September 2020

Political divorce – civil war – is not an option in America

Mike Brooks, Psychology Today - September 30

Republicans and Democrats should think of themselves like two partners in a marriage. We should rule out divorce or civil war, and we should work out our differences like parterns in a troubled marriage.

Conservatives fantasize about a second civil war

Paul Mason, New Statesman - September 30

Trump is no fascist, but he is following Mussolini's playbook of urging his followers to use violence to advance his ends. Conservatives now must choose whether to follow Trump into a second civil war or else abandon him to his fate.

David Horowitz: The Civil War Started When Democrats Seceded From the Union in 2016

Megan Fox, PJMedia - September 25

David Horowitz recently claimed that we are already effectively in a civil war in this country, and it started when Democrats refused to accept the 2016 presidential election. Further, since 2016, the Democrats have weaponized race by stoking racial tensions in an effort to delegitimize the American regime.

Violent Left and Right extremists ruin peaceful protests against racial injustice and turn them violent

Stephanie Lefevers, Sedalia Democrat - September 29

Violent Right-wing groups like the Boogaloo movement and the NRA and violent Left-wing groups like Socialist Rifle Association (SRA) are mixing with and runining peaceful protests, turning them to their own purposes. These groups will cause a civil war if they can and use innocent protesters to do so if they are able.

Socialism is the only way to avoid a civil war

Andrew Barbano, Sparks Tribune - September 29

Socialist policies like Social Security, Medicare, Medicade, the Postal Service, and the Dept. of Defense have prevented our capitalists from throwing our country into civil war by maintaining a balance between capitalism and communism. Trump threatens that balance and our peace.

All trust between Americans is gone: Trump has put America on the brink of civil war

Thomas Friedman, The New York Times - September 29

Our democracy is in terrible danger — more than since the Civil War, more than after Pearl Harbor, more than during the Cuban missile crisis. I've seen what countries look like as they fall into civil war, and we stand at the precipice. Trump must be defeated, or else our democracy is finished.

We are engaged in a great Civil War of ideology

Allison Lantero, The Observer - September 29

The only thing American agree on is that we are growing more divided. We no longer have a shared reality, though, in which we can resolve that divide, so we are unable to use facts and logic to persuade one another; we're stuck on one side of the divide or the other. We must follow Lincoln's example and rededicate ourselves to a new birth of freedom.

Donald Trump is pushing the US to the brink of civil war

Alon Ben-Meir, The Jerusalem Post - September 28

Trump's suggestion that he won't concede the election if he loses ought to cost him all Republican support in the Senate for his Supreme Court nomination. His rhetoric threatens the country with civil war. We've been warned.

The Devil Wants a Civil War

R. C. Vanlandingham, Crisis Magazine - September 28

Satan wants to divide us. He wants a civil war. He divided the Church through the Protestant Reformation, and he wants to divide America today through Marxism, which wants to destroy all American customs and habits. More immediately, though, the Democrats and Never-Trumpers behind the Transition Integrity Project, would rather the country fall into civil war than reelect Donald Trump.

Marianne Williamson: America's Cold Civil War

Marianne Williamson, Newsweek - September 28

Things are bad. We are in a cold civil war that threatens to destroy us. Trump must be stopped, or else he will pull down the very pillars of our democracy on us all. We must summon courage and patriotism and do whatever is necessary.

At War with Ourselves

Arlan Moore, VailDaily - September 27

We, the citizens of the United States of America, are in the midst of our second civil war. Thankfully, this time the primary weapon of force is the ballot, not the bullet. The power of people working together has been well-harnessed in the past and has led to great and wonderful things. However, right now that same power has embroiled us in a civil war against ourselves. Let’s make war on ignorance instead of each other.

Will our better angels prevail in 2020, or will we repeat 1860?

The Roanoke Times - September 27

It used to be that a degree of civility prevailed between political opponents. Not anymore. Polarization has taken over the country to a dangerous degree. Sources from both Left and Right suspect we are apporaching civil war again. It's not too late for our better angels to prevail. Will they?

Tehran newspaper foretells chaos in American civil war after election

Mohammed Mazhari, Tehran Times - September 27

Tehran reports: "U.S. election will be on the line this November, but what about the American democracy? Trump's policies and statements not only have dangerously made America's democratic health hang in the balance but also the country's integrity as a whole."

Scholar explains that Trump is pushing the country toward white supremacy and civil war

Paul Rosenberg, RawStory - September 26

Dr. James Scaminaci III explains that Trump is only the most recent iteration of the conservative movement's embrace of white supremacy. Now the Right is preparing to use violence to enforce their white spremacist ideology.

