pResident Obama warned Ukraine's leaders of the consequences if "they cross the line":
"I want to be very clear as we work through these next several days in Ukraine that we're going to be watching closely, and we expect the Ukrainian government to show restraint, to not resort to violence in dealing with peaceful protesters. We've also said we expect peaceful protesters to remain peaceful, and we'll be monitoring very closely the situation, recognizing that with our European partners and the international community there will be consequences if people step over the line."
Why is no one making the analogy to the protests in the United States? The Tea Party protests throughout the country were not covered by the media, vilified by the Democrats as racist and exploited by the Republicans for political advantage. We see how the pResident targeted Tea Party activists. Without any repercussions. We see how the entire government (statistically) supports illegal NSA surveillance. We now know that Obamacare is just another tax and a means to buy votes (both legal and illegal).
Americans are slow to act. People who are sentient have learned over the past five years that protests are ineffective. Why waste time and resources on a failed strategy. What is an effective strategy? The next moral step is civil disobedience. The government knows this and is preparing for this contingency by arming federal agencies and militarizing our police. The result of civil disobedience crushed by the government may be the same as Ukraine (or Thailand or Venezuela). The media will support any government action as will most of Congress: the union must be preserved.
Unfortunately, if this course of events unfolds, both sides are armed.
So my simple question is this: under these conditions, what happens when Putin warns Obama that Russia is going to be watching closely as the government of the people, by the people, for the people attacks the people?