Yes exactly. It is a concern to me that the poll suggests that many Americans believe that the country can be saved thtough a popular insurrection, as is happening in some Arab countries. I think that the difference is that here there is not the same oppression to unite the people. For us, incoherent fighting would quickly destroy the country. The military would not be able to be used against the people by those currently in power, but segments of it might take sides. The country may never recover from that.
We must work through this popular discontent in a democratic way. That is why we must have an effective opposition party. We have probably never before had an opposition that was more entrenched and determined to hurt the elected government, but that is not what I mean. We need a loyal opposition that can privide constructive criticism and viable alternative policies: one that can ammend bills to improve them. We seem to have forgotten how to do that.
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