February 01, 2006

Okay...But How?

Via Instapundit (like you've never seen those two words side by side on a blog before) there's a link to a video shot by Andrew Marcus. It's of anti-Bush protesters in Chicago. Here's the WMV link & here's the QT link.

Now I'm no fan of Bush. Lately I'm really starting to dislike him, but for usually the opposite reasons of the girls in Boulder I end up discussing politics with (really - I try to avoid the topic especially when they're cute but they keep bringing it up...). So in a way I can understand people being unsatisfied with him, but more for his talk of "government's responsibility" to medically provide for segments of the population or interfering with the free market by spending government dollars on alternative energy (not to mention his approval of gun control).

So I'm not going to speak of the ridiculousness of protesting Bush's SOTU, or even Bush in general. Instead I just want to know how.

A few of the protesters were talking about revolution & civil war. They were in Chicago. How the hell would they wage a revolution? They've disarmed themselves by law, remember?

I've got an M1 Garand made in 1943, rebuilt in 1947 & refurbished in 2005. It shoots 8 shots per clip & it's chambered in .30-06. I'd bet I could take out ten regulars from any military in the world before I went down, but I know I'd go down & I know I could easily be outgunned (course a wise man once said "you're never outgunned if you don't miss"). Yet compared to what these "revolutionaries" in Chicago have at their side I might as well have a friggin' compliment of proton torpedoes with a few concussion missiles & an ion cannon for kicks.

I do hope that it is just idle talk of revolution, but whether they mean it or not I'd just like to know how they'd plan on carrying the idea forth. I've spent a great deal of time learning about martial ways. I've read many passages concerning revolutions, uprisings, civil wars, rebellions, insurrections & the like. I'm a gun nut & I know I'd lose against the military (though that wouldn't mean I'd not leave a mark, or even accomplish my goals). The military outnumbers me by a ridiculous factor. They have more armaments than I could shake my stick at & have much more time & cash invested in practicing with them than I do. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying they're invincible - just that as an individual I don't have a chance at doing anything but stalling them while I take a few out with me.

But see I'm well armed. I'm a good shot. I move quick & know something of strategy as well as tactics.The protesters who spoke of revolution seemed like soccer moms who thought soccer was too violent a sport for their kids. They. Live. In. Chicago. I'm pretty sure even pitch forks are illegal there. So how the hell would they even half-heartedly be able to speak of a revolution?

I know I know - they probably just meant a popular shift in opinion that would not necessarily require violence to achieve their goals. It's just on the surface - Chicagoans? Talking about violent resistance to the government? Any government? & succesful resistance?

This is the same sort of logical disconnect that made two people think they could hug grizzly bears & everything would be alright.

They want a revolution? Unless they're talking about an early Prince album (that's what we used to call CD's before they were compact but still disk-like) I doubt they'll even come close. Sure, Vegas might lay odds on how long they'll last, but it'll be in minute increments. Hours would be a big pay off if you won but a sure thing for the bookies. I doubt you could find 2 to 1 if you wanted to bet they'd make it 5 minutes or less.

Revolution? Civil war? Started by Chicagoans?

I'll be at the bar. For a while.

Posted by Publicola at February 1, 2006 04:07 AM | TrackBack

Well said. Reality is obviously not a strong point with these "revolutionaries". Love the bear hugger reference.

Posted by: Civis Proeliator at February 1, 2006 09:38 AM

They must mean Dance Dance Revolution, yeh that's the ticket, a dancing smackdown Yo!! Chicago's more a Blues kinda town though... :-)

Posted by: -keith in mtn. view at February 1, 2006 10:10 AM
a wise man once said "you're never outgunned if you don't miss"

And another one said, when asked what his army would do if outnumbered 2-1: "Shoot twice and go home."

Posted by: Thibodeaux at February 4, 2006 02:53 PM
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