December 2020

A Lesson For The US From The Spanish Civil War

Rod Dreher, The American Conservative - December 31

Left and Right are at a breaking point in the U.S., and if we want to see what might easily happen if things continue, look at the Spanish Civil War. The Right needs a strong leader now to push back against the Left's revolution.

Why I will not accept Joe Biden as president

Newt Gingrich, The Washington Times - December 21

Newt Gingrich explains why unwillingness to accept election result is growing out of a level of outrage unlike anything previously experienced and how that outrage is based on the Democrats non-stop attack on President Trump ever since his victory in 2016. "I write this in genuine sorrow, because I think we are headed toward a serious, bitter struggle in America," Gingrich wrote.

Nashville Christmas bombing was intended to spark a new civil war

Tom Hall, LA Progressive - December 28

The Nashville RV bombing, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the Bundy police standoff at Malhuer Bird Sanctuary were each an act of “revolution.” Each represented what someone hoped would be the trigger for a new civil war, a trigger that would spark wider conflict and lead to a “new,” whiter, more violent America. And each may help us discern more clearly distinctions between revolution and merely revolting.

Is Trump’s Coup a ‘Dress Rehearsal?’

Ben Jacobs, New York Magazine - December 27

Several austere political scientists weigh in on the prospect that Trump's attempt to steal the 2020 election may prove to be only the beginning of a major Republican attempt to overthrow the constitutional order in the United States.

Country close to civil war

Michael Miller, The Pantagraph - December 28

The lack of neutrality of the news media and censorship of political views must stop. Vilification of our political opponents must stop. An open and free debate on the merits of each issue must begin, or we are going to have some states seriously considering secession, just like in 1864.

Was Nashville Blast The New Fort Sumter?

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times - December 25

At this point anyway, that message appears to be that we live in a surveillance state from the likes of AT&T and our government and that that must end for the survival of our republic as it was conceived.

A Secession Session

Bob Franken, Sun Prairie Star - December 21

The truth is, we are not a United States anymore, and never have been. Trump is trying to revive Jim Crow America through secession or by forcing the political system to shut down through a lack of trust in the electoral process.

The Great American Divorce?

Jay Nordlinger, National Review - December 21

The country is clearly divided, though not between haves and have-nots: There are rich, poor, and in between on either side. The country is divided between “red” and “blue,” “conservative” and “liberal,” Fox and CNN, etc. We are divided not just by culture and politics, but also by geography. Those of like mind tend to live together. Americans are hived off. David French's new book is all about this. His book is organized ...

Trump administration's refusal to cooperate with Biden transition team signals cold civil war in the US

Yang Xiyu, Global Times (Chinese state-affiliated media source) - December 20

The Trump administration recently put a halt to cooperation with the Biden transition team at the Pentagon. The Pentagon's halt of transition can be seen as an extension of the current general election controversy. A US political civil war has truly seems to have begun. The Pentagon's halt in the transition brings about certain risks to the US. It also shows that divisions have been greatly intensified in the country. Many people... 

Allen West's not-so-subtle call for secession

Editorial Board, San Antonio Express-News - December 20

Texas GOP leader, Allen West, recently suggested that states that do not accept the 20202 election results should form their own union. This was reckless rhetoric of the highest order. It could lead to a civil war, just as the last time states tried to secede from the union it led to a civil war.

Trust the Constitution — and confirmable facts — not bogus conspiracy theories

Mike Mozur, Pensacola News Journal - December 19

Many Trump supporters are abandoning loyalty to the Constitution and its institutions. They are pushing us toward a civil war. Most simply, we should trust in our Constitution and institutions, and recognize self-serving political manipulation for what it is, un-American, un-Christian, and unacceptable.

Is there a civil war in America?

South Florida Times - December 17

Right wing militia groups and protesters are often heavily armed and more and more showing signs of mental illness in their refusal to accept the political realities of the day. These armed and unstable groups must be dissolved and have their weapons confiscated lest they throw the country into a civil war.

Democrats put America at risk of another Civil War

Charles F. Heimerdinger, The Leader-Herald - December 16

The Democrats want to make sweeping constitutional changes that will fundamentally alter the American regime. If they make these changes, an irreconcilable conflict will ensue.

Talk of secession and civil war increasing on the far right

Eric Kleefeld, MediaMatters - December 12

Conservative thought leaders, Rush Limbaugh and Ben Shapiro, carefully entertain the idea of secession as a way of preventing civil war in America.

