A recent poll by Farleigh Dickenson University reveals that 44% of Republicans think that an armed revolution may be necessary someday soon to defend American liberties.
This indicates two things: (1) loss of faith in Constitutional politics; (2) an inability to count the costs.
If you take this position, you have adopted the view of the Communist Party in 1952. Back then, Republicans were divided between whether to jail people who believed this vs. those who said firing them was sufficient.
As for armed revolution, would this be after the season ends for American Idol but before the summer season of Royal Pains? Does anyone seriously contemplate the personal costs of taking to the streets for five years? Which streets? Armed with what?
Did the lock down of Boston not penetrate the thinking of romantic revolutionaries? The lock down was total. There was no resistance. Everyone stayed inside. After the SWAT team fired into the boat where the teenager was hiding, not knowing for sure who was inside, there was rejoicing in the streets.
Who will lead this revolution? Talk-show hosts?
Of the 44% of Republicans who say they think armed revolution may be necessary, I would guess that 90% send their children into the tax-funded schools. That is where the indoctrination takes place. Why revolt against the political system that educates your children? What is the point?
When 44% of a major political party indulges in fantasies for grown ups, we can be sure that any solutions to our problems will not to be found in the present political system.