Actually a great novel and great movie starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas back in the 60’s…..the plot is that a group of military officers plan a military coup to take over the US from what they saw as a weak president….
Back years ago I wrote a post about Blackwater, a private security firm that has its own army and air force, and their time in Iraq and Afghanistan….I wrote then how I was leery of any company that employs its own military that they could be used to make the scenario treated in a movie come true…..
But would Americans really allow such a a scenario play out?
Americans in general trust their military—and 29% of them trust so much that they can imagine supporting a military takeover of the government, according to a YouGov poll. That rose to 43% among Republicans, while just 20% of Democrats said they could envision supporting a military coup in the US. When respondents were asked if they could potentially support the military “stepping in to take control from a civilian government which is beginning to violate the Constitution,” the overall number saying yes rose to 43%, though a military coup itself wouldn’t exactly be constitutional.
The same poll found that most people have a lot more respect for military officers than they do for civilian leaders: Some 71% said military officers put the interests of the country ahead of their own interests, while just 12% thought the same about members of Congress. But there’s probably no need to worry about tanks rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue or a Main Street near you anytime soon: The Pentagon hasn’t shown much interest in taking over the nation, and a University of Pennsylvania expert tells the Guardian that the YouGov poll, like any online poll, isn’t likely to be truly representative of the US population. (Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the State Guard to keep an eye on the military this summer.)
Does this not give a normal person pause?
I realize that some hate Obama and think is somehow in cahoots with the bad guys….but support a military coup?
Now I really would like thoughts on this…….