If a Second Revolution Does Come, it Won’t be Fought By the Rich – but Against Them

tax-rich-stlThere’s a lot of talk here lately about a “second revolution” coming soon, usually by conservatives upset because the Constitution doesn’t protect their attempts to restrict the rights of others.  You also hear this statement come up when passing sensible gun regulation begins to make headlines.

I mostly laugh the idea off mainly because we’re living in a modern society.  For a “second revolution” to really break out, it would take something cataclysmic to happen in this country.  And by that I don’t mean gay marriage being legalized or sensible gun regulations being passed.

This isn’t the late 1700’s.  A few thousand armed civilians aren’t going to topple the United States government.

Besides, that’s not why revolutions are fought to begin with.  Revolutions begin because the very few within a society try to take almost everything from the majority of those living in it.

Even our own revolution wasn’t really about taxes or oppression exactly, it was about opposing the rich and powerful in England who had set the rules to benefit the most rich and powerful among us.  That’s why revolutions happen.

Hell, it’s what the Bible warns against.  Greed is perpetual — it’s never ending.  The more we feed it, the more it’s going to want.  Which is exactly what happens.

Revolutions mostly occur because the majority of a society’s citizens get sick and tired of living in a civilization where they feel the rules are stacked against them from birth.  Then as life goes on, it becomes increasingly clear that no matter how hard they try or how hard they work, and no matter how decent they are as human beings — it doesn’t matter.

And that’s where we’re getting right now.  Since the dawn of trickle-down economics and with every economic cycle since, the rich continue to get richer while the poor and middle class fall further and further behind.

People don’t rebel in a country where they feel that society is set up so that everyone has an equal shot at success.  Where hard work matters.

People rebel when a handful of people set up that society, or shape that society, to benefit only them — to the detriment of everyone else.

Even during the Great Recession, the rich didn’t suffer.  Sure, some lost money, but most were still rich.  Hell, even now with unemployment still near 7% the rich are doing better than ever.  If “trickle-down economics” works, where is that damn trickle?

Oh, that’s right, it’s a lie.  It’s a scam conjured up by the rich to con millions of poor and middle class Americans into believing that if we give them tax breaks (which will grow their wealth) then they’ll “trickle” some of that down to the rest of us.

Besides, why would taxing the rich more bring about some second revolution?  Hell, tax the rich 50% and you know what they still are?


They might not be as rich as they want to be, but they’ll still be damn wealthy.

Cut welfare benefits for millions of Americans and you know what many of them might become?  Homeless — and that’s where you see revolutions begin.

Rich people aren’t going to “take up arms” to overthrow our government.  Are you kidding?  They’re just trying to buy it, like you see now.  The laughable part of all of this though is there are millions of Americans who do believe a second revolution is coming, and the rich have manipulated them so perfectly that these Americans would probably fight this revolution for the rich. 

While the rich sit back and continue to grow their wealth in offshore bank accounts.

Republicans can harp on all they want about their made up “socialism” and “class warfare,” but at the end of the day the rich aren’t going to give up being rich to make more money.

Hell no.

Instead, they’re relying on the ignorance of tens of millions of Americans to fight their battles for them.

So in this country, if a second revolution does come, the rich won’t be the ones fighting it.  Heck, they won’t even be the ones starting it. But they will be the target of those who do.

Because after a while, a society can only tolerate so much greed before it snaps.  Which is exactly what history shows us to be true.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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