Secession, Nullification, and the Ingredients for Civil War


Introduction by The Editor:
This is a delicate subject, but one that must be addressed by more than whispers or grumbles from both ends of the political spectrum.  It is becoming apparent that the United States is hopelessly divided:  There is an insurmountable chasm between conservatives and so-called progressives.  For years, this has been called a Culture War.  Conservatives have a set of values and Liberals have another, and the two are irreconcilable.  The people of the nominally United States are already hopelessly divided.

Unfortunately, the last time secession was tried, it ended in a slaughter called the Civil War.  A 21st-century secession can only be justified if it can be done in peace.  A lot of people would want to relocate in the aftermath.  If a Second Civil War erupts even without secession, the results will be heartbreaking; however, this would result in two (or more) countries enjoying the style of government they really want.  One would live in small-government freedom and self-reliance, and the other would be a welfare state like Greece or Venezuela.

If secession can be permitted peacefully, and (for example) California, Oregon and Washington go their own way, we might all benefit.  The chances of this happening are near zero, because the federal government fully depends two sets of residents:  The taxpayers and the perpetually dependent.  No matter how evenly balanced those two constituencies may be in the departing state(s), the federal government would lose leverage and cash flow.

Personally, I'd like to live in a country with tight borders, strong national defense, and lots of individual liberty.  A country in which free-market capitalism regulates more than the government, so the citizens aren't required to buy a 1.6-gallon toilet or a specific kind of government-approved laundry soap.  A country that doesn't spend taxpayers' money on multi-million-dollar sports stadiums and arenas that most of us will never use.  A country in which life is harsh for those who didn't pay attention in school and can't live without a cell phone.  A country in which English is the official language and foreign-language broadcasting is illegal.  It won't be easy; in fact it may never happen.  It may be too late already.

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The 51st State
The Left is out of step with the mainstream
Gun control
Open borders
The abolition of cash
Domestic surveillance
The road to tyranny
Anchor babies and chain migration
Voter fraud
Politicians use handouts to buy votes
Wasteful spending
The destruction of old statues
Same-sex marriage
Islam is being taught in government schools
The use of the IRS as a weapon
The use of the EPA as a weapon
Abortion




The Coming Civil War (United States), Cool Maps, and Uncomfortable Truths.  Don't know a great way to put this, but we're (in the United States, and in Europe, though my read there is much murkier) heading towards civil war.  In Europe, civil war means dissolution of the EU and (likely) expulsion of large numbers of immigrants.  But I'm not European, so I won't go too far speculating about them.  I'm not sure if it will be a decade off or longer, but I put the arrival of this war as soon as 2024, and as late as 2032.  Not really any longer than that.  What would stop it is a prolonged, total war that would challenge the very existence of the United States.

Galvanized by contempt.  On July 2, a woman spoke to then-Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt at a Washington, D.C., restaurant while holding her young son and looking at notes that she had prepared.  She told Mr. Pruitt that he should resign.  She then posted the encounter on social media.  (Mr. Pruitt announced his resignation on July 5.)  On June 17, White House Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller was accosted by a patron at the Washington, D.C., restaurant Espita Mezcaleria and called a "real-life fascist."  When the Metro D.C. chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America received word that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was at MXDC Cocina Mexicana on June 19, at least 15 protesters showed up shouting "Shame!" until she was forced to leave. [...] This increasing personal nastiness reflects the left's understanding that they are losing.  They can't win the argument, so they use intimidation, aggression and spectacle.  These examples are evidence that America is at a breaking point of a political-cultural civil war.

History's Bad Ideas Are an Inspiration for Progressives.  Another crazy idea from the past was state nullification of federal laws by carving out spaces exempt from Washington's control.  Democrats tried it and failed in the South Carolina nullification crisis of 1832-33, when they sought to render void federal tariff laws.  Later, the soon-to-be Confederate States were more serious, and in 1861 bragged that federal law no longer applied to them, as federal property within their confines was appropriated by the states.

Poll: 59% fear violence from Trump haters, 31% predict civil war.  The division in the United States that has escalated into the organized harassment of presidential aides has six in 10 worried about the violence from anti-Trump advocates and nearly a third fearing it will end in civil war.  The latest survey from Rasmussen Reports found that 59 percent of all voters "are concerned that those opposed to President Trump's policies will resort to violence."  And, added Rasmussen, 31 percent believe "it's likely that the United States will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years."

When Will The Other Shoe Drop?  [Scroll down]  [A]t some point Leftist derangement will exceed the Rightist's reluctance to resort to violence.  And when that Rubicon is crossed, there is no going back.  Leftists are quicker to violence, but Rightists are far better at it.  The consequences of this will be grave.  To top it off, nobody really knows exactly where the Rubicon is, in this political mess.  Will it be gun control or confiscation?  Will it be the next time a Democrat wins control over the federal government?  Will they be hellbent on revenge and do something they shouldn't?  Will it be getting Rightists fired from their jobs, destroying their businesses and ability to earn, such that they have nothing to lose?  Or will it be a cumulative 'death from a thousand cuts' situation, where all of these smaller, lesser attacks will, in aggregate, finally exceed the Rightist's ability to tolerate?

Deranged Anti-Trumpers Need to Get Out More.  I recently met a lovely man in Northern California, whose grown children haven't spoken to him in over a year.  He writes, sends messages of love and concern and his adult daughters won't write back.  They didn't even have a fight, they just stopped talking to him.  He is heartbroken.  It's happened to me.  I wasn't even a full-on Trump supporter when an Italian friend who I had shared an apartment with 30 years ago sent me a message out of the blue telling me we were done, she couldn't be friends with me anymore because of Trump.  Apparently I had posted something on Facebook that was not sufficiently anti-Trump and she didn't want a discussion, she was done.  She's not the only one.

Chris Matthews Urges Communist Revolution to Stop Supreme Court.  So the Chris Matthews [plan] is for the Democrats to declare a Communist revolution, call in the Russians for help, start executing their own people for being insufficiently left-wing, go down to defeat, flee the country while kidnapping a bunch of children and stealing all the gold?  Actually I think that is their plan.

