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July 2020

America is on a brink like none since the Civil War

Peniel E. Joseph, CNN - July 31

The choice ahead of us is as stark now as it was on the eve of the Civil War. America can choose a liberated future that acknowledges past racial sins in a generational effort at atonement and repair -- or we can double down on the same willful blinders that got us in this mess, aided by rationalizations that describe incomprehensible evil as the cost of doing business.

Could America Split Up?

Damon Linker, The Week - July 31

All week I've been haunted by a brief few seconds of video posted on Twitter late Sunday night by a student journalist in Eugene, Oregon. Two men face off at a protest — the one standing on the left is demonstrating for Black Lives Matter; the one on the right, sitting in a pickup truck, is a counter-protester. Each is pointing a handgun at the other's face at point blank range. That's us. That's America during the long, hot summer of 2020.

Elon Musk Declares War on Pronouns

Peter Isackson, Fair Observer, July 30

More than ever, the social fabric of the US appears “mired” to the point of collapsing into civil war. Language is one issue among many, though Americans tend to focus on it in ways that don’t trouble other cultures to the same degree. The strange thing is that a new civil war will be nothing like the original American Civil War under Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, which was conducted across geographical lines and focused essentially on...

Getting on the right side before Trump’s Civil War starts

Larry Webster, Lexington Herald Leader - July 30

When Trump exposed his dictatorship, Tie Rod and Slemp smelled danger and decided which side to get on in the new civil war. Before that Tie Rod and Slemp were about as nervous about which side to get on in the upcoming civil war as were their ancestors. Most Kentuckians waited until the old Civil War was over and then got on the side that lost.

When conservatives become revolutionaries

Damon Linker, The Week - July 28

Just how dark and desperate is the right becoming? So much so that it is now increasingly common to find conservative writers flirting openly with ideas that clearly point in the direction of outright political radicalism — including talk of civil war, permanently purging liberals from political office and positions of cultural influence, the need for revolutionary action, and hopes for a "refounding" of America using "regime-level power."

Politics at the point of a gun​

Joshua Partlow, The Washington Post - July 28

We are less than 100 days to a Presidential election and the majority of America is beginning to turn to November and make a final decision about who they will be voting for. And, Americans have never ousted a wartime president. We are in a new Civil War in this Country, an extension of what we fought for 150 years ago.

Uncivil War: Donald Trump Is Using Federal Agents To Create A Tool For Re-Election

Aryanna Hunter, Pittsburgh Current - July 28

We are less than 100 days to a Presidential election and the majority of America is beginning to turn to November and make a final decision about who they will be voting for. And, Americans have never ousted a wartime president. We are in a new Civil War in this Country, an extension of what we fought for 150 years ago.

Donald Trump wants a new civil war so he can impose law and order

Henry McLeish, The Scotsman - July 27

Already hinting that the forthcoming election might be rigged against him, Donald Trump is deliberately instilling a civil war mentality in the minds of tens of millions of his base.

President a danger to democracy

Roger Cullen, Citrus County Chronicle - July 27

Forty-six million workers unemployed. Millions more lost their health care. Then of course, we have millions of people marching for racial justice. But all we hear from this president is hate-filled speeches and racist remarks. He seems to be encouraging white supremacists to come out and start a new civil war.

The Sino-American Rivalry in Cultural Context

Adam Garfinkle, The American Interest - July 24

No sentient contemporary can miss the ragged emotionalism welling up from the ambient anxieties stalking the land, in which the COVID-19 ordeal obviously plays a part. And no one can mistake the shocking polarization of these lava flows leading rapidly in an already-excitable election year to an increasingly real Cold Civil War, possibly not so cold for much longer.

Philly DA Vows to Arrest Trump's Federal 'Thugs' if They Violate State Law - But Should He?

Ernest A. Canning, The Brad Blog - July 24

Philadelphia's progressive District Attorney Larry Krasner told Democracy Now's Amy Goodman on Thursday that any federal officers who break state law within the City of Brotherly Love will be arrested and prosecuted... But these are armed federal agents. What happens if they resist? Would an armed shootout between state and federal agents become the opening salvo in a new civil war?

Feds Attack!

John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus, July 22

Trump and his strategists are very consciously pitting states against each other in a replay of the pre-Civil War conflict over federal authority.