The New Oligarchs Will Not Tolerate Secession: a response to Rebecca

Edward J. Erler, American Mind - December 16

The author "Rebecca" does not undrestand that the oligarchic Left will not allow conservatives to separate in any form from the rest of the country so they can practice their racism and sexism in peace. The author does not understand the American founding, and he does not understand the progressive Left. Our differences are not mere policy disagreements; they are regime-level differences...

America needs a separation through robust federalism, not a divorce through secession

"Rebecca", American Mind - November 30

American political division is at a breaking point. Preferable to domestic death through civil war and foreign domination through the weakness that would follow a breakup of the country through secession, we should consider an old idea: robust federalism. By returning to the old idea that the Federal government ought to exist for very few defined things like foreign policy and interstate commerce...

How We Get to Civil War

Damon Linker, The Week - December 14

Both Trump on his side and some radical Democrats on the other are cultivating an appetite for one-party rule, setting the country on a path that could produce constitutional breakdown and civil war. It is in trying, and failing, to adjudicate the rapidly multiplying conflicts among competing sources of authority that an actual civil war would likely begin.

A Common-Sense Solution

Tom Trenchard, American Mind - December 14

The United States is already disunited and divided into Biden's American and Trump's America. We are tearing each other apart. It is time to consider how we might peacefully separate and continue to coexist. One option is for the rural counties to separate from the urban centers, which themselves have already seceded from the American way of life.

Is a National Split Inevitable?

Scott Morefield, TownHall - December 14

Ruh Limbaugh is obviously correct about the ongoing cultural divide sliding ever close to a crisis. Many have argued that this country has been experiencing a bloodless “civil war” for years, one between producers and takers, between freedom-lovers and those who would invoke tyranny to accomplish their evil ends. We should expect only more talk about splitting up as the days go on, not less.

Imploding MAGA World Turns to Civil War Fantasies, Secession After Supreme Court Disaster

Alaina Demopoulos, The Daily Beast - December 12

Many of the president’s supporters believed that the Supreme Court, with its Trump-appointed justices, would eventually come to the president’s rescue in his failing election fraud crusade. But, with their hopes crushed, some of the wackiest sycophants took to social media to call for civil war or secession.

Psycho secession: Texas' lost-cause lawsuit was the first shot in a new Civil War

Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon - December 12

It's not a shooting war — yet — but Texas didn't just file a lawsuit this week, it set a match to the Constitution of the United States. The Mason-Dixon line is psychological this time. These people have lost their minds. They have seceded from sanity and reason. This Civil War isn't being fought with rifles and pistols. It's a war fought with lies and delusions.

Texas GOP actually suggests secession after Trump’s Supreme Court election challenge fails

Cody Fenwick, Raw Story - December 12

When it didn't get it's way with the 2020 election, the GOP in Texas suggested it may be time to secede from the Union. There is no legitimate way for an American state or group of states to secede from the rest. That’s why the American Civil War began. Suggesting secession is essentially threatening war.

Is Our Second Civil War—also a 'Forever War'?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The Imaginative Conservative - December 12

The credible doubts that many Americans have over the legitimacy of the 2020 election will reverberate throughout American history from here on out. hat lies ahead? Some see secession. But though secession is unlikely, a secession of the heart has already taken place in America. We are two nations, two peoples seemingly separated indefinitely. Can a nation so divided as ours, racially, ideologically, religiously, still ...

The Supreme Court had one last chance to keep the American Republic together. It failed.

Nebojsa Malic, RT (Russia state-affiliated media) - December 12

By washing its hands of responsibility to hear the Texas challenge to the 2020 presidential election, the Supreme Court has abdicated its constitutional responsibility to decide a contentious disagreement concerning the election and have thus made a kinetic civil war much more likely.

House Maps Show Americans Growing Apart

Natalie Andrews and Brian McGill, Wall Street Journal - December 11

The election maps reveal that Democrats have become the party of metros like Washington, D.C., left, while Republicans are now dominant in less-populous places like Fort Worth, Texas, in the South and much of the Midwest.

Trump Tweets “OVERTURN”

Heather Cox Richardson, Bill Moyers - December 9

The theme of civil war, and of America tearing itself apart, was one pushed hard by Russian operatives in 2018. On Twitter, “Civil War” trended today. An actual civil war is highly unlikely, but the unwillingness of leaders to stop this language is already leading to death threats against election officials. The longer they permit it to go on, the worse things will get.

It is doomed to failure — but Trump’s Texas lawsuit amounts to a cold civil war

Alexander Heffner, Independent - December 10

Why is Trump digging in his heals despite having no chance of winning this election? In addition to paving the way for a possible 2024 presidential run, Trump seems to be trying to smear the Biden/Harris administration, but he is risking pushing the country into a cold civil war in the meantime.