Americans [Have] Never [Been] Divided So Sharply Over The NRA.  In its latest poll, Gallup found that 88 percent of Republicans view the NRA very or mostly favorably.  Democrats, on the left hand, view the outfit the same by only 24 percent.  That's a whopping 64 percent division in positive feelings, the largest margin Gallup has ever encountered on the NRA.

The 'Coming Civil War' — Already Here.  Oh, it's already upon us.  And it has been raging for some time now.  The once-serious political party known as "Democrats" has been hijacked by lawless lunatics who have been sowing discontent and fomenting violence for years now.  Just ask all the families of police officers in America who have been executed over the past four or five years by militants inspired by the so-called "Black Lives Matter" movement.  This would be the same movement that Democratic leaders are terrified of standing up to.  When their last standard bearer — Hillary Clinton — made the grave error of declaring that "all lives matter," she later issued an apology and a correction.  After a lifetime in politics, you would think that the woman might understand that political rhetoric has consequences.

Mob Violence and Gun Ownership.  [W]hen the Democrat side of the political spectrum manipulates the most zealous and unwell members of their ranks to operate as civilian mobs, encouraged by elected officials and unmoored from the limits of legal accountability, another line has been crossed on the path to open civil war.  Certainly, we saw the first act in this escalation with Antifa, the oxymoronically named fascist enforcement mob, but that unit at least had an identity.  What we are seeing now appears to be the organization of willing grassroots members of the Democratic Party into mobile gangs sent to publicly target and shame political opponents in surprise attacks meant to drive government officials from not only the public square, but their employment in service to the country. [...] Feeding this crusade against our laws and sovereignty is the manufactured "morality" of the left, which happily conflates vice with virtue.  Indeed, Maxine Waters has invoked a new god who supports anarchy and violence against one's political enemies.

What Kind Of America Does Maxine Waters Want?  My question is:  Does Waters wants America to return to those divisive, intolerant days, similar to when Southern Democrats routinely segregated and harassed our fellow black American citizens?  Fortunately, this time around, intolerant Democrats like Waters are not targeting Americans due to their racial heritage.  Sadly, they are instead targeting them solely due to their political affiliation, no matter how loose that affiliation might be.  They are denying their fellow human beings the freedom to eat a meal, purchase gasoline or watch a movie in peace.  Think about that.  Shockingly, they are even distributing personal home addresses, so that liberal mobs can harass innocent families within their residential neighborhoods.

Liberals Call for Violence After Kennedy Resigns — Is Civil War Coming?  Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his resignation last night, and with that, a reliably conservative judge will take his place.  Instead of the recent 5-4 rulings we've seen thanks to Neil Gorsuch, we could be seeing a court leaning to the Right, 6-3.  On the other side of the fence were those who must be tired of losing by now.  In response to the news, which came after a number of Trump administration officials were harassed and threatened by mobs this past week, liberals were quick to call for even more harassment and violence.

31% Think U.S. Civil War Likely Soon.  Most voters fear that political violence is coming from opponents of the president's policies, just as they did in the second year of Barack Obama's presidency, and nearly one-in-three think a civil war is next.  Thirty-one percent (31%) of Likely U.S. Voters say it's likely that the United States will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years, with 11% who say it's Very Likely.  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 59% consider a second civil war unlikely, but that includes only 29% who say it's Not At All Likely.

Is America headed toward a civil war?  Sanders, Nielsen incidents show it has already begun.  The other day, author Tom Ricks asked whether we're heading toward a civil war.  "I don't believe we're to Kansas of the 1850s yet.  But we seem to be lurching ... in that direction," he wrote.  Ricks was commenting on "What Democratic rage would look like," a Bloomberg opinion column that quotes political scientist Thomas Schaller as saying, "I think we're at the beginning of a soft civil war. ... I don't know if the country gets out of it whole."  That sounds pretty serious.  The column by Francis Wilkinson presents a catalog of things Democrats are mad about — from the existence of the electoral college to Trump's "propaganda apparatus" — and predicts that if Democrats lose the midterm elections, there will be hell to pay.

Opposing viewpoint:
Is civility in America really dead?  Is civility in America really dead?  I am not fully convinced it is.  Indeed, we have reached a point where our rhetoric has become much more volatile and our willingness to disagree without being disagreeable has certainly dissipated.  We are certainly at a place where neither side is very willing to work with the other toward a shared interest, but we have definitely seen a lot worse in the history of country.

The Warnings About A "Civil War In America" Are Becoming Much Louder.  Civil conflict is coming to America, and it is going to tear our nation apart.  Earlier today I received an email from a good friend about the rising tide of anger and frustration that we are currently witnessing in America.  After thinking about it for a few moments, I wrote back and told him that I don't know if there is any way to stop what is coming at this point.  In my entire lifetime, we have never been closer to a "civil war" in this country than we are right now.  Let us work for peace, but it would be foolish to ignore the forces that are ripping the fabric of our society to shreds.

Insurrection is Here; How Long Do We Have Until Civil War 2.0 Starts?  Organized lawlessness is spreading to cities across the United States but the news is almost totally ignored and blacked out by the mainstream media.  These ominous uprisings are taking various forms but the most visible and aggressive ones involve Antifa-style "occupy" socialist and anarchist street mobs dedicated to taking down ICE — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal government policing agency that is part of the Department of Homeland Security.  The impetus for these actions has been the anti-President Trump Fake News psy-op meme that claims minor children of illegal immigrants arrested for crashing the U.S./Mexico border are being separated from their parents, sent to "Nazi"-like "concentration camps," and systematically mistreated.  Far left groups whose rag tag appearance belies their sophisticated networking skills, including Direct Action Network and Democratic Socialists of America, are behind the actions.  The Hill analyzed the radicals' agendas after a group of DSA activists loudly confronted DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen while she was having dinner at a restaurant in Washington, D.C.

