As a prefatory note: I'm not participating in the comments since Thrasher is an ignorant idiot or a troll and Craig Nulan (subrealism) is coming from some weird POV that I'm not fully sure I understand. He also doesn't take me seriously, which makes it extra difficult to engage with him.
As much as it forms a staple of many technothrillers and other SF novels, I don't see the
Either way, the future if the Democrats somehow manage to retain power is going to be a lot like the present, only worse: those favored by Washington will become (or remain) rich and powerful, while the official enemies will be impoverished and/or imprisoned by a judicial system that no one man or corporation can afford to fight. The vast middle class will become a small band of government workers and middle-echelon salarymen, and the rest of what was the bourgeoisie will collapse into the unemployed/underemployed proletariat. And ethnic minorities will be hardest hit, with a thin veneer of ruling class blacks and Latinos on display to perpetuate the lie of equal opportunity.
I don't see the military taking up arms to prevent this, unless the next few elections are marred by significant and successful vote fraud that keeps the Democrats in power and the desperate elements of the conservative movement resort to secession and warfare. I don't see Petraeus or anyone like him becoming our Franco.