What do you think will happen first in the U.S. A dictatorship or a revolution?

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  1. IDONO profile image80
    IDONOposted 6 years ago

    What do you think will happen first in the U.S. A dictatorship or a revolution?

    In history, every empire or dictatorship has fallen at some point in time. Usually at it's own hand or doing. Have we learned from history or will history repeat itself?

  2. dashingscorpio profile image87
    dashingscorpioposted 6 years ago

    Neither! A country that it used to freedom will spill blood before it gives in to dictatorship. In a democracy the revolution takes place at the election polls. Most of the empires that fell were led by Kings/Queens or dictators. The people had no say with regard to who was in power or for how long.

    1. IDONO profile image80
      IDONOposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Good answer. But, that's kind of my point. Would people recognize and revolt against a "potential" dictatorship or revolt after it was in place? Which would be first?
           I hope this comment clarifies my Q a little better. Sorry.

    2. ptosis profile image71
      ptosisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Americans will not revolt until they go hungry because already have an executive branch with no checks & balances. Citizens can be KILLED on US soil, it's 'legal', nobody is revolting. /legal-for-us-govt-to-execute-citizens.html sad

  3. gmarquardt profile image85
    gmarquardtposted 6 years ago

    Neither. Democracy tends to have its ups and downs, especially in the time period one is living in. For two hundred and fifty years, people have been asking this question, and neither option has ever materialized.

  4. Freeway Flyer profile image90
    Freeway Flyerposted 6 years ago

    I don't anticipate either one happening any time soon. Most Americans are too disengaged and soft to push for a revolution, and there is no need for the powers that be to establish an absolute dictatorship. So long as people are relatively content, and enough of the appearance of democracy still exists, the status quo will continue indefinitely. Here are some related thoughts:

    http://freewayflyer.hubpages.com/hub/Po … enheit-451

    1. darkland profile image60
      darklandposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      You have a very good point, I think that those with real power have realized that they can't be overthrown if no one knows who they are. Most of who we see are probably puppets

  5. darkland profile image60
    darklandposted 6 years ago

    I think there is a third possibility.  We have so challenges with climate change, energy crisis, floods, fires...perhaps politics will begin to take a back seat to the things that really need to be focused on.  A common threat, natural or man made, will often unite people like nothing else can.
    Will we pitch in together to save the sinking ship or will we go down bickering with each other? Politicians can only rule those who listen to them.  In the big picture our best chance is to cooperate amongst ourselves through our communities, the internet, etc. to get things done.  Sooner or later the politicians will grab a bucket.

  6. ptosis profile image71
    ptosisposted 6 years ago


    Name one Bill of Rights that isn't nullified since 12.31.2011.by the NDAA.

    Every year between Xmas & New Years when nobody is paying attention - illegal laws are put in place. Wonder what they'll do this year.


    1. profile image0
      Larry Wallposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Congress is usually on vacation during that time of the year and some reference to any new law has to be in the federal register, which many, many people read daily.

  7. profile image0
    Larry Wallposted 6 years ago

    I will go with the majority and say we will have neither a dictatorship or a revolution. We will see change, just as we saw change following the civil war, during and after the two world wars, during the Civil Rights Movement and at other times.  Attitudes will change, laws will change, but our basic form of government will stay in place.

    This country has accomplished a lot in its relatively brief history and will accomplish a lot more. There will be tough times, like those we are facing today, but while our system is not perfect, I am at a loss to figure out what it might be.

  8. IDONO profile image80
    IDONOposted 6 years ago

    First off, my question was not pointing a finger at Obama. If dictatorship would happen, I doubt it would be him. For one, he don't have time, even if re-elected. Second, I think a lot of what he does,( agree or not) and the way he does it, is because he is just an in-charge guy. I don't think he wants to be czar or emperor.
        Even though I don't agree with a lot of his decisions, I respect that he will stand his ground. I'm not confident at all that I would be able to say the same for Mitt Romney.
         I like all the answers from everyone except those that can't look beyond 5 years.

    1. SportsBetter profile image75
      SportsBetterposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Obama very well could be a dictator after the next election.  He has already signed off on powers that almost eliminates the Bill of Rights and he doesn't listen to the Constitution.  He invades countries on his own without congressional consent.


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