Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 20, 2012, 10:40 a.m. EST by Underdog
from Clermont, FL
This content is user submitted and not an official statement
I am 56 years old and, by nature, a peaceful man, almost a pacifist. However, any realist is aware that there are times, when conditions get bad enough and demands continue to fall on deaf ears, that violent overthrow of established regimes is necessary. Sometimes revolutions are successful and sometimes they fail. But a few FACTS are always present in any successful revolution (whether peaceful or violent):
A large majority is either socially, politically, or economically disadvantaged resulting in widespread discontent.
A grassroots groundswell takes root in an attempt to organize this large body from chaotic mob into effective resistance force. This is usually accomplished via some type of underground press. In today's world, the Internet has become the primary vehicle for this stage of the revolt.
From 2 above, organized protests take place. This is the current stage of the OWS movement. Response from established power-elite may range from no response at all to violent suppression of protesters, resulting in physical violence, arrests, imprisonment, etc.
At some point, a GREAT leader will emerge. In all of recorded history (to my knowledge) no successful revolt occurred without a great leader or leaders. Examples include:
A) American - Founding Fathers (Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, etc.) B) France - Robespierre and others C) Bolshevik - Lenin, Trotsky D) China - Mao Tse-Tung E) India - Mohandas Gandhi F) US Civil Rights - Dr. Martin Luther King
The leader galvanizes the followers into EFFECTIVE action, provides a single focal point for media messages, develops a platform or plan to implement once the established regime is overthrown (so that there is not a political/social vacuum created --a situation potentially worse than pre-revolt), establishes a "cabinet" of close followers to handle the details of revolt including (but not limited to) Communication Officer, Chief Negotiation or Diplomatic Officer, Armament Officer, Finance Minister, Supply Officer, etc... The KEY point here is that any revolt MUST be well thought out and intentionally planned in great detail if it stands any hope of success.
Unfortunately, in any war there are casualties. Sometimes they become martyrs. This is an ugly but unavoidable fact. The revolutionaries must be willing to suffer this possibility for their convictions. There is no alternative. Even "peaceful" revolutions have their tragedies (Ghandi and King for example).
We in the US have one great advantage that other countries lack -- the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution. It was not put there so that everyone had the right to hunt rabbits or deer. Again I want to emphasize that I AM NOT A VIOLENT PERSON NOR DO I ADVOCATE VIOLENCE to achieve goals. However, history clearly indicates that the Aristocracy in any country will do just about anything to preserve the status quo, and will ALWAYS attempt to gain more power and control over the masses (who they fear and distrust). If the OWS movement is really serious, and not just a collection of rabble engaging in "flatulence into the wind", then it is time to either "Put Up or Shut Up". Anything else is a gigantic waste of everyone's time.
I have often pondered just what type of response would occur if 1 million citizens armed with their shotguns, rifles, and pistols marched on Washington D.C. demanding change. Of course, the U.S. military could easily defeat them in armed conflict, but what kind of message would that send around the world?
Suggestion -- invest in Kevlar and football/motorcycle helmets.