GOP Congressman Warns Nation Headed to Civil War.  Rep. Steve King posted a warning on Twitter Sunday evening [6/24/2018] that the U.S. is heading toward a second civil war, comparing the present day actions of the anti-Trump resistance to the run-up to the Civil War.  King, an eight-term Congressman from Iowa, keyed off a PJ Media article about leftist protesters shutting down a Portland, Oregon ICE office and taking down the U.S. flag, replacing with an "Refugees Welcome" flag.

The Battle For America Is Nowhere Near 'Over.' Here Are 10 Ways To Fight.  If you want peace, prepare for war.

Days of Rage.  Angry, in-your-face confrontations dramatically increase the chances of violence.  Put people in close proximity, yelling and spitting, and public officials will rightly start to fear that they're in physical danger.  While millions of Americans don't remember that a Bernie Sanders supporter last year tried to assassinate a significant portion of the GOP Congress, you can be assured that not a single Republican in Washington has forgotten.  They can never be sure that the screaming person in front of them doesn't mean them physical harm.

Dear America, The LEFT Has Declared War On You.  The desperation at the loss of power, the open & undeniable hostility towards traditional America, their mockery making of our elections, laws, and public servants, their use of any and all tactics to fight back regardless of how gutter-prone they may be all pale in comparison to what they believe about their own beliefs.  No longer interested in a pluralistic society with many different world-views competing in generations' long struggle over ideas.  They have had enough.  They are not interested in hearing opposing viewpoints, much less allowing them to prosper.  This is why they want no church to teach that abortion is taking a human life, many sexual behaviors are literally unhealthy, or that people should choose to do good vis-a-vie their earnings vs. being forced to at the government's point of a gun.

Liberals' Hatred Will Inevitably Turn Into Violence.  This week they turned the hate up to "11," then cranked it to "17."  There are not many places to go once you reach "You are real live Nazis murdering children by not letting aspiring Democrat voters flow into the country at will!" At some point, instead of a few wild-eyed randos with crummy aim trying to off libs' political/cultural opponents, they are going to start collectively going to go for the throat.  Our collective throat.  Which I do not anticipate us Normals responding to in a huggy, loving kind of way.  You can see it coming as they grow more and more unhinged.

When Do We Get To The Last Straw?  I have seen a lot of conservative commentary conjecturing the possibility of another civil war here in our nation.  In many respects, the inevitability of such a thing happening presents itself as an emerging threat that seems more likely every day.  I'm hoping that won't happen.  And I know that if we begin now to make it understood, in the polls and through aggressive and unyielding declaration, litigation, and legislation, that our patience has come to its final end, we can avoid civil war — absolutely.  But when the unavoidable necessity of that ultimate protest presents itself, just as currently no one is asking us to stand on our feet and defy their bullying, we will then not be sent any invitations from the opposition.  They want us to just fold up and let them destroy us without notice or resistance.

Liberals Are Pushing The Country To The Edge.  The ability to agree to disagree is dead, murdered by leftists who demand absolute adherence to their political will or they declare you an enemy of the people and seek to destroy you.  As long suspected, those "coexist" stickers on their Priuses were for show, they should read "obey" because obedience, in absolute terms, is the only acceptable way to "coexist" with the liberal mob. [...] When the leadership of the party does not condemn mob action against a Cabinet Secretary while she's having a meal or is at home, disrupting her entire neighborhood, the next steps are only more dangerous.  And when the media willingly lies to advance the mob to those next steps, how do you pump the brakes on this runaway train?

It ain't just Trump they hate.  "Conservatives" are going to have to decide what they consider to be worth fighting for, or whether anything at all is.  The decision isn't being offered to them as an option which can be avoided or abstained from; it's being rammed down their throats, by adversaries whose commitment and relentlessness are absolute, whose willingness to do violence against their enemies has been repeatedly demonstrated.  "It can't happen here"? It already has, way more than just once.

This Man Threatened To Kill A Congressman's Kids Over Trump's Immigration Policy.  This is yet another sign that our nation is becoming ungovernable.

Fascist Restaurant Owner of Red Hen Lexington Kicks Press Secretary Out.  Sarah Huckabee Sanders was kicked out of the Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Virginia by a hate-filled owner — a Fascist Democrat.  This is an example of what life will be like under the angry, hate-filled hard-left.  If you disagree and you will pay.

She Should Have Asked Them To Bake Her a Cake.  There is not much point in trying to keep up with the Liberal Outrages of the Day.  They come too fast and furiously; it would be a full-time job, and more.  But yesterday's [6/22/2018] peak outrage is one you probably already know about:  the manager of a Red Hen restaurant kicked Sarah Sanders and her family out of her establishment last night.

Liberals Openly Call for Violence and Dehumanization of Opponents.  Liberals/Leftists are getting more dangerous by the day.  They are pushing for violence and the silencing of all with whom they disagree.  They openly and freely stalk and harass conservatives [or even liberals who agree with something conservative] at their homes and restaurants.  MSNBC's Donny Deutsch on Friday compared people who vote for President Trump to Nazis, saying "if you vote for Trump, you're the bad guy."  The USA is now a country where the left-wing believes people with whom they disagree have no freedom of speech, at least not political speech.

The critical fraction.  According to the General Social Survey in 2013, about 1 in 4 Americans owned guns.  That's 79 million gun owners, and probably an undercount because gun owners are chronically suspicious of the intention behind such questions.  But we'll go with it as an assumption that's best-case for the doorknockers.  That means that in order to stop attempted gun confiscations dead on a purely force-on-force level, only one in 317 American gun owners needs to remember that our first American Revolution began as spontaneous popular resistance to a gun-confiscation order.  Only one in 317 American gun owners need to remember their duty under the U.S. Constitution as members of the unorganized militia — "the body of the people in arms".  Only one in 317 American gun owners need to shoot back.  Is that a plausible fraction?  Yes.

Protesters burn Mississippi flag, say it symbolizes racism.  A group of about 30 demonstrators on Monday burned a Mississippi state flag, saying it symbolizes the racism at the heart of the state's problems with poverty, education and health care.

