Aesop gets real on the Shit Getting Real, riffing on a VDH column which can be perused here, and sums up thus:
Will America keep dividing and soon resort to open violence, as happened in 1861? Or will Americans reunite and bind up our wounds, as we did following the upheavals of the 1930s Great Depression or after the protests of the 1960s?
The answer lies within each of us.
Every day we will either treat each other as fellow Americans, with far more uniting than dividing us, or we will continue on the present path that eventually ends in something like a hate-filled Iraq, Rwanda or the Balkans.
Aesop picks up the ball and runs with it:
Hanson has correctly described a binary outcome:
Either the lunacy will stop, or the country will rend itself.
1, or 0.
And he described it, not to put too fine a point on it, in exactly the terms put forward by Matt Bracken years since:
“Bosnia, times Rwanda”
“we will continue on the present path that eventually ends in something like a hate-filled Iraq, Rwanda or the Balkans.”
Hanson is not an instigator, he’s a historian.
He’s showing, with painful precision, that following the edge of this straight-ruler to its logical end leads to flying off a cliff into an abyss at speed, unless people see that inevitable denouement, and decide within themselves to turn away.
Again, Hanson is not suggesting anything; he’s stating with mathematical precision that either things will be done differently, or there will be a conflagration. He is mathematically correct and precise in this formulation.
Having laid out the consequences, I don’t think he’s in denial about the current state of affairs at all.
When one guy, or five guys on the ‘net say “Civil War”, it may be just Tulipomania. When everyone is starting to sound like a chorus, including Stanford historians, there is beginning to be something to it.
Hanson is telling you the product (just as Matt Bracken has).
You may be worried about plugging in the variables.
You may even have them precisely correct, but the greater point is that it’s immaterial.
When you put enough U-235 in close proximity (64kg, in point of historical fact), you achieve a predictable result.
And, as he goes on to say, ain’t nobody gonna like it. At. All. CA responds with this:
Do you honestly believe you can, let alone should, treat the Americans who intentionally and with malice/political/personal gain who destroyed your California as as “fellow Americans, with far more uniting than dividing us”?
How about the Red academics who not only kicked over the Jenga tower of limited government and the rest of Western Civ but set all against all first behind campus walls, and now in the general society? Can and should they be treated as “as fellow Americans, with far more uniting than dividing us”?
The race pimps – same question?
The first and second gen feminists – same question?
The “my wallet and powerlust before country” politicians over our lifetimes – same question?
Othet post-WW2 miscreants – same question?
Those folks are destroyers, plain and simple.
They are not my fellow Americans.
And that right there is the REAL problem. We already know just how amenable to reason they are: not in the least. Which brings us back to that Walsh material I told you earlier you’d be seeing again.
The Democrats today no longer believe in the very system in which they serve.
But our two-party system can only work if both sides are of good will, in common agreement on fundamental principles, and profess fidelity to the country as founded. In their lust for power and the “fundamental transformation” of the Republic into a leftist tyranny, the Democrats can no longer function within such a framework—just as they couldn’t in 1860-61, declaring war first on Lincoln and then on the United States of America itself. It took four long and bloody years for Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman to show them the error of their ways. And even then, a Democrat murdered the president.
Today’s Republicans are, in the main, made of lesser stuff. More patsies than potentates, they roll over at the first hint of trouble; indeed, the late John McCain (R-Ariz.) made a fetish of what he called “comity,” which in his definition meant surrendering to the Left and poking his finger in the eye of the Right. His love children, Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), would dearly love to inherit his mantle, but alas for the both of them, they’re self-retired short timers, and nobody cares what they think.
But Democrat memories, while long—they stretch back to Aaron Burr, Jefferson’s vice president, who shot Alexander Hamilton and founded Tammany Hall—are selective. They, like Iago, see themselves as victims, frustrated by the evil Federalists/Whigs/Republicans/conservatives from realizing their political program: free pie (in the sky) for all, but all power to themselves. It never occurs to them that, like Michael Douglas in “Falling Down,” they’re the bad guys.
Any movement of the type and magnitude capable of staving off a Civil War-type conflagration of necessity MUST come from their side, towards us. There is no nonviolent way to bridge this gulf otherwise. Having spent decades moving Left themselves, Real Americans already know well enough how that ends up: with further demands, further petulance and threats, further nervous breakdowns, and of late, further violent assaults against them. The Left has no desire to reason with anybody, or debate anybody, or meet anybody halfway. They desire—they intend—to rule. No more, no less.
There is no happy ending to all this, not that I can see. They will not stop; they will have to BE stopped. They will either win, or the real Americans they loathe and despise will. Horrible as it all is, it’s the plain truth, unless an inconceivable tide of profound awakening and enlightenment suddenly washes over them somehow. It’d be awfully nice if such a thing happened, but all the evidence so far says it is NOT the way to bet.