Wayne Stollings wrote:
Eventually? Why not now since the military has a huge weapons advantage since WWII? The general population has no defense from air attack (either tactical ground attack or strategic bombing), no counter for artillery, little counter for armored vehicles outside of suicide attacks, no organization, no squad level heavy weapons, and even insufficient small arms of military caliber. This has been the case since the end of the Civil War, but moreso since the end of WWI and even more after each technical improvement created by each successive conflict.
Because the government, citizens, and Big Business are dependent on each other. The government needs armaments from Big Business and the vote from citizens who want no gun control, tax cuts, and easy credit from Big Business, with the same armaments used to maintain "peace and order" in the U.S. plus strengthen the military and provide military aid to allies and trading partners that can provide various strategic and economic advantages.
Big Business needs deregulation from government (including less gun control) so that it can provide easy credit to citizens (needed to prop up a consumer spending economy) plus profit from financial speculation (e.g., a global market of $600 trillion to over $1 quadrillion in unregulated derivatives, notional value) plus profit from investments, including those in the arms industry, not to mention profiting from trade deals with other countries thanks to military aid, foreign policies, etc.
Citizens need government to keep giving tax cuts and government services plus maintain the military to keep the petro-dollar propped up, as well as Big Business to keep providing easy credit to maintain their middle class lifestyle given a consumer spending economy. In return, they vote for one Reagan clone after another.
The problem is that Big Business got too greedy, has exposed itself to incredible levels of financial risks, and is now demanding bailout after bailout. With that, we have economic crisis plus more fear of conflict, especially given proliferation of arms, austerity measures, etc. Both government and citizens will not give in to less spending because the economy is dependent on that.