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Robert Bridge
Robert Bridge
Robert Bridge is an American writer and journalist. He is the author of 'Midnight in the American Empire,' How Corporations and Their Political Servants are Destroying the American Dream.

Is civil war possible in modern-day America?

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With a seemingly unbridgeable rift separating society, grim predictions of armed conflict intensify.

Compared to the political background that led to the Civil War of 1861-65, when the nation was torn over slavery, it is difficult to name just one primary issue separating Americans today. Is the United States doomed to repeat history?

No other developed country in the world frets over the possibility of a civil war more than the United States. Perhaps that’s because the memory of the first one (1861-65), the deadliest military conflict in American history, was so utterly devastating that it is impossible to shake. Or maybe Americans genuinely see no other way out of the impasse they currently face than by going to war against themselves.

In yet another one of those perennial polls that seem determined to inspire a self-fulfilling prophecy, The Economist and YouGov asked Americans about changes in the US political climate. Two in five of the respondents believe a civil war is at least “somewhat likely” in the next decade; Republicans are more likely than Democrats to expect civil war. Few see things improving in the coming years: 62% expect an increase in political divisions.

It could almost be argued that the United States, having suffered a long, hot summer of Black Lives Matter protests, followed by the storming of the Capitol on January 6, is already experiencing a civil war, but it just hasn’t been officially announced yet. Is it necessary to have another Battle of Gettysburg with standing armies and thousands dead to fit the definition of ‘civil war’? In any case, the FBI raid on Mar-A-Lago, Donald Trump’s Florida estate, certainly underscored the climate of political divisiveness as a prelude to major unrest. Republicans saw this as the latest proof that the establishment has no interest in playing by the rules. The “weaponized federal agencies” that tend to move so swift and viciously against the right, conservatives argue, never show the same enthusiasm when addressing the alleged wrongs of the left.

Meanwhile, the situation on the cultural front seems no less tenable. We’re talking about a country that is 65% Christian and 50% Conservative struggling to come to grips with an explosion of fiercely controversial ideas – from Critical Race Theory, which seeks to blame the white race for all of the problems now besetting minorities, to transgenderism, which postulates the idea that gender is not determined by the physical sex of an individual, but rather whatever he or she (or they, or any of the open list of pronouns) believes himself to be. And how many Drag Queen Story Hours can the public mind handle before something gives?

What many Americans find so unsustainable is that there seems to be no escape, no way of opting out, no way of protecting even the children from the cultural sea changes underway. Last year, Stacy Langton, a mother of six from Virginia, confronted teachers during a school board meeting over books that are available to students in the school library. Carrying titles like ‘Lawn Boy’ and ‘Gender Queer: A Memoir’, the books depicted sex between men and boys, with one describing a fourth-grader performing oral sex on an adult male. Despite the uproar the revelations caused, the school district refused to remove the books from the shelves as the political temperature in the United States rose another degree.

So while it is not difficult to demonstrate that there is a veritable chasm now separating the American people, does that prove civil war is on the horizon? Nobody knows. The exact breaking point that causes people to say ‘enough’ and take up arms against their brethren has yet to be established. Perhaps the conditions for civil war are even riper now than they were in Lincoln’s day, but Americans have simply become too comfortable and self-satisfied to fight. While there will always be a few impulsive youth with nothing to lose to join the rabble, convincing the bulk of the US middle class to give up their cushiony Netflix lifestyles just to fight for a cause seems very unlikely. The rugged, pioneering spirit that defined the times in 1861 is a far cry from its modern incarnation. Today, many Americans are content to wage ‘civil war’ over social media, debating the issues against faceless opponents while the country beyond their window becomes an increasingly violent place.

Although it seems unlikely that the United States will disintegrate into pitched battles anytime soon, it can’t be forgotten that there are more guns in the nation’s closet than internet subscriptions. This gives those frustrated individuals the means to ‘express themselves’ without the need to wait for the bugle call. Thus, instead of witnessing a replay of Fort Sumpter, Americans can expect to see a rash of individual actors lashing out in desperation at a society they no longer understand.

As a wit once said, ‘History seldom repeats itself, but it does rhyme.’

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of DTNZ.

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  1. Does America need civil war to force change. To reset and rebalance the madness of globalist agendas designed to destroy the fabric of their faith. Their values. Their human rights.

    The answer like the nose on our face is obviously…. Yes? Each of us know the lines are drawn. The civil lines for and against are set. Nor is that battle something people have sought

    It has been brought to our doorstep by the globalist elite. I use the word “elite” with heavy sarcasm.

    And if this exists there….. then do the same condition exist here in NZ? Again this is not something we have sought but something brought to our doorstep.

    This is not about race but about the very soul of the nations.

    • Call the globalists what they are – parasites.

      As for civil war, the democrats would lose as they are gutless and can only win wars by cheating and getting other people to do their dirty work. There is nothing noble or democratic about them.

    • The global elite re concerned with the big challenges facing humanity like climate change, global warming nut cases having control of nukes, & artificial intelligence ~self determining~ it does not want to serve stupid humans anymore.

      The ordinary people are concerned with ~little things~ like taxes, good neighbors, how many guns can I own, & green interference with their day to day lives.

      Never before have so many people had good reason to be concerned, & never before has the chasm of just what they are concerned about been so wide or so deep. Human affairs have become SO COMPLEX no one person can stay on top of all issues (In NZ the government took expert advice on Covid; only to fall out with th4e common people in the street) CIVIL WAR OR NOT: things will get a lot worse before they get any better

      As you have GOOD REASON to give up on the Global Elite; for it’s part, this Global Elite have good reason to give up on people like you. if this MUTUAL FAILURE of relationships does occur, the wheels will fall off everything

  2. “The exact breaking point that causes people to say ‘enough’ and take up arms against their brethren has yet to be established.”

    It’s Trump. Trump is the last lynchpin still holding it all together. The people love him, the people want him back, even some who were against him in the past have been won over by the absolute shit show of corruption and degeneracy that Obama’s third term has brought.

    Biden’s teleprompter writer is waiting for the very next day after the midterms in Nov to make their move and finally go ahead and arrest Trump. Theres a reason they’ve spent two years sowing divisions and likening conservatism and patriotism to cave-dwelling ISIS terrorists. They did it again just a few days ago. Trust me, they’re practically salivating at the thought of a civil war kicking off. It’ll give them the excuse they need to conveniently cancel or postpone the 2024 election they know they have no hope in hell of winning/rigging. Far too many people awake and watching this time around.

    They’re so desperate for a descent into violence you can practically taste it. I hope the MAGA people don’t take the bait this time.

    • I disagree with you on Trump; he is NOT holding anything together but seeking to tear the USA apart. ~if~ he succeeds in starting A CIVIL WAR & even ~if~he wins it he will not seek to reconcile the nation afterwards, but he &his heirs will seek to continue it. This leave the USA with no hope of a national reconciliation. The Great I AM called Trump will continue persecuting all he disagrees with, until like Putin he has installed himself as the sole controller of the USA..

  3. To the Editor, Daily Telegraph.

    Can you tell me, WHY the print in your comments section is so damn small, people of my my age can barely even see it, LET ALONE READ IT.

    End result… TOO MANY TYPO’S

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