South America, Britain, France – watch the news and it seems like rioting and civil unrest are flaring up all over the world.
Could these horrifying incidents of burning, looting, and violence be hitting the shores of the US next?
Anger and frustration are boiling to the surface in so many cities across the planet. In some cases, economic pain is to blame and in others, it is political unrest that is motivating the protesters, but whatever the cause it has been decades since we have seen this level of violent protests erupting simultaneously in so many parts of the world.
To make matters worse, many believe that what we have seen so far is just the beginning, and things can and will likely get more dangerous before they get better. Global economic conditions are rapidly deteriorating, and as economic pain intensifies that is only going to make everyone more frustrated.
Here in the US, while our economy remains strong, the anger and vitriol coming from both sides surrounding the potential impeachment of Donald Trump is going to greatly escalate the political tensions that are already deeply dividing this country. No matter how things turn out, a large percentage of the population is likely to be deeply frustrated with the result, and that could very easily lead to tremendous civil unrest, as bad, if not worse than what we are seeing in other parts of the world.
But before we get to what may, or may not happen here, let’s take a look at what has been going on around the rest of the world first. Chile is in the throes of economic collapse. Conditions are tough in Chile and rapidly getting tougher, and it is very unusual to hear of violence and looting in a country that is normally so stable.
Meanwhile, in the UK, rapidly increasing tensions over Brexit, have had people taking to the streets in violent protests. Hundreds of thousands of people have marched in central London to demand a new referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union, as parliament voted to delay a decision on whether to back Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s revised Brexit withdrawal deal.
Over in Spain, violent protests have erupted night after night in the aftermath of the arrest of nine key pro-independence leaders in Catalonia.
Of course, the protests that have made the biggest splash on the global stage have been the relentless pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Despite the brutality of the police, the protesters just keep coming back again and again, and “tens of thousands” of protesters were in the streets once again last week.
Could the US Be Next?
Here in the United States, we don’t have protests like this going on right now. But we could very soon.
The impeachment process is bringing a focal point to the deep anger that has been seething on both sides of the political spectrum for many years. Now that this process has begun, there is no going back, and both sides believe that there is only one result that will bring justice.
As the impeachment process unfolds, expect protesting to get increasingly more frequent, and increasingly more violent. Clashes between angry groups on both sides will be inevitable, and no matter the outcome, one side will explode, and not go quietly into the night.
All citizens should be locked and loaded, and be prepared to face violence and civil unrest the likes of which the country has not seen since the War Between the States.