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  •  All bark and no bite (11+ / 0-)

    This is one of those survey questions that people use as an opportunity to vent their anger.  Of those who agreed that armed revolution might be necessary, not one in a hundred would seriously contemplate killing American soldiers or policemen.

    •  Only The Real Nutters (3+ / 0-)
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      I tend to believe that most of the big talkers and Internet toughguys don't have the guys to sacrifice themselves for a cause. And sacrifice it is. I think most people who talk "revolution" have this strange notion that they will be one of the survivors of the battle who will then go on to be a leader of the new order. Uh, not so much. Chances are you'll be dead in like three seconds. Good luck with that.

      "Look here," he was yelling. "Look here, the bunglers—"

      by The Lone Apple on Mon May 06, 2013 at 10:53:46 AM PDT

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      •  Then there's the in-between stage (4+ / 0-)

        Between the time that the revolution gets underway, and the time that the survivors will herald a bright new dawn, is the time when you walk away from your day job and your family, toting all the gear you've bought to see you through your militia service, and head somewhere to join your militia unit. You'll leave your family poorer--all that gear costs a pretty penny--and down by one salary, but, not to worry, dear spouse will manage just fine. You figure.

        You'll get to practice marching around, target shooting (but not too much, ammo doesn't grow on trees), digging latrines, complaining about the food, and either listening to or participating in endless arguments about strategy.

        Somebody who is probably not you will be bossing everybody around.

        It will rain and/or snow a lot, and you'll get sick and tired of living in grungy clothes. If you actually get sick, the guys with first aid training will diagnose you.

        Then the day will come when you get into gun battles with people who are better armed, better equipped, better clothed, better trained, better fed, better supported, more skilled, and more disciplined that you. Also, mostly, younger than you.

        If you kill any of them, you'll be wanted for murder. If they kill any of you, they won't.

        If you win your revolution, you won't be tried for murder. If you don't win, then you just might exchange the muddy rebel camp for a nice dry (but cold) cell somewhere. But it will be easier to get some laundry done. And the food might be better. Somebody else will still be bossing you around.

    •  Yes, but... (5+ / 0-)

      ...the fact that so many citizens can answer "yes" or "unsure" to that question even as a form of venting should still be rather sobering.

      The bottom line is that 44% of Republicans consider "yes" an acceptable answer to give a pollster on this question.

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Mon May 06, 2013 at 11:13:36 AM PDT

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    •  I'd like to see your numbers. (3+ / 0-)
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      The only ones I've seen suggest that 2/3s of those who call themselves republicans think armed revolution "might be necessary".  Who the fuck do they think they'd be shooting at?  Clones of Rachel Maddow and John Stewart?  Maybe the physical personification of "Government Regulations" brought to life?

      Or does it just mean that they'd be ok with their next-door neighbor shooting at those same soldiers and policemen?

      There is absolutely zero line between saying you think "armed revolution might be necessary" and saying "I think it's ok to rise up against the U.S. government, and advocate it as a possible course of action."

    •  what I find amusing is that every time some yahoos (1+ / 0-)
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      from the Patriot Militia Posse hole themselves up with their AR15s to duke it out with ZOG for freedomz, the cops always roll right over them as if they weren't even there.

      These fat-ass rednecks couldn't beat the Podunk Police Force, much less the US Department of Defense.

    •  Yep (1+ / 0-)
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      They should have asked whether you, yes you, the person I'm talking to right now are prepared to go into the streets tomorrow and take one for the team?

      Follow up question, who, exactly, would you, yes you, shoot at in this armed rebellion?

      Until inauguration day The USA is in the greatest danger it has ever experienced.

      by Deep Dark on Mon May 06, 2013 at 02:52:46 PM PDT

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