It is often better to define ones limits before they are tested. Doing so while calm and clear-headed enables logic and reason to be used instead of heated emotions. Also, as limits are often tested incrementally, there is less incentive to resist each small change until it's too late. Knowing ones limits can help mentally prepare for change - especially political and social change.
For example, if Biden hypothetically wins, what's something that he may do in office that would convince you (and others) to take resistive action? What non-violent action might you take? Attend a protest? Speak out in "woke" work meetings? Write letters to local politicians? Move to Canada? Something else?
I'd say a line in the sand is trying to turn my country into a theocracy, most likely a Christian theocracy. I would certainly fight against it in whatever legal avenues I could. If that didn't work, I'd give my life to defend the freedoms of others.
I have no line in the sand. I take things as they occur and evaluate them based on the facts at the moment.
What might not be acceptable to me now could be later depending on the circumstances.
I don't trust Biden, that is why I didn't vote for him. I don't trust the Left because their approach to problems lacks any apparent understanding of CONSEQUENCES. So, if and when the time comes, my oath of military service remains in effect to this day....read of that what you will.
As I said in a comment below, I took this oath when I enlisted in the U.S. Navy back in 1984:
I, Keith Throop, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
Although I am no longer in the military, and thus no longer under the UCMJ, I nevertheless regard my oath to the U.S. Constitution to be binding. I will seek to fulfill that oath in any way that I am able, given my age and corresponding limitations. For now that means casting my vote, campaigning for good candidates, protesting, signing petitions and collecting signatures, contacting those who represent me, etc.
History is full of examples of societies which fell into conflict, as if it had a life of its own. Those watching, and maybe even those who had the power to stop it, either did not enough, or could not do enough to reverse the inertia of motion of the destruction.
We are in such a time now. We are as if witnesses to a massive airliner on which we are all passengers, as its engines have stopped and its controls no longer functional, as we fall from a great height.
Victor Davis Hansen said that 2020 is the beginning of the end of the United States of America. Barring divine intervention, I believe he has predicted accurately.
Resistance is futile — and likely part of the problem — because people foolishly allow themselves to pitted against one another. The political parties, the lobbyists, the fundraisers, the protesters, the activists and the media all need polarization and conflict. We’re all about lines in the sand, which is great for the elites because they never have to discuss the real issues.
Matt Taibbi talked about this in his book “Hate, Inc”:
If both parties have an equal or near-equal hand in causing a social problem, we typically don’t cover it. Or better to say: a reporter or two might cover it, but it’s never picked up. It doesn’t take over a news cycle, doesn’t become a thing.
The bloated military budget? Mass surveillance? American support for dictatorial regimes like the cannibalistic Mbasogo family in Equatorial Guinea, the United Arab Emirates, or Saudi Arabia? Our culpability in proxy-nation atrocities in places like Yemen or Palestine? The drone assassination program? Rendition? Torture? The drug war? Absence of access to generic or reimported drugs?
Nah. We just don’t do these stories. At least, we don’t do them anywhere near in proportion to their social impact. They’re hard to sell. And the ability to market a story is everything.
People need to stop arguing and start thinking; of course I don’t expect to see that happen anytime soon. When gullibility rules, name calling is the default.
I only have one line that is to much and that is PAC or corporate money. As long as they only take donations from individual donors I will vote for them even if I don't agree with anything else they do. Nothing will be fixed until we have uncorrupted people in the offices of power. The main issue we need to fix is the campaign finance situation and only then will then people be represented instead of just the wealthy donors class as proven by the Princeton study that shows public opinion on issues has zero meaning on how politicians vote and that only the issues that the richest donors want are passed.
I feel like the best (and, perhaps, only) effective action that people can take now is to stop tuning in to "our overlords". Switch off the major social networks, turn off your TV, stop buying newspapers, refuse to let them sell your souls or eyeballs.
I am deeply concerned about the solidifcation of a corrupt political class but I don't see protest as a worthwhile activity at all. And now? The whole world is the same - move to Canada, Thailand, wherever - you're going to be met by another corrupt bunch of authoritarians dedicated to making rich people richer whilst destroying your lives.