Amid talk of civil war, America is already split – Trump Nation has seceded

Robert Reich, The Guardian - September 27

Before Trump, Americans did not care very much about politics. Trump has gotten his base whipped up into a frenzy, and he has primed them for civil war with divisive language, always referring to "his" people in contradistinction to those on the outside. We should expect him not to accept defeat in November, and his base will continue to follow him, no matter what. In many ways, Trump Nation has already seceded from the rest of the country.

Fears of a new civil war could easily become self-fullfilling prophesies

Hayden Daniel, Daily Caller - September 26

Both Left and Right believe this election is the most important of their lifetime, just like the last one. The problem, though, is that these fears can easily become self-fulfilling prophesies as each side's loathing of the other keeps growing. We are being set up for an election in which each candiate is unacceptable to the other, just as in 1860.

To bring about peace between Left and Right in America, we should learn from Latin America

John Peeler, LA Progressive - September 25

American politics are caught in a zero-sum game. What we need is to make a pact between Left and Right so we can avoid civil war and build back the political structure that has been weakened by the struggle.

War footing: US may be on the ‘verge of a potential second Civil War’ as presidential election looms

Erica Davies, The Irish Sun - September 25

A NEW York Times columnist believes that US is headed towards a "potential second Civil War" over the upcoming race for president.

Proud Boys rally has Portland in state of emergency

Andrew Hay, Katie Paul, Reuters - September 26

Portland braces for another clash between Left and Right wing groups that is expected to turn violent.

Election-tampering fears evoke memory of 1876 election and worry of another civil war

James Hohmann, The Washington Post - September 26

The 1876 election result was disputed. There were widespread fears of a second Civil War. The outgoing president, Ulysses Grant, mobilized troops and made contingency plans for martial law in case there were dueling inaugurations. We might be headed for a repeat of this same scenario.

Soros-backed orgs gear up to throw US into anarchy if Trump re-elected

Doug Mainwaring, LifeSite - September 25

Multiple reports show that billionaire George Soros is funding a number of left-wing advocacy groups that consider themselves part of the "resistance" to Donald Trump and plan on instigating massive civil unrest if Biden is not elected in November.

Trump Is Pushing The Country To The Brink Of Civil War

Alon Ben-Meir, Media for Freedom - September 25

Given Trump's recent comments about the transition of power, Congress must act to pass a resolution assuring the country that the election will result in a peaceful transition of power. Otherwise, Trump could be pushing the country toward civil war.

Thomas Friedman to CNN: US potentially heading to 'second civil war'

Joe Concha, The Hill - September 25

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on Thursday declared that the U.S. could be headed toward a second civil war following President Trump's comments around not carrying out a peaceful transition of power should he lose in November.

Facebook is 'pushing US towards civil war' and making people sick, says former executive

Laurence Dodds, The Telegraph - September 23

Facebook may be pushing the United States towards a second civil war by amplifying the most divisive voices in pursuit of profit, a former employee has claimed. He compared the social media giant's content ranking algorithms, which have been widely accused of deepening partisan divides by prioritising anger and controversy, to an arms dealer who supplies both sides of a conflict.

Tom Friedman stuns Anderson Cooper with the prediction of coming civil war

Sarah Rumpf, Mediate - September 24

CNN’s Anderson Cooper was stunned when New York Times columnist Tom Friedman predicted that the country was on the brink of a “potential second civil war” during an appearance on AC360.

Confirm a new Justice now, and give the Left what they deserve for inciting civil war

Josh Hammer, Creators - September 25

The media never ceases to declare Trump a fascist, intent on destroying the country. In fact, though, the Left is the one guilty of destroying the constitutional fabric of our republic. For this reason, the Democrats deserve to have Trump and the Senate Republicans confirm a new conservative judge to the Supreme Court who will be able to help repair the damage done by the Left.

In the political civil war between Left and Right, 'Black people are being used as pawns in the middle

Charlie Innis, The News & Observer - September 23

In Durham, NC, a crowd that was at least 95% white, tried to start a riot and destroy property as an expression of outrage over the Breonna Taylor ruling by a grand jury. The mayor of Durham claims that these white people are just using the racial justice movement for their own ends.

Reporter claims Trump is 'advocating civil war' by refusing to guarantee peaceful change of power

David Badash, New Civil Rights Movement - September 24

"We're just going to have to wait to see what happens," Trump said.

Trump accused of ‘advocating civil war’ after REFUSING peaceful transfer of power promise

James Bickerton, Daily Express - September 24

FEARS of serious political violence in the United States around a contested election increased after Donald Trump refused to commit to a "peaceful transfer of power".

