A Warning and A Dire Prediction
by lyle e davis
I have maintained in a number of my writings that this nation is in trouble.
It's not Obama.
It's not any one individual.
It's the government. Multi-layered bureaucratic fiefdoms whose lords of the fiefdoms, and their many lieutenants, have more interest in attaining retirement and their pensions than doing the job they were elected and/or appointed to do.
The people are mad. Mad as hell. The Tea Party is not just a cute little group that gets together to wave banners and flags. They are sincere, hard-working (those that still have jobs) people who want this government to change . . . not only at the federal level, but the state and county level as well. They see government corruption; they see unjustified earmarks, they see big bailouts of big companies but also see those who have mortgages on their homes, those who own small businesses, left our in the cold. They see the government allowing illegal immigrants to enter our country and do damned little about it until the people rise up and demand it.
The people have come together as a group, state by state, and those who are in government who have any wisdom at all, are listening to them.
Things have to change and change quickly.
If it doesn't, I see guerilla warfare breaking out. I had predicted several months ago that I didn't see violence happening for at least five years.
I think I was wrong.
I think we are much closer to a violent outbreak, scattered at first, but, following initial successes, spreading from state to state.
How would that come about?
The Tea Party or any other organized group could not possibly carry on open warfare with the US government and its military arms.
Unless they went guerilla.
Guerilla warfare relies on the support of the people within the area that the guerillas operate. If they are in a geographic area where the citizenry are in support of the political aims the guerilla army seeks to attain, they will support the guerillas with food, with money, with shelter, with a variety of resources.
It worked in Vietnam. The North Vietnamese Army (a traditional military arm) and the Viet Cong (guerillas) joined forces to defeat the mighty United States of America with all its aircraft, navies, armies, and Marines. The Viet Cong, in particular, were hidden, were fed, were housed, by the people. Often 'the people' were, in fact, the Viet Cong.
It worked in Cuba. Ask a guy named Fidel Castro.
It's the only way an insurrection could work, and succeed, in America. Cells of 3-4 man teams to work as guerilla units . . . multiplied by the thousands, located in every state. No way the US government could defeat such a military force.
Such an organization would have a military arm (the guerillas) as well as a political arm - people in place to negotiate with the government and to continue a non-violent discussion. Presently, there is no structure to the Tea Party or any other organization. That would be necessary in order to be an effective voice. Someone to liaison with the military arm, and to negotiate with the government - a political face with clout, as it were.
I see no major political figure(s) within the Tea Party or any other organization. There needs to be recognized leaders. Thus far, the Tea Party is little more than a home grown, though popular, grass roots effort.
It is likely to morph into something greater if the government doesn’t begin to listen seriously. I pretty much agree with what Bill Clinton had to say over a recent weekend:
Former President Bill Clinton warned of a slippery slope from angry anti-government rhetoric to violence like the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, saying "the words we use really do matter."
He also said . . .
"One of the things that the conservatives have always brought to the table in America is a reminder that no law can replace personal responsibility. And the more power you have and the more influence you have, the more responsibility you have."
What he didn't say is . . . government needs not only use that influence they have, exercise that responsibility they have, they have to not only listen, but listen intently and attentively; and they need to take action. They need to solve problems, not create them. And if they don't, the people will rise up and rid the government of those that are not doing their jobs . . . and this removal from office would be elected officials as well as bureaucrats. Those removals would often not be pretty. Coups often are not pleasant affairs.
It is not too difficult to read between the lines. Anyone who follows the news can readily discern the temperament of the people. Things are becoming hostile.
The government needs to start listening. And NOW.
I'm too old to be of much use in any kind of war - . . but I can still observe . . . and can still report what I see . . . and report what I fear.
And I fear this nation is heading for a terrible set of circumstances.
And that is a damned shame.
/s/lyle e davis
Written and published in The Paper on 4/29/10.