This Is the Most Divisive Issue In America.  Ever since Donald Trump was elected president, we've been told over and over (and over) that America is more divided now than its ever been.  But what exactly are we so divided on?  A new Gallup poll reveals what issues, more specifically what social issues, liberals and conservatives just cannot see eye to eye on.  Number one on the list:  abortion.  Among those who identify as "very liberal," 66 percent think abortion is morally acceptable.  However, only 19 percent of those who consider themselves "very conservative" said the same.

Nancy Pelosi wonders why there 'aren't uprisings' across nation: 'Maybe there will be'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday that she is confused why Americans aren't "uprising" against the Trump administration over conditions on the border with Mexico.  The California Democrat's weekly press briefing veered into explosive territory when the subject of illegal immigration came up.  Mrs. Pelosi said there may be "uprisings" over children who are separated at the U.S. southern border when asylum seekers decide not to arrive at a proper checkpoint.

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures:  Part 1.  As many observers have noted, America is now embroiled in a de facto civil war in which the nation is being relentlessly attacked and disassembled from within, not by the conservative Right, as The New Yorker and other progressivist outlets irresponsibly lament, but by the domestic Left.  Reputable commentators like Kevin Williamson at National Review and John Podhoretz for the New York Post believe the nation is descending into chaos — and place the onus squarely on the Left.  In a prescient article for PJ Media about the potential result of a political coup orchestrated by the Left under the guise of the faux Mueller investigation, Roger Simon writes:  "That word sounds hyperbolic but it isn't.  We could see anything from civil war to social atrophy.  Who knows if our country will survive it?"

The Coming Second American Civil War?  With all the talk of a new Civil War in the air, this piece in the far-left New Yorker, which originally ran in August 2017 in the wake of Charlottesville, is worth revisiting on this Memorial Day weekend.  The New Yorker seems these days to be written entirely by spoiled children and mouthpieces for the Central Intelligence Agency, but it is a reliable barometer of the increasingly lunatic preoccupations of the seething Left, and it behooves us to keep an eye on it.

Warning: 2018 political 'civil war' threatens, fueled by media.  More and more voices are raising concerns that the 2018 elections will ignite a terrible clash between supporters of President Trump and his increasingly agitated critics in a partisan battle that has been brewing for years.  Purdue University President Mitchell E. Daniels, former President Ronald Reagan's political director and a two-term Indiana Republican governor, sees the nation dividing into feuding "tribes" that gravitate to tyrants who "bludgeon" opponents.

Liberal Lies And Slanders Are A Slippery Slope To Trouble.  Donald Trump is just one manifestation of the blowback against the rule-by-contempt our alleged betters currently practice.  And if the election of The Donald doesn't convince them to change their ways, what will come next will not be anywhere near as pleasant.  The ability to discuss and debate issues in good faith is a key principle essential to the maintenance of a democratic republic. [...] The principle of reasoned debate is critical.  If the American people can't use reason to determine how to govern our country then that leaves... hitting each other over the head, which kind of defeats the whole purpose of having a democratic republic.  Now, the problem for liberals is that when we reason, they lose.

What the United States Can Learn from Yugoslavia's Breakup.  It is highly likely that the United States will break up sometime in the near future.  Since the 1960s, the United States has become more racially heterogeneous and more politically polarized.  The right and left have grown increasingly farther apart and see each other not as fellow Americans, but enemies.  This polarization has accelerated since the presidential election of Donald Trump in 2016.  Americans used to mostly have the same religion, Christianity, and now they don't.  Many are irreligious or are members of other religions.  The immigration of large numbers of people from Latin America and Asia since the Hart-Celler Act of 1965 has transformed the United States.  As a result of this mass immigration, white people are projected to become a minority in the United States in 2042.  No other country has undergone such a rapid demographic transformation in such a short period of time.

America Faces One of Three Inevitable Paths:  Unrest, Tyranny, or Divorce - Pick One.  In a piece for The Federalist entitled, "It's Time For The United States To Divorce Before Things Get Dangerous," writer and former Marine corp combat veteran Jesse Kelly ruffled more than a few feathers with his contention that the time for the United States as a united nation may be nearing an inevitable end.  Comparing the Left and Right in America to "the couple screaming at each other all night, every night as the kids hide in their room," Kelly cites a congenial divorce as the best option for a country that's "hopelessly divided" on seemingly every important issue.  He even tweeted a helpful accompanying map with a hand-drawn red line ceding the Left coast and the northern states to the liberal governance they deserve.

7 Forces Driving America Toward Civil War.  [#1] A Post-Constitutional Era:  Liberals don't believe in the Constitution.  Typically they deny this, but that's exactly what a "living" Constitution means.  You make it up as you go along.  The Founders foresaw the instability and danger that would be created by this approach, which is why they wanted us to be a constitutional republic, not a democracy.  Unfortunately, America has in many ways already become a post-constitutional democracy and we're one liberal judge away from abandoning the Constitution altogether.

Turning California into three states won't solve its problems.  For former Californians like me, our days consist of at least two head shakes whenever news of our former home state crawls across the transom.  Almost every day, there's a report out of that beautiful state that generates pity and bemusement at the latest outlandish event.  Last week we learned a billionaire venture capitalist finally accomplished a dream by getting enough signatures to put a measure on the ballot asking voters if they want to divide California into three states.  Tim Draper, the iconoclast behind the plan, understands the state is a disaster, but only Californians would think that the solution lies in making more Californias.

Panhandle Rancher Speaks Secession.  Secession, a word filled with angst, harbinger of civil war, destroyed cities, and refugee populations fleeing war's destruction.  Notwithstanding, the Texas Republican Primary ballot this year might just offer Texans the chance to voice their opinion on severing ties to the United States of America.  Many non-Texans forget that Texas was once a sovereign nation for nine years, a nation born of strife just like the USA.  Texas won sovereignty from Mexico the hard way, through rebellion and war.

Liberals Announce Plan to Crush Normal Americans in a New "Civil War".  Normal Americans are not going to simply give up their rights and their self-determination because a bunch of liberals want them to.