Rush Limbaugh defends use of federal troops to put down a breakout of civil war

Rush Limbaugh - September 22

Callers to Rush's shows ask him about civil war and the legitimacy of using federal troops to put down such violence.

Democrats fear violent retribution if Trump wins in November

David Rosman, Missourian - September 23

If Trump loses the election, he could plunge the country into civil war, and if he wins, he could exact retribution against Democrats.

New Book Traces the History of the Secession Movement in the US and Its Potential Future

Sarah Souli, Teen Vogue - September 24

A new book posits that the US has always tended toward disunion and suggests that we might be better off embracing that possibility if Trump tries to "steal the election." Here is an intereview with the author.

Revolution 2020

Angelo Codevilla, The American Mind - September 23

Understanding what drives the revolution that is destroying the American republic gives insight into how the 2020 election’s results may impact its course.

After Ginsburg’s Death, a Coup is a Realistic Possibility

Ian Huyett, Stream - September 22

With RBG's passing, the age of civility is gone. Now the gloves will come off. Each political side is looking to dominate the other, which it views as an enemy. If history is a guide, we must recognize the real danger for civil war and a terrifying tyranny necessary to end civil strife with a heavy hand.

A wargame designer defines our four possible civil wars

Mike Selinker, Medium.com - September 19

A game designer describes four possible scenarios for the November election and a comprable historical war that each scenario might resemble.

The Election That Could Break America

Barton Gellman, The Atlantic - September 23

The conditions are right for a perfect constituitonal storm in the November election, and any of a number of things could prove too much for the system to bear. Win or lose, Trump will never concede. He may even declare a national emergency and call out federal troops to prevent people from voting on November 3rd. Here is exactly what we could expect, day by day, in between the election and the inauguration.

We’re so close to civil war, ‘everyone can smell the smoke’

C. J. Janovy, Kansas Reflector - September 23

The populist movements on both the Bernie Left and Trump right represent a similar discontedness that could easily lead to civil war if it isn't understood and reckoned with. One way or another, there will be a reckoning.

The Problem with Militias and the Constitution

Claire Hansen, US News - September 22

The presence of illegal militia groups at recent racial justice protests increases the chance of violence and has already proved deadly.

Want to know what to expect in a new American civil war? Look at the Spanish Civil War

Sam Jacobs, Ammo.com - September 22

The political climate in the United States right now is confusing, and it is hard to know what may come of it. A comparison of our times with those of the Spanish Civil War provide a lot of clarity. It very could happen that the election in November could spark a crisis like happened in Spain in the 1930s.

Disunited States: Could a second Civil War--and an end to the union--really happen?

Chauncey Devega, Salon - September 22

Donald Trump is so bad that people are now talking seriously about secession if serious reforms are not made to the status quo. Some examples are that the Senate and Electoral College should be eliminated and the House of Representatives expanded. Depending on how this election goes, we should seriously consider secession as a viable option.

Are we on the cusp of a new civil righte movement...or a new civil war?

Adrienne Evans, NonProfit Quarterly - September 21

Donald Trump has ushered in an entrenched rule by white supremacists. If those who fight for social justice can lead the fight for justice, then an era of civil rights will begin; otherwise, civil war is on the horizon.

Berea College president says political polarization is destroying our ability to get along

Lyle Roelofs, Richmond Register - September 21

In a time of total polarization, all genuine deliberation is at an end. We have to relearn the art of compromise.

Winter Is Coming: we are on the verge of civil war

Jesse McVay, Ricochet - September 21

People talk about the country being on the verge of civil war. I think we are already there. It’s just that the left has known about it for years while the right has been mostly oblivious to it and in denial. Think of our attitude towards Al Qaeda before 9/11.

America's Choice: Divolve or Dissolve?

F. H. Buckley, Law & Liberty - September 22

Buckley reviews David French's new book "Divided We Fall" and is not persuaded by French's case for hanging together, arguing that there is a strong case that a breakup of the Union would be preferable to the status quo.

Foreign Reporters very concerned America under Trump is headed toward a cold civil war

Alex Henderson, RawStory - September 21

As much negative coverage as Donald Trump’s presidency has received from liberal and progressive outlets in the United States — as well as from anti-Trump conservative websites like The Bulwark — Trump is even more scorned by media figures in many other countries.

Whose America Is It?: The Apocalyptic Election

Thomas B. Edsall, New York Times - September 16

Both Left and Right have adopted apocaplyptic terms to describe the stakes of the November election.

