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  •  Bread Riot Revolutions (5+ / 0-)

    Political revolutions, like the famous ones in Russia and France, are usually popular revolts against regimes pushing impoverished masses to and beyond the brink of starvation. The American Revolution was unusual, because though independence and liberty had economic benefits, though there was plenty of economic reason to revolt (taxes shipped out of the colonies), our revolution was sparked by political oppression killing people in the streets of Lexington, MA - not just the money colonists paid the crown to hire foreign mercenaries to shoot colonists.

    If Republicans steal this election, the US will have both political and economic context for riots in the streets that never happened over the stolen 2000 or 2004 elections, because Americans were still mostly flooded with cash (free credit we're now forced to repay or crash). The purpose of our election system, which revolutionized the world - not just our corner of it - is to channel the mass populace's demands for change through peaceful, reasonable channels to define consensus.

    If Republicans steal this election and trigger riots among people fearful that all order has collapsed, along with chances to feed, clothe and shelter ourselves, they will have proven that gangsterism is indeed more powerful than justice in the long run. I have faith and hope that they are wrong, and that we will survive even a stolen election to execute the will of the people peacefully and justly: President Obama 1/20/09 amidst a joyous inauguration party.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 10:12:56 AM PDT

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