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August 4th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Is a second American revolution coming?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The first one started with the Boston Tea Party. More than 230 years later, some think the time is ripe for a second American revolution.

An editorial in "Investors Business Daily" suggests people are now asking if the government does more harm than good—and if we should change what it does and the way it does it.

Much of the blame is laid on what it calls the "imperial presidency." It says that through his policies – like record spending and deficits, taxes, health care, etc. -President Obama is "diminishing America from within".

And there are growing signs that many Americans have had a bellyful of President Obama's policies.

Start with health care. 71 percent of Missouri voters supported a measure that would forbid the federal government from penalizing people who don't buy health insurance as mandated under President Obama's health care law.

And it's not just Missouri. Five states have passed similar bills, and two other states will have constitutional amendments on their November ballots to opt out of all, or part of, the new health care law.

There's immigration, which one day may be seen as the turning point in this struggle. While the federal government refuses to enforce the nation's immigration laws and refuses to secure our borders – it's going after Arizona in court for trying to protect its own citizens from an invasion of illegal aliens.

One Arizona sheriff says the federal government "has become our enemy and is taking us to court at a time when we need help." A Mexican drug cartel has reportedly offered $1 million to kill another Arizona sheriff, the controversial Joe Arpaio.

Things are getting very ugly. No surprise the president's approval ratings continue to decline. In some of the major polls, it's now approaching 40 percent.

Here’s my question to you: Is a second American revolution coming?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Frank says:
A revolution against a government only makes sense if that government is a static one. Even if the public is displeased with the Obama administration's policies, what would be the point of revolting against it when it can simply be voted out at the end of its first term? I do not mean to insult you or anyone else, but thinking people should not - and I hope will not - take a question such as this one seriously.

Ray says:
I would suggest that odds are better than 50-50 for just such a revolution, Jack. To those who read and understood Atlas Shrugged, we certainly have a collectivist POTUS at this moment in history. Once interest rates begin to rise, and the pinch that even the CBO has said it ahead of us takes effect, you can bet that the "motors of our society" will begin to strike. That will precipitate the final act of the new revolution, if I read the tea leaves correctly.

C. says:
In a word, no. Contrary to the Tea Party's fantasies, this country is too diverse; demographically, culturally, economically and politically for that type of movement to take an actionable hold. Everyone seems to forget that for every Tea Party devotee, there are exponentially more of us who are not… Revolution no, ideological separation, always.

Joe says:
Are you nuts? Two years ago we were talking about the Bush imperial presidency, and how right-wing deregulation had ruined the country and helped dissolve our trust in government. Now as we start to swing back the other way, you've lost faith so quickly? Would you rather go back to Bush? Was the financial situation better in '98 under Clinton or 2008 under Bush? No elected official can affect that much change in 2 years.

Riley says:
No revolution coming. The new T.V. season starts soon, then we have the winter reruns, just too much to do to make things better.


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soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. Gerard van Gerven

    When a governing body runs out of "bread and circus" a revolt is inevitable. (History proves it.)

    August 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  2. Ray in Nashville

    You may have your numbers mixed up, Jack. The second revolution happened in the 1860's and was put down by the government. The third revolution happened in the 1950's and 1960's and ended the complete subjugation of one race of American citizens. The fourth revolution happened in 1980 when that un-holy triple alliance of southern whites, envagelicals and big business took over the Republican party and somehow convinced Americans that government was bad. They won and then proved how bad government could be. By my count, this would make the fifth revolution in this country, but I'm afriad it would bring in a bigger bunch of idiots than we have ever seen in DC before.

    August 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  3. James Wetzel

    Geez Jack,

    Way to focus on the negative. I think our country is better off than it ever has been. Regardless of what I think, if the country survived Bush for 8 years, I don't think America will have a problem waiting until election day to decide Obama's fate.

    August 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  4. WVLady63

    You mean it isn't already here?

    Janie D
    Mobile, Alabama

    August 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  5. Lucy

    What we are living out is the inevitable decline of a democracy. A country crumbles from within as over time more and more people want their rights respected. It is impossible to respect everyone's rights without destroying those of others. For example, the rights of gays to marry interferes with the rights of others to religious freedom and freedom of speech.

    Obama is only symptomatic of this decline- he was elected by progressives and those who just wanted some kind of undefinable "change", who want to continue this extreme democratization which is no longer sustainable. Within the next 3 generations, America will be a superpower of the past, largely thanks to economic policies within the last 25 years that have created a culture that thinks the the American way of life entails living on massive credit and debt.

    Revolution- I predict massive discontent and/or willingness to live with the status quo of reduced economic opportunity. I predict an erosion of the white collar community as people go to other countries like Canada and Asian countries for high-powered careers and corporations continue to leave the US due to anti-business climate and absurd, overreaching tax policies.

    August 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  6. Lars Olson

    Let's call it the "Pitchfork American Revolution." We need to make improvements to our governments, both federal and state, but please let it be done in a peaceful way. We need to ramp up our emotions to gain participation but not let the emotions overcome our sense responsibility to ourselves and others. We will be much better off if we use the power of the vote to “get the pigs,” regardless of party affiliation, out of our governments. But most importantly we need to get the legitimate American citizens to vote this November as opposed to sitting on their asses and complain about our lack of governmental responsibility.

    August 4, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  7. Shaun

    The north will win again! It seems to me the same people that are complaining about the state of the country are the same ones that lost the last war.

    August 4, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  8. Chris Watford

    There are many of us out here who still believe that government should operate at the consent of the governed. These issues have been building for a long time, through several administrations. It is time they were dealt with, and that the wishes of the people be recognized.

    August 4, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  9. Steve in MN

    I hope a revolution happens. I probably won't start it but I will definately participate. It's shameful things have gotten to this point, but they have. I see the federal government as the enemy. The US federal government refuses to put Americans first and foremost and then demands our money to fund their idiotic visions (Iraq, Healthcare, free education and medical care for illegals). Given the choice, I would rather hand over our politicians to Al-Qaeda rather than have them hand over Bin Laden. Osama did a lot less damage to this country than Bush and Obama.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  10. TriumPatriot

    Still, I wonder where those concerned about deficit spending were when Bush was running things.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  11. Rick C.