Did Twitter's CEO Just Share a Post Calling For 'Civil War,' Wiping Out the GOP, and How We Should Be Like CA?  Well, if there were any lingering doubts about Twitter's perceived bias against conservatives, look no further than what CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted out last night.  Apparently, a "good read" is a post co-written by a Center for American Progress senior fellow that calls for "civil war," the destruction of the GOP, and the adoption of how California runs everything from sea to shining sea.  Yeah, bipartisanship is dead, so mob rule is what's needed.  Now, to be fair, the "civil war" will be won at the ballot box and demographic shifts, namely through the so-called emerging Democratic majority, but the overall theme is quite explicit:  conservative Republicans are not welcome until they reform.  In other words, until they break to the power of progressivism.

Twitter CEO Shares And Raves About Article Calling For Dem Victory In Second 'Civil War'.  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey aroused controversy after labeling a Medium article "great" that claimed there's no "bipartisan way forward" in the United States and that the country is engaged in a "fundamental conflict between two worldviews that must be resolved in short order."  Dorsey shared the Medium article on his personal Twitter account Thursday night [4/5/2018], with the accompanying acclaim that it was a "great read."

Is The Golden State Trying To Secede?  There may be hope in California yet.  Despite the state's political descent into madness by illegally declaring itself a "sanctuary state," the resistance it growing.  California has a political and legal fight on its hands, one it can't win.

Why Democrats Would Lose the Second Civil War, Too.  It's obvious that the central tenet of the Democrat Party platform is now hatred and contempt for Normal Americans. Taking their cue from the elites in Europe and Canada who are stripping dissenters of their free speech rights and religious freedoms, the leftist elite is moving to solidify its hold on power here with the eager assistance of tech companies and the moral support of the Fredocons who yearn to return to pseudo-relevance as the ruling class's slobberingly loyal opposition.  In California, the leftist government is practically firing on Fort Sumter.  And nationally, these aspiring fascists are especially eager to disarm Normal Americans — doing so would be an object lesson in who's the boss, as well as solving that frustrating problem of the Normals having the ability to resist.  Probably because I've spent time where they actually had a civil war, many people ask me — people whose names you know — whether I think this turmoil will all end in a Second Civil War.  They are seriously concerned, and not without cause — the left's hatred for Normal Americans and its dedication to totally stripping the people who are the backbone of this country of their ability to participate in their own governance is threatening to rip the country apart.

The Benedict Predicament.  At least half of Americans sense that their country has been taken from them. [...] They voted for protection against government, big business, the media, the educational and even the religious establishments, which wage a cold civil war to push them and their "deplorable" way of life to society's margins.  But the election's aftermath confirmed fears that mere voting cannot reestablish traditional American priorities.  It has done and can do little to lessen the ruling class's relentless pressures on how we live our lives.  How to save a way of life while avoiding surrender, or a hot civil war, is the subject of anguish, and much debate. [...] Judicious retreat may not be enough to avoid a civil war, never mind to deal with the other crises that sweep away nations.  If war comes, it must be fought.

How a Civil War Happens.  Guns are how a civil war ends.  Politics is how it begins.  How do civil wars happen?  Two or more sides disagree on who runs the country.  And they can't settle the question through elections because they don't even agree that elections are how you decide who's in charge.  That's the basic issue here.  Who decides who runs the country?  When you hate each other but accept the election results, you have a country.  When you stop accepting election results, you have a countdown to a civil war.

"New California" moves to split off from Golden State.  Shortly after the New Year opened, I noted that President Donald Trump had begun mounting a #CounterResistance to California's political war against his administration.  I recommended 5 strategies for continuing the battle, including assistance in helping the "State of Jefferson" break free to dilute the Golden State's electoral power.  It appears that someone may have followed-up with this suggestion, as a group of unhappy state residents has launched a quite public declaration to create "New California".

The Weaponization of History and Journalism.  Today we have a large variety of truths:  truths for feminists, truths for blacks, Muslims, Hispanics, homosexuals, transgendered, truths for the foreign policy community that serves the military/security complex, truths for the neocons, truths for the One Percent that control the economy and the economists who serve them, truths for "white supremacists," itself a truth term for their opponents.  You can add to the list.  The "truth" in these "truths" is that they are self-serving of the group that expresses them.  Their actual relation to truth is of no consequence to those espousing the "truths."  Woe to you if you don't go along with someone's or some group's truth. [...] When a country has a population among whom there are no truths except group-specific truths, the country is so divided as to be over and done with.

Sacramento Democrats Fire on Fort Sumter.  [Scroll down]  What provoked this extraordinary statement is California's open defiance of federal immigration law, embodied in the state's becoming a "sanctuary" for illegal aliens as of January 1.  Under the new state law, nowhere in California may police ask about an individual's immigration status, nor may local authorities cooperate with federal officials on immigration enforcement.  Let's be as clear about this as we possibly can:  not since South Carolina fired on Fort Sumter, thus precipitating Southern secession and the Civil War, has any state of the Union so brazenly thumbed its nose at the federal government.  (And not just on immigration; California also just became the largest state to legalize marijuana, setting up a separate but no less serious conflict with federal drug laws.)  And, once again, it's Democrats who are doing the thumbing.

Civil War.  Apparently, lots of people worry that America is headed toward a civil war of some sort.  Perhaps people with an interest in statistical methods worry about civil wars, in addition to methodological wars.  It could also be that people fond of math know that society is fragile and it would not take much to topple it over.  The distance between us and Somalia is not a big as we like to pretend.  Anyway, it is a good brain teaser.  What would a civil war in America be like this time around?  The country is a vastly different place than the last time.  The north is still richer than the south, but there's a Midwest, Southwest, West and Northwest now.  More important, nothing is made in the Northeast anymore, other than trouble.

What Might Civil War Be Like?  Some dimensions of a future civil war would be, I think, largely unprecedented.  When lesser countries have imploded in violence in recent times, they have done so with most of the world around them still intact.  There were other nations to offer aid, assistance and intervention, welcome or unwelcome.  There were places for refugees to go.  The collapse of the world's remaining superpower would take much of the world down with it.  A global economic crisis would be inevitable.

