It seems revolution has gone mainstream, at least the idea of it. When I was a kid in the late 60s and early 70s only hippies, radical leftists and those adamantly opposed to the Vietnam War took to the streets, or yelled and screamed ‘revolution’ at meetings. Now we have middle-aged men like me making a scene at town halls. Women who are not too far from reaching the status of old-age pensioner are also holding signs at tea parties.
All the ex-hippies and former radical leftists of the Democratic Party are upset by all this loud revolt. All that can be said in response, to lift from a talk from President’s Obama’s former pastor is that guys, your “chickens have come home to roost.” It has been said that leftists use the virtue of their more conservative fellow citizens against them; that is they disrupt events, throw pies in people’s faces, and create havoc knowing full well that most regular Joes and Josephines will not respond loudly and violently. It looks like those days are over.
It has even got to the point that the words ‘secession’ and ‘revolution’ are used by governors and normal citizens attending meetings. Recently a Russian analyst predicted that America will break up in the near future. Perhaps our ability to even hear about these statements is just a function of the Internet and 24/7 cable news. Even so, even in the nutty 60s it could not be imagined that the United States could have another revolution or that states could secede. But, then again, those living at that time could not have foreseen the Soviet Union breaking up from within, thanks partially to a push by Ronald Reagan (who most people knew as a B movie actor). It happened very quickly and with little violence.
Let’s hope if the United States faces upheaval in the future that it occurs by political means and non-violently. A reading of the history of the first American revolution will show how terrible war is. Somehow in history class we missed the truth of this period. Homes were destroyed, innocents were raped, imprisoned and murdered and the economy fell into anarchy. We better be sure we know what we mean when we say we want a revolution. John Lennon wrote, “We all want to change the world. But when you talk about destruction, don’t you know that you can count me out.” My sentiments exactly.
Revolution by John Lennon and the Beatles (With Lyrics)