    The only revolution required is the one that gives back the country to the bulk of the population; the middle class. The current political-economic model of big business influencing and steering policy must end.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  12. kenneth

    I would hope not. Revolutions historically have in most all cases resulted in considerable bloodshed, chaos, economic and social dislocations. And rarely do the people who start them come out on top.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  13. gpc

    I agree that a revolution is on the way–I would expect though a revolution through the ballot box rather than through a more physical manifestation. We have in this country the right to vote out those who we do not believe adequately represent us. It is my hope that we exercise this right. Put a much needed flush lever on the government and vote out all encumbents. Up until now we have been making exceptions for those that represent our own districts but it is time for that mentality to stop. Party affiliation does not matter. We need to end the dynasties that we have now–get rid of the political ruling class that we ourselves have allowed to develop.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  14. Edward W. Swan

    Government is corrupt because of the influence of money, which leaves the voter out of the loop. You want a revolution, you start by taking aim at the businesses and individuals who buy off our political system. Take aim at the lobbyists who wield undue influence in our legislation. Take aim at the war and oil profiteers who have caused billions of tax dollars to dry up. Take aim at the businesses who outsource their work hire illegal workers instead of giving jobs to U.S. citizens.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  15. Mike McBay

    Oh please, are you serious? People of the last couple of generations complain and complain about things but don't have the will to do anything about it. After all, it might interfere with their reality TV or Facebook!
    And not that I want to defend Obama, but the watered down health bill was due to the opposition to "socializing" medicine and removing it from the for-profit insurance based system. Believe me, if it would have been up to Obama, the final law wouldn't look like anything that was actually passed; he just took what he could get through the Senate.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  16. Bryan from Chicago, Illinois

    Wow, let's blame Obama for everything. I'll bet all those whinning about health care reform have health care to start with. Let's have a revolution, but keep your government hands off my medicare. Let's also cut taxes and complain about the deficit. Let's pull back from the world and then whine about our exports decreasing. Let's shrink government, but don't you dare touch my entitlements....I think the American people should educate themselves a little more before starting a revolution, they may not know how to run the show after its over.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  17. Greg

    A revolution of peace is coming. When you force people to do things through regulation and law it only exacerbates the problems. When we don't get the outcome we like we create more regulation and law. Upholding and forcing people to live a certain way only breeds violence. When we stopped recognizing and upholding individual rights in favor of "society" it became inevitable that this great experiment would fail.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  18. Michael

    Stop for a second, people! We are still the #1 country in the world! Last time I checked, it was the USA that held the distinction of the #1 economy! Sure, we have our issues, but let's work together to solve them! What we need is neither a republican nor a democrat...what we need is an AMERICAN to win the white house. We still have lots of boomers from the greatest genration living all around us! Where is the "can-do" American attitude! We can make this country great once again...we just all need to be willing to work for it. Let's all get "old school" on these problems we face! We have become soft, comfortable. We need to get up and work!

    Look, for all the people that are pessimists and talking about how bad things are, guess what? We have no-where but up to go! My dad always told me, never step into a situation that has no-where but down to go. I think that we are prime for a new American era where we can stop, grow and continue to be the best country in the world!

    August 4, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  19. Jack

    Obama was elected to do exactly what he is doing. We were tired of the Republicans losing our money on wars, tax breaks for the wealthy, and corporate and wall street scams. If we let the Republicans back in there, we will be ruined for sure. Obama is doing a great job, he needs more time to fix the crap left by Bush. The only problem for some is, he's black. But they'll just have to get used it, cuz he's got six more years in office.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  20. Arthur G.

    This revolt is all fine and good...But, i think it's a little too late....This should have been done 8 years ago..But, NO........no one was thinking about this then, which makes me a little suspicious.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  21. JAY

    The last american revolution started with the onset of the internet. With more information outlets avaiable, no longer will the common folk follow blindly as the corrupt but always extremely wealthy politicians try to lead us down the road to ruin.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  22. joseph

    heck, jack – there was no revolt under the Bush admin. the last 8 years – why would there be one now? as soon as people get over color, they will realize the good that is happening now under Obama..."we need to take our country back" – from who, what, etc. such foolish people...such a foolish question!

    August 4, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  23. Mike Russell (Signal Mountain, TN)

    As a retired professor of American history, I am confident that a "second American revolution" will not be like the first. The first one was a dual revolution. It was a revolution of colonies fighting for independence and inspired many similar rebellions later–including North Vietnam against France in 1954. The second aspect of the eighteenth century American revolution was the fight of have-nots against the haves for more rights. it resulted in a far more democratic society than what the French revolution left in its wake.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  24. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    No its already started it started when our government started ignoring the majority of the people and bending our constitution to meet there agendas and suing our country for fighting for the constitution to be observed .

    August 4, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  25. Mitsu

    The health care law was patterned after a Republican proposal from the 90's and after recommendations from a commission which included former Senator Bob Dole. It relies upon private health insurance providers and private doctors and hospitals, and is one of the most free-market approaches to health care in the developed world. Prior to its passage we were the only industrialized nation in the world to lack some form of universal coverage, and our health care costs were skyrocketing and were close to double the amount spent per capita of most other industrialized nations. The system is similar to one used in Switzerland and every other system used in the developed world involves far more government intervention than this one. Yet the right wing and the Republican Party have decided to demagogue this and put out all sorts of false propaganda about it - what we're witnessing isn't the start of an American Revolution but simply the effect of months of misleading propaganda from the right.

    What we need is sensible governance, not hyperbole.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  26. tdr

    Something has to be done. Wasn't our nation founded on government For the People, and by the People? Now, every other day the "supreme" court is overturning laws passed into law by THE PEOPLE, and every other day the Federal Government is overturning or suing local governments for laws passed by THE PEOPLE. Something has to be done.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  27. Jim

    Yup, this fight doesn't sound like the American Revolution. It sounds like the Civil War. Seems to me it's the same old Confederacy making the same old trouble, with a whole new set of dark-skinned people who do a lot of farm work and manual labor with no legal rights. I'm with the Union.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  28. Ntchwaidumela

    This article says Obama is diminishing America from within. Why is all this negativity falling on our current president when the problem started and was developed with Junior Bush. What we don't know is if Junior Bush did any of this intentionally. I mean, if all of these questions would have been asked earlier when the problem was still in the developing stage, then we would be in a better position today, and our children would be in a better position tomorrow. So, yeah, we need a revolution, a revolution on become preventive and not wait for a problem to get so big we scramble to figure a way to fix it. Lets find the cure and not continue to medicate. Last thing, I still can't believe Little Bush hasn't come to address any of these question THAT EVERY SINGLE AMERICA HAS. He is the one who put us in this horrible position we are in as a country.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  29. Kaysan Khatib

    I find it interesting that I didn't hear talk of revolution during the eight years that the Bush administration ignored the Constitution. Now, less than two years into Obama's presidency, a so-called legitimate news organization is asking its viewers if a second American revolution is coming. Obama's presidency hasn't been that great, but picking up a gun and starting a revolution won't solve much either. And please don't act as if this post does not imply violence. The first American revolution was violent. If a second American revolution is coming, how does that suddenly imply nonviolence?

