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  •  Spelling foibles aside (3+ / 0-)
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    Just let our government try and institute Martial Law.  America has more guns than we have citizens, and more ammunition in private hands than people in the world.  That was the whole point of the 2nd Amendment, so the feds couldn't institute Martial Law, at least not the sort that keeps us up spinning fantasies at 3am.

    Honestly, I sort of side with the diarist on this one.  The problems with our economy are more fundamental than corruption, mere inflation, banking regulations or commodity bubbles.  There's been a serious imbalance growing between consumption and production since the widespread adoption of modern industrial production and distribution methods.  It's high time we look that imbalance squarely in the face and figure out what to do about it.

    From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. -Immanuel Kant

    by Nellebracht on Tue Feb 10, 2009 at 12:20:10 AM PST

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    •  I honestly think (5+ / 0-)

      if martial law was declared in the US, people would just roll over and accept it.  I would like to think that I am wrong, but Americans have become complacent and totally submissive to their government and corporate interests.

      Fact is, there should be a massive protest on Wall Street - millions of people descending on Wall Street with the message that we are closing you down until you agree to some regulation.   People have already lost massive amounts of money and most of us simply wring our hands.

      explain how letting gays marry will directly affect your own heterosexual relationship?

      by bluestatesam on Tue Feb 10, 2009 at 01:59:28 AM PST

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      •  Unfortunately, I agree with you (2+ / 0-)
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        The PsyOps we have been subjected to over the last decade have prepared the ground well for complete acquiescence to martial law.  To the glorification of the police and military on numerous TV programs there has recently been added the blind faith that we need men like Jack Bauer in order to protect us from Evil.

        If you doubt the passive acceptance of the general population to authority figures, just watch the way we line up to be searched and frisked by government rent-a-cops at the airport.  No, any foray into martial law in the US would likely endure far beyond the time needed to restore order in the event of a financial meltdown.  The population has been prepared well and has already demonstrated its willingness to abandon its freedoms for the false "security" we have mistakenly come to believe we need.

        "If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed." -- Mark Twain

        by ovals49 on Tue Feb 10, 2009 at 03:16:10 AM PST

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    •  The imbalance was (0+ / 0-)

      businesses hiring overseas instead of here and not enough taxes paid in to pay the country's expenses and pay down the deficit.

      But the top 10% were doing great the way it was going.  Are they still?  Probably. So are the lobbyists.

    •  I used to think that the Feds would never (2+ / 0-)
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      be able to persuade our national guard to impose martial law on us. I asked an active duty colonel if I was correct in my guess, and was told I was absolutely not correct.

      If martial law were imposed, the guard would be sent to neighborhoods far distant from their homes, they would be heavily armed, and they'd have no more compunction about shooting up your neighborhood than they have when shooting up people in Afghanistan or Iraq.

      That's what the colonel told me, dunno if it is realistic, and I don't wanna find out.

    •  Don't kid yourself. (1+ / 0-)
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      hillgiant

      When society deteriorates to anarchy, people welcome martial law.

      After order is restored, consider what the situation would have been in Sept. 2008.  The govt. already knows everything about you because the NSA has every electronic communication.  You have Bush/Cheney in power and the military running things.  Do you really think Bush would've just walked away?

      In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican. - H.L. Mencken

      by Simian on Tue Feb 10, 2009 at 10:39:44 AM PST

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