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America’s ‘Code Red’ Situation

November 12, 2019 by  
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America’s ‘Code Red’ Situation


Louie Overstreet

Concerning a Code RED, paraphrasing Col. Jessup in “A Few Good Men,” I’m not sure Americans can handle the truth about three possibilities for our future.

There has not been another time in American history — certainly not in my lifetime — when there existed an equal likelihood that in the next 12 months our nation could suffer through a Revolution, experience an Evolution or even suffer a Devolution.

How is that possible, you ask?

Revolution is the easiest and most frightening to imagine, given that everybody and their mommas have guns. There are 218 million persons over the age of 18 living in the U.S. — with over 400 million guns, including 10 million assault rifles. However, those arms would not be pointed at enemies across the ocean away; more likely, we’d be revisiting a period of American history where racial genocide occurred. This possibility would be inconceivable — if not for divisive rhetoric emanating from the White House on a regular basis.

Evolution, under any evaluative measure, would be the preferred method of bringing about change in America. However, those who would benefit the most are less likely to participate in a process that would deliver peaceful change. In other words poor folks don’t vote — and rich folks know it. Poor folks are also incapable of organizing themselves to oppose voter suppression laws being passed all over the country, totally violating the concept of one person, one vote.

Devolution, unfortunately is the process that America is currently experiencing. Thus, the one that is most likely to prevail. As such, one question needs to be asked and answered: “Is the process reversible?” My honest answer: I don’t know.

However, I believe if those of us who suffer from irrational fear of the changing demographics in America don’t overcome this fear — and Republicans continue turning a blind eye to Constitutional violations — then the answer is no!

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