    August 4, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  30. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Yes, and it will be another Mexico vs. United States War. The Mexicans seem to think that they OWN the American Southwest and they want it back. They can't even find jobs in that 3rd world hell-hole they call a "country", yet they think they should ADD territory to Mexico that we "stole" from them? Let's see them try to take it.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  31. MS

    It's not just Obama. As far as I'm concerned just about everyone in Congress sees themselves as high and mighty. They are self righteous and self absorbed and give a damn about America or Americans. It's time to boot everyone of them out and start again. The fact that the federal governrment and Obama are taking "suggestions' from the Mexican governement tel;ls you all you need to know. Enough already. The time for BIG Change is now.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  32. RealDeal2010

    Yes, hopefully it will be a peaceful reveloution that will play out in November. Obama is the most devisive President in history and he doesn't even know it because he seems to not realize that his liberal agenda only unites liberals while stomping on conservatives most treasured values. It is no different than Bush's conservative agenda. He is Bush in reverse, but he is doing far more damage because the country was/is leaning more to the right. When the President and Congress conspire against the will of the people, you have a very dangerous situation. Unfortunely, the situation will not be defused with a hard right turn either, in fact, it will get worse.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  33. Charles Schwarz

    Actually we are more likely to have a second civil war.

    State's rights vs. the Federal government' and role of all governments supporting the plantations (read : corporations) ignoring their basic responsibilities to protect, defend and support the Constitution of the United States, which defines the role of the government in regards to the people – not the quasi governmental corporations.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  34. bobcat1a

    The last time I checked, we still are having elections to determine the will of the people. We just seem to have more idiots who can't believe that they are on the losing side and want to fight to prove they were right. According to that Constitution all of these whiners claim to support, making war against the United States or giving aid and comfort to those who do is still the definition of treason.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  35. Fred

    Our government is no longer a, "government by the people for the people." We are long overdue for a revolution and it appears that is the only thing that will correct our corrupt government politicians!!!

    August 4, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  36. Winston Smith - Oceania

    Only when the greedy and poor are at such a disparity that the current tricks and shenanigans will no longer keep everyday Americans divided then there can be a revolution and real change.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  37. Scott

    We're all screwed up but it's not Obama's fault. This has been evolving for years. Politicians weren't supposed to make careers out of getting elected–they were supposed to go back home after SERVING a term or two. Businesses weren't supposed to be run to serve the stockholders–customers were first and contributing to the community was a primary goal. It's a mess, but we let it happen. Shame on us.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  38. Andrew

    I think revolution implies similarities with the wrong war. While what we are heading towards is no doubt a revolution, it is not the Revolutionary War. There is no clear enemy in this instance – this will be the 2nd American Civil War. Despite the calls of non-violence I see from fellow posters - I think anyone with any scope of vision will see that non-violence in any sort of revolutionary situation is an unreasonable expectation.

    I think revolutionary violence is (and should be) a very scary prospect. Discontent not just with the government, but the whole socio-economic model is increasing, or at least becoming more openly vocal and expressing concerns that before had no medium to be voiced in. To assume that anything can change with an overly corrupt government and big business–both of which care more about holding onto that power than the welfare of those they allegedly serve/service, violence is an inevitable part of that conflict.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  39. katherine, yeah you know me, hill

    viva le revolution! or whatever. its about time..just need a good game plan and the RIGHT people in charge. k?

    August 4, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  40. Kevin from Wisconsin

    I do believe there needs to be a basic change in the way our country is run. I don't believe violance has to part of that change but I do fear it is headed that way and I feel bad for our children who will have to pay the price for our neglect to do what is right. I love America, but I fear our children will not live in the same America I grew up in. God help us.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  41. Jason

    Large scale voter discontent in the role of the federal government has been around since the "Original Revolution", hence a Bill of Rights to protect the average Joe from an overreaching US Congress. What is different now is large scale and prolonged unemployment. If this should worsen you've got that catalyst to push plain old "the government is out to get us" into "and now it's time we do something about it".

    August 4, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  42. Bill

    "We the people", governement may have forgotten this. It is time to remind them.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  43. Michael

    2000-2008: Democrats unhappy with Bush call for his impeachment, wanting to work with the system to get rid of who they see as the problem.

    2008-2010: Republicans unhappy with Obama call the system broken and call for a new system.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  44. Matthew Self

    Are these states voting to opt out of Medicare as well?

    August 4, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  45. rebecca

    No I don't think there will be a revolution; Too much power from
    the big Corporations, Supreme Court, and U.S. Chamber of commerce. The 3 major features that I just listed are in bed with
    the Republicans, and some Democrats. As long as those 3 entities
    have the power they have now....the Feds will send troops in wherever
    people dare to picket. It will look like Iran after their last elections.
    Our Government won't (and the very rich) allow for the freedon that
    would be needed for an actual revolution. The Corporate Masters
    are winning, and they want it all. Death to the Middle & lower classes
    is what the Republicans want for this country.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  46. Chuck D

    "Revolution." Let's consider that word a bit in its real meaning: violently rising up against one's oppressor's.

    Are we as a Nation REALLY so bad off that we have to KILL EACH OTHER to prove who's got the better path for America's future? Is anyone really that oppressed in this country? Because that is exactly what we are talking about in the final analysis. Forget that cutesy Palin-speak of "it's just a euphemism." It's not.

    People seem to have this idea that this is some sort of game. It's not. In revolutions that don't happen at the ballot box, people die. Neighborhoods and cities get erased. Political systems collapse. And the economy REALLY goes south in a hurry.

    A revolution. Please. That stuff might work for the militia-types out there, but I'm pretty sure even the Tea Partiers don't want to see America splinter off into chaos. Because if you think now is bad, just wait until we have an uprising that brings to bear all the military technology, population shifts and knowledge America has developed since our last one. The price would be horrendous.

    And then it would be pretty easy for the Chinese or Russians or whomever to march into the ruins.

