well if there is war on the horizon wouldn't it be best to start talking more to those we know in law enforcement and finding out where they stand like the OP has stated ?
To start contacting our sheriffs and etc just finding out what they would do as our elected peace keepers .
Not to mention our own family members who are in the National Guard and US Military, how many kids do we know who are young an dumb and don't know any better ?
Another problem with our military is how we enlist kids, starting at the age of 18, very young, and naive and impressionable, get them young, brain wash them under the guise of duty, and honor and patriotism and then demand nothing less that they follow orders no questions asked.
If families are not talking to the people they know in the military and law enforcement then the problem of the next war is the forces we need to keep our country safe will be divided.
As much as some distrust the CIA, FBI, NSA, we do need them, at least the decent ones.
We do need a government, not to tell us what to do or how to live, nor to tell us we can trust them souly to protect us from anyone and everyone, but to just worry about other nations and leaving the rest of us alone.
As fun as it sounds to some to fight the government, i don't think any of us really knows how disastrous it would really be and i don't think anyone is stupid enough to think the government is not prepared or has at the least considered a scenario of citizens over throwing a corrupt government. Why wouldn't the government do just that, they have scenarios for just about everything.
But there are the unpredictable outcomes no one really knows.