Monday, August 17, 2009
The Next American Revolution
Will there be yet another “shot heard ‘round’ the world”? This time taxes without representation alone may not be the fuel for the fire that is beginning to erupt.
By de Andrea
America is restless. The third shot of the “Second American Revolution” has been fired. History is being made. But as with the first two shots, the third shot is being stifled. Americans are seething. Not since the Civil War has anything like this happened. But the protests are being intentionally downplayed and ignorantly misinterpreted.
Shot #1 of this revolution was fired on April 15, 2009. Over 700 anti-tax rallies and “Tea Parties” spontaneously erupted nationwide. Rather than acknowledge their significance, the general media either ignored or ridiculed both protests and protestors, calling them malcontents and extremists.
Initially President Obama said he was unaware of the tea parties. The White House later warned that they could “mutate” into something “unhealthy,” and the protestors were tagged with the new name of “Domestic Terrorists”.
Shot #2 was fired on the Fourth of July, when throngs of citizens across the nation gathered to again protest “taxation without representation.” And as before, the demonstrations were branded right-wing mischief and they were dismissed as “Mobsters”.
Shot #3 of the volley, fired in early August, was aimed point blank at Senators and House members pitching President Obama’s health care reform package to constituents. In fiery town hall meetings, enraged citizens shouted down their elected representatives. It took a strong police presence and/or burly bodyguards to preserve a safe physical space between the politicians and irate townspeople.
The White House and the media have labeled protestors “Conservative Fringe Elements,” “Domestic Terrorists” and “Mobsters” and as players in staged events organized by Republican operatives that have been egged on by Fox news and right-wing radio show hosts.
In regard to this latest wave of outbursts, the National Lawyers Guild and other health industry special interest groups opposed to government health care reform are also being blamed for inciting the public. But whether it be organized or spontaneous, it is not the issue. While most protestors exhibit little grasp of the complex 1000 page health care reform document (that nary a legislator has read), their emotion is clearly real and un-staged.
Rightly or wrongly, the legislation is regarded as yet another straw on the already overloaded camel’s back. A series of gigantic, unpopular government-imposed (but taxpayer-financed) bailouts, buyouts, rescue and stimulus packages have been stuffed down the gullet of Americans. With no adequate public platform or representation to voice their opposition, options for citizens have been limited to fruitless petitions, e-mails and phone calls to Congress … all fielded by anonymous staff underlings.
Now, with Congress in recess and elected representatives less than a stone’s throw away in their districts, the public is exploding. The devil is not as much in the details of the heath care reform, the devil is the government mandating health care. Regardless of how the plan is pitched or what is being promised, to the public the legislation is yet another instance of big government taking another piece out of their lives and making them pay for it; again telling them what they can and cannot do.
Though in its early stages, the “Second American Revolution” is underway. Yet, what I forecast will become the most profound political trend of the century – the trend that will change the world – is still invisible to those same experts, authorities, and pundits, who didn’t see the financial crisis coming until the bottom fell out of our economy.
Watch for conditions to continue to deteriorate. The global economy is terminally ill. The recession is in a brief remission, not the early stages of recovery. Cheap money, easy credit, and unrestrained borrowing brought on an economic crisis that cannot be cured by monetary and fiscal policies that promote more cheap money, easy credit, and unrestrained borrowing.
Nonetheless, Washington will continue to intervene, tax, spend, and exert control. Protests will escalate and riots may follow.
Shot #4 of the “Second American Revolution” what will it be: While there are many wild cards that could light the fuse, The Trends Research Institute forecasts “that if the threat of government-forced ‘Swine Flu’ vaccinations is realized, it will be the fourth shot. Tens of millions will fight for their right to remain free and unvaccinated.”
Before the momentum of the “Second American Revolution” becomes unstoppable, it could be derailed through some false flag event, designed to deceive the public, or a genuine event or crisis capable of rallying the entire nation behind the President. In a worst-case scenario, according to Trends Research Institute Director, Gerald Celente, “Given the pattern of governments to parlay egregious failures into mega-failures, the classic trend they follow, when all else fails, is to take their nation to war."
THE BOTTOM LINE: The power of the Internet and new technologies is inexorably fermenting the “Second American Revolution.” However widespread and emotionally charged --- had the tax rallies, tea parties and healthcare reform protests occurred in years past, they might have been covered by the local media, but probably would not have made national headline news and thus would have died and stillborn.
Now however, with the ubiquitous camera-equipped cell phones, universal access to YouTube, and millions of twitters and tweeters, the uprisings cannot be ignored, contained, managed, spun, or edited down. The revolutionary fervor may prove contagious.
Can anything stop it? A false flag attempt, a genuine crisis, or a declaration of war, may slow the momentum of the “Second American Revolution,” but there may be nothing to stop it.