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Easier to Win Elections than Revolutions

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A disturbing new poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University showed that nearly a third of Americans agreed with the statement, “In the next few years an armed revolution might be necessary in order to protect our liberties.” Among Republicans, a shocking 44% agreed—suggesting that they must think violence could advance their cause more effectively than politics.

This survey reflects ill-informed, apocalyptic speculation about new federal plans to disarm and subjugate citizens—even while defenders of the Second Amendment are winning, not losing, our battle to preserve gun rights.

Moreover, when anyone speculates about violence against cops or soldiers he only marginalizes and discredits his own cause. “Armed revolution” daydreamers can’t answer a simple, pertinent question: if you don’t have enough support to win an election, how will you get enough support to win a bloody civil war?

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  1. Merrie  •  May 14, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I agree with the sentiment of your argument. But to answer your question: We could win an armed revolution because our enemies are all afraid of guns!

  2. American  •  May 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Unless voter fraud is the reason for what we are witnessing, the conservatives arguing for armed revolution don’t have a case in my opinion. If most of America wants to commit economic, cultural, and political suicide: then that’s their choice.

    What we are witnessing is a democracy willfully committing national suicide due to great ignorance, great ideological deception, and great greed in both the poor and the wealthy.

    It’s happened before. Athenian democracy in Greece lasted a mere 178 years.

    Ignorant, deceived, lazy people have a history of destroying democracies from within by making nations vulnerable to conquest from external forces.

    In this age of nuclear capability, I suppose a failed democracy could live in the economic and cultural ashes of it’s prior greatness hiding behind their nuclear weaponry. That may be our fate if we don’t return to the practices, ideology, and values that made us great.

  3. bubbaclinton  •  May 17, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Why do you assume that it would be citizens vs police and military? A great portion of current and retired military and police would likely defect and put their arms to supporting the cause of liberty. Really Michael, you are smarter than this. I always know when you are arguing from weakeness when you begin with a dishonest premiss. The imagined war would be more like Rwanda or Yugoslavia than the Revolution.

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