The term "revolution" is thrown around too easily. My title refers to what I predict will happen as the Left becomes more radical and "revolutionary". Our country was founded on Revolution -- we fought the tyranny of the British Monarchy and established America. Many on the Left justify their current tactics by relating these tactics to the violent American Revolution. What does the progressive Left want to establish in place of our current system of government? It's not really clear. We know that social justice is a goal, but what all it entails hasn't been laid out.
I also believe our current system of government needs to be restructured, but bringing down the current system through "revolution" will not happen, and replacing the current system with more central control to implement the progressive agenda is not the answer. I have no problem with the Left wanting to change the current system, but I do have problems with their methods and the goals they've expressed. If leaders on the Left aren't careful, they're going to get some gullible people hurt, and they're going to lose support. I suspect that about 25% of the adult population solidly support leftist goals. So far the Left has been active enough, and enough liberals, moderates and independents have bought the welfare/interventionist State narrative, to affect change and achieve many of the goals -- Obamacare being the crowning achievement, even though it doesn't go far enough to satisfy the Left. Obamacare is a first step to nationalized healthcare. Another industry the Left is fighting to nationalize is the energy industry, and it will also be achieved in steps starting with more stringent regulation -- if not nationalize, then the left plans to effectively control the industry which is the same as nationalization. Energy companies will likely leave the US as profits are squeezed out of the industry and subsidies are protested as cronyism -- as energy companies leave the US, the Left will make the nationalization case -- an industry too big and important to fail, plus, the need for clean energy can only be entrusted to an enlightened State management, so they will say.
If Obama wins a second term and Democrats make gains in congress in 2012, we'll see a concerted push for "investment" in education, infrastructure and energy. The Democrats are presently setting Republicans up to make the first move on entitlements, so that Democrats can scare the public regarding their Medicare, SS and Medicaid promises. If the public is frightened, the Democrats will win, and the progressive agenda will go forward. The question is whether the ideas of the Tea Party were real and widespread or superficial and limited in scope. If the Information Age is having the effect I think it's having, independent voters will be turned off by union tactics and stories like Glenn Beck reported regarding Stephen Lerner and his plan to bring down the US.
Although most of the main media outlets aren't reporting on the negative stories regarding unions and Leftist organizations, new media is making more ground to get these stories covered -- it's just not certain what effect the new media will have on independents as 2012 approaches. It's been my belief that many eligible voters who haven't voted before, or voted sporadically, will come out to vote in 2012 in great numbers. I also believe that at least 60% of those voters will be anti-Left and blame the Democrats for the radical activity on the Left, and that they will associate the progressive agenda with humongous debt and high unemployment. The economic issue will be the most important issue, but people will also associate radical behavior and rhetoric with the poor economy.
If Democrats aren't careful, they will also be negatively associated with the bog-down and no-win situation in Afghanistan and the Libya invasion, especially if the Libya situation deteriorates, which it seems is inevitable. I believe the Democrats are underestimating the war-weariness in America, and the changing attitude regarding intervention in foreign affairs. Democrats have cynically assumed if they look strong on foreign affairs and militarily that the patriotic yahoos will respect them, but Democrats are making a mess of foreign relations. This Libya operation appears to have been decided at a bar after a few shots of bourbon. Americans, for the most part, appear ready to pull in and mind our own business, which is business, not more war. America has had enough war.
The Republican candidate who can articulate a plan to free up the market and create jobs, cut spending and reform entitlements, promote liberty including civil liberty, call for a national effort of private assistance organizations to start taking pressure off the welfare state, get out of the Mid-East and make a plan to close European and Eastern bases, create an excellent, right's-respecting home defense, repeal Obamacare and replace it with free market healthcare, cut out burdensome energy regulations which make us dependent on Mid-East oil, and promise not to legislate morality, will easily defeat Obama and stop the progressive onslaught for years to come, thus stabilizing the market and allowing recovery and hiring to take place.
Is that too much to ask for?