I've been keeping up with the riots in Greece And in Great Britain as of late and I can't help thinking that the same is in store for America. I've said it privately to my father, wife, and a few close friends over the past few months. I wish it weren't so.
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I lived outside of Seattle when the WTO riot happened. It was organized by a few anarchists from Seattle and Eugene, Oregon. It quickly spread all across Seattle where there was looting, burning, mugging and mayhem. There were a few people killed and many injured including rioters, police, first responders and just plain ordinary citizens. This was a riot over and about the system that rules. It was an "excuse" riot, pure and simple. Many of the protagonists who were arrested were let go either with small fines or no fines or jail time for their destructive behavior. Seattle, the ever progressive emerald city, winked at itself.
The Greek riots are about pensions. The British riots are about corrupt authority(the hacking scandal, in part) race, and the fear among young people that there are much harder times a coming, so get what you can now. I am reminded of the Watts riots in 1968 and the Chicago riots at Cabrini Green in Chicago about the same time. While the Watts and Chicago riots were race riots, they were no different than Europe's riots other than, not because of race in that people were fearful and burned and looted and destroyed their own neighborhoods.
Riots are generally not highly organized. They start with a few committed people and like a lit match, spread their fire randomly without focus. Others who join in are mostly ignorant or opportunists but that is the point. Opportunity. There is no long term vision in a riot. If the rioters wanted governmental change, they would attack or march on Parliament or Buckingham. They would be organized and there would be a lot of them if their grievance was justified.
We now have the beginnings of the riot movement here in America. Mobs in Wisconsin at the State Fair pulled people out of cars and beat and robbed them. Mobs in Philadelphia looked for people to beat and rob. The beaches in Chicago's Lake Michigan were closed due to flash mobs/gangs this summer as well as on the beaches of South Carolina and Florida. These are the same kinds of mobs we see in Europe but what is happening now is nothing compared to what we are going to see soon.
As jobs continue to dwindle and unemployment checks dry up and food and gas prices continue to rise, common everyday people who are losing everything they have are going to tire of it and become desperate. Desperate. Desperation makes otherwise good people do bad things. In America, we have always had a system that, in hard times helped the populace. Because of our great wealth and resources, those of us who had more than we needed freely gave to those who had less or nothing. We did it through churches and food banks and other charitable organizations set up by philanthropists so that there would be reason for hope to dig out of extreme situations. It had always worked, until now.
Now, government is the charity, except we do not willingly give our money to the government. They confiscate it through high taxes and fees. They then distribute the money to whomever they please, usually tipping the balance of their largesse to those whose votes they can buy. Today, we don't have the money any longer to "give" the government but they either do not care or they can't perform simple math. People are not stealing copper and aluminum and brass and bronze for their health and then selling it to metals dealers at risk of arrest. They used to do some of that for drugs, now they do it for food, for themselves and their children. There is nothing like a wife and hungry children to motivate a man who can't find honest work to steal. Hungry people will steal anything of value and sell it for food.
We are reaching that point in American society.
If food riots are not contained,(foodstamps not withstanding) it will spread like wildfire,first from our cities, then to the suburbs, and finally to the countryside. The government cannot feed everyone without confiscating either property or commodities. (Russia,circa 1917) ) Germany,circa 1932) The problem America has is different than the rest of the world. Our government guarantees us the right to bear arms, which means it cannot control us through the use of force. It can control the cities but that is all. Even that is limited by time because of starvation. If the government cannot take our homes or land or commodities and it cannot feed the starving, what will happen?
Ask yourself this question.
What am I prepared to do to feed myself and my family when I can't pay my bills anymore and I am losing my house and my car and my way of life?
If we do not make the government accountable for this mess we find ourselves in, there will be riots like we have never seen and then things will get worse from there.
We must also be accountable to ourselves, our families and our neighbors once again before it's too late.
God in Heaven, help us.