Going off on a tangent ... people talk about the Collapse of the USSA.
How does one measure that ?
What demarcated the collapse of the USSR - they couldn't keep Ukraine in line ? (with the US sending their own proxies into Ukraine, and Israel setting up military sites which I hear Russia bombed ... OK that last part is after 1989.)
Or is it just a case of, the "Victor" gets to write the history books ?
I could not imagine a more corrupt & criminal & make-work organization that the US gov. and all the little governments that support it.
Personally I think 'the year' for the USA might be 2021, based solely on the feeling that the US can't go 3 more years without its broken nature becoming nakedly obvious worldwide.
I can't help but wonder if the 'crack in the US will be at the Oregon-Idaho state lines, after Oregon bans semi-auto's in 2019 or 2020.
They almost had the semi-auto ban on the ballot for 2018, and were fortunately out-maneuvered by the gun rights folks. The gun-grabbers over-reached and tried to do too much, and the gun rights folks got them by arguing that the proposition title was misleading & accurate. By the time the gun-grabbers got that sorted out, there was no time to get 100K signatures.
That puts me in a strange situation where I was a lifelong Democrat until the Democrat party collapsed in 2001, and I also realized that the Democrats I supported (e.g. Bill Clinton) were just a prettier face, like a mural artist decorated Bush41's backside, called it a President, and dumped it at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. (or is it 1-666 Pennsylvania Ave ?)
I know the gun-grabbers are going to try again and again. I think eventually they will succeed in banning semi-auto's, e.g. by strict registration rules.
Of course, Idaho is firmly gun-rights. That puts a very interesting line at the Oregon-Idaho border. Of course, Eastern Oregon is rural & very gun-rights. So the official border might be there at the Idaho state line, but the cultural border is about 50 miles East of Highway 5.
Of course, I will continue to see a connection with the 87 year old Elder.
OF COURSE she needs a semi-auto with armor-piercing bullets - she has to protect herself against young psycho rogue cops !