An interesting scenario... I find my appreciation of history somewhat different than yours. I suspect that you live in a larger urban area or suburbs... and have lived there for sometime. It is a different culture than in my area. While we are on the same team I think we see it from two different directions.
Ex. the day after the Obama election my good friends, who teaches at the local university, asked his college class (freshmen) what they thought of the election (he is/was a Ron Paul supporter as am I). It was the usual muddle until one bright sister-girl from Newark came out with: “It means we is on top... not whitey.” The Professor was intrigues that 10% of the population could take this election of a signal for black supremacy and ask what he thought was the crux-question: “What if white folks don't want to go along with that?” to which sister-girl immediately replied “who cares what white folks think – we got all the guns...!” He was so shocked that he said nothing and the conversation went back to sounds/null content that passes for speech in a society that does not teach high schoolers Latin or Greek.
This was quite interesting to me – it shows how blind urban peoples can be to reality different from their societal norm. From her perspective she is absolutely right... teen age urban black girl – all she had seen is urban non-whites with guns... she sees her middle class white friends as non-gun-owners as most are. What she has never seen (and I pray to G-d she never does) is a black youth trying to bully/dominance (including flashing his gun) some 50 something cracker only to, with in seconds, be on the ground with a knife sticking out of his eye (nor should she see his $200 tennis shoes nailed to the side of that Virginian's barn)... so I've heard through the grapevine. What this girl has never seen is bored guys waiting to get on a 1000 yard range (we have three of them with 90min of my home) take out .22 pistols and start banging away at a 300m steel target... 25% - 50% and 80% were their hit %s... I was only at 33% with my .44... so I can't chide them on poor shooting... it was just havin' fun. She has never seen what I see everyday. To her firearms are -cool or trendy or a right of passage – around here they are a skill set.
I did live in a larger urban/suburban area for about 18 years – until I just could not take it anymore and took an 80% pay-cut to return to my mountains... the Alleghenies.
Therefore, I am cognizant that these are two very separate cultures. The Red/Blue COUNTY map shows this quite well.
It will be a cultural war against the socialist/city culture. People are not going to just go along with military occupation... it is nowhere near there now and you have federal prosecutors and such disappearing every now and then... not to mention officious JBTs or JBT-lites who turn up hanging in trees.
All that being said – I would think the model will be much more of a Russian or Serbian one with bits of the IRA thrown into built-up areas.
One thing people do all the time is feel that TV is presenting the truth (you gotta go years – as an adult – w/o TV to become immune to it... Claire Wolfe was dead right about that) it is not. TV is an elegant tool for altering mental states to lower inhibitions – this is why it is such a good sales tool. One thing it is almost constitutionally incapable of is presenting the truth. It is just too limited and without an interactive component. The only people getting press are the LEOs – and certain Jingoistic Military shows. Okay, I guess... though I think it makes our people very complacent about fighting people who see on these shows because they are invariably weenies. I think these TV shows do more harm than good (no matter how weak and unskilled you should not underestimate your enemy – ALWAYS a bad habit) this is a bit reversed in urban areas where these TV shows are always regarded with Awe that the Man is invincible and blah, blah... same TV - two very different takes.... neither helpful.
I think, ultimately (say 15 or 20 years from now), people will see this as the beginning of a Renaissance... a war of restoration in which, through the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, the Promise of the American Revolution was fulfilled. We have been going through 25 years of Low Intensity Conflict here in America with hundreds of dead patriots and lots of inoculations against tyranny... it may just get a little more heated before it is resolved.
This is nature of Man, History, & Liberty... it is always a struggle – an upward spiral towards the nobility of the Individual vs. the oppression of the Group. Free and Noble men form Communities – slave form collectives... again we win... always. In this set of circumstances (remember: win fights with tactics – win wars with logistics) we will be pretty quick to win. After all we do have all of the logistical cards. As well as HUGE force multipliers... and the two critical ingredient – Motivation and Leadership.
Overall I am quite optimistic – Socialism – Partyism – Cronyism... they are all dying – albeit messily – like a dinosaur... dead but not knowing it.... just in multi-year death-throes... don't get squished. I think we will see more and more local autonomy and regional alliances... and it will be much easier in NON-TANK country.
I think Counties not States are going to be the going concern in the next level of American Freedom and Liberty... I am working on that Essay next.
So much for my take on that article – now to one that I have found profound.
Your “How-many-shoes” essay was very timely and I am using it to show others the importance of doing our best to control or facilitate a transition away from dark-ages collapse to a renaissance-ages transition... thank you for this essay.
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