How America came apart: a Brtish perspective of the political division in the US

Douglas Murray, UnHerd - September 18

Historically speaking, such a divide will inevitably escalate into increasing violence and even civil war, unless stopped by some great unifying force that goes beyond party politics or identity. But there is no sign of such a thing on the horizon.

Wartime Conservatives Against Appeasement

Daniel Addison, Human Events - September 21

Democrats hold the nation hostage, threatening violence unless the nation elects Biden. Conservatives must steel themselves against calls for appeasement. We won't be bullied.

New Novel: Civil War Triggered By Refusal To Accept Outcome of 2020 Election

Maggie Kelly, EIN News - September 19

“In the Eye of An Eagle” by John Henry Hardy has been released worldwide. This 248-page novel presents a fictionalized version of the current American political reality, and looks toward the potentially devastating consequences of a 2020 presidential victory by the left.

Yes, America Could Split Apart

David French, The Dispatch - September 20

RBG's passing couldn't come at a worse time for America. The battle over who and when to replace her falls at a time when Americans are intensely, personally, and increasingly geographically polarized. When moral disagreements start to take on geographic divisions in a country, civil war is not far away.

Various conservative media outlets claim the Left is setting up a coup against Trump

Zack Beauchamp, Vox - September 18

From Fox News to The Federalist to Breitbart, conservative media outlets are all charging the Left with plotting a coup against president Trump if Biden isn't elected.

Michigan Author's new novel, "The Split," is a dystopian thrill about a new civil war

Crystal Nelson, The Alpena News - September 18

Harvey said the book was inspired by the division in the country and that, if a civil war were to begin, she doesn’t believe the scenarios to be too far-fetched.

Will Never-Trumpers still oppose the president in the midst of a cold civil war election?

Josh Hammer, American Greatness - September 17

A former Never-Trumper explains how his predictions of Trump were wrong and that now Trump is the RIght's best weapon in our cold civil war

The new civil war tearing America apart in the midst of the most toxic US election ever

Tom Leonard, Daily Mail - September 17

In Kentucky, during the famous Kentucky Derby horse race, armed militias opposed one another in a terrifying image of contemporary American politics.

Why Democrats must confront extreme left wing incitement to violence

Gregory J. Wallance, The Hill - September 17

New independent report suggest that anarchic violence from the Left is increasing and should be a wake-up call for progressives

This Act would avoid civil war in a contested election by making Pelosi president

Jay Barman, SFist - September 17

A contested election may not prove that horrible for Democrats, for it would make Pelosi acting president for the interim.

GOP Senate nominee John James: America is ‘close to a civil war’

Ken Coleman, MichiganAdvance - September 17

John James said recently that "looking at some stats, if you look at one to 100, with 100 being close to a civil war … we’re almost three-quarters of the way there.”

'The Social Dilemma': Social Media Experts Fear 'Civil War'

Catherine Wright, ShowbizCheatSheet - September 16

Tim Kendall, who used to work at Facebook, and later Pinterest, revealed the thing he’s most concerned about — in “shortest time horizon” — in other words, its not a long-term fear: “civil war.”

Prominent Christian pastor claims that a new civil war is necessary from 'heaven's perspective'

Barry Duke, Patheos - September 16

Pastor Rick Joyner claims that a second civil war is necessary in order to complete what the War of Independence and the first Civil War did not completely accomplish: bringing full freedom and equality for fall.

Democrat Congressman claims Trump wants a race war

Sarah K. Burris, RawStory - September 16

As AG Barr pushes for sedition charges to be brought against violent protestors, Democrats accuse Trump of wanting to start a race war

AG Barr Told Prosecutors to Consider Sedition Charges for Protest Violence

Katie Benner, New York Times - September 16

AG Bill Barr is using the Justice Department to crack down on domestic violence, considering rioters as guilty of sedition against the government of the United States.

Who are the Boogaloo Bois, and what do they want?

Todd Guild, GoodTimes - September 15

Brief history of the Boogaloo movement and some of its members who have made the news.

As America loses its Christian frame of reference, we lose the framework to heal our divisions

Anthony Esolen, American Greatness - September 15

Even after the Civil War, Americans shared enough of a common understanding of Christian charity and foregiveness to be able to reconcile with one another. Today, though, Americans have largely lost that common understanding, and consequently, they have lost the categories of love and forgiveness that enable reconciliation.

Attacks against the police are organized and violent

Donald J. Mihalek, The Hill - September 15

Violence against police officers is increasing in volume and in organization. This violence could lead to a violent response as public outrage swells with the violence.