Murdoch, Goebbels, and Trump

Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect - July 21

[Trump] may well have concluded that the only way he can win is to convince America that a new civil war is sweeping the nation, which requires him to stage a latter-day version of the attack on Fort Sumter, while laying the blame on the inhabitants of the fort themselves.

Cotton Compares Portland’s Graffiti Artists to the Confederacy​

Ed Kilgore, New York Magazine - July 21

You get the sense that Tom Cotton has never seen an incident of civil unrest that he wouldn’t want to escalate into an opportunity for repression. And in that desire for a new Civil War, he is a faithful follower of the president, who clearly hopes to make pitched battles in the streets of our cities a device for energizing his electoral base heading toward November.

Should Conservatives Prepare for Civil War?

Matt Vespa, Townhall - July 21

Let's flashforward to November 3, 2020. It's Election Day. The National Football League has canceled the fall season. Major League Baseball has also shuttered for weeks thanks to the COVID pandemic. And Americans head to the polls to decide if Donald Trump should or shouldn't get another four-year term in office. Win or lose, it's going to be a hellacious time.

Tale of Three Republics Is Cautionary for US Today​

Michael Walsh, The Epoch Times - July 20

Americans have foregone an actual civil war since 1865, but today we find ourselves in the midst of what I have termed since 2009 the Cold Civil War—a conflict of ideologies and pathologies that find their modern embodiments in the forms of the Democratic and Republican parties, but even more so in what we have come to call the “blue” and “red” states.

The boogaloo president

John Radigan, Adirondack Daily Enterprise - July 20

From this perspective, President Trump’s irresponsible campaign to foment a new civil war/boogaloo is dangerous and frightening.

Art Curator Forced to Resign; Called “White Supremacist” for Not EXCLUDING White Artists

Selwyn Duke, The New American - July 19

Yes, they’re coming for you, for all must be “purified.” And that it’s just a matter of time is why you must speak up now. Because you may not be interested in the cold (un)civil war currently raging, but the cold civil war is interested in you.

DA calls New Mexico Civil Guard illegal vigilante group, points to extremist ties

Algernon D'Ammassa, Las Cruces Sun News - July 18

The New Mexico Civil Guard has gained notoriety this year for maintaining an armed presence, often donning military fatigues, at recent political demonstrations around the state, including several denouncing police violence and solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Early in June, the group appeared at a vigil in Las Cruces, telling reporters they were there to guard the vigil against out-of-town provocateurs. Also present were armed...

TRUMP POLICE: President Sends in ‘Secret Police’ Force To Take On Antifa Anarchists

Jordan James, Politicalite - July 18

For the past month, the Marxist Black Lives Matter group has been causing severe unrest across America with rioting, violence and protests – highlighting the massive political divides in the United States. Critics have described the Presidents move as “authoritariand “authorotarian” but to his base the move will be welcome as many Trumpians have been calling for tougher action on what is becoming America’s new ‘civil war’.

Intersectionality Vs. America

Josh Hammer, - July 17

As the nation grapples in the throes of a once-a-generation soul search, the battle lines of our cold civil war between the Americanists and the civilizational arsonists only continue to harden.

Congress Just Got an Earful About the Threat of the Boogaloo Movement​

Tess Owen, Vice News - July 16

Supporters of the Boogaloo movement are generally very anti-law enforcement and have tried to position themselves as allies to Black Lives Matter. But critics have warned that they’re looking to exploit the racial justice protest movement to advance their own agenda, which is civil war.

Social Media: National Security Threat to Social Reengineering Weapon

Mario Duarte, Newsmax - July 16

It is rather troublesome how oblivious many people seem to be about the current "cold civil war" going on in the USA.

America’s New Civil War

Lloyd Pettegrew, Townhall - July 16

There is good reason to believe our nation is heading for a bloody civil war given the myriad forces supporting rioting, looting and terrorizing innocent people during the Floyd/Brooks conflagrations.

The Confederate States of America are still with us, but dying a slow, painful death

Kevin Wilmott, The Kansas City Star - July 14

Since that moment, we have been in a rolling civil war in the United States. We are currently still at war. The Confederacy’s surrender in 1865 shifted the conflict to a cold civil war, where Northern whites offered, as part of a national reunion of the two regions, to accept the Southern way of life.

Wilmington officer appeals for reinstatement, claims racially-charged comments protected by ‘religi...

Mark Darrough, Port City Daily - July 14

When discussing what he called the need for a new civil war, Officer Piner, said, “We are just gonna go out and start slaughtering them f—g n—s. I can’t wait. God, I can’t wait.” Moore responded that he would not do that, prompting Piner to say, “I’m ready.”

Nyack Sketch Log: Douglass Statue Casualty in Cold Civil War?

Bill Batson, Nyak News & Views - July 14

Does this volley of retaliatory monument destruction represent an escalation in America’s contemporary cold civil war?

Will the Coronavirus Unleash an American Version of the Revolutions of 1848?

Richard Fernandez, PJMedia - July 13

According to prosecutors, Carrillo and an accomplice, 30-year-old Robert A. Justus Jr., were part of the “boogaloo” movement, a patchwork of right-leaning anti-government libertarians, Second Amendment advocates, and gun enthusiasts all preparing for another American civil war.

Dear White America: It's time for national reckoning​

James, Ashley and Autumn Alston, The Charlotte Post - July 13

Make no mistake, we are in a new civil war between the “haves and the have-nots. You must decide which side are you on. There is no room for waffling. Be aware of the wafers, for they’re actually on the side of the haves in an attempt to sway you over to their way of thinking.

The Regressive Progressives

Lloyd Pettegrew, Townhall - July 13

All Americans should be very concerned about regressive progressivism and its tactics. If you are outside of their groupthink expectations, make no mistake about it, you will be targeted, canceled or forced into progressive conformity. Welcome to our new Civil War in America.

I-Team: Federal, local authorities watching extremist group ‘Boogaloo Boys’

George Knapp, - July 13

The Department of Homeland Security predicted back in the spring that the summer of 2020 could be a violent time because of the rapid rise of domestic extremists on the right and left. One group being watched by federal and local law enforcement is the “Boogaloo Boys”, a loose confederation of armed anarchists who allegedly want to spark a new civil war.

Candidate's View: Minnesota rying to prevent a civil war

Bob Carney, Duluth News-Tribune - July 12

Unless we act now, our country is heading for a civil war. Our level of division--of seeing the other side as dangerous and evil rather than seeing our common flawed humanity--must be resisted and stopped.

A Canadian View on Donald Trump and the US right Now!

Bad Brad, Ringside Report - July 12

I watch day by day with horror as I see the man who is supposed to be your President and Commander -In- Chief, as he literally tears your country apart more each day, and it seems to this outsider that he actually takes delight in turning his citizens against each other. If I didn’t know better, I would think that he is trying to either start a new civil war within your country between people of different ethnicities within the US; or get everything so...

Is the Trump movie a fascist rerun?​

Lester Golden, Extra News Feed - July 11

Parallels between America’s current hybrid or cold civil war 2.0 and the first Civil War also abound.

President Trump Emerges as Defender of the American Regime​

Johsh Hammer, Townhall - July 10

At the iconic summertime setting of South Dakota's Mount Rushmore National Memorial, amidst the backdrop of navel-gazing self-abnegation and widespread anarchic savagery tearing asunder a once-proud nation and a once-proud people, Trump delivered an aggressive and unabashed pro-America oration... He painted a bold and unmistakable contrast with insurrectionist adversaries in our cold civil war: the "left-wing cultural revolution"... 

How Hawaiian Shirts Fight Extremism

Don Wallace, Honolulu Magazine - July 10

Recent sightings of aloha shirts on members of the race-war-promoting "Boogaloo Boys" runs counter to our iconic garment's history: it's a flag, of sorts, that proudly unites cultures, races, art forms and immigrants. Here's how we can all band together and #takebacktheshirt.

To Save America, We Must Reject Racial Politics For ‘All Men Are Created Equal’

David Azerrad, The Federalist - July 10

What, to an American, is this Fourth of July? Six weeks into the wave of rioting and nihilism sweeping the nation, as our long-simmering cold civil war gets hotter, it seems hard to find cause for celebration on our beloved country’s 244th birthday.

US Jews and Israel are drifting apart

Dan Schueftan, Israel Hayom - July 10

Both demographic changes and the increasingly different lived experiences of Jews in Israel and in the US are leading to increasing polarization between the two communities.

