Citing Barbara Tuchman, “Every successful revolution puts on in time the robe of the tyrant it has disposed.” This has been proven true throughout history. However, one example still defies this quote in every way…..The U.S.
The U.S was founded around 1760, with the idea of a completely free nation, ruled by its own people. Unlike other systems of government, the U.S. was democratic, which meant that it didn’t have an decided “leader that made all the decisions.” Although there was a president, he or she still had to obey the will of the people and could be “impeached” by the people.
Gradually, other nations adapted the model of government create by the U.S. However, many monarchies and tyrants still remain – think Kim Jong Un. Furthermore, many once democratic or more free nations have evolved and gradually become leader ruled republics – think China. The U.S, however still stands strong.
Tyrant:0 Citizens: 1
That doesn’t mean it always will. Even now, the U.S. is becoming more of a single leader/corporation country. Democracy means everything is done for the good of the people. In the light of the current situations, however, with the recent Russian corruption scandal and the Clinton email scandal, more actions are done out of selfishness. The people’s decisions value a lot less than they should. Now, the government makes most of the urgent decisions, and the president has nearly unlimited power.
Tyrant: 0.4 Citizens: 1
In 2014, the Washington Post published an article stating how America is an oligarchy. According to them, the rich and powerful now have more control over the government and new policies are favored towards the wealthy. “In the study, “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups and Average Citizens…Researchers then concluded that U.S. policies are formed more by special interest groups than by politicians properly representing the will of the general people, including the lower-income class.(washington post)” Even more, “When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose.”
When there is a monarchy, there almost always is a tyrant. How about Donald J. Trump? Already, Trump has made more drastic changes than any other president has. AND it’s only been over a year. At this rate, who says Trump won’t make the call and, like Xi Jinping of China, request that term limits be removed? Even worse, what if he declares himself “Supreme Ruler”?
Tyrant: 1 Citizens: 0.5
In the event that he does do that and the U.S, that people once as an example, becomes a monarchy, it’s clear that the people will rebel. In the U.S, over 50 million people own guns. Compared to the 2 million estimated people in the military, that mean there are 25X as many people in the military compared to gun owners in the US. Moreover, some gun owners also own artillery equipment and even tanks! (See this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky0BA4mowOg)
The result should be more than enough to overpower the military. That is if the military continue to stay loyal to the tyrant (maybe for money?).
On the other hand, the military own significantly more advanced technology than the citizens. If needed, they could easily use some kind of Bio-Weapons and wipe out huge portions of the population. Judging by the mental stability of the current “president” that may become a tyrant, he wouldn’t blink an eye before use nukes to wipe out civilian/rebel areas. A mass murder on that scale could kill over 40% of the U.S population! The remaining citizens would be profoundly impacted by the loss of their friends and would follow the rule of the tyrant in order to stay alive.
Tyrant: 10 Citizens: 0.1
It is proven with examples such as Russia, NK, and China, that countries won’t go super invasive about another countries ruler, unless he or she does something incredibly wrong. Kill 30 million people falls into that category. Other nations will retaliate and try the overthrow the monarchy – to either take control of the US, or establish a new nation. The result would be WW3 and could kill even more people – another 50% of the remaining population in the US, plus up to 5% in other countries. At least the tyrant would be overthrown -hopefully
Tyrant: 0 Citizens:0
The rise of a tyrant in the US would be – in no way – beneficial, for both the ruler and the people. Let’s hope that Trump doesn’t decide to go bazooka one day, like many of the critics say he is.
Sources: Washington Post: https://washingtonpost.com