    Be careful what you wish for, kiddies. You can have that kind of revolution, or you can simply vote at election time, which has worked mostly pretty darn well since this country began. Think about it.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  47. Lyn

    No, who is going to fight against the North? The lazy lying South are too lazy to get off of their butts and do anything except complain. They have the Tea Baggers to tell their lies and spout racial stuff. Do you think if the Republicans got in they would do anything to help the middle and poor people? No, they only take care of the wealthy because that is who pad their pockets.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  48. mytoys666

    Actually it ill be civil war, and this time we will not accept their surrender

    August 4, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  49. dave

    Bush was presidential and Obama is imperial. enough said. get him out of office before he destroys America. Those of you that think things are better must still be cashing those unemployment checks he keeps stringing you along with.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  50. Rick From LA

    Are we seeing the big picture or over analysing problems that may not be as bad as they seem. We are swayed by innuendo and fear and less apt to look at things logical in lieu of suspicion and heresay, so to those problems listed and to the many others not, are they as bad as they seem or are we no better then the Folks from old Salem and give in to accusation without any proof? I need to know more and like a chess player that I use to be, see what potential problems lie ahead for the moves we are taking now. To Answer your question Jack, I do not know. Any answer given this early into these developments may become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Let's wait and see and not fuel suspicion.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  51. Kevin Bulger

    Yes, a revolution will be coming. A revolution comes every 4 years in this country, and it is thankfully bloodless. As a father of two small children I don't appreciate the idea of fomenting a revolution, which will only be destructive and cause thousands of needless deaths. Government is just a tool, and it is who controls the government that should be targeted, not government itself. If it needs changing then vote, but don't start talking about violent treason as a "solution".

    August 4, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  52. david

    why fight a "revolution"? Simply cut the dead weight away. Who needs the right wing states? Really...what good are they other than taking money and bitching about it. Don't believe me? Go to the 2010 Census and look at the top ten states for recieving federal money per capita. For not wanting to have the Federal Govt be involved...I find it quite hypocritical that the people who complain the most, get the most on a per capita basis.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  53. Terry

    F-alse E-vidence A-ppearing R-eal. Jack I pray for the day that fear, ignorance, and runaway speculation are not the doctrines of the day. I don't envy the President right now, people are willing to accept the first thing they hear because they are lazy and care just enough to be angry, not informed, and those claiming to know what's going on.... let me quote Murrow, "To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful."

    August 4, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  54. Bob Moore

    Jack there is definitley going to be a 2nd revolution. It's going to be by the left rising up against those who would force their morality on the Am erican people. This country is about freedom for all, not just whites, Christains, heterosexuals and pro lifers.
    Bob, Erie, Pa

    August 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  55. Ed

    Revolution? The problem all stems from the economic mess we are in. As is often said during elections "it's the economy, stupid". Illegals are just the latest scapegoat to blame for our own inability to live within our means and trying to keep up with the Joneses. Immigration laws have not been enforced for over 60 years but Obama, being the sitting president, gets blamed for all of the previous administration's unwillingness to tackle the issue because the donors who helped them get elected are the very same ones that hire the cheap illegal labor.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  56. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – This is all a pile of crap. The W Bush Presidency was Imperial – the Obama Administration is the opposite! All the Obama "excesses" are either in literal defense of the Constitution or are actually the work of Congress, in compromise with the 40 or 41 Right Wing Republican Senators. Current negative public opinion is due largely to false propaganda from Right Wing talk radio and Fox "News". There is little or no truth to anything these people say, but many of our public are so badly educated that they do not know the difference. As on the gay marriage issue, the Right is pushing stuff the Founders would have just thrown away, as when they excluded the Bible as a basis for any American law. Hitler proved that people will believe any lie that is repeated often enough, loudly enough. This editorial is no exception. I see no mobs in the street. The Tea Party drew a mere 5,000 people in Boston. There is no revolution imminent., and if the truth does come out, Mr Obama will be recognized as the best President of the US since Teddy Roosevelt, on the merits of his actual accomplishments rather than the aspersions cast on them by conservative propaganda. Mil;lions of people can be, and often are. WRONG!

    August 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  57. jeff

    i dont know about revolution hope it comes short of that but we are being pushed to our limits i work hard every day to take care of my family and i am sick and tired of local state and federal crooks stealing my hard earned money spending my social security and giving it to illegals and dead beats 200 years ago you didnt work or hunt you starved well its time to look for work because im tired of feeding your sorry buts

    August 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  58. Jamaal

    We are in a revolution already. Look at our school systems, our neighborhoods, and our cities. For goodnessness sake we can't even agree our president was born in America. Cable news has divided America along social and economic lines and people do not even see it. The right are so afraid that blacks and hispanics will take over and the left are too concerned about social issues and what can the government do for me. The screaming match back and forth is simply childish. The NYC mosque affair sums up what I'm talking about clearly. There is simply a double standard in this country. Since in inception of this country christians have terrorized and taken advantage of poorer, darker people in this country. The KKK stood for christianity supposedly, nobody stopped building churches. There are churches being built in OKC following that terrorist attack yet this mosque can't be built. Are people scared yes, but that is no way to live your life. What's scarier than a terrorist, someone looking for or percieving someone else is a terrorist. Neither side wins out. The American Revolution never ended. It began when Columbus landed in 1492 and ever since then the people who had money and power have continously tried to keep it. The only problem with that is that number is dwindling down more and more each generation.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  59. John Scruggs

    The revolution has been brewing for a long time. I for one and ready and willing to do whatever it takes to keep America strong.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  60. Mateo

    if and when the middle class becomes non-existent...that is when we will see people begin to rise up and speak their minds. Will it be violent; perhaps...but I'd be willing to bet that massive boycotts and a return to a simpler way of life are what is on the agenda for the upcoming revolution. The middle class is full of survivors and hardworking men and women who can and will get by on less. The ones at the top will do anything to maintain the status quo and ultimately are the ones who will suffer most.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  61. Baba

    What ever happened to our representative democracy? When those who supposedly represent us ignore the will of the people, something's got to give. If voting them out won't get it done, then maybe a revolution is the only answer. The organizer-in-chief and his minions need to read the writing on the wall.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  62. Carlton

    What America needs is a Spiritual Revolution of the reality of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and His name is JESUS CHRIST!!! His Eternal Spiritual Kingdom has already come and is now being more and more manifested into this natural realm that He is in Charge!!! All kingdoms that mankind are failing and falling and you all know it and see with your own eyes but your deception won't allow you to see it or admit to it, but He reigns Forever!!! Praise the Lord!!!

    August 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  63. Brian

    Jack,

    I would like to believe that our country will do what it needs to do in a time of crisis.If this is not a crisis , what is?

    August 4, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  64. katiec Pekin, IL

    Too many people believe the propaganda, distortions, negativity put out by the republicans and the media.
    Americans, think!! Do not let yourselves be led by articles such as this!!