The only way to fight back is to stop giving them money or time and that means a peaceful but permanent attack on their means of funding.
Trump is, in many ways, no better an option than Biden. He's still part of the billionaire class and while his actions were, definitely, somewhat better for those at the bottom of the heap than Biden's "sell the country to China" approach will be, it was still on his watch that the greatest transfer of wealth from poor to rich in history took place. They are all the same. The only thing that changes is the window dressing.
I believe we are the victims of massive coordinated fraud. The news media, ostensibly the guardians of a free society, have rapturously endorsed the fraud. Entertainment, sports, education, and corporations have all enthusiastically claimed their part of the collectivist message.
We are segueing into soft totalitarianism. The hard edges are emerging, however. There are demands that Trump supporters be punished for our thought crimes. BLM and Antifa, the Red Guards of this Cultural Revolution, are more explicit in word and deed. They all demand that every voice but their own be silenced.
Not every institution has surrendered, nor is every voice silenced. I will invest time and resources in these institutions and people
Every totalitarian movement hates religious faiths. They are independent moral authorities and totalitarians can't stand that. My faith has withstood many persecutions. As the saying goes, the Church is an anvil that has worn out many hammers. And as my Savior said, the gates of hell shall not withstand it.
Otherwise, I will try to be like Benjamin the Donkey in Orwell's Animal Farm. I will conform to the minimum necessary to get by and hope for better days.
Critical (race/gender/sexual studies) theory.
It's all decisive trash designed to turn us against each other. The elites don't believe it, but they use it to control the masses (like drugs/alcohol have been used to keep people stupid and weak, and fighting each other).
"what's something that he may do in office that would convince you (and others) to take resistive action?"
There is nothing he can now do that will put him back behind the line. He cheated . . . he crossed the line illegally! Besides Biden ain't gonna' do a damn thing, his handlers are. He is a senile idiot held up by Harris. No there is nothing that is going to put things back in order, that has become obvious; this nation just slides farther into the pit, that all. It is just one Washington rat after another deserting a sinking ship and taking their graft.
If Biden should decide to push more gun control legislation and some of it passes, that would prompt me to take some sort of resistive action, be it joining a local protest group or contacting my local Representative. Moving to Canada is not an option, and besides why should I move all on the account of something unconstitutional? I'd rather stay and fight, whether said fight would merely be a verbal fight or if it would come down to the next civil war.
I want to help people open up into talking about these touchy topics a priority. Wether they would be for or against the topic (if it's relevant), humanizing the experience of listening and speaking up during these times shouldn't be taken for granted since that's been lacking due to circumstance. An individual can only internalize so much fear before they "explode" into violence or defense against others from what the news shows. Locally, it's only a matter of defusing the match of "canceling" one another before it leads into further consequences of division to solve problems.
some changes happen over a long period of time - people either learn to adapt or to tolerate more easily when that happens. Other things change suddenly - Sudden changes are very likely to evoke a strong negative reaction and possible - likely maybe to provoke violent response.
As I live in a country on the other side of the ocean, I don't expect to be directly affected by the lunacy that probably will unfold once Biden becomes president of the USA, starting with 100 days of masking everyone. The 'health tyranny' is a process that is also in full development in Europe and here in the Netherlands, used by the globalist elites to start this 'great reset' which seems to have been decided in the World Economic Forum in October 2020. All of a sudden every leader in the 'Free World' is proposing things that disenfranchise the middle class in their countries. Covid and the psychological warfare against common sense that accompanies its alleged eradication attempts turns out to be the tool to do away with representative government. For me the line in the sand is the attack on basic human rights for which the Covid drama is used. The moment comes when it is only possibele to uphold one's own humanity by saying 'no' to the authorities when these restrain traveling, partying, meeting each other, give opinions. Normal human behavior is not negotiable and acting it out is an inalienable human right. We must refuse to live like animals or robots. We must refuse to repeat lies.
It depends whats the topic
For example, I don't object to people who use racial terms or jokes as its harmless. I draw the line at sitting back while someone pushes racist dogma like social justice and then smears or tries to silence any criticism of this screed.