What to do in case of a civil war

Bill White, Survivorpedia - September 15

Some less than intunitive considerations that people on the Right should note about when thinking about the possibility of civil war.

The USA on the brink of civil war (translated from French)

Thierry Meyssan, Voltairenet.org - September 15

The American people are experiencing a crisis of civilization. They are so deeply divided that the presidential election is not just about electing a leader, but about determining what the country (empire or nation?) should be. Neither side is capable of accepting to lose, so much so that each could resort to violence to impose its point of view.

A Kansas County Commissioner calls for followers to arm themselves and prepare for 'coming war'

Roxie Hammill, Shawnee Mission Post - September 14

A County Commissioner has recieved significant backlash for a Facebook comment calling for followers to prepare for war. He remains unapologetic, convinced that his comment is justified.

Stop fighting: We have it pretty good here in America

Jim Andrews, The Free Lance-Star - September 14

During the month of the Sept. 11 object lesson on what happens when hate wins, we seem to be in the midst of another civil war, fought in the newsrooms, on social media, and in the streets of our largest cities.

Interactive map shows the cold civil war is getting hot

Alexander Reid Ross, Boingboing.net - September 14

A Portland State University professor has created an interactive map to track the spread of far-right vigilantism.

America could be heading towards a second Civil War

Martin Hirst, Independent Australia - September 14

Americans are extremely divided, and if Trump loses in November and refuses to concede the election to Biden, it could easily spark a new civil war.

Why low urban concentration makes civil war a (very) remote possibility in the U.S.

Michael Weintraub, Political Violence at a Glance - September 14

Relatively speaking, the US has a very low degree of its population concentrated in urban areas. For this reason, a breakout of a full scale civil war is less likely.

Evangelical Pastor Urges Christians to 'Mobilize' to Fight Civil War Against Left-Wing Activists

Jason Lemon, Newsweek - September 14

Influential pastor tells his congregation to prepare for civil war, claims biblical support.

Stop the Coup

Editors, The American Mind - September 12

The full apparatus of that machinery—the media, the mobs, the deep-staters—is being leveraged to intimidate and disorient the people into accepting a Biden coup. Now is the time for Americans to make it known we won’t let our country be treated this way.

2 Kenosha neighbors, 2 views of the nation’s political divide, civility among disagreement

Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times - September 12

Two neighbors in Kenosha disagree on politics, but they maintain civility. Nevertheless, they fear that the division in the rest of the country could spill over to civil war.

Our Confederate Racist-In-Chief has finally achieved his ultimate goal - A New Civil War

Alan Amiralian, MetroWest Daily News - September 12

Trump is a racist Confederate who is trying to use violence to start a new civil war so that he can make our nation racist forever.

The Left Is Setting The Stage For A Coup If Trump Wins

John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist - September 11

Under the guise of planning for right-wing violence if Trump loses, Democrats are gaming out how to steal the election if Trump wins.

America at the rubicon: A Government of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich

Thomas Magstadt, Nation of Change - September 12

Donald Trump does not care about making America great; he only cares about making himself and his cronies even wealthier. Like Caesar at the Rubicon, Trump is about to declare himself president for life, and then he will only continue to make economic inequality even greater in America.

Weather Underground Terrorist Bill Ayers Suggests the Civil War Has Already Begun

Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media - September 11

A self-described communist who plotted to blow up the U.S. Capitol in the 1970s suggested that America’s second Civil War has already started. Here's what this all means.

Right-wing militia groups swell their numbers with US military veterans

Jennifer Steinhauer, The New York Times - September 11

Militia groups have been increasing in numbers since the Obama years, but they have surged under Trump. Many militia groups seek to attract veterans because of their skills and experience. Often these groups are hate-groups and racists.

The U.S. shows all the signs of a country spiraling toward political violence

Rachel Kleinfeld, The Washington Post - September 11

In America, polarization is increasing and resiliance and toleration are decreasing, exacerbating division and breakdown of civil society. Trump has aggravated these divisions. Civil war seems far-fetched, but we might be returning to levels of civil strife not seen since the 60s and 70s. We must find a way to stop blaming each other and walk away from the brink.

The Resistance Games Out a Post-Election Civil War

Julie Kelly, American Greatness - September 11

Some well-connected Democrats and virulent anti-Trump Republicans have played out various 'war game' scenarios for what might happen in the November election if Biden isn't elected by a landslide. Here are the various scenarios they have fantasized about. These people are connected to some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in corporate America. America, you have been warned.