Poll Shows Nation Divided Between America First And Blame America First.  For conservatives, according to [a new] poll, the most patriotic organizations and individuals include the National Rifle Association, Chick-Fil-A, the Republican Party, Fox News and Hobby Lobby.  The least patriotic to conservatives are:  CNN, The New York Times, NFL, Planned Parenthood, Target, Starbucks, Colin Kaepernick, Michael Moore, Rachel Maddow and Al Sharpton.  Liberals think the most patriotic institutions and people are the Democratic Party, Colin Kaepernick, the U.S. Supreme Court, Planned Parenthood, Michael Moore, The New York Times, and the NFL.  The least patriotic to liberals are Chick-Fil-A, Fox News and Hobby Lobby.

Politico: Jerry Brown, President of the Independent Republic of California.  David Siders writes in Politico that California Governor Jerry Brown, as he visits Europe en route to the United Nations climate talks, is functioning rather more like the leader of a country distinct from the United States than merely the governor of one of fifty states within that powerful union.

Plan to divide California into 3 new states clears first hurdle.  A plan to split California into three separate states has cleared its first hurdle.  Supporters are set to begin collecting signatures to qualify for next year's ballot.  The plan is being funded by Bay Area tech billionaire Tim Draper, who previously funded a similar proposal back in 2014 to divide the state up into sections.  That plan failed.  Draper argues that citizens would be better served by three smaller state governments, rather than one large one.

The Next Liberal Craze:  Trump May Break Up The United States.  The author [Bill Mckibben] has a book coming out shortly which is fictional and deals with the idea of Vermont seceding from the nation.  But in the real world, he's once again raising the specter of California putting up a wall of their own and declaring their independence. [...] Mckibben goes on to suggest that Vermont probably wouldn't try it because its aging population wouldn't give up their Social Security, but how about New York?  Speaking as one of the residents of upstate, allow me to second this idea, provided we just split off New York City and leave the northern and western sections in the union.  The author then ups the ante and suggests that all of New England might want to split off as a group.

It's 1968 All Over Again.  After the polarizing Obama presidency and the contested election of Donald Trump, the country is once again split in two.  But this time the divide is far deeper, both ideologically and geographically — and more 50/50, with the two liberal coasts pitted against red-state America in between.  Century-old mute stone statues are torn down in the dead of night, apparently on the theory that by attacking the Confederate dead, the lives of the living might improve.  All the old standbys of American life seem to be eroding.  The National Football League is imploding as it devolves into a political circus.  Multimillionaire players refuse to stand for the national anthem, turning off millions of fans whose former loyalties paid their salaries.  Politics — or rather a progressive hatred of the provocative Donald Trump — permeates almost every nook and cranny of popular culture.

Some thoughts on how we might get from where we're at now to a Second Civil War.  In March, my totally unscientific hunch was a second civil war had less than a 20% chance of happening.  Now I'm guessing it's closer to 40%.  The revision is less a reaction to the current president or perceived deterioration of the political environment as it is a revision of my own understanding of "where we are."  I've lately become persuaded that our current leaders are nearly incapable of mediation, reconciliation, or compromise in much of anything, regardless of the stakes; nor do I expect that to improve.  If anything, I expect it to worsen.

In A Religiously And Politically Polarized Country, Is There Still Hope For Shared Ground?  Without a shared language of belief, every difference threatens to pull us further apart. [...] We are not "one nation," perhaps largely in part because we don't believe we're "under God" anymore.

Calexit III? New ballot measure plots route to California independence.  On Thursday, people unhappy with California's place in the United States filed yet another proposed ballot measure that could lead to the Golden State striking out on its own.  This time, the goal is convening a U.S. constitutional convention to overhaul what proponents call a moldy national blueprint out of step with life in California.  The measure says a reworked Constitution should include a provision creating a "clear and reasonable path for states to achieve complete independence from the United States should any state so choose."  No state has become independent under the existing U.S. Constitution.

Tucker Debates 'Calexit' Supporter Who Calls CA 'Not the US'.  Tucker Carlson reported that the United States may lose a star on its flag for the first time ever, if "Calexit" becomes reality.  Carlson said the Calexit movement wants California to become an independent country through a ballot initiative in 2018 that would require 585,000 signatures to get started.  Shankar Singam, a supporter of Calexit and vice president of the California Freedom Coalition, told Carlson such a split does not have to be "hostile."

Massachusetts Supreme Court Rules Police [are] Not Allowed to Follow Federal Law.  The glorious progressive secession movement from the United States continues.  If Obama were in office, we would be hearing lots of talk about the Confederacy.  But since it's a Republican in the White House, treason is patriotic again.  Also Massachusetts cops are not allowed to follow Federal law.  Obama had already decided that Arizona is not allowed to enforce Federal immigration laws.  Now the highest court in MA has decided that police are not allowed to follow Federal law either.

Recent poll suggests more Californians want to secede.  A growing number of Californians want to secede from the U.S., according to a new poll by Supporters of California Independence.  Thirty-three percent of the people surveyed were in favor of the idea, the majority of them saying they are progressives or social Democrats.  Many of the respondents were moved to their answer by the current political climate.

Will the Second Civil War Turn Violent?  In a recent column, I made the case that Americans are fighting the Second Civil War.  The deep chasm that has opened up between the left -- not liberals, the left -- and the rest of the country is so wide and so unbridgeable that there is no other way to describe what is happening.  But I noted that at least thus far, unlike the First Civil War, this war is not violent.  Unfortunately, there is now reason to believe that violence is coming.  In fact, it's already here.  But as of now, it's only coming from one direction.  Left-wing thugs engage in violence and threats of violence with utter impunity.  They shut down speakers at colleges; block highways, bridges and airport terminals; take over college buildings and offices; occupy state capitals; and terrorize individuals at their homes.

Winning the Civil War of Two Americas.  When John Edwards touted the "Two Americas" during his presidential campaigns before his political career ended in disgrace, it was still a metaphor.  It stopped being a metaphor at the end of last year.  If you doubt that, you can watch Tom Perez, the head of the Democratic National Committee, yelling that President Trump didn't win the election.  There is a huge difference between opposing the winner of an election and denying that he won it.  It's the difference between opposition and rebellion.  Democrats have not recognized a single Republican presidential victory this century.  There is no real reason to think that they will recognize a third one.  We can safely assume that the third or fourth Republican to win the White House, no matter who he is, will face the same treatment.  A two-party system can't function if one party denies the legitimacy of elections won by the other side.

The Civil War Is Here.  This civil war is very different than the last one.  There are no cannons or cavalry charges.  The left doesn't want to secede.  It wants to rule.  Political conflicts become civil wars when one side refuses to accept the existing authority.  The left has rejected all forms of authority that it doesn't control.  The left has rejected the outcome of the last two presidential elections won by Republicans.  It has rejected the judicial authority of the Supreme Court when it decisions don't accord with its agenda.  It rejects the legislative authority of Congress when it is not dominated by the left.  It rejected the Constitution so long ago that it hardly bears mentioning.  It was for total unilateral executive authority under Obama.  And now it's for states unilaterally deciding what laws they will follow.

If There Be Lawlessness.  Things are proceeding so fast toward cultural and political meltdown that it is difficult to keep up.  City states such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago have declared their independence from the union and are in open rebellion.  Call it what you will, take the MSM meme of protecting illegal aliens if you choose, but it is nothing less than secession by disobedience.  It is a flagrant act of rebellion against federal authority and should be met with armed troops on the steps of these city halls.

What is Going On (Part III)?  I believe what's wrong with this country is unfixable.  I think Trump's legacy will be the tearing down of the corrupt, decrepit, self-serving, evil status quo.  His in your face, no holds barred style so angers the established social order; they come out of the shadows to fight him.  The sinister intelligence services and Soros/Obama left wing terrorists are being revealed as the true enemies of the common people.  We know our enemy.  That's the first step.

Today's Riot-Prone Mobs Are A Product Of America's Cult-Like Education System.  If aggressive mobs can deploy enough warm bodies through their organized pyramid scheme of recruitment, the reasoning goes, then law enforcement will be overwhelmed and have to throw in the towel.  Or maybe what's left of civil society will devolve to civil war.  Those who are pushing for sustained street resistance seem to be banking on two things.  First they are betting that mainstream Americans won't realize until it's too late that we are in the midst of a virtual civil war that could turn violent.  Dennis Prager recently wrote of this Second Civil War, warning Americans to wake up to it.

Entertainment Industry is Leading Charge to Civil War.  The constant protests by the Entertainment industry against Trump will not subside.  There is only one way this is going to end and that is blood in the streets.  The riots will only escalate and the left always becomes violent.

Today's Riot-Prone Mobs Are A Product Of America's Cult-Like Education System.  The professed hope, as stated by founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party of the USA Carl Dix as well as Princeton University professor Cornel West, who are founders of the Soros-funded group refusefascism.org, is to mobilize "tens of millions" of resisters into the streets to bring down the Trump administration.  Sen. Tim Kaine recently lent them his relatively moderate voice by calling for people to resist the Trump administration "in the streets."  Former President Obama gave them a shout-out as well.  If aggressive mobs can deploy enough warm bodies through their organized pyramid scheme of recruitment, the reasoning goes, then law enforcement will be overwhelmed and have to throw in the towel.  Or maybe what's left of civil society will devolve to civil war.

Too bad to check:  California secession movement leader lives in ... Russia?  Donald Trump's stunning election win has some Californians so upset that they want to secede from the United States.  A group calling itself Yes California has organized a petition drive for a referendum in the spring 2019 election to demand a convention of states to approve "Calexit," which would recreate the Republic of California of 1850.  Louis Marinelli writes that the movement "is about California taking its place in the world, standing as an equal among nations."  Taking one's place in the world is something Marinelli knows about, as the New York Times discovered.  His place in the world isn't California at all, but Yekaterinburg — deep in Russia.

Is the Growing Political Divide Leading America Towards Another Civil War?  We all tend to think of civil war as it was way back in 1861-1865.  The pro-slavery Democratic South vs. the anti-slavery Republican North headed by the great President Abraham Lincoln.  I'm over simplifying, to be sure.  And thankfully, we came together after much hardship and many, many deaths (it's often forgotten that 750,000 people died in the civil war — more casualties than in WW1 and WW2 combined).  But nevertheless, I believe we are in a civil war today.  This time, it is between left and right.  But it's not limited to America this time — it's happening also throughout the Western world.  The divide is between globalism and nationalism, progressives and conservatives, big government and small government, pro-life and pro-choice, those in favor of open borders and those who want restricted, legal immigration.

'Progressives' Fantasizing about Civil War like Children Playing with Fire.  "Chicago 'scholar' claims militias would be 'toast' if resisting military coup," I posted last month.  A "progressive journalist" was enamored of a "progressive academic," both presuming the military is as predominantly subversive as they are.  It would not only help them depose President Trump, the delusion goes, but would do all their dirty work for them.  And as for the fate of us "bitter clingers" and "deplorables"?  They did their best to convince their echo chamber we'd be made short and effortless work of.  This presupposes those who support and defend the Constitution are the enemy.  And the whole fantasy seems painfully unaware of the myriad factors that would rise to the surface and compete for dominance once disincentives against them were weakened or removed.

Nigel Farage and the 'Bad Boys of Brexit' set their sights on splitting California in two.  The 'Bad Boys of Brexit' who led the campaign to break Britain away from the European Union have taken on a new exit challenge:  splitting California into two states.  Former UKip leader Nigel Farage and Leave backer Arron Banks have just returned from the United States, where they helped raise $1million (£800,000) for a 'Calexit' campaign, which would split California into two eastern and western regions.  There are several 'Calexit' campaigns competing for a referendum in the United States, with one aiming to remove the state from America entirely as a response to President Donald Trump being elected last year.

Congressman: Californians Have 'No Loyalty to This Country'.  Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) lamented that the large segment of Californians clamoring to secede from the U.S. have "no loyalty to this country whatsoever" during an interview Tuesday on "The Laura Ingraham Show."  McClintock recently endured a raucous town hall event in early February in which the attendance of hundreds of anti-Trump protesters led to police escorting McClintock out of the building.  These protesters reflect the 32 percent of Californians who support secession from the union, according to McClintock.

