In America, my family’s strategy was to strengthen those they thought could break the Union.  In Europe though, the French Revolution was a clarion call of just how dangerous a revolution of the disaffected masses could be.  Many of my family died in it, and we vowed to never allow that again.  Any reformer was seen as another potential murderer of noble bloodlines and was stamped out without mercy.  This did not improve the mood of the disaffected masses.