I’d argue that we face “something else,” and that something else is more akin to the beginning stages of a national divorce than it is to a civil war. This contention rests fundamentally in two trends, one political and the other far beyond politics. The combination of negative polarization and a phenomenon that economist Tyler Cowen calls “matching” is leading to a national separation so profound that Americans may not have the desire to fight to stay together. Unless trends are reversed, red and blue may ultimately bid each other adieu.
I’ve been saying it since 2012. French does not see the inevitability of dissolution as clearly as I do. I don’t think we can ever go back to being a Federal Republic again. The left controls too much, and the Government is too big and too powerful. The only alternatives are a dissolution into multiple countries with different levels of freedom, or Totalitarian one party California-on-a-national-level tyranny.
California has already decided that federal laws on immigration don’t apply to them, and that the 1st and 2nd Amendments of the Constitution are not valid within their state. California, Washington, and New York have decided to unilaterally implementing the Paris Climate Accords within their states. The cracks are readily apparent.
I’m not rooting for it, I just see it as a cultural and political inevitability.
I cannot help thinking of how the Soviet Union supported and financed the radical left movements of the 1960’s and 1970’s with the goal of tearing the USA apart. It took a while, but they ultimately succeeded.
Anyway, here’s some break-up music. The first three lines sum up my feelings toward the Democrat left concisely. And the rest of the song is pretty much my whole attitude toward this thing.