This was absolutely bone-chilling. I won’t quote, because it’s long, and because you should read the entire thing.
I will say that, like tristero over at Digby’s place, I don’t think such a “Swiss watch” approach to history allows for enough entropy and variation. But, also like tristero, I don’t think Robinson is off-base in her analysis, either.
The next few years are going to be make-or-break times for America, no doubt about it: as an example of the above article link, a wingnut along Obama’s route to New Hampshire town hall meeting, with sidearm and protest sign with part of a Thomas Jefferson quote. The full quote reads: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.” T
The updated version says that the man was “kept under surveillance at all times” according to police. While that seems like a no-brainer, let’s not let such reassurances diminish or conceal the impact of what you see below: an armed man attending a Presidential town hall to protest, wearing his sidearm prominently, and carrying a sign calling for “the blood of tyrants.” In America, 2009: