Or not yet, anyway.
This civil war is very different than the last one. There are no cannons or cavalry charges. The left doesn’t want to secede. It wants to rule. Political conflicts become civil wars when one side refuses to accept the existing authority. The left has rejected all forms of authority that it doesn’t control.
The left has rejected the outcome of the last two presidential elections won by Republicans. It has rejected the judicial authority of the Supreme Court when it decisions don’t accord with its agenda. It rejects the legislative authority of Congress when it is not dominated by the left.
It rejected the Constitution so long ago that it hardly bears mentioning.
It was for total unilateral executive authority under Obama. And now it’s for states unilaterally deciding what laws they will follow. (As long as that involves defying immigration laws under Trump, not following them under Obama.) It was for the sacrosanct authority of the Senate when it held the majority. Then it decried the Senate as an outmoded institution when the Republicans took it over.
It was for Obama defying the orders of Federal judges, no matter how well grounded in existing law, and it is for Federal judges overriding any order by Trump on any grounds whatsoever. It was for Obama penalizing whistleblowers, but now undermining the government from within has become “patriotic”.
There is no form of legal authority that the left accepts as a permanent institution. It only utilizes forms of authority selectively when it controls them. But when government officials refuse the orders of the duly elected government because their allegiance is to an ideology whose agenda is in conflict with the President and Congress, that’s not activism, protest, politics or civil disobedience; it’s treason.
Well, in fairness (of a sort), if anybody knows treason, it would be these guys.
Some civil wars happen when a political conflict can’t be resolved at the political level. The really bad ones happen when an irresolvable political conflict combines with an irresolvable cultural conflict.
That is what we have now.
The left has made it clear that it will not accept the lawful authority of our system of government. It will not accept the outcome of elections. It will not accept these things because they are at odds with its ideology and because they represent the will of large portions of the country whom they despise.
The question is what comes next.
Ain’t it. Ain’t it just. As Daniel says, this country was founded on the assumption that certain core principles—limited government; the paramount importance of individual liberty to pursue one’s own ambitions without interference; the idea of rights granted not by government but by God, existing outside government and properly beyond its reach, unalienable and sacrosanct; the right, in sum, to be left alone—were shared among all of us.
That is no longer the case; the assumption no longer holds. The Left has not only abandoned those principles; it abhors them, is hostile to them. It has to be; its lust for absolute power cannot otherwise be sated. The thought of even one of us being out of their clutches, free of their malign influence and authority, is anathema to them.
And also as Daniel says, the question really is what comes next. There is liberty, or there is…not. The two positions are irreconcilable; as I’ve said before here, if you really believe compromise with them is possible, then which of your Constitutionally-enumerated freedoms are you willing to surrender to them? Tyranny cannot coexist with freedom; it’s one or the other.
So either we find some way to persuade them of the dire, hideous consequences of their decision to disregard our right to self-determination, of the folly of trying to further enslave us, or we accept our servitude and surrender to them once and for all. Bottom line? This:
The left is a treasonous movement. The Democrats became a treasonous organization when they fell under the sway of a movement that rejects our system of government, its laws and its elections. Now their treason is coming to a head. They are engaged in a struggle for power against the government. That’s not protest. It’s not activism. The old treason of the sixties has come of age. A civil war has begun.
This is a primal conflict between a totalitarian system and a democratic system. Its outcome will determine whether we will be a free nation or a nation of slaves.
Bingo. We must all hope that they wake up eventually, before it’s too late to avoid a cataclysm that I expect will be far, far worse than the last one. But we shouldn’t delude ourselves about exactly what they are, either. Ultimately, we’re going to find out what our liberty is truly worth to us. Its value, as always, is not calculated in the coin of the realm, or in gold; it’s calculated in blood.
We’re poised on the brink; it’s not too late to step back, I believe. But it’s them who will have to do the stepping; we’ve stepped back ourselves so far that our backs are now against the wall, and there’s no place left for us to go but right directly at them. It’s a horrible prospect for sure. But what they have in mind for us is far worse.