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[–] metawizard 0 points 40 points (+40|-0) ago  (edited ago)

It's not taught in public schools here of course, but we've had some minor revolts. The Battle of Athens comes to mind. In 1946, around 3,000 battle hardened WW2 vets returned to their home in Athens, Tennessee.

Since the early 40's, the townsmen had put up with election fraud and predatory policing and brutality. They tried to solve the issue peacefully, offering candidates that promised voting reform and honest elections. They never won. They tried it again with an All GI ticket when the vets returned. Still nothing. So they revolted. Here's a summary of what happened.

The voting fraud was the big issue, but a black man being shot by an official while attempting to make it into a polling booth was the spark that ignited the flame. The ex GI's raided the armory and took just about every firearm in it. The officials took the votes to jail for counting. The GI's left the rear door of the jail open so the people they were shooting at would have an escape route, and way of surrendering. They then nearly surrounded the jail and starting shooting it up.

They succeeded, but not without an (attempted) struggle. The local officials tried to call in the national guard. The national guard never showed up, and they feared that ex GI's wouldn't shoot other ex GI's anyways. Anyways, the battle started and was over within a day. Honest elections were held afterwards, and the local government was replaced entirely with war vets who cleaned the place up.

The corrupt officials were told to leave and that they would be shot if they ever came back.

So, I think it's a combination of things. A good portion of the population needs to believe they've been significantly wronged. They need to think they have a halfway decent chance of succeeding. They need to be upset enough about it to do something, and they have to know that enough others feel the same way. These GI's had just fought to keep the world and themselves free of some of the most powerful war machines at the time, and when they came home, they saw the corruption they were fighting against staring them in the face.

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[–] DigitalRefugee [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Today we have a lot of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with many hard earned skills, and a unique perspective on the U.S. government. Where are these?

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[–] ChristoDeFetus 1 points 17 points (+18|-1) ago 

drowning in a sea of crybaby millennials.

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[–] TimeDilation 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

You mean the vets who have PTSD and can't get treatment from the VA? The 57000 homeless vets living rough? US vets have historically been treated poorly. Hard to mobilise the disenfranchised and destitute.

http://www.nationalbcc.org/news/beyond-the-rhetoric/2469-our-shameful-treatment-of-american-veterans

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[–] Alysrian 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

My husband is a vet, and we are on the edge of town. We try to stay out of shit as much as possible. He has PTSD, and feel that he has served his country enough for over 15 years (4 tours). We are retreating from society and taking our kids with us. We're going to watch it all burn, until assholes come knocking on our door. Then, we will defend our right to peace. Otherwise...staying the hell out of all of this.

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[–] Teflon-jersey 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

We are around. I would like to find a group to live near and to train/teach fire team tactics.

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[–] Opieswife 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Wow thank you this is the most interresting thing I have read in a long time. Your right I never learned about this in school back in the 70s and 80s and I doubt it is even taught now.

I'm supposed to be working but now I am online reading about this. Thank you for helping to continue my education. Ankther reason why I love this site.