You have to wonder what a possible Presidential candidate is thinking when they start throwing the word “rebellion” around. In this case, it’s Republican Governor Bobby Jindal saying recently at a conference in D.C. that he think the American people are ready to rebel against the government due to perpetual frustration. While some might think this is a new scare tactic in running for President, is there any truth to it, or would a rebellion really be possible? And the question ultimately would be whether the government would function even worse if the people took it over.
We’re a far cry from where we were during the Revolutionary War when we were all of one political mind (at least temporarily) and fighting for independence. Had we been as divided as we are now back in the 1770s, the rebellion would have turned on itself and probably turned into a three-way war where the left and right couldn’t come to agreement on how to proceed. That’s why when we hear of rebellion, it would have to involve one political persuasion that somehow forms through emotional union in order to bring the kind of government we really want.
Would that be possible when we’re at a crisis point? Even if we did, the idea of a rebellion is one that would work quite differently now and possibly lead to very tragic results.
With Northern Command always at the ready to fight back against any social unrest in America, nobody really knows how powerful it is and what would be done if a real rebellion occurred. Other parts of our military are also unknown at what exactly we have that would be put in place by a President if there were signs the people were starting to storm Washington, D.C. It’s true that George Washington’s army won against the British despite being outnumbered. And it’s a good case for how rebellion can sometimes still prevail based on emotion and the strength that comes from within.
We’ve all seen evidence of this in Egypt where social uprisings there managed to take control of things, at least temporarily. We’ll also see the ultimate test of this in Iraq as the Islamic terrorist group ISIS leads a rebellion to take over the country. Alongside help of our military advisers, will sheer emotion and battle recommendations help the Iraqi people become a new George Washington’s army?
Unfortunately, there’s as much divide among the Iraqi people as there is here in America, hence making it challenging to know who to trust. America, however, knows how to tap into a certain frame of mind when crisis sets in. We usually manage to set politics aside in times of natural disasters. Yet, what happens when it’s directly related to government and politics?
Can One Political Party Emerge Without Rebellion?
Some might say that merging into one political party is impossible without holding some kind of rebellion. It seems true, though, that most of America is sick of the two-party system, despite most of us taking a strong political side on specific political issues. In the 1% chance the people really would rebel against the government, we’d have to hope it’s done in a peaceful way where the politicians in D.C. willingly turn over the keys, or just capitulate to what people want. If America managed 10 million people or more to walk the streets of D.C. to demand unity, it would probably be enough right there to make some major changes.
In times of such emotion, we might be able to consolidate and bring back the name of a political party that once existed in America: Democratic Republicans (actually Republicans in the Jefferson era). Regardless, because both of those words seem like dirty words to most people today, we should probably create a more unified name. Even though we have ever-widening differences, the emotion of unification or face the prospect of complete chaos would probably bring most people back to the center where politics belongs. It may also bring out the moderates who’ve been in hiding due to feeling stuck in a trap.
Meanwhile, Bobby Jindal using the word “rebellion” in a Presidential bid will likely be a major political faux pas. Having a candidate dictating when a rebellion might happen is the equivalent to those who are so sure they know when the Second Coming is going to occur.