It’s nearly incontrovertible that a slow-motion coup d’etat is now taking place. Since November 9, 2016, forces within the U.S. government, media, and partisan opposition have aligned to overthrow the Electoral College winner, Donald Trump.
To achieve this they have undermined the institutions of the Fourth Estate, the bureaucratic apparatus of the U.S. government, and the very nature of a contentious yet affable two-party political system. Unlike the coup d’etat that sees a military or popular figure lead a minority resistance or majority force into power over the legitimate government, this coup d’etat is leaderless and exposes some of the deepest fissures in our system of government. This coup d’etat represents not the rule of one man or even many, but by the multitude of our elites.
This is NOT a Trump fan saying this, mind—he emits the now-obligatory “Trump is a stupid buffoon” gassy belch in the very next paragraph, which reflexive spasm is becoming just tiresome at this point—but he most ably runs down the tactics, mechanics, and general skullduggery behind what is as I have said all along: a serious attempt at a soft coup.
i think I’ve adequately covered the potential for disaster built into another civil war; others have written at length about the unlikelihood and unworkability of any sort of separation or partition of the country, and I’ve linked and commented on those posts in general agreement.
But the other thing that is becoming clearer by the day is this: we can’t for very much longer share a nation with these people. Their desire for authoritarian rule over us is wholly incompatible with our desire to live in freedom; their meddlesome and intrusive inclinations—their smug and unshakable conviction of a Divine right to rule established by their presumed intellectual superiority (in evidence nowhere outside their own thick skulls)—cannot be reconciled with our inchoate desire to be left alone.
This nation was founded on a presumed notion of some commonly-held values: liberty, limited government, individual responsibility, the right to decide for oneself what ambitions might be worth pursuing, and the pursuit of them, provided no damage was done to others.
We are far, far beyond abandoning those values now; they have been flung down and danced upon by an elitist ruling class eager to gather all possible power to itself, to then dispense freedom in limited, grudging dollops to us lesser folk. The core ideal of Progressivism since its inception—absolute rule of a benighted populace by supposedly enlightened “experts”—does not allow for the flourishing of those ambitions, the creativity that inspires them, nor the free pursuit of them.
Progressivism is about limits; it is about establishing impenetrable boundaries around the people under its rule. America was established with the shattering of those boundaries as its motivating ideal; the idea of the Founders was to establish boundaries and restrictions not on the people, but on the government. It says so explicitly, in no uncertain terms, in our founding documents. The failure is not in our Constitution; it is in ourselves, for failing to hold our government strictly accountable to it—for allowing ourselves to be bought off by cheap bribery, gulled by promises of security, and outright deceived by manipulation and skullduggery.
Whether we realize it or not, the price we’ll pay for even the partial re-establishment of the proud legacy left us by the Founders, whether it’s exacted by partition or open war or both, will be steep indeed. They knew this, and they fought and bled and died anyway to grant us the rich legacy we in our shortsightedness and folly too blithely squandered. Some now mock and scorn that Constitution as a flawed instrument, a hollow document that guaranteed nothing, a failure. But I haven’t seen them shedding any blood for human liberty yet themselves. Their chance is going to come soon, I have all too little doubt of that. If the establishment coup against Trump succeeds, it might come for all of us a lot sooner than we think.