For me, the second question is the more intriguing, and worrisome. What happens when a marxist/radical Muslim coalition in which neither side expects to share power indefinitely takes over a nation of people who are accustomed to violent government repression and living in fear of sharia law? But I've got a few speculations as to what would happen in this country
We now have here in America a malAdministration which, from the top on down, is either filled with dangerously incompetent people, or people committed to the dismantling of America's freedom experiment, or a combination of both. Unfortunately, our clever (as in, "legends in their own minds") and unprincipled foes have made good use of our own laws and traditions. In fact, they have succeeded so well that laws no longer seem to matter to them; they simply ignore the law or write a regulation to circumnavigate it, which is how tyrants usually operate: "Do as I say, not as I do." And while the American version of this grand conspiracy may showcase itself as secular, don't be deceived; there are radical Muslim or pro-Muslim elements working in the background throughout the country...hiding in the woods in the neighborhoods, in the prisons, and in Washington DC.
(This seems like a good spot for the inevitable disclaimer. I have no animosity against anyone who wants to live their lives peaceably and participate in the uniquely American experience. That is, to share the historic values of American liberty, respect for others, personal responsibility, respect for God, and love of this country. My beef is with anyone who is belligerent, hostile, devious, and violent. I don't like people who plot or take part in the death of innocents and the destruction of the greatest, most generous and forgiving nation in history. I don't care if you call yourself a Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, atheist or Martian. As told in my Bible; a tree is known by its fruits. Be careful judging a faith by those who claim it; it is more accurate to judge a religion or worldview by its teachings.)
But of course, that sort of thing can't happen here...until it does. But don't worry, my fellow Americans; enjoy your slumber a little bit longer. They won't try anything like that until all the necessary steps are in place, because this is one revolution they've carefully considered.
Of course, the flip side of this wave of successes for the Muslim and secular Left is that it spells disaster for the United States, and even more ominous for Israel. Lets just say that every Jew and devout Christian who has ever supported the Left over the years is eventually going to reap a bitter harvest, since neither of the apparent victors has been particularly endeared by anything related to Judaism or Christianity.
It will be terrifying but perhaps bizarrely satisfying to those who will mourn the surrender of our liberties, when the secular marxists and the Muslims eventually decide that, since they defeated their common enemy (us), they need not coexist any longer. Who, I wonder, will win out; the secularists with no regard for innocent life, or the Muslims, with no regard for anyone who isn't in absolute lockstep with their particularly irrational form of suihomicidal worldview. Both systems are parasitic in nature, and when parasites are done with the host, there ususally isn't a lot left to work with.
Hometown zeroes. There has been some curiosity and speculation about a number of entire cities that have been constructed in China over the past few years...complete, virtually empty cities, except for a hundred or two vehicles that show up on satellite photos. Approximately twenty cities are reportedly being built each year in its largely undeveloped regions, providing the country with a glut of 64 million unoccupied homes.
Three Gorges dam project, and these new cities would be able to absorb a lot of those folks, relieving some of the strain on the towns that have been supporting them.
Meanwhile, closer to home, President Obama has a plan of his own (?) for infrastructure improvement. He wants to spend $53 billion on high-speed rail projects. There are just a couple of little details to keep in mind that sets his plan apart from the far-thinking Chinese: we don't have the money (because he and others have spent us into oblivion for no apparent gain), and US passenger rail transit has been in decline since the 1950s, when most railroads began slowly eliminating non-profitable passenger runs and cities began paving over tracks. But of course, that's where the 'social engineering' aspect comes in...Obama and his ilk are determined to change America's most pervasive social habits. Pushing us into an increased dependency on rail transit - which even if successful will serve to limit our mobility to rail-served areas - is one method to wean us off "gas-guzzling" personal vehicles (and, incidentally, to limit our freedom of movement).
Movin' on out. Meanwhile, closer to home, one of our own "mystery" cities is struggling to repopulate its urban center and save it from a massive dose of social disintegration and atrophy. Detroit, our 5th largest city is trying to revitalize it after being virtually abandoned by America's auto industry and immersing (some might say, drowning) itself in a social welfare swamp that has sapped initiative, encouraged corruption, and has bred an entire caste system of welfare dependents who are politically clueless but totally dedicated to the hand that feeds them and their artificially-induced anger. Among their latest desperate moves is to entice Detroit's police officers and firefighters to relocate from the suburbs to the "urb".