Secession? Rush Limbaugh floats a startling notion — then quickly backs off.

Paul Farhi, The Washington Post - December 10

Rush Limbaugh subtley floats the idea of secession to his audience before he motions that he had never suggested such a thing. Now the country is actively talking about splitting the country up.

A new civil war? It's here: The right's grievance politics is killing thousands every day

Amanda Marcotte, Salon - December 10

In a very real sense, the civil war has already come, just not in the fashion that we imagined it. This pandemic that's washing across the country is, in many ways, a manifestation of the same tensions that have led to fears of terrorism and civil war.

'CIVIL WAR’? Democrats outraged at 1/3 of US states challenging Biden election in Supreme Court

RT (Russia state-affiliated media) - December 10

Why was 'civil war' trending on Twitter on Thursday? While some of the 40,000-plus references were to the original 1861-65 Civil War, a great many tweets expressed the frustration of Democrats and their media allies over the Texas lawsuit against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – where Biden was declared the winner based on mass mail-in ballots – which was backed by 18 other states and President Donald Trump.

The Real Threat of Trump’s Latest Doomed Plea to the Supreme Court

Mark Joseph Stern, Slate - December 9

We may soon experience a kind of cold Civil War, in which the Republican leaders of former Confederate states attempt to sabotage democracy in order to install a new GOP president in 2024. (On Wednesday, “Civil War” trended on Twitter and Rush Limbaugh advocated for secession on his radio program.)

The Divided Counties and Cities of America

Tom Trenchard, The American Mind - November 30

A hypothetical future in which the rural counties of the U.S. declare independence from the cities. What would it look like if the Trump-supporting areas of the country refused to recognize Biden's legitimacy? Here's one scenario.

The civil war that fizzled out

John M. Crisp, The Seattle Times - December 7

Somehow, amid all the threat of violence and disorder, the American electorate expressed its will, and it appears that its will is going to be honored. The civil war has fizzled out.

A House Dividing?

Matthew J. Peterson, The American Mind - November 30

It's time that we started discussing in public what many people are already discussing in private: real concern about the growing political divide and real solutions for how to resolve it. Here we present two pseudononymous essays on the topic that we believe are of especial importance for furthering this conversation in the open.

America needs a hero to put its broken pieces back together again

Richard E. Caroll, International Policy Digest - December 6

The divisions in America are diverse and many. We need an exceptional person to unite us again. That person is currently nowhere to be found. Here's what's at stake.

Time for a divorce? The US is so bitterly divided between red & blue that some want it to split

Michael Rectenwald, RT (Russia state-affiliated media) - December 5

The Claremont Institute recently published several pseudononymous essays discussing the possibility that division in the US has reached a tipping point. The first calls for a formal “separation” under an enhanced federalism (or more state autonomy). The second suggests that a “divorce” and two-state solution is the only remedy. In any case, a second civil war must be avoided at all costs.

What practical steps can begin the reconciliation from today’s “cold civil war”?

Neil Wollman and Tim Paradis, Portland Press Herald - December 4

America needs a national dialogue in order to heal and restore trust in public institutions. This could be done in small task forces, and then those experiences could be publicized through townhalls. To be effective, these task forces will have to be organized as governmental entities. We hope that Joe Biden will be able to lead this movement and help heal the nation.

Michael Flynn warns of civil war in America

Geoff Earle, Daily Mail - December 4

Newly-pardoned Mike Flynn calls for Trump to suspend the Constitution and declare martial law then order military to hold a re-run election - and claims the alternative is 'CIVIL WAR'

Which spark will ignite a 2021 civil war in America?

Joseph Ragonese, Communities Digital News - December 2

America was born in civil war, a civil war between Loyalists and Patriots. That was was sparked by an attempt by the British to confiscate arms in Concord, MA that the militia needed to defend themselves from British tyranny. The Patriots simply could not trust the British to not abuse their rights. Today, Americans are asked to trust a voting system that appears deeply flawed and possibly corrupted.

Post-election political estrangement has landed U.S. at ‘tipping point,’ warns biggest hedge-fund manager

Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch - December 2

'The United States is at a tipping point in which it could go from manageable internal tension to revolution and/or civil war,’ says Ray Dalio, the billionaire founder of Bridgewater Associates.

Lin Wood calls on Trump to declare limited martial law, says America is "headed to civil war"

ETHANH, Distributed News - December 2

Attorney Lin Wood is calling on President Donald Trump to invoke "limited martial law" for the purpose of holding a new election, otherwise the United States will dive headlong into another civil war

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