The United States; 2020 A Revolution

General Overview

In this presentation, you will learn a general overview of the causes, progression, and results of the United States Revolution of 2020. This revolution had been brewing since the first American revolution, but only got serious after the assassination of Donald Trump.

The United States Revolution of 2020 was the second revolution to happen in America. The first American revolution (1765-1783) was fought between the colonists in the 13 colonies and Britain. The colonists started protesting the unfair taxation by the British, and eventually revolted, declaring themselves the United States of America. Watch the video below for more information on the first American Revolution.

Incubation

(1776-2013)

Incubation

The 2020 U.S. Revolution happened for many different reasons, including economic, social and political causes. The citizens of the U.S. were sick of the unsustainable minimum wage, growing gap between social classes and rulers that were unfit for power. Each of these reasons for revolt had been building up for years throughout the country, causing civil unrest and resentment.

Economic causes

Starting as far back as over 30 years before the revolution, there was a growing income inequality. There was a huge gap in the nations wealthiest 1% and the majority of Americans showing a huge disparity in incomes. Some reasons for this were changing educational requirements, globalizing and its impact on job availability, and government policies. An exponential increase in technology especially in the two thousands created a higher standard for job requirements. The largest wage jobs were going to people with high levels of education and skills. However, the need for highly educated people was not met with availability for education. As a result of this skewed situation, the highest wage jobs were going to those who could afford the necessary education, which only increased the separation between classes by making the already wealthy, more powerful. Another reason for income gap was globalization. This controversial topic had both good and bad impacts, but one impact of outsourcing the American economy is losing some jobs in the process. Even though globalizing the economy boosted it overall, it also eliminated a lot of blue-collar jobs that were primarily filled by the lower class. One last reason of the income gap was government policies that have impacted taxing and wage laws. Taking away power from certain unions and changing trade policies are some of the harmful changes the government has made to the income of the working class.

Social Causes

The main social causes for the U.S. Revolution were all related to inequality. Dating back to 1787, the original constitution for the country didn't really create everyone equal. In truth it only created all white, land-owning, men to be equal to one another. Setting this foundation of inequality developed this country into an unfair society. Two of the main inequities of the 2000 era U.S. were gender and race.

  • Women only earned 78 cents to the dollar earned by a white male
  • Reproductive rights of women were extremely limited, especially in the presidency of Donald Trump
  • City employees across the nation refused to marry same-sex couples
  • In the business and tech industry, women were severely underrepresented
  • Things as basic as women's sports teams wouldn't get as much funding or as high salaries as their male counterparts

This gender inequality disparaged the majority of the population. The second social cause was racial inequality. Minorities, especially African-Americans had been oppressed since the beginning of the country. Even though slavery was officially ended in 1885, racism and discrimination continued through the beginning of the U.S. revolution in 2020.

  • Mass incarceration of the African American population was a growing 40 year trend. Of the 2.3 million incarcerated people in the United States, 1 million of those people are black, even though the ethnicity made up only 13.2% of the overall population.
  • African Americans were 3 times more likely than Caucasian people to be shot by police
  • Black students were three times as likely to be expelled from school than their white counterparts

Political Causes

Politics played the biggest part in this revolution. In the election of 2016, the first orange person was elected to be president. Donald J. Trump won the election due to the electoral college, even though the majority of Americans voted for the democratic candidate, Hilary Clinton (popular vote). The inexperienced, unqualified president elect sparked outrage across the country. In the 4 years of his presidency, he managed to launch nuclear weapons on North Korea, start a war with China and deport tens of thousands of legal citizens to Mexico because of their ethnicity. Naturally, the majority of the citizens were completely mortified with the leader of their country. Trump carried out one of the most unsuccessful presidencies in the history of the country.

Click on the button below to learn more about some of the actions of President Trump in his first few months in power

"What do I know about it? All I know is what's on the internet." -President Trump*

*Yes that is a real quote

Another political cause for this revolution was the dysfunction of the government. Before the revolution, the American government consisted of 3 branches, described in the video below

In addition to an incompetent president, the legislative branch was very dysfunctional. Congress passed bills allowing mentally ill people access to fatal weapons, and spending weeks in stalemates over irrelevant details in legislature. The overall dysfunctional government was impossibly slow in it's decision making process and not in a good way. The rift between government and citizens grew as the Republican-dominated congress made continually bad decisions that hurt even those who once supported them.

Symptomatic Stage

(2013-2020)

Symptomatic

Outbreaks of protests and violence started as early as 2011 with some examples of BlackLivesMatter (2013) and Occupy Wall Street(2011). The BlackLivesMatter Movement started in July of 2013 in response to the shooting of an unarmed black teen by a police officer. This shooting was not an isolated incident, but part of a rise in excessive force used by the police targeted at black citizens. This incident attracted nationwide attention to the racism and discrimination toward the African American community in the U.S., which was one of the social causes for the 2020 revolution.

The Occupy Wall Street movement was targeted toward the economic inequality worldwide. The top 1% of US citizens were dis proportionally wealthier than the 90% majority. The Financial District in NYC was the financial center of the world, naturally attracting some of the wealthiest people. One of the economic causes of the US was the income gap, and this movement outed all that was wrong with out economy.

