And you damn well better believe that they considered and reconsidered the economic impact of their actions.
To a point, but there is always an element of impulsiveness in revolution. The tension built and built and built until the people had enough. It would not be inappropriate to liken the new HC bill to the Alien and Sedition Acts (intolerable acts).
Also, economics was much much less an issue. Many revolutionaries desired a strictly agrarian society.
The American Revolution took years and years of discussion and planning; people in Lexington didn't just wake up one day and stage a revolution because of the Stamp Act or the Sugar Act.
Again, the people were pushed to a boiling point. There was a lack of organization upon the breakout of warfare. Lexington was a breaking point, which could happen at any time.
We've done lots of bitching and moaning for 10+ years. Now is the time to start discussing and doing if we are to save this country. But Americans have a short attention span and an even shorter memory. The country will move on after H.R. 3962 gets passed through Congress and ignore the degradation of our once great Union
America is a very vast area. I think saving the country as a whole would be difficult. People hold radically different beliefs, born out of geographical influences, lineage, religion, occupations, local economy, etc.
I think that that Russian guys hypothesis about the US breaking off into different subsections is somewhat plausible.