By Mark Wachtler
October 20, 2012. (ONN) Could it happen, again I mean? The fact that it’s happened once before already in our short national history suggests the idea of a second American civil war is a very real possibility. And if one compares history, the rhetoric coming from our political leaders, and the unprecedented political divisiveness in America today, it’s starting to look a lot like 1930 Germany or 1860 America.
The 2008 and 1860 Presidential election maps are eerily similar. In 1860, Abe Lincoln was elected just prior to civil war.
Threats of civil war
Readers can do a Google search and simply type in the phrase, ‘threats of civil war if elected’. You don’t even have to put in ‘Obama’ or ‘Romney’. The Republicans and Democrats both have factions threatening an actual civil war – sedition, treason, murder, rebellion – if their party’s nominee isn’t elected President.
Texas Judge warns of civil war
Two months ago, the media exploded with reports of a Republican Texas Judge who predicted that America would be thrust into a civil war if Barack Obama were re-elected. As detailed by the local Fox News Lubbock affiliate, Judge Tom Head said, “As County Judge, I am the emergency management coordinator. As emergency management coordinator, I have to think about the very worst thing that can happen and prepare for that and hope and pray for the best.”
Judge Head explained further warning, “Now I'm going to tell you my opinion, Okay? Obama has put Executive Orders and whatever other documents his minions have filed. And regardless of whether the Republicans take over the Senate, which I hope they do, he is going to make the United States Congress and he's going to make the Constitution irrelevant. He's got his czars in place that don't answer to anybody. He's got his documents in place. They're going to be irrelevant.”
The Texas Republican went on to describe what he envisions might happen if President Obama is re-elected. “What do you think he is going to try to do in this next term? One of the things - my opinion - one of the things is he's going to try to give the sovereignty of the United States away to the United Nations,” Judge Head said, “What do you think the public is going to do when that happens? We are talking civil unrest, civil disobedience, possibly, possibly civil war, Okay?”
Taking his scenario one step further, Judge Head explains, “Now what happens? What happens? Now, I'm not just talking riots here and there. I'm talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms. Get rid of the dictator. Okay, what do you think he is going to do when that happens? He is going to call in the UN troops, personnel carriers, tanks and weapons."
Democrats prepare for war
Getting less attention in the national media, but making huge waves among smaller news outlets like Alex Jones Infowars and the Drudge Report, are the volumes of documented Twitter Posts threatening riots if Mitt Romney beats President Obama on election day. And unlike most speculative indications of coming violence, the shear volume of threats are both public and verified.
As Infowars confirms, ‘We checked the Twitter accounts and virtually all of them are owned by people who have made hundreds or thousands of previous tweets, proving they are genuine accounts and not fakes.’
A sample of the Tweets (from Infowars.com):
“If obama dont get re-elected & romney wins .. on life every white persons getting pistol whipped and im startin a riot.” (SOURCE)
“If Obama don’t win lets start a riot so Romney know what he’s getting himself into.” (SOURCE)
“You know you ain’t shit if you gotta “MAKE” Mafukas vote for ROMNEY ! …. Mannnn OBAMA better get back in office . Or BLACK FOLKS will riot.” (SOURCE)
“If Romney wins im goin on a rampage.” (SOURCE)
“If Mitt Romney wins the election I think its our duties as Black folks to riot and f*ck sh*t up.” (SOURCE)
“If every action IS met with an equal and opposite reaction ..what should workers do to employers if Romney’s elected? #Riot in the streets!!” (SOURCE)
“If Romney becomes president let’s all start a riot.” (SOURCE)
“I Heard Mitt Romney , Tryna Take Away Food Stamps , If He Do .”IMA START A RIOT, IMA START A RIOT.” (SOURCE)
“If romney wins, imma start a mf’n riot! Rns.” (SOURCE)
The report from Infowars also includes screen shots of the above comments. At first, it seems like hand-picking a few ignorant and outrageous Tweets to create a story. But the shear volume of these comments flooding the web may be too much to dismiss. It only takes one lone nut to start a world war, just ask Archduke Ferdinand.
A history lesson
In 1930’s Germany, the post-World War 1 German economy was devastated by national debt, inflation and unemployment. Poverty and corruption seemed to divide the country into three factions – the liberals, moderates and conservatives. What was just recently a nation of moderate politicians had quickly transformed into a civil war.
The liberals on the left became Communists, while the conservatives on the right became Nazis. The transition wasn’t so difficult or surprising. Both sides simply refused to compromise and each drifted further to the extreme – from liberal to radical and from conservative to reactionary.
By the mid-30’s, the right-wing, pro-fascist Nazi’s had defeated the left-wing Communists in hundreds of street battles across Germany’s cities. That, in turn, led the Nazis to triumph in the country’s elections. Upon taking power, the conservatives-turned-Nazis declared Adolf Hitler dictator for life and outlawed democracy. And we all know what happened after that.
In 1860’s America, the setting wasn’t much different. America was divided into at least three major political factions. The old Whig Party had become the new Republican Party, the Democratic Party was divided, and a libertarian third party had entered the picture. The political scene was eerily similar to the 2012 election, except the divided Democratic Party has managed to stay united behind their candidate this time.
One comment about the American Civil War is that many people believe it didn’t need to be fought. Slavery was a dieing institution, as admitted to by both sides, and would have been abolished in the near future anyway. Was it worth 100,000 American lives to expedite emancipation by a decade or two? That probably depends on who you ask.
And even if the southern states had been allowed their independence, the united states would have most-likely rejoined again. And if not, there would always be the undeniable mutual American spirit that joined them forever, and two oceans that separated them from the rest of the world. The American Civil War was probably fought over pride and power, more than slavery or state’s rights. But that’s a debate for another time.
The possible coming American civil war
It’s the same pride and desperate lust for power we see today over the issue of welfare, civil services and entitlements – the top 25% versus the bottom 75%. And just like the previous two examples, America’s current representatives are rapidly moving to the extremes of both the left and the right.
While Democrats like Barack Obama and Harry Reid have expanded welfare programs and bailed out the government employees unions, Republicans like Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would love nothing more than to eliminate Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps and Social Security all together. ‘Personal responsibility’ is their slogan.
What happens when both sides are wrong? Civil war? America can’t afford the welfare programs the Democrats continually fight for. And an America with no safety net and feudal lords and masters as the Republicans continue to fight for, is just as impossible. So what happens next? According to a Judge in Texas and a whole bunch of people on Twitter, civil war happens next.
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