I try not to do a whole lot of prognosticating, because, well, it's dumb. But here is a guess. I believe that if the Democrats pass Healthcare reform by means of reconciliation, which it looks increasingly likely they will, the response will not be the usual response to an unpopular piece of legislation becoming law. Because of the extremely partisan way it was created, because of the Sesame Street level lies peddled on its behalf, because back in June/July Obama tried to ram the legislation through with NO debate and because the Democrats have failed to cloak the real reason why they are DESPERATE to pass this massive nationalisation, I think the response will be more akin to a peasants revolt. It may well generate significant violence against a government which is deemed by many to be tyrannical.
I hope it doesn't happen. But the anger out there is palpable, and forcing through this massive nationalisation will confirm in many minds that the only way to stop it from destroying America is to get rid of it by force. Could be very messy indeed.
Question: will the US forces, who very much dislike Obama, shoot on their own people? Or will it be like East Germany and Hungary, where the internal police told their political masters that they would under no circumstances shoot their own populace.
To quote the declaration of Independence:
'...to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
...when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.'
Beautiful, elegant words, but revealing the point of the cutlass, the muzzle of the gun.