The long, dangerous history of right-wing calls for violence and civil war

Sam Jackson, The Washington Post - September 11

The quasi militia group known as 'Oath Keepers' used to identify as anti-government. Since Trump took office, though, they have shifted their identity to 'anti-Left,' which they interpret as 'anti-communist.' They are dangerous and could easily lead to violent civil strife. Happily Twitter and Facebook recently banned these influential accounts. #OathKeepers #anewcivilwar

Advancing the idea of civil unrest is dangerous

Art Paine, Mount Desert Islander - September 10

Certain right-wing pundits such as Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh have been discussing the prospect of a new civil war with increasing regularity lately. This rhetoric is irresponsible, dangerous, and even treasonous.

Will Trump let Putin push America into a civil war?

Richard A. Clarke, New York Daily News - September 10

We know that Putin's cronies helped foment fear and division in the 2016 election. He will do it again. He would love to start a civil war in America so he could do what he wants in Europe.

Here's how the nation narrowly avoided civil war in a contested election in the past

Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal - September 10

A liberal academic group called the 'Transition Integrity Project' presents various 'war games' for how a contested election in November could play out. Their predictions don't look good.

November is an existential election. Biden must up his game if he and the nation are to survive

David Zurawik, Baltimore Sun - September 10

Joe Biden is letting Trump define him. He needs a new media strategy now. This election involves existential problems, and it is not certain our republic will survive.

America is being pulled apart. We must heal her divisions, or else lose our nation.

David French, Time - September 10

In an atmosphere of increasing negative polarization and geographic separation, we can no longer take our nation for granted. We must intentionally care for the state of our union. #anewcivilwar #CivilWarElection #NovemberElection #2020Election

America Is In A Cultural Civil War

Ben Domenech, The Federalist - June 8 

The country was largely unified when we all saw the terrible video of George Floyd’s tragic death – unified in anger and frustration, in wanting justice and punishment for a cop who, whatever his motivation, went too far and murdered a citizen for the crime of passing a counterfeit bill. Ever since then, we’ve been coming apart.

The violence and civil strife we're seeing is not protest; it's revolution

Tim Peterson, The Flume - September 10

Our Constitution shows its greatness by providing legal means for citizens to protest the government. There is a difference, though, between peaceful protests and violent revolutions. What we have been seeing in Kenosha and Portland are the actions of revolutionaries, not protestors.

The realistic implications of citizen militias taking decisive action amidst post-election mayhem

Erik Rush, GunsInTheNews - September 10

If citizen militias are required by duty and necessity to intervene to restore the peace in a post-election mayhem, they should be prepared for the worst. Here is what to expect.

Twitter bans armed right-wing group 'Oath Keepers' for proclaiming the start of a new civil war

Matt Shuham, Talking Points Memo - September 10

Oath Keepers have been predicting a new civil war for years, but they just crossed a new line, claiming that the first shots have been fired, inciting their followers to violence.

Why I fear Trump won't leave office and will spark a civil war

Bob Hepburn, The Star - September 9

We have good reasons to suspect that if Trump loses the election, he will refuse to leave the White House peacefully, and he and his gun-toting supporters could spark a civil war.

The United States seems to be at a breaking point: is civil war next?

Walker Armstrong, The Mesa Press - September 9

Trump may win in November, and if he does, they country may destroy itself as it has increasingly done since he was elected in 2016. We seem to be on the path to civil war already.

Has the Second American Civil War Already Started?

Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media - September 9

Many people fear that civil war may be in our future, but in important ways, one could say that the civil war has already begun. The first civil war didn't start with South Carolina's secession, but with important events that led up to that action, especially acts of violence such as took place in "Bleeding Kansas." #Kenosha #Portland #1619Riots #BlackLivesMatter #CivilWar #CivilWar2 #CivilWar2020

The Spread of Far-Right Vigilantism

Laura Bliss, Bloomberg - September 9

Armed with an assault rifle, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse showed up at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in late August to serve as part of a self-declared militia.

The Left Secretly Preps for MAGA Violence After Election Day

Sam Stein, Daily Beast - September 8

The progressive coalition Fight Back Table has been meeting to game out what happens if Joe Biden doesn’t win by a landslide. It’s not pretty.

The Left Preps for Civil War

Rick Moran, PJ Media - September 8

A group of radical-left organizations met on Zoom to make post-election plans for a civil war.

How to avoid Civil War II

Pitt Dickey, Up and Coming Weekly - September 8

Has the world been too much with you lately, Binky?

The Civil War Election

Word Socialist Website - September 9

The US presidential election is now eight weeks away.

Is America in the Early Stages of Armed Insurgency?

