who honestly does not want to live free though... who would choose living under a tyrant, dictator, a king...
The fearful and uneducated, which is a huge part of that 99%. Ya, they may have gone to college or graduated from private schools, but all of that information is biased.
A revolutionary/civil war with our military wouldn't be a revolution, it would be a massacre. The way war is conducted these days, civilians wouldn't have much of a chance against the technology and training of the US's armed forces.. They would have little to no defense virtually no leadership or offensive capabilities. On top of that, to get the kind of revolt from within the military that you are talking about would take a LOT of clout from a high ranking military official. Clout I fear no one has anymore.. especially considering that most high ranking military officials are deeply rooted in politics and continuing their career after the military.
People are pack animals by nature.. those in the military that would stand up would be quickly disposed of by those that didn't have an opinion or just wanted to follow orders. I'm not being pessimistic, just realistic.
I'd like to think that other nations would come to the aid of the American citizens in such a scenario, but I doubt anyone would know what to do. It would be a "let them solve their own problem" scenario since our military could still pretty much obliterate just about any other force that could perform any sort of an "invasion". The only hope IMHO would be to spread our military so thin across several fronts that they couldn't hold out against everyone.
This is all extremely hypothetical. Not to mention most of the civilian freedom fighters that are suggesting this type of revolt are hardcore online gamers that know nothing of actual firearms/battle. They wouldn't be able to clean their guns, if they even had any, let alone put up a fight against trained and seasoned military personnel. This of course doesn't include retired/former military personnel. But in that regard, retired NCO's(experienced and typically career military personnel) and officers can be called back to active duty by their respective branches. A lot of those people are already extremely devoted to the federal government and wouldn't stand up with civilians.
Anyway.. change needs to happen, but I don't see it going down without total global involvement.. ie another world war or natural disaster on a truly global scale.
We are so boned..