    August 4, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  65. Dan

    Yes. I believe a second revolution is around the corner and the result will be a Fascist government that will make the Third Reich look like a garden party.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  66. anthony

    No. The Tea Party will expire when Republicans regain power. Tea Partiers are not interested in revolutions because their Republican masters are not interested in revolutions. Revolutions and chaos are bad for business. Republicans just want to get back in control of the government and everything will be honky dory again, even for Tea Partiers.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  67. Danny

    The republicans have inundated the public with b.s. and unfortunately we have many lazy people who have chosen not to read anything on their own to get the truth but instead decided to believe the lies from the right wing nut jobs who are trying to cover up their party’s incompetence. If everything that President Obama has achieved is damaging to the country why are they criticizing it with lies rather than truths? The whole problem is simple. The Republicans know this is going to help the very same people they have tried to destroy, middle class and low-income earners, during their decade of catastrophic governance. America's greatest threat GOP.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  68. Marion Davidson

    Americans are feed up, I am a Korean Vet and a true Oklahoman, Is the rest of the U.S. aware that all 77 Counties did not support this president? We have several Ok. congressmen such as Senator
    Coburn are fighting the battle they need help with the challenges and
    restore common sense principles that made our country great.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  69. John in Iowa

    Jack,
    This time you are dead on and it appears that many here don't realize it. This country is coming apart at the seems. For many years now the prevalent talk in much of the military has been on which side we would come down on. When I got out about two decades ago the vast majority of those E-7 and below had openly decided that the country was headed for self destruction and that the time was coming to support the taking back of our government. Today I have several in the military that I know well and not one of them are willing to support the Obamanation over the Constitution.

    John

    August 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  70. Moh from NY

    The problems are apparent. We can not live beyond our means for so long without a huge correction coming. We will not be able to borrow money at these bogus interest rates indefinitely.

    The founders never intended for government to have so much power that it suffocates the people it is supposed to serve. We have completely regressed to the form of government we had prior to the revolution. This is a result of "progressives," which is the most undeserving title of all time, promising corporations and people an endless supply of welfare. It is also a result from

    Both parties simply have it wrong. We should

    August 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  71. Cully

    There is an old saying, " Oppressed people fear no law when they are hungry and void of hope." Are we there yet? I donot know, but I do know that The American Dream was the civic hope of the American People and it is fading. We have become accustomed to living in the illustion of freedom rather than true freedom. When the revolution will come I donot know, but if our leaders continue to attempt to control our lives, then the revolt will come and our way of life will be gone.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  72. artie

    Maybe, but is it the right thing to be revolting against? Is there any real ideal that we will be going for, or is it just a dissatisfaction with change? I cannot ever see how a nation that would call itself "Christian" would be so resistant to human beings getting the care to live their lives well, and die well. As for illegals in America, is there anything that justifies the damage to families and the broken lives that the AZ law creates? Can the land of the free and home of the brave look into the eyes of those seeking a better life and deny them basic American values?

    August 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  73. Sean

    We have reached a tipping point. The privileged class has realized it can vote itself extra rights, extra benefits and anything it wishes but refuses to contemplate paying for it.

    The Tea Party is the perfect example. "Taxed Enough Already" tends to avoid the thorny issues such as paying the massive military-industrial complex they fervently support, maintaining the roads that they drive their land yachts on and generally anything that isn't something they personally use – how many TPers want to disconnect from the government-created power, road, water, sewage and manifold other 'grids' they rely on?

    Cakes and circuses. We've realized we can make the government give them to us, and we've realized we can pass laws that say we don't have to pay for them. With that, the country dies – revolution or no.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  74. Mike

    Jack, America has lost its respect, dignity, and its moral authority both at home and abroad. We look at people with differing opinions as traitors, and every politician a corrupt despot. Corporations are employing fewer Americans every year, and we don't have the skills to support ourselves.

    We are also sitting on enough conventional weapons to blow up ten countries. What do you think will happen?

    August 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  75. el don Rodrigo

    Yeah Jack, only in their ultra conservative minds. They have padded rooms for them, don't they?

    ed don Rodrigo
    San Jose, CA

    August 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  76. Walter Espy

    If a revolution did not take place over the past 8 years it will never take place in this country. The worst economic state of a nation has already taken place with no indication of a revolution...THANKS TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF "NO"

    August 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  77. Sam

    Bryan from Chicago, Illinois hit the nail square on the head. What revolution would this be? One that leads us to an Idiocracy, where stupidity trumps all? I mean I hear the complaints, and 95% of them are just downright ignorant to moronic. Problem we have is that people are angry, but they are clueless as to who, what, and why.

    How did we get to this situation? What caused the economic collapse, and more importantly what saved it? The same people that are screaching the loudest do so about taxes and the spending (i.e. stimulus). Yet they are clueless as to the fact that most pay little to no Federal taxes (complain to your state, geez), they have received the biggest tax cuts by no other than the person they despise, and more importantly we have concrete data now that shows the stimulus saved us from a depression.

    Yes we should be getting angry, we should be angry that we are getting so bloody ignorant. Welcome the Idiocracy of the US, where stupidity reigns supreme!

    August 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  78. David in Phoenix

    I wish it was, however my faith in the American people not to just blindly re-elect the same people in office is zero. Everyone thinks the problem is the other guys senator/congressman. Both parties keep serving up garbage candidates and serving corporate interests.

    When the 60% Indian tech force working at my company here in the US is sent back home and the American folks I used to work with get their jobs back then I will believe in a revolution.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  79. NUKE IT

    Well, liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  80. GRT

    Don't we have a revolution every 4 years-an election? If what you profess is otherwise, I suppose you want to throw out the Constitution as well-now that is radical.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  81. Mike

    Jack,
    It seems as if a revolution is inevitable...as so much of our
    founding father's values and pariotisim are now replaced with twisted and corrupt values based on financial gain and political
    motives rather than what this country was based on freedom
    justice for all ...or life liberty and the persuit of happiness .
    it seems that we have become too liberal ,and every loophole in the law is exploited by politicians and lawers for thier gains not the good of the people..........in which it should be intended
    Mike

    August 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  82. Jimthedo, Phoenix, AZ

    You had better believe it and how. The politicians are all on their way OUT!!!! People are SICK OF IT ALL!

    August 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  83. Sean

    We have reached a tipping point. The privileged class has realized it can vote itself extra rights, extra benefits and anything it wishes but refuses to contemplate paying for it.

    The Tea Party is the perfect example. "Taxed Enough Already" tends to avoid the thorny issues such as paying the massive military-industrial complex they fervently support, maintaining the roads that they drive their land yachts on and generally anything that is something they personally use – how many TPers want to disconnect from the government-created power, road, water, sewage and manifold other 'grids' they rely on?

    Cakes and circuses. We've realized we can make the government give them to us, and we've realized we can pass laws that say we don't have to pay for them. With that, the country dies – revolution or no.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  84. John

    Almost every person raising a big stink about the Obama/Progressive/Democrat administration is WHITE (as am I). It's not the American Revolution Part Deax; it's the Civil War Part Deux and it's the same people on the same sides (generally, of course). I fear for the "North" this time though.
    Oh, and the corporations? They don't care as long as they can control the victors and continue to minipulate the masses.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  85. Steve

    The rights of the states & governed were supposed to have been protected by the constitution and the three branches. However, there is some very creative interpretations that are upheld by the 2nd legislative branch.