Fred Kaplan, Slate - September 8

David Kilcullen is one of the world’s leading authorities on insurgencies.

Is America a Myth?

Robin Wright, New Yorker - September 8

he United States feels like it is unravelling. It’s not just because of a toxic election season, a national crisis over race, unemployment and hunger in the land of opportunity, or a pandemic that’s killing tens of thousands every month.

Vindman, Not Whistleblower, Was Driving Force Behind Impeachment

Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist - September 8

The most interesting thing about Byron York’s exhaustively reported and richly detailed new impeachment book, “Obsession: Inside the Washington Establishment’s Never-Ending War on Trump,” is that the whistleblower who filed the official complaint that got impeachment rolling isn’t ever identified.

America's cold civil war is getting warmer

Frank Chung, news.com.au - September 6

America’s cold civil war has already grown noticeably warmer in recent weeks – and whoever wins on November 3, it looks like the chaos will only get worse.

Americans Have Feared Another Civil War Since the End of the Last One

Richard Kreitner, History News Network - September 6

Is the United States on the brink of a second civil war?

Two countries

Keith C. Burris, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - September 6

Of course the civil war was essentially fought along geographic lines. But not totally. There were states caught in between and huge swaths of people, in both geographic and sociological segments, that sympathized with the people on the other side of the conflict.

Donald Trump dreams of a new civil war — fought by buffoons

Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon - September 5

Donald Trump is surrounded by suckers and losers. Every night when he goes to bed in the White House, they’re all around him. There is a hillside full of “losers” a couple of miles away across the Potomac River, buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Online bans fail to silence US extremists drawn to protests

Michael Kunzelman, ABC News - September 4

For months, the nationwide protests against racial injustice and COVID-19 lockdown orders have attracted all kinds of extremists using online platforms to plan, coordinate and drum up support for their activities.

Alleged Boogaloo members face terrorism charges in Minnesota

Amy Forliti, Associated Press - September 4

Two men who prosecutors say are members of an anti-government extremist group, who toted guns on Minneapolis streets during unrest following the death of George Floyd and spoke about shooting police, blowing up a courthouse and killing politicians, have been charged with federal terrorism counts.

9 in 10 voters say civil unrest a key issue in presidential race: poll

Julia Manchester, The Hill - September 4

More than 9 in 10 voters surveyed in the poll, 92 percent, said they thought the issue would be important in the presidential campaign and election, including 52 percent who called it "very important" and 40 percent who viewed it as "somewhat important." The survey was released Friday.

The Coming Coup?

Michael Anton, The American Mind - September 4

As if 2020 were not insane enough already, we now have Democrats and their ruling class masters openly talking about staging a coup. You might have missed it, what with the riots, lockdowns and other daily mayhem we’re forced to endure in this, the most wretched year of my lifetime. But it’s happening.

Is 2020 a repeat of another dreadful historical period? Watch out

J Brooks Spector, Daily Maverick - September 3

The tremors of politics offer reminders of some other terrible years in the past. Can things be righted or is worse to come?

They're armed, angry and eager for a race war

Donald Morrison, The Berkshire Eagle - September 3

A right-wing militia group was somehow inspired by the movie to call itself the Boogaloo Bois (or boys). For equally obscure reasons, their favored uniforms are, yes, Hawaiian shirts. They arrive, dressed in floral prints and body armor, to confront Black Lives Matter protesters. And sometimes kill them.

Assistant AG fired for tweeting: "#CivilWar2 has begun"

Lauren McGaughy, The Dallas Morning News - September 3

An assistant attorney general working under Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has lost his job after a left-wing media watchdog revealed that he’d sent tweets supporting conspiracy theories and touting bigoted views.

Schmidt: ‘Hawaiian Shirt-Clad’ Trump Supporters Want a ‘Second Civil War’

Pam Key, Breitbart - September 3

The Lincoln Project’s Steve Schmidt, Thursday on MSNBC, called some supporters of President Donald Trump “Hawaiian shirt-clad Civil War fetishists” who wanted to see a “second Civil War.”

The Plot to Change America

Mike Gonzalez, The American Mind - September 1

When did the world shift away from a Marxism based on economic classes (the worker v. the bourgeois) into one based on immutable characteristics such as race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, and even disability status?

Online bans fail to silence US extremists drawn to protests

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press - September 4

After Wisconsin protests over Jacob Blake’s shooting by police turned deadly last week, a member of an anti-government extremist group started posting updates from the scene for comrades in an encrypted chat room.