10 Tips That Could Save Your Life If Armed Rednecks Start A Civil War After Trump Loses The Election​

Allen Ishac, Extra News Feed - July 10

With Donald Trump’s landslide election defeat fast approaching, his supporters — mostly white supremacists, MAGA morons, Confederate flag wavers, conservative Christian hypocrites, and overzealous yahoos from Red States — are preparing for civil war.

On which side do you stand in this revolution?​

Harold W. Pease, Valley News - July 9

In the current American Revolution, the enemy is inside the United States. Basically, they are the crowd which hates America, the Constitution, the Founders, tradition, statues, religion, law and order and the police.

American regime under siege

Josh Hammer, The Leader-Herald - July 9

We are now in the midst of a cold civil war between Americanists, proud defenders and preservers of the American regime and way of life, and the civilizational arsonists who seek to burn that regime and way of life into the ether. Yes, we are in a fight for America’s soul — but we are also in a fight for America itself.

Commentary: 2020 Will Be the Civil War Election

Eric Lendrum, The Minnesota Sun - July 7

Although talk of a possible second civil war in our country is often breathless and exaggerated, it’s fitting in the context of the 2020 election.

Donald Trump is willing to see 'US go up in flames' to get re-elected

Harrison Jones, Metro News - July 7

Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein said the US President understands that there has been a ‘cold civil war’ in America and is now exploiting it by throwing ‘fuel on the fire’, ahead of November’s election against Joe Biden.

Armed Militias Are Readying For A New Civil War In Aloha Shirts

Ryan Finnerty, Hawaii Public Radio - July 6

At recent protests around the country, a striking sight is becoming increasingly common: heavily armed men wearing brightly colored, tropical-themed aloha shirts. Heavily armed protesters are becoming a feature of demonstrations across the United States.

WaPo’s Rubin: Trump’s Speeches Are ‘Hateful’ — He Is ‘Going to War with Fellow Americans’

Pam Key, Brietbart News - July 5

Sunday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin argued President Donald Trump’s recent speeches were a “hateful,” attempt to go to war with fellow Americans.

The Boogaloo Tipping Point

Dale Beran, The Atlantic - July 4

According to prosecutors, Carrillo and an accomplice, 30-year-old Robert A. Justus Jr., were part of the “boogaloo” movement, a patchwork of right-leaning anti-government libertarians, Second Amendment advocates, and gun enthusiasts all preparing for another American civil war.

‘F**ktheFourth’ trending on Twitter as liberals & conservatives lock horns over Independence Day cele...

N/A, RT - July 4

The stark contrast between liberals and conservatives reacting to the Fourth of July on social media magnifies the deep cultural wedge in the US, with the left calling the holiday a “sham” and the right mourning what once was.

Choose “the Party of 1776,” Not “the Party of 1619”

Mark Granza, Merion West - July 4

Liberty and equality, or tyranny and oppression? One of the United States’ most ancient debates recently had a vicious comeback. This time it was thanks to The New York Times Magazine’s initiative “The 1619 Project.”

Leader of ultra-right militia The Three Percenters General BloodAgent predicts end of America by 202...

Chris Sweeney, - July 4

As the US election looms, the gun-toting III% Security Force stands ready for an anti-Democrat uprising. The group has been accused of neo-Nazism, but one of its leaders tells RT they merely protect the will of the people.

The End of the Cold Civil War Is In Sight

Martin Longman, - July 4

I believe we’re nearing the end of a second “Cold” Civil War.

Florida congressional candidate says it’s time to “pick a side” in coming civil war

Jacob Ogles, - July 2

A Naples Republican running for Congress says it’s time to “pick a side” in the coming civil war. Darren Aquino starts his newest ad with images of a Black Lives Matter protest turning violent. By the end of the ad, he’s holding a gun and explaining it’s time to prepare for war.

Facebook Cracks Down on Boogaloo Groups Way Too Late

Jessica Mason, The Mary Sue - July 1

In recent years and months, the boogaloo “movement” has moved into more mainstream spaces, including Facebook groups where they organize, share content, radicalize people, and plan for both the coming race war and to show up armed at protests of police brutality or racial injustice.

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