    The checks and balances aren't working. I can't say whether there will be a revolution or not. But America is not the land of the free when Americans fear and can't trust the government.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  86. dee

    Yes, there will be another revolution but not the one you think. The current situation will be taken care of by a series of elections back and forth, The real and serious situation is the loss of the American dream for a whole generation of our youth, even those with colleges degrees. They are the ones who are bearing the brunt of unemployment, underemployment, no possible pensions, no health insurance, and no one is listening. You are concentrating on the wrong group. History has shown that it is always this group which starts revolutions, not angry Republicans who do not want a deficit or angry Democrats who want out of a war. Failure to believe in your government has never caused a revolution, just a regime change.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  87. Kurt

    I don't blame the president, I blame congress and their back handed deals they do...."You vote for my bill and i'll vote for your bill". The republicans are the party of NO, what happened to any moderate republicans...oh yea, they got pushed out by their party. The democrats blame everybody else, which some is correct but alot is wrong. All congressmen and women have to go. Who was the senator i believe..was it evan beay from indiana? who just quick because he hated washington politics. Should be a limit on terms for the senate and house.....2 terms at 3 years maximum.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  88. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    Let's stop blaming the government for corporate greed. Millions of our jobs have been outsourced to cheaper foreign markets. We're being defeated by our own "Trojan horse". Our current leadership is not responsible for a ten-year trend of job growth that does not even meet the growth required for the population growth. It is so sad we've created a neo-KKK to chase defenseless people , most of whom come here to escape poverty, ironically the same poverty that has created tremendous growth of foreign slavery.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  89. Jon

    What does this have to do with the Civil War? A civil war and a revolution are two different types of wars (use a dictionary). And besides, Obama does not just have negative numbers in the South, but all over the country. That will have a small part in the Dems losing the House in the fall, and a good number of seats (I would say 4 or five) in the Senate. Two more points for all the C.S.A. bashers here: most illegal imagrants do not live in the Deep South, and it took the Feds 29 months to win thier first major battle! Choke on that.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  90. Shane

    I personally think it is coming, if a government "run for the people, by the people" is only run for the rich white man by the rich white man, why not. The people are what makes this country, if we lose faith in our government, our dollar even, it will all come crashing down. If America isn't careful we will fallow all other past world powers i.e. Rome. Ancient Rome became to big, as America has in a way become to big, with out sourcing of jobs. If we stay on this track America will fall. Also our countries policies have destroyed the Gulf of Mexico, not to mention already stripped our planet of natural resources. I guess the government needs to put their ducks in a row. Otherwise this "new" American Revolution, could go more like the French Revolution.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  91. John

    If the people who work hard have to continue paying for those who have not, then yes, another revolution is probable.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  92. mitchel

    The civil war revolution was won by the north with immigrants from europe. As soon as they arrived they were signed up to fight against the south with a promise of land and title. With globalization their is no America only caos. The individual who sells his or her wears to the highest bidder wins. Like the last wars have proved the control of any territory or a commodity is not a sure thing. And as the usa becomes a second class society as a whole, there will be money to be made for those who think globally. Territories and commodities alway follow the money.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  93. Pnut

    I think the revolution will come in November, when many incumbents will be voted out of office.

    I think people are starting to get over the whole "Blame Bush" argument that only fools use now. Bush did not damage this country as badly as people though – for starters, the last 2 years (before the recession) was a congress ruled by D's. CONGRESS makes the laws and passes them, not the President.

    And boy howdy, it's interesting to see a bunch of self-proclaimed "enlightened" liberals spouting negative and downright racist comments about the right. The right works hard for their money and then gives it all away to the lazy hypocritical left.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  94. Don

    Let me start off by saying that I consider myself to be an independent and mostly conservative by nature and a proud American. I think the article has missed the issue with what is wrong with our system. The fact that we only have two viable political parties and their only purpose for the last 30 years has been to make the other party look bad and not govern as they were elected to do. It should be noted that Congress passes the budget and dictates what we spend money on and not the President. It is Congress that passes our laws, not the President. It is the President that has failed to enforce the immigration laws in this country and thus the states should have the right to do something legally about it. We need to clean both HOUSES OF CONGRESS before real change can occur in our system.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  95. Joan

    With the transition from the Bush administration to the Obama administration, we have gone from bad to horrendous. It is time for our country's citizens to be fully represented by the people who have been elected to work on their behalf. Obama is pursuing a personal agenda that has proven to be visibly destructive to hard working individuals, states that are struggling to protect the rights and livelihood of their people, and even the democratic party he represents. He is fast becoming an "enemy of state." A peaceful revolution is definitely warranted.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  96. Chris

    Step One will be removing the democratic and republican parties from their stranglehold on the electoral process and from office. No positive change can be effected as long as the duopoly remains in power. Ever notice how when the "pendulum" swings, the results invariably get worse?

    August 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  97. Peter Principle

    The Supreme Court recently solidified the strangle hold that "Corporations" have on ALL U S Government policy.
    If you don't understand who owns the U S Congress, just go back to sleep. Our government is throwing billions away each year fighting wars in Iraq and Afganistan. Does anyone really understand what we hope to gain and how we can recognize and measure those gains should they occur? I think not. No one wants to have their tax rate increased but at the same time, everyone wants the deficet reduced substantially. Both Republican and Democratic politicians are spending all of their time in a war of words, full of lies and misrepresentations, instead of addressing the daunting issues that will affect this country for decades to come. More than ten state goverments are suing the Federal Government or using voter initiatives to overturn Federal law. The politicians have placed this country in gridlock for their own selfish purposes. In a democracy you solve problems by exchanging ideas to arrive at a consensus. Not here, not now! As a seventy year old citizen, I am more optimistic about my future than I am for the future of the UNITED States of America.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  98. Tom Foster

    I feel the country is heading towards revolution. There is such great disconnect between politicians and how the country feels as a whole, that revolution is necessary to rebuild our once great nation. Although raised with great patriotism, I feel our country places such focus on foreign issues that it cannot take care of it's own. I see billions going overseas, young soldiers needlessly dying, and illegal immigrants taking the free ride! Enough is enough, tell me where to sign up and I will join the fight of our forefathers!!

