While watching London and other parts of the world burn over the last few months, I'm sure there are a lot of complacent people who insist that "that could never happen here!" as if somehow we are morally superior to the rest of humanity. Make no mistake - it WILL happen here. All it will take is an incident to provide the flash point, and our cities will ignite faster than they did during the race riots of the Sixties. Why? Because the government, like Nero of old, fiddles while the economy goes up in smoke.
The ink on President Obama's inauguration speech wasn't even dry before opposition leaders were publically vowing to make his a one term presidency. And amid the mud slinging and name calling and blame assigning, one thing is clear - a failed economy is a victory for the opposition. Because if the economy can't be fixed, everything can be blamed on the president (even though the seeds of this debacle were sowed during several opposition presidencies...) and that could lead to a change in the White House in 2012. The big wigs claim they are working on the problems and that it's the debt that keeps all from being well, but that's just a front for what's really happening - they're waiting for this presidency to fail. If they can just bluster and obstruct long enough, a fickle public will do the deed for them and they can sweep into the White House in a blaze of glory in 2012.
But here's the rub - that won't fix the economy. For one thing, the losing party in this farce will turn around and do the same thing, thus ensuring that the problems are never fixed. And while all this happens, the unemployed and uninsured and disenfranchised population gets madder and madder.
We'll burn. I have no doubt.