Can you believe we’re talking about Civil War in the year 2020?
It’s absolutely mind-boggling to think that, with the technological advances and social progression of the past 160 years, the term “civil war” would come up in ANY modern-day conversation about the United States of America…
But here we are.
This has been brewing for years now.
I personally believe this all started with the tragic shooting death of Trayvon Martin at the hands of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in 2012. The shooting was built up by the media as a racial hate crime by a white man (which George Zimmerman wasn’t) against an innocent black child (which Martin, according to his social media posts, wasn’t).
This story was national news for months, and it was handled poorly by then-President Barack Obama. He could have quelled the racial tensions, but he stoked them with his response instead, saying, “You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”
He was angry about it, which is justifiable. MOST Americans were…
But Obama set a precedent of widening the divide instead of bridging the gap—and it’s something that sticks in my mind whenever similar tragedies happen and tempers flare.
Somehow, these issues get spun into a “black vs. white” thing – when that’s not the case at all. The vast majority of white people sympathize with the black community when this happens, and everyone wants change.
However, it’s not the racial tensions that are creating thoughts of civil war—it’s the political divide that’s creating such havoc.
The Great Divide
The political ideologies of Right and Left are further divided than they’ve been in the past 160 years, with both sides failing to see the other’s point of view on anything.
Maybe it’s the fact that the Left operates based on feelings and not facts…
Maybe it’s the fact that the Left refuses to meet the Right halfway on anything…
Or maybe the Right is tired of being pushed around and is going too far in the opposite direction to balance things out.
Regardless, the American experiment is TRULY being tested, and the chasm between Left and Right, Liberals and Conservatives grows bigger every day.
So when Rasmussen Reports polled Americans on the current situation, the last question was the one that got the most attention. It read, “How likely is it that the United States will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years: very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?”
And the answers to this poll were shocking. 34% of people polled believe that America will experience a second civil war by 2025.
The Growing Threat Of Violence
This is a frightening look insight into the way the country is feeling right now.
Rasmussen revealed that 34% is an UPTICK from last year, reporting that, “This compares to 31 percent and 11 percent respectively two years ago.”
When divided by party, 40% of Republicans and 28% of Democrats said a second civil war was “on the horizon” – with 38% of non-affiliated polled saying they see the possibility of a new war breaking out.
At least only 9% of those polled believe it to be “highly likely,” but even so, this is disturbing.
No empire has ever been toppled from outside forces. It’s always been internal problems that spread outward.
And it seems like America is heading down a dangerous path.
You may be wondering why more GOP voters see it as a likelihood, and that answer is simple: being openly conservative in the 21st Century is the new scarlet letter.
You get attacked and harassed for your conservative views by intolerant Leftist who shut down views and ideas from ANY voice that differs from theirs.
It’s easy to see why conservatives are getting angry…
They’re sick and tired of having to defend their views from intolerance and misinformation.
It’s a real problem.
Hopefully, this is something that we can get THROUGH together. Maybe it will be something that we can use to make our country even stronger.
Using out words instead of violence will be the key…
But can we do it?
“It was not well to drive men into final corners; at those moments they could all develop teeth and claws.” ― Stephen Crane