    August 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  99. Fran, Albuquerque, NM

    The government has made sure we don't have jobs and don't have homes. States have raised taxes and cut services or will raise taxes shortly. We are so busy trying to just keep ourselves alive. We don't have the time or energy for a revolution.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  100. Elmer

    One Arizona sheriff says the federal government "has become our enemy and is taking us to court at a time when we need help." A Mexican drug cartel has reportedly offered $1 million to kill another Arizona sheriff, the controversial Joe Arpaio.

    This Sheriff needs help, why are we not giving it to him? We have money to spend on pure junk and pork barrel projects but no money to protect our borders? I cannot believe we have left him alone to fight your and my battles to keep a free America. With only 19 Deputies? Wow! 1000 miles of border.

    Think of it as the "Alamo" and the last stand. Controversial or not, this man has the nerve to stand up. What are you and me doing to help him? Help him.....contact your representative let him know how you feel.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  101. Robert

    If it would bring the United States back to being a Democratic country, put an end to ultra-capitalism, and stop us from continuing to destroy the planet–I'd be all for it. Unfortunately the majority of Americans have been appeased by our comfortable lives to the point of being sheep. This makes another Revolution highly unlikely and probably impossible. This sheep mentality is far too ingrained in us as a whole for us to stand up and do the things required to bring sanity back to America. Our lives are just too comfortable and the military industrial complex of the Corporate States of America would put any "Revolution" down before it got off the ground.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  102. Capt. tom

    Where were the people 4 or 6 or 8 years ago that are complaining now? They had there head in the sand! Wake up and drink the coffee!

    August 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  103. Roy

    Exisiting is numerous social issues which in itself will perpetuate a revolution. A tired society is a dangerous society, for deep rooted in the hearts of many exist anger, frustration, jealousy, unrest, concerns, rage, radicalism, outspokeness, confrontation and all that drives a society to a brink that will require more than government, military and law and order to settle this score.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  104. jm1958

    So, the republicans loose an election and call for armed rebellion. You don't get to do that every time your party is out of power kids. This is a civil Democracy. As for all these polls... why don't I ever get polled? I think the president is making the best of a very challenging set of circumstances.
    Happy Birthday Mr. President. Hang in there.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  105. Roger

    If only. We are "represented" by corporate lackeys who could give a damn about working people. Their leaching off of the tax dollars of hard working Americans so they can live the high life at their master's feet for decades has got to stop. Maybe when the millions of out of work, now homeless victims of their idiocy start blindly and violently striking out at the society that turned its back on them that will be the match that lights the fuse. There is no branch of the government, legislative, judicial or executive that is not corrupt to the core. Sadly, the majority of citizens are still too fat, dumb and happy to get off their couch, much less invest the energy to overthrow the multinational corporate structure that really runs our nation' government.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  106. JimH

    Yes it is coming. People are not being listened to by our Government. Part of the revaution will be to throw all this Congressmen and Senators out of office this election. Obama is not a uniter he is a devider. What a joke he is.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  107. RonW597

    Throughout history, show me a true democratic society that has lasted more than 250 years (you can't). A democracy exists until the politicians succeed in bribing the electorate with their own money. We've arrived folks............

    August 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  108. My V. Nguyen San Jose CA

    If there is going to be riots or Revolutions, the causes are always as a result of wars like we have today. What is happening in Arizona or some other states with illegal immigration problems is definitely not a cause for a Revolution. The events in Arizona look more like the Nazis coming to power in Germany in the 1930's after years of economic hardships and political humiliation following the Treaty of Versailles. Like the Jews in Germany, the illegal immigrants are the scapegoats of Arizonans' frustration with the economy.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  109. Frez

    Alice Miller, psychologist, explained the German population's support of Hitler's persecution of the Jews as (paraphrase) - 'People harbor a secret hatred and seek to legitimize it.' In similar fashion, I think many citizens harbor more or less covert racism and legitimize it by hating a black liberal more than a white liberal. As to "revolution," Americans are perennially paying lip service to libertarian principles of individual responsibility and autonomy, but never have the nerve to drink from that well. So forget the "revolution."

    August 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  110. Everett (Arizona)

    I have been predicting a revolution for some time now, yes it is over due, we need to take our country back, and shame on the government for not securing our borders right after 911, what are they waiting for another disaster???????

    August 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  111. Greg in Indiana

    When do we start? Corporate america does'nt vote so why do they influence the laws? Money for nothing.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  112. Wilton J. Theriot

    FDR was called a socialist dictator by conservatives during the depression in the thirtys. The deficit was tripled under Reagan and doubled under George W.. The oligarcy of Bush,Chenny,Rumsfeld and Rove, and a Republican dominated Senate and House nearly destroyed this country and the world's financial system..22,000,000 jobs were created during the Clinton administration when taxes were higher. Only 3,000,000 jobs were created under George w. and his cut the taxes for the ultra rich. So please to all those "chicken littles" in the tea party and the "say no Republicans the sky started falling when they were in power. And it will take decades to pick up all the pieces.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  113. Dave

    It's time for WE THE PEOPLE to take our country back. Back from the career politicians who more concerned about power than the people they allegedly represent. It seem hypocritical to me that the federal government can pass a law to force us to buy health insurance but sues Arizona because they want federal law enforced. The scariest sentence I've ever heard is, "I'm from the Government and I'm here to help". Government at almost every level has intruded upon the private lives of its citizens for far too long and it's about time they minded their own business. It's embarrassing to read about the number of federal jobs being created while the private sector slowly goes under. It's time for people to wake up and realize that this administration will have complete control over everyone before they know it. And then it'll be too late

    August 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  114. Mavricovich

    The question of revolution goes far beyond Obama, and far beyond the history of this country. The word revolution itself indicates a cycle. We (the people) tend to accept the gluttony of the powerful as long we are fed. But there is a breaking point when the fear of government becomes greater than the fear of losing what we already have. When enough people feel they have nothing to lose, only to gain, a revolution is possible. We are not at that point. The ultimate question is the legitimacy of state power and in the modern world, corporate power. Do you believe in social Darwinism or striving for equal opportunity? James Truslow Adams coined the phrase "American Dream." But his definition was not one of achieving personal prosperity, but the creation of a society where everyone has the equal opportunity to achieve their fullest regardless of their birth position. That is not the society we live in and never has been. Is the current ruling body helping or hindering that goal?

