Are we Americans headed for a divorce?
I'm not starting a hate/love Trump debate here. What I want to discuss is the ever-widening rift between "progressives" and "conservatives", and the ugliness and toxicity we have watched grow and grow since the 1960s.
Are we headed for a divorce? Because in my 49 years on this earth I have never seen the level of pure blood-lust hatred between Americans against Americans. No longer do we, as a collective society, agree on the fundamentals of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. There are those, like myself, who say that the law of the United states must remain fixed, like a rock in the storm. Then there are others who say that the Constitution was written in pencil, and that those principles and precepts that no longer apply in the modern world should be tossed out in favor of more malleable laws that bob and float where the currents and tradewinds of popular sentiment take them.
We hear talk of Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington wanting to succeed from the union. Texas has been threatening it for decades.
Are we heading for another civil war? And what would that be like? I cannot fathom the Federal government allowing California to succeed from the U.S. If I am not mistaken, California holds under its golden ground over 1/3 of our domestic oil reserves. I do not see the Feds allowing this to happen. I can literally, in my minds eye, see tanks and troops rolling down Hollywood Boulevard. I can see Humvees and marines pouring out of Camp Pendleton, heading to Sacramento to quell violent riots and attempted takeover of the state capitol. I can see L.A. and San Francisco burning, people fleeing in droves to Arizona and Nevada... infinite, unending lines of cars and trucks and R.V.s winding along I-10 and I-40, desperately trying to get away from the eruption of violence between citizens and the U.S. Military.
I'm not trying to be dramatic here, but I can see this happening. Face it: we love each other, but we just cannot live together anymore.
I think it is getting to the point where Americans have to take sides and square off....Michael Douglas or Kathleen Turner, take your pick. It is not going to be an amicable divorce. It is going to be a War of the Roses of epic scale, that will devastate us and rock the rest of the world to its foundation. It will be friend against friend, brother against brother, wife against daughter. It happened before and it can happen again.
We are deluding ourselves if we say that our domestic problems are purely ours to worry about. There is a reason the rest of the world is watching us so intently now. They are much more hip to the implications of this impending divorce than we are. They know that the entire world economy could collapse into chaos if we don't handle this divorce right. They are scared sh!tless and they have every right to be.
I think there is some serious risk that in the decades to come we may see a dissolution of the Union. That doesn't mean we will become several nations, a possibility everyone discusses ad nauseum RE: Secession, but the much more likely scenario that we end the Republic a-la Rome.
This is likely inevitable. Look at the rhetoric and tactics of Progressives, which has been extremely effective over the last century, very much in part due to the fact that the "Right" or "Conservatives" are unwilling to play the same game, and try to act as if they are above it. With the advent of the Alt-Right--who are happy to utilize Alinsky's tactics against the Progressives--coupled with social media, we have reached what I think is a critical point. Balkanization hasn't just begun, it has overrun us. Americans are too busy identifying as "black" or "asian" or "arab" etc, and putting racial agendas above society, which is now resulting in white people beginning to do the same--something that they cannot be blamed for, in the current climate.
What I think will happen is we are going to see further balkanization. The Progressives will become more hysterical, shrill, violent, and take even more far-left positions. Meanwhile, the Right will adopt (over the coming years) the Alt-Right tactics (Progressive tactics) and, intentionally provoking the Left, and taking more extreme positions. As people become so far apart in ideas and values that they have nothing in common, violence will be the only thing left to them, and history has shown this repeatedly.
I think this trajectory has us set up for potentially 2 catastrophic scenarios, which would be analogous to 2 different European nations' situations in the 20th Century.
Scenario 1 is that the Right will merely troll the Left, as they currently are, while the Left becomes increasingly violent. Eventually, when the Left takes power again (which is inevitable) they will start dragging dissidents out of their homes, killing them in the streets just like the Left did in Spain 1936, and when their leadership responds "Embrace the Revolution" we will have the 2nd American Civil War (and the death of the Republic) just as Spain had it's Civil War.
Scenario 2 is that the Right becomes violent, in response to violence from the Left. This will result in our own version of the Italian "Years of Lead"
. An even worse, more violent and horrifying version of our "Civil Unrest" of the 1960's and 70's.
These aren't the only possibilities, but I think they should be every American's concern. Scenario 1 isn't exactly imminent either. Scenario 2 could be.