They (the Ruling Class) do not believe they have to worry about controlling their own violent troops because they are sure that they have nothing to fear from conservatives. That is because conservatives have continued to believe that the United States’s institutions and those who run them retain legitimacy. Conservative complaisance made possible a half-century of Progressive rule’s abuse.
When the belief in that legitimacy goes away, they’re going to get a hell of a shock.
As always with Prof. Codevilla, read the whole thing.