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Paul Revere Rides Again-Is Social Networking hailing a new US Revolution?

This author doesn’t usually write about politics. It’s highly emotive and is a hotbed of argument and banter.  Most of us have an opinion. Right?

Here’s an interesting picture lifted from a social networking site.

The poster of the image is an American citizen and to her represents the ‘painful truth’.  Notice the statement at the bottom, ‘When will we revolt?’ This isn’t the first time the word revolt has appeared in posts read by this Australian citizen. It’s interesting to note that these US Nationals have never spoken to each other before and they aren’t socially connected on this site, but they seem to have the same sentiment. The general understanding is some American working class citizens are truly hurting and unhappy at the corrupt unfair practices of their government.  The inclination, is that the workers in the ‘trenches’ are being screwed over in favour of the rich.


The US House of Representatives has just passed a bill to increase the US borrowing limit; there are massive spending cuts to come and huge limits on future spending if the bill succeeds through the Senate. It is expected to be defeated. The consequence as threatened before is America’s ability to pay for itsdebts. On May 16th, the US reached its debt ceiling of $14.3 trillion.   In other words, it has borrowed all it can borrow, but reassuringly can continue to pay it’s debts till August 2nd 2011.  On June 29th, The International Monetary Fund urged that the debt ceiling must be raised to avoid shocking the global market and Americas recovering economy.  This conversation is still occurring with the August deadline approaching fast.  Why is this different to the rest of times the US has raised its debt ceiling? It’s not unusual and, has been occurring since it’s origins within the 1917 Second Liberty Bond Act * where the ceiling was set at $43 billion.

* Note: Link may not open. Source can be found at: http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/105193.pdf

At the high end,there’s politicians stoushing it out. Republicans in the Congress are using the ‘debt ceiling’ as a lever to force measures aimed at reducing deficit. . It’s in the press. It makes people jittery in the economical arena; especially since a lot of US debt is foreign owned. The term double dip recession is bantered about and since the US is still recovering from the GFC must make some nervous.  Strong language such as ‘devastating’ and ‘panic’ are common. At the middle and lower end there’s talk about job losses, reduction of benefits, cessation of wages and pensions to federal employees including defence staff. It’s quite a miserable state of affairs really and one, which wouldn’t help the psychology of its nationals. Check out the US debt clock for a minute by minute update. It’s daunting stuff.



The US seriously looks questionable in its ability to control debt. The image of 14.3 trillion is beyond fathom for most people, although we’d love the bank account. The debt ceiling will get raised again and again but at what cost? With Americas also increasing fat war fingers in a lot of pies, questions are being raised about financial sustainability on the global stage let alone within her own borders.


Technology immediately enables people from all over the world to discuss, share and elaborate on a theme. Feedback can be immediate. Video, photography and imagery add weight to any post and if enough people empathise and pass the information on, a ‘viral’ phenomenon occurs. It’s one person talking to another to another, to another and in a snowball effect until, ‘We have to act as individuals in the manner of collectively taking backour country. Revolution!’

‘The government is coming, the government is coming’. A take on the Paul Revere catchcry about the British has been expressed in a recent post.

Is the USA on the Verge of a Citizen Revolt?

 It seems very possible!

There’s the invitation offered from the United States of Earth (U.S.E) to ‘Join Us and Help Save Freedom and America.’ Signing up for the game, 2011 Obama Coup Fails allows the user to,’ join with thousands of other Patriots and help organize the new
Conservative revolution of the Tea Party Movement.’ A clearly dissentient website opposed to the Obama administration. It’s infused with a barrage of links, banners, imagery and information and asks, ‘Is this game or is it reality? We
must ask ourselves this question honestly if the United States of America and Freedom are to survive the Obama administration. We have perhaps less than two years left.’

In February, 100,000 protestors converged into the Wisconsin capitol voicing anger at a new law, ‘to strip collective bargaining
rights from the state’s unionized workers.’ Similar protests were held around the country and were considered to be the largest since the Vietnam War.

One simply can’t shake the eerie feeling there’s country wide unease in the good old US of A.

It’s not hard to find the evidence.

History is watching and so is the rest of the world.

Oh, and the Pentagon is watching too. Coming to a social network
near you soon! The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency  is currently assembling its new team.