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Personally, I'd like to see Texas secede from the U.S. and resume its position as an independent country.  To say that my position reflects "disloyalty" to the U.S. is misleading:  I'm only hoping to live in a free country once again, much like the U.S. was at the beginning of the 20th century, when the national debt was near zero, politicians stayed in office only temporarily, crime was under control, homosexuals were rightly perceived as deviants, nobody worried about what the weather would be like a hundred years hence, schools actually taught kids how to think and learn, and there was no welfare state.

Resistance: Democrats Plan to Withhold Federal Taxes to Protest Trump.  Some Democrats prepare to withhold paying federal taxes in potentially the biggest tax boycott since the Vietnam War, according to a report from The Guardian.  The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC), which campaigns for federal tax boycotts, says there has "renewed interest in war tax resistance following Trump's inauguration," with the website's traffic doubling in the past month.  "Something has clicked in the minds of thousands of people across the country... we don't want to pay for Trump's agenda!

Internal Secession and the Road to Ruin:  Two Countries.  Trump did not cause the deep division in the country.  It caused him.  There are two very different Americas.  I suspect that the half of the country that voted for Trump, that voted with wild enthusiasm, that roared at huge rallies, was not so much voting for Trump as against the other America.  It was just that they had never had a chance before.  The two countries have little in common and do not belong on the same geography.  Whether Trump proves to be the catastrophic buffoon he apparently aspires to be, the current protests illuminate a stark difference between his supporters and Hillary's.  The chasm is far deeper than just politics, embracing culture, taste, manners and morals.  The groups are distinct and incompatible.

California Shouldn't Secede from the U.S., It should divide in two.  At the height of the tea-party movement, Texas governor Rick Perry merely hinted at the thought that Texas might react to President Obama's executive overreach by reclaiming its one-time status as an independent republic.  He was denounced as something akin to a traitor; critics lamented that he wanted to return Texas to the era of sharecroppers or Jim Crow.  Now Dan Schnur, who teaches political communications at the University of Southern California, says "California is the new Texas," with its elected officials promoting a "virtual secession."  The secessionists plan to take to the legislature, the courts, and the streets to resist Trump's agenda.  Never before have so many prominent Californians gotten into such a reactionary, defensive crouch.

Officials announce proposal that would establish California as separate nation.  A proposal for California to secede from the United States was submitted to the Secretary of State's Office Thursday [1/26/2017].  The proposed "Calexit" initiative — its name borrowed from the UK's "Brexit" departure from the EU — would ask voters to repeal part of the state constitution that declares California an inseparable part of the U.S.  A recent poll found that one in three California residents would support a possible secession from the U.S. due to their opposition to President Trump.  No mention has been made of the president in the proposal.

'Calexit' organizers can now start collecting signatures to get California secession on the ballot.  Supporters of the campaign for California to secede from the United States can now begin collecting the hundreds of thousands of signatures they need to get a proposed "Calexit" initiative on the ballot.  California Secretary of State Alex Padilla cleared the proposed initiative to begin collecting signatures on Thursday.  If the measure gets on the ballot and gains approval by a majority of voters, it would repeal clauses in the California Constitution stating that the state is an "inseparable part of the United States" and that the U.S. Constitution is the "supreme law of the land," according to the title and summary prepared by the state attorney general's office.  The measure would place another question on the ballot in 2019, asking whether California should become a separate country.

OreGONE — Oregon Joins California In Proposal To Secede After Trump Victory.  Just yesterday we wrote about the "Calexit" proposal that was starting to gather steam after Trump's historic victory on Tuesday night.  Now The Oregonian points out that a group in Oregon has also filed the "Oregon Secession Act" in response to the perceived notion that "Oregonian values are no longer the values held by the rest of the United States."  But, unlike the Calexit proposal, the distraught Hillary supporters in Oregon are thinking big picture and have invited the states of California, Washington, Hawaii, Nevada and Alaska to all band together to form a new nation.

Trump Victory Gives New Life to #Calexit Secession Movement.  The November presidential election gave Yes California credibility.  The group's organizers said their website was stretched to its limits Nov. 9 when 11,000 emails started pouring in from people scared to death at the reality of Donald Trump in the White House.  This tsunami of support isn't just a bunch of old SDS and Weatherman radicals looking for a new port in their storm of old age.  Some of the top guns in Silicon Valley were suddenly tweeting about breaking away from the USA.  And it wasn't just California.  Two people in Oregon have submitted a ballot proposal to break their state away from the rest of the USA, too.

Secessionists formally launch quest for California's independence.  Supporters of a plan for California to secede from the union took their first formal step Monday morning [11/21/2016], submitting a proposed ballot measure to the state attorney general's office in the hopes of a statewide vote as soon as 2018.  Marcus Ruiz Evans, the vice president and co-founder of Yes California, said his group had been planning to wait for a later election, but the presidential election of Donald Trump sped up the timeline.

Special California Snowflakes Are Really Attempting This Whole Secession Thing.  Remember when it was racist and evil and anti-democracy when Texas floated this type of thing? [...] It was also mean and racist when parts of California wanted to secede from California to become their own state (there have been many plans on splitting California into two, four, and even six states).  But, hey, this is a great idea!

Disgruntled Democrats Want A Constitutional Convention To Leave The Union.  On Tuesday [12/6/2016], disgruntled Democrats held a forum to discuss the possibility of replacing the Electoral College.  Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) conceded that Democrats could not get rid of the Electoral College due to the way the United States Constitution is written.  "I don't think we can sustain our American democracy by having the majority ruled by the minority.  And so the question is how to fix this since the Constitution is written in such a way that it's almost impossible to amend," Lofgren said.

Monckton: It's Time For 'Texit' — Texas Should Secede, Thatcher Advisor Says.  Lord Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount of Brenchley, thinks Texas should secede from the United States.  In his native Britain, voters are preparing to decide whether they will remain in the European Union.  Here in the United States, Texas just last month considered putting secession on the ballot.  The Republican Party of Texas killed the measure.



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