As the US debates gun control and some question the very legitimacy of the right to bear arms as a check against tyrannical government I wonder how many are familiar with the Battle of Athens?Battle of Athens (1946)
Very interesting. I'd never heard of it. Thanks for sharing.
It seems that there were no negative consequences for the veterans/citizens. I wonder what would happen if anybody tried that today?
Many have not heard of it. At the time, the news made headlines and it was discussed by all as a lesson to be remembered by both elected officials and citizens.
There are some similarities today to what was going on back then as far as crony capitalism, political machines, and a government takeover of the private sector with the new deal that promoted leftist ideology -people in general were rebellious against an unchecked government that no longer was subject to the citizens but treated citizens as subjects, a government that directed servants rather than served citizens. Then like today there were many war experienced veterans that put it all on the line and fought for the ideals, principles and rights they returned home to find were being trampled upon and denied them. One major difference between now and then is that the mass media was more critical of government then whereas today it seems the media is no longer a check against government but rather a government propaganda mouthpiece. If the same thing happened today I think one would see a news portrayal quite similar to how the Tea Party was and is portrayed -e.g. as racist bigots.
It should not be lost on any that it was veterans that led and risked life and limb for liberty. Those that have served the country are proven as those who will risk life to defend the very principles and rights that are the enemies of those who would be tyrants.
In my opinion, the situation today is not yet ripe enough to precipitate such an action; however, we are close and getting closer. No telling what four more years of the rule of Obama versus the rule of law will yield. Americans are patient; however, the silent majority will come alive if pushed too far.
I suspect that if this happened today that there would be casualties, media hysterics and as well a divided citizenry as was seen during the Revolution with those on the side of the Constitution and individual freedom and those on the side of Obama, loyal collectivists wishing to impose his rule.
Anyway, if you search the web you can find more on this topic -for your immediate perusal here is an additional in depth article on The Battle Of Athens
The GIs came home to find that a political machine had taken over their Tennessee county. What they did about it astounded the nation.