    August 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  115. Gary

    Our first revolution was largely based off of escaping religious persecution. But it seems to me they are going back on their word. Look at Gay Marriage . Constitution leads to First amendment. First amendment includes freedom of religion. As my right, i choose not to have a religion, so the Bible doesn't apply to me when it comes to marriage. So when the gov't says marriage is between a man and woman because the Bible says so, they are clearly and deliberately denying the constitution they firmly stand by.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  116. Terry

    People for some reason seem to think a revolution is going to make all of our problems go away. That's not the case, not only is a revolution incredibly dangerous with the amount of racists and weak minded people in this country, but there's also no guarentee it'll be successful.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  117. AZ American

    I'm more American than our president can ever claim to be – and I'm ready for this all to end. 234 years is a good run, but it's long overdue that we separate ourselves from DC – they do nothing for us; in fact, they are indeed our enemy. People cheered when the Soviet Union broke apart – it's time that this current socialistic republic did the same thing. God blessed the USA – now let's move on. We'll be better off without them.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  118. SMC

    If there's a second revolution coming, we should just kick these states out of the union. Arizona and Missouri (much like most Republican leaning states) are net feeders at the federal trough. If they don't want to abide by federal law, stop giving these welfare states our money. Sell Arizona to Mexico and let them deal with Arizonians.

    You can't fix stupid, and we don't need to fight another Civil War over it. Republicans have been destroying this country for the last 30 years, and when people seemed to have finally had enough and voted Democrats into power, now suddenly all this screaming of "revolution" and "taking their country back". If they don't like our form of democracy (this is our country, not theirs), they can leave.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  119. Steve

    The rights of the states & governed were supposed to have been protected by the constitution and the three branches. However, there are some very creative interpretations that are upheld by the 2nd legislative branch. This has become a nation that is not governed for the benefit of the people. America has become a nation governed for the benefit of special interests.

    The checks and balances aren't working. I can't say whether there will be a revolution or not. But America is not the land of the free when Americans fear and mistrust the government. The U.S. government is corrupt in every branch. The will of the few (i.e., judges) far outweigh the will of the people.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  120. D,G

    Damn Right It's Coming. Where on the edge now. Keep your powder dry.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  121. LAWRENCEO HO

    Year after years, illegals is conquering this country whom they said belongs to them. It was a mistake by the USA governemnt to grant amnesty years ago for the illegals. Look at what happen now, more and more illegals are hoping the governemtn will do it one more time and it never ends.

    USA only only win the war if they can secure their borders.

    USA should not accept immigrant who does not know what's right and what's wrong. Illegal is wrong and they should be punish and not by rewarding them by becoming legals.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  122. Rick from Pittsburgh

    While change is needed, at the same time, we can't just throw everything we know out. It brings up the idea that maybe a revolution where blood is spilt is not what is needed, but at this time unavoidable. Maybe we should change over time. Instead of thinking on the basis of what is always right, we should think more along the lines of what is right for right now. We are too young a species for us all to grasp this idea. There will always be a second opinion and for that reason there would be war. It has been proven time and time again, peace is best won and lost by force. If we go into a revolution wanting something better and ending up with something worse, it's our fault; it's deserved. Those are the facts. In my opinion, we are way past due for an uprising. If history has taught us anything, it's that no country is too mighty a force. In the end, religious or not, David can defeat Goliath.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  123. Skylar Seattle, WA

    Yes, an independent revolution, which the following agenda: create a third or four party system, remove excessive corporate power and personhood, financially reform elections, legalize gay marriage, improve environmental technology, and legalize marijuana. Our nation needs to consider Americans people again. It seems recently that we have been treated as nothing more than a commodity in the form of labor.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  124. Robin Bray

    Democrat President Bill Clinton = Balanced budget
    Republican President George Bush = Deficit Record

    Just a fact, check the record.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  125. flippy

    The president or current regime has nothing to do with it. The government has gotten too big and will fail. The system is broken and decisions are based on special interest groups and payola rather then true benefit. People may state we are still number 1 in the world but our education and medical systems are a failure compared to most countries. Also, our culture now allows business to prey on consumers and our children to worship cheap fame. The loss of privacy and your constitutional rights have is mind boggling and people like us will continue to whine on blogs rather than participate and really fight for change in this country. The fat cow is the first to slaughter.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  126. Kurt

    The revolution will be when a viable 3rd party becomes a power..... with 30 % of the country leaning far right, "Lets attack Canada".... they would support it........ 30% of the country leaning far left, "Lets buy Canada".... We spend so much money already we don't have,why not, they would do it. What about the middle 40% moderates, this is where the 3rd party must come from, which at the least will pull both parties back off the extremes.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  127. Betty

    Yes, their should be one . I have never in all the time other presidents that have been in office do the things this one has done. It's seems he has free reign to do as he pleases to spend, spend, spend. Their seems to be no one in congress to say no to him. He scares me because the taxes are going to go up so much to pay for what he is doing. If we don,t do some thing to stop this president, we will end up a broken nation. Socalism will reign. One more thing, he sure loves being on TV. He needs to go to the oval office & work. That is what he was put their to do.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  128. Mike

    Unfortunately, it is inevitable. The present government of our great country is no longer "by the people, for the people". Immigration may just be the tipping point as was slavery during the first American Revolution. With the Federal Governments new solution in suing the states and the people they govern, succession will be a topic openly discussed in the not to distant future. All the necessary signs pointing to this are in place. States making constitutional amendments to protect their citizens from Federal repercussions for failing to purchase Federally mandated health insurance is just one example. Arizona and it's attempt at controlling illegal immigration another.. ...."for those that do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it" comes to mind.....

    Phoenix, AZ

    August 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  129. Fupped

    "Imperialist" Presidency? And...how might Investor's Business Daily have described the Bush Presidency?

    August 4, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  130. PAPilot

    When you are fed up and you just can't take it anymore, and you're ready to go revolt, grab your gun and run outside. If you are the only one, it's not time yet.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  131. Skylar Seattle, WA

    Yes, an independent revolution, with the following agenda: create a third or four party system, remove excessive corporate power and personhood, financially reform elections, legalize gay marriage, improve environmental technology, and legalize marijuana. Our nation needs to consider Americans people again. It seems recently that we have been treated as nothing more than a commodity in the form of labor.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  132. wileysee

    The politicians have forgotten that they serve the people as a whole, not special interest groups, no matter how large these groups are. They have also forgotten that they are elected officials and did not get their jobs by right of birth. It seems to elude them that the money they spend was garnered by the hard work and sweat of somebody and taxes are NOT by royal decree. The worst part is that some special interest groups have learned to play the race card whenever their motives are questioned or someone disagrees with them. Americans are not stupid and they do have very long memories. Election day is coming and over the next couple of years or sooner the nits in office will be the ones looking for jobs.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  133. amused

    It's called buyer's remorse. All we can do is hope that we get enough of a change in Congress to stop the progression of Obama trying to destroy the country as fast as he can. Can't wait to see Pelosi and Reid FIRED!

    August 4, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  134. DRS

    If we didn't have a Revolution under any of "Bushe's presidency" why now. Read my lips...

    August 4, 2010 at 6:51 pm |