More protests of a violent nature erupted in 2018, when President Trump launched nuclear warheads on North Korea. This incident put America on the brink of war and whittled down Trump's supporters significantly. The main protest (March 5th 2018) after this action was called "Impeach the Orange" (ha puns :) led by a mostly democrat group called The Leagued Citizens. This group started out with numbers in the hundreds, but grew into hundreds of thousands, as they led the civil revolt. At "Impeach the Orange", tens of thousands of people gathered at the national mall to protest little good had happened in the past 2 years. Though the majority of this protest was peaceful, riots broke out as police attempted to send people home.

All classes were unhappy with the state of the country. There weren't any new opportunities for the lower class to rise up, the middle class wasn't getting the civil rights they wanted, and the upper class was losing money in the economy Trump was creating.

The end of 2019 was the turning point for the revolution. Trump cut off all trade ties with China in order to "Bring back our jobs!", effectively ruining the economy. After realizing what he had done, Trump sent a fleet of warships to coerce China back into a trade deal. This sign of aggression triggered the Chinese to declare war on the U.S. The war only lasted six months with minimum casualties when the U.S threatened China with nuclear weapons. Seeing what had happened to North Korea, China agreed to a peace treaty under terms that they weren't required to trade with the U.S., but could if wanted.

Throughout all these protests, one common ideal was asked for; Trump should resign as president. He had made so many mistakes, that the ends did not justify the means. Protests were held across the country, but no one in the government ever directly addressed what they asked.

The cost of the war forced the U.S. government to almost double taxes. This dropped the lower class below the poverty line, forcing tens of thousands out of their homes and jobs. This had gone too far. In retaliation for all the problems President Trump had caused, an assassination was arranged. An inside job carried out by one of Trumps private guards who poisoned the President on New Years Day.

Crisis StagE

(2020-2021)

Crisis

The assassination of the President at the end of his term left the country in shock. As Vice President, Mike Pence was in place to finish the last weeks before the next president was in office. The first to respond were the Leagued Citizens. With followers over the country, they organized raids of government buildings to destabilize government control as well as gaining support and popularity. This group demanded that all government officials step down, and let this new party take over the system. Predictably, the US Government refused these demands and instead stocked up on weapons, ready for the raids.

The majority of the population supported the LC, but not all of them were active members. Only about 60% of the population was active in the raids, but another 15% passively supplied weapons, provisions and transportation. The LC mainly congregated around larger cities for strength in numbers, but smaller groups covered the nation. Although they were technically traitors and were supposed to be reported t the authorities, they were rarely caught, as the majority of the population was in support of their cause. All government officials were not killed unless necessary, but put in large prisons run by the LC and given chances to join their movement.

The raids and sieges lasted for a year and half until the LC organized an attack on Washington D.C., the hub of governing powers. Although the U.S. government had assumed an attack like this may come, they weren't expecting an attack out of the blue, which was exactly what the LC was hoping for. The Crusade of Capitol Hill resulted in only 7 deaths, all of whom were security and police who attempted to stop the siege. Once the LC infiltrated the capitol building, they marched out all government workers and broadcast a message across the country. They had taken down most of the institutions across the country, and now they had capitol hill. They could overpower the white house if needed, or the interim president could allow them to take over the government.

Convalescence Stage

(2021-

Convalescence

Choosing not to loose any more lives (and breaking the rules that the U.S. doesn't negotiate with terrorists), Pence made a public statement resigning his role, and allowing the the leader the LC had chosen to be president; Caroline Kennedy. With experience as a diplomat and an outspoken politician, Mrs. Kennedy was chosen because of the shared beliefs of the LC, and her ethical moral code.

To the extent that we are all educated and informed, we will be more equipped to deal with the gut issues that tend to divide us.

The LC kept the same democratic government system, but replaced most of the corrupt and unethical people that had been working across the nation. They did this by appointing the most important leaders of the LC in jobs such as secretary of state, and defense minister giving most of the power to the party. Democratic elections were held periodically as they had previously. Because the majority of the population was part of the LC, generally the LC leaders stayed in power

One bad result of the revolution was the instability of the country after the takeover. Even though the powers set in place had experience in politics, the abrupt change in staff took a several years before the entire system was figured out. During the revolution, the previous government had to focus on internal issues, rather than keeping up with the rest of the world. Once the new government was in place, the US was a step behind in trade, economics, and technology.

One good thing that resulted from this revolution was not a change of government, but a change in the way government is approached. Instead of focusing on how to make the most money or get the most power, the New U.S.A revolved around the idea that everyone should have equal opportunities and make a contribution to society. A cap was created for privately inherited incomes so that no class was staggeringly above another. Minimum wage was raised to help mainly the lower to middle class.

Credits:

Created with images by Phil Roeder - "United States Capitol" • skeeze - "statue of liberty landmark close" • jakob.montrasio.net - "NYC." • rabesphoto - "NYC skyline" • Another_Simon - "new york skyline skyscraper"

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