Why? Because their research findings would undermine big-city mayor's pending lawsuits that seek to extort hundreds of millions of dollars from firearm manufacturers. I don't care what you think about guns. But if you are not shocked at that, I am shocked at you. Who will guard the raw material of unfettered ideas, if not you?

    Who will defend the core value of academia, if you supposed soldiers of free thought and expression lay down your arms and plead, "Don't shoot me." If you talk about race, it does not make you a racist. If you see distinctions between the genders, it does not make you a sexist. If you think critically about a denomination, it does not make you anti-religion.

    If you accept but don't celebrate homosexuality, it does not make you a homophobe. Don't let America's universities continue to serve as incubators for this rampant epidemic of new McCarthyism.

    But what can you do? How can anyone prevail against such pervasive social subjugation? The answer's been here all along. I learned it 36 years ago, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., standing with Dr. Martin Luther King and two hundred thousand people. You simply ... disobey. Peaceably, yes. Respectfully, of course. Nonviolently, absolutely. But when told how to think or what to say or how to behave, we don't. We disobey social protocol that stifles and stigmatizes personal freedom. I learned the awesome power of disobedience from Dr. King ...who learned it from Gandhi, and Thoreau, and Jesus, and every other great man who led those in the right against those with the might.

    Disobedience is in our DNA. We feel innate kinship with that disobedient spirit that tossed tea into Boston Harbor, that sent Thoreau to jail, that refused to sit in the back of the bus, that protested a war in Vietnam. In that same spirit, I am asking you to disavow cultural correctness with massive disobedience of rogue authority, social directives and onerous laws that weaken personal freedom.

    But be careful ... it hurts. Disobedience demands that you put yourself at risk. Dr. King stood on lots of balconies. You must be willing to be humiliated ... to endure the modern-day equivalent of the police dogs at Montgomery and the water cannons at Selma. You must be willing to experience discomfort. I'm not complaining, but my own decades of social activism have taken their toll on me.

    Let me tell you a story. A few years back I heard about a rapper named Ice-T who was selling a CD called "Cop Killer" celebrating ambushing and murdering police officers. It was being marketed by none other than Time/Warner, the biggest entertainment conglomerate in the world. Police across the country were outraged. Rightfully so-at least one had been murdered. But Time/Warner was stonewalling because the CD was a cash cow for them, and the media were tiptoeing around it because the rapper was black. I heard Time/Warner had a stockholders meeting scheduled in Beverly Hills. I owned some shares at the time, so I decided to attend. What I did there was against the advice of my family and colleagues. I asked for the floor. To a hushed room of a thousand average American stockholders, I simply read the full lyrics of "Cop Killer"- every vicious, vulgar, instructional word.


    It got worse, a lot worse. I won't read the rest of it to you. But trust me, the room was a sea of shocked, frozen, blanched faces. The Time/Warner executives squirmed in their chairs and stared at their shoes. They hated me for that. Then I delivered another volley of sick lyric brimming with racist filth, where Ice-T fantasizes about sodomizing two 12-year old nieces of Al and Tipper Gore.


    Well, I won't do to you here what I did to them. Let's just say I left the room in echoing silence. When I read the lyrics to the waiting press corps, one of them said "We can't print that."

    "I know," I replied, "but Time/Warner's selling it."

    Two months later, Time/Warner terminated Ice-T's contract. I'll never be offered another film by Warner's, or get a good review from Time magazine. But disobedience means you must be willing to act, not just talk. When a mugger sues his elderly victim for defending herself ... jam the switchboard of the district attorney's office. When your university is pressured to lower standards until 80% of the students graduate with honors... choke the halls of the board of regents. When an 8-year-old boy pecks a girl's cheek on the playground and gets hauled into court for sexual harassment ... march on that school and block its doorways. When someone you elected is seduced by political power and betrays you...petition them, oust them, banish them. When Time magazine's cover portrays millennium nuts as deranged, crazy Christians holding a cross as it did last month ...boycott their magazine and the products it advertises.

    So that this nation may long endure, I urge you to follow in the hallowed footsteps of the great disobedience's of history that freed exiles, founded religions, defeated tyrants, and yes, in the hands of an aroused rabble in arms and a few great men, by God's grace, built this country. If Dr. King were here, I think he would agree."

    I think that pretty much says it all!
    Cheers, VB
  14. oldfart

    oldfart Active Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    Portland, Oregon
    TYME said: "It's obvious that people are more equal under the law today than they were 50 years ago."

    I found an essay by a guy named Joe Bommarito last year and he had this to say about freedom and equality:

    "The inherent vice of freedom is the unequal sharing of the blessings; the inherent blessing of equality is is the equal sharing of misery."

    Makes sense to me...
  15. Moparmike

    Moparmike Senior Member

    Jun 8, 2003
    Oddly enough, a downwardly-plunging firey handbask
    porciniman, where did you get that speech? When was it given? It is a great one, btw. Thanks for posting that.
  16. warmi

    warmi New Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    "Think of what a handful of militia has accomplished in Iraq"

    Uh ... nothing.

    Take away the hysterical press reports and you are left with about 1000 dead as a total cost for occupying a large country over 16 months period.

    This is an absolutely amazing record which underscores that untrained and lightly equipped militia has absolutely no chance against highly trained high-tech force -regardless of their motivation.
  17. pinblaster

    pinblaster New Member

    Jun 3, 2004
    Baltimoronland, MD
    My guess would be taxes. When the average person starts having to give up more than 50 percent of thier gross income to the govt. the dookie will hit the fan. Hopefully this will never happen. :uhoh:
  18. NoHarmNoFAL

    NoHarmNoFAL Member

    Oct 4, 2003
    Columbus, Ohio
    Never happen, the golden years of America are gone folks. We are in the waning years prior to total socialism. In 10 years the WWII generation will be 99% gone and then we will be left with the Vietnam America haters to be the wise old leaders. This country is gone, and it will never come back. You try to take it back you become a domestic terrorist. You use the soap box and ballot box, you are just some right-wing nut job that just doesn't get it. Sad to say it but all we can do now is just prolong the inevitable. As long as there is Wal-Mart to buy cheap junk and Hollywood to entertain, regardless of content, the people are just going to continue to be fat, dumb and happy. You go screwing with that and you become the enemy by saving the rights that they don't even want.
  19. BTR

    BTR Active Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Well, black people are no longer lynched by gleeful crowds of "good citizens" and have much more in the way of legal protections. Women have much more freedom. I think you are all being too pessimistic... the fact is that human beings generally think past times were better... remember the good and forget the bad.
  20. one45auto

    one45auto Participating Member

    Apr 3, 2004
    Somewhere out there
    Sadly, I believe that by the time it ever becomes necessary to fight there won't be enough Americans willing to do so. They will have been emasculated, brainwashed, and indoctrinated to the point of blind obedience - not to mention being self-interested and totally apathetic.

    God help the poor patriots who will be left among them.

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