America, a single America, doesn’t exist any more. Now there are two Americas. There is an America of the makers, the workers, the creators, the innovators. There is another American of the takers, the passive recipients. “Taker” is too dignified a term. Parasite is much more accurate.
In general, residents of the cities, the urban centers, are the takers, and they produce nothing. They don’t produce food. They don’t produce energy. They don’t manufacture steel, or autos, or electronics, at least not in massive quantities that satisfy the needs of the entire nation. They require constant subsidies just to clean their own waste out of their sanitation system.
The takers/urban dwellers can not keep themselves alive without the constant support of the others, the makers/country class, yet they constantly look down on that class as if we were servants at best and slaves at worst.
Yet, like ancient Romans, takers live in constant fear that a new Spartacus will arise to lead a revolt against the takers. Suppose, just suppose, that shipments of food were cut off to New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago or Philadelphia. How long would it be before those cities self-destructed?
Yet these same utterly dependent takers believe that even though they might never have gotten dirt under their fingernails, they should tell the makers how to farm. They have never gotten oil on their hands, but feel they should tell the makers how to build a car and what mileage that car should get. The closest that they have ever come to doing any electrical work is turning on a reading lamp, yet they will tell the makers that all they need to do actual work is a twisty fluorescent light that contains lethal amounts of toxic mercury. They are people who have never had children because it would interfere with their lifestyle, yet they tell makers how to raise kids, how and what to teach those kids, when they should be educated about sex, about homosexuality, about same sex marriages, and on and on.
One of the major differences between makers and takers is that makers take risks. Takers never take risks. Solyndra is a perfect example. A maker would sink his own money into a company, while a taker will be happy to sink taxpayer money. The taker has nothing to lose and while the taxpayers “investment” dwindles rapidly toward bankruptcy, they keep pulling in extraordinary salaries.
A war is coming. A war between the “takers” and the “makers”. The 1% (to borrow a phrase from the mentally challenged denizens of the Occupy Whatever tent cities all across America) are the arrogant elitists who lurk in the cities and are trying to exercise totalitarian control over the 99%. The Occupy mob is really part of the 1%, regardless of how much they complain about them. They want to be at the top of the pyramid telling the 99% what to do, how to live, what to think.
A war is coming, not between the government and its citizens, but between the makers and the takers, with the takers controlling the police and the military (to a degree) and the makers being self-armed. It is not going to be pretty.