So what would it take for the United States of America to fall apart, for the last trappings of democracy and civil society to shred and give way to anarchy or brute authoritarianism?
Probably not much, at this point.
I'm so old I remember 9/11. We as a nation did not react very well to that bad thing. We had the torture and the dumb wars and the overall lunacy.
In the immediate aftermath though I had a Dark Thought: suppose after the Towers fell and the Pentagon got hit, and etc., small groups of terrorists, you wouldn't need more than a score, did something incredibly easy -- legally bought some AR-15s or some similar shit, and then went around shooting up soft targets like shopping malls, synagogues, churches, main streets, regional airports, train stations, schools, you name it.
That sort of a tactic, I imagined, would have been devastating. The overreaction would have been fierce and overwhelming.
We would have fallen apart.
So surprise! In 2016, it turns out, you didn't need terrorism, you just needed the threat of a lady president for it to all go to shit.
Which is to say, a single act of terrorism on US soil under Trump, and that's all she wrote for the USA. We already don't have such pretty toys as majority rule or checks and balances. Are we as a nation mature enough to endure any external shocks?
Look at the person in the White House, at least part-time. Motherfucker thinks he won a reality show, his advisors are pig-ignorant fascists, there are no institutional checks on these maniacs, and the fucking W Bush administration looks like Weimar.
Oh, and also climate change.
There is no hope. None.