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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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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