The first Civil War was brought about by the election of the “radical Republian” Abraham Lincoln triggering Democrats to lose their shit. Civil War 2.0 so far has largely been another episode of the election of a Republican to trigger Democrats to lose their shit, but so far the actual sound of gunfire has been absolutely minimal. Sure Kenosha and Denver happened, but things like that are bound to happen, and really weren’t a part of “organized group violence against the other group.”
So…what now? Well the media is all in on declaring Senator Joe Biden the president-elect while Team Trump is dropping lawsuits to address the statistically obvious cases of fraud in at least six key states. And yes, they are statistically obvious cases of fraud, whether or not the votes eventually stand as “final” or not it won’t change the fact that this level of deviation from the norm would trigger a fraud investigation in any other industry. Just because enough people agree to believe a lie doesn’t make it true, but I guess now is a good time to bring up “Wizard’s First Rule.”
“People will believe a lie because they want it to be true, or they fear it to be true.” Terry Goodkind.
Although a more historical quote might be in order….
“The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.”” Some dead German named Goebbels…
Even now, Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post is calling for a blacklist of anyone who supported Trump, as they are not fit for polite society of course. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called for the documentation of such support, despite the lack of any sort of crime other than ‘wrong think” that such Trump supporters supposedly committed.
They should think more about atoning for the betrayal of their country than trying to escape the consequences of enabling a liar, racist and wannabe authoritarian. There are practical reasons for employers outside the right-wing bubble to reject not only those who were the face of the administration but also those who labored behind the scenes….
We as a country and as individuals need to decide whether those who are unremorseful, who seek no forgiveness and who admit no complicity in an administration that engaged in reprehensible conduct deserve to be welcomed back into “polite” society. It seems like another moral failing on the part of Trumpers that they whine about the stigma of their tenure without shouldering any responsibility to come clean and make amends. – Jennifer Rubin
But of course they’ll need a list, after all how would they know who to put through the re-education process?
When this nightmare is over, we need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It would erase Trump’s lies, comfort those who have been harmed by his hatefulness, and name every official, politician, executive, and media mogul whose greed and cowardice enabled this catastrophe. — Robert Reich
This sort of talk is troubling. It is troubling in the way that the issue of westward expansion troubled the New England abolitionists in 1830. They viewed, and rightly so, that expansion of the other political party’s power and influence would come to threaten their own. The Democrats feared the exact same thing, and so saw westward expansion as a requirement for political survival. Democrats have openly conversed among themselves about how to “deprogram” those horrible Trump supporters: https://www.salon.com/2019/10/22/cam-members-of-the-trump-cult-be-deprogrammed-after-the-leader-falls-steven-hassan-says-yes/
And I think that is where we are now. The Democrats are obviously calling for an end to the Republican party, doing everything within their power to intimidate people into not supporting Republicans. Like the Democrats of the antebellum South, they too see this as a matter of survival, as they recognize that their own position isn’t particularly superior in any moral sense (despite the calls for free healthcare, food, etc, they don’t have a very good track record of places actually prospering under Leftist rule).
So my advice? Don’t give up your guns. Stockpile as much ammunition as you can. Stockpile shelf stable canned foods, dry foods such as pasta, beans, and grains, and get proficient at first aid and emergency medicine. If you aren’t good at shooting, get trained and stay training. This year alone, in the middle of a “global pandemic” 6.9 million people bought their very first firearm, at least according to the NRA. The NRA believes this is a good thing, however I believe that people are reading the winds of change and are stocking up against the possibility that they might need to resist being sent to the re-education camp.
But… who knows? The future is unwritten and while the America that I once believed in is now confined to the history books, the America of tomorrow may be tolerable. Or it may not, and if not, better to have a gun and plenty of ammunition than not.