Activist described shooting a Trump supporter in Portland as 'like the beginning of a war'

Sinéad Baker, Business Insider - September 4

A man suspected of fatally shooting one of President Donald Trump's supporters during protests in Portland, Oregon, said that he saw "a civil war right around the corner" and that one of the shots "felt like the beginning of a war."

Today's Civil War

Brandon Bowers, The Post - September 3

The ground smelled of death, with the greenest of grass stained in the red of war. The air, poisoned from years of senseless conflict

Trump’s promotion of armed militias risks stoking civil war

Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer - September 2

Armed militias have been the classic tool of authoritarian regimes in for the past century, from Hitler’s brown shirts to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

Is Civil War a Real Possibility?

Stephen Rowland, The Daily Herald - September 2

What would have been unthinkable, and perhaps unforgivable in polite conversation 10 years ago, has become lately a regular phrase on the lips of many — possible civil war in the near future.

An Undeclared Civil War in America

Jonathan Kraut, The Santa Clarita Valley Signal - September 2

This past weekend we just entered a new dark chapter in American history. My hope is that these first days of vigilante versus protester is but a brief blip marring our otherwise proud traditions of political disagreement.

With Itchy Trigger Fingers, Some Right Wingers Predict The Next Civil War Has Finally Arrived

Matt Shuham, Talking Points Memo - September 2

The first shots in the second American civil war have been fired — at least, according to some right-wing groups that have sought to use recent shooting deaths during protests across the country as a call to arms.

CNN’s Lemon: Trump ‘Exploiting People’s Fear and Anxiety’ Could ‘Cause a Civil War’

Pam Key, Breitbart - September 2

CNN anchor Don Lemon said Tuesday on that President Donald Trump was “exploiting people’s fear and anxiety.” He added that it could “cause a civil war.”

Divided States of America

Nathan Max, Max News Today - September 1

Weapons-toting, right-wing agitators have taken it upon themselves to confront left-leaning individuals protesting racial injustice and police brutality this week, and the results have been as tragic as they were predictable. Three people have been shot and killed in two separate cities in the span of five days.

The “Oath Keepers” Are Today’s Blackshirts

Casey Michel, The New Republic - September 1

In the Obama era, they resisted “presidential tyranny.” Now they want to help Trump crack American skulls in the streets.

Our Civil War Pre-Enactment

Robert Trascinski, The Bulwark - September 1

The flare-ups in violence are starting to escalate. How do we tamp down the hate before it gets further out of hand?

Avowed ‘boogaloo boi’ says he roamed Kenosha streets with Kyle Rittenhouse before shootings

Tom Schuba, Chicago Sun-Times - September 1

A loyalist to the boogaloo movement, which is based around the belief that a civil war is “imminent,” said as many as 32 adherents were in the Wisconsin city last Tuesday.

Counterinsurgency forces coming to small town near you

Todd J. Broadman, Moscow-Pullman Daily News - September 1

Were you aware that our cherished “battle space” of Disney worlds, Walmarts and McDonalds is threatened by domestic terrorists? That we need counterinsurgency commandos to save our cities?

Will it be civil discourse or civil war?

Randy Gibson, Talequah Daily Press - September 1

The Democrat and Republican conventions are over and both sides are in a full sprint to the November (hopefully) finish. I say "hopefully" because I am one who watches history and have seen this in other places before.

Biden’s Chances Rest On A Podesta Military Coup, Ballot Harvesting, Police Shootings, And A False Flag

Joaquin Flores, Fort Russ News - September 1

Our early August prognosis published by SCF on August 23rd, that Joe Biden would not concede the election even if Trump wins, was confirmed by Hillary Clinton herself on August 25th.

Trump Fomenting Second Civil War...

H. Scott Prosterman, LA Progressive - September 1

I don’t think it’s hyperbolic to argue that Don the Con Trump has re-ignited a second Civil War in America; considering that armed vigilantes have responded to his prompting with shows of armed force at multiple state capitals and city halls, and now murdered good American citizens as a response to his perverse call to action.

Fear in America

Evaggelos Vallianatos, CounterPunch - September 1

These two nominating Conventions opened the formal 2020 election season. Joe Biden’s Convention was behind masks and television screens. The Convention of Trump, imperial in purpose and centered around his family and himself, was out in the open, without masks, facing the beautiful Greek columns of the White House and the explosive fireworks at the Lincoln Memorial.

What Benjamin Franklin Warned Us About

Jopseh J. Ellis, MSN - September 1

We are currently on the cusp of a third serious challenge to our republican roots, which has emerged in the person of the first full-scale demagogue who was elected president. In truth, the founders would actually be surprised that it has taken this long to produce such a political creature.

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