Look, I know that there are those who scoff at the idea of “America’s next civil war”.
Maybe it’s because they don’t comprehend the magnitude of our cultural division. Maybe it’s because the term “civil war” conjures up images of tanks and bombers because that’s about as far as their understanding of warfare reaches. Maybe the thought is painful, so they dismiss and avoid it. (Avoidance is a coping strategy, but to paraphrase the words of Ayn Rand: “You can ignore reality, but you can’t ignore the consequences of reality.”)
If we can admit that warfare encompasses high intensity fighting (like tanks and bombers), then we need to take a look at the low intensity, too. This “Low Intensity Conflict” includes violence, but it also features other forms of warfare that we are, without a doubt, seeing today.
In fact, we are seeing every single indicator of a low intensity conflict right now, and that’s the basis for my reasoning that a domestic conflict has already started. (Overviews of the reasoning are here and here.)
I have no crystal ball and I can’t tell you exactly how bad it will get or when it will end, but I am confident in two things:
- It’s already started.
- It will get worse before it’s solved, if a solution can be found.
Earlier this year, noted history H. W. Crocker III wrote an opinion piece entitled, “America’s Next Civil War Will Be Worse Than Our Last”. Comparing 1861 to today, he writes:
Today, however, our divisions are so deep and fundamental that Americans cannot even agree on what marriage is or what a man or a woman is (which is pretty darn fundamental).
The lunatic self-righteousness of the Left (and yes, I’m afraid one must point fingers here), where disagreement is bigotry to be prohibited by law or even condemned and prosecuted as treason, is a consuming, destructive fire that will not be easily quenched, and cannot be reached by cool waters of rational argument.
If America is to come together again, it will do so only through the restoration of… a common culture that emerges from a shared and sympathetic understanding of our past… [source]
Speaking of that common culture and shared past, the historian points out how determined the Left is to attack our country’s history, and the cultural benefits of our heritage.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, evidence of the Left’s push farther Left, recently said, “We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great.” That man may have been run out of town just 20 years ago for that remark, but today it’s becoming commonplace sentiment.
History is kind to show us that culture gaps produce conflict, and often conflicts of culture, national identity, and control of a country produce armed conflict.
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