by Bill Cloud “If we ever forget that we are One Nation under God, then we will be a Nation gone under.” – Ronald Reagan
A little over ten years ago in the wake of the 2000 presidential election debacle, I wrote an article called The Next American (Un)civil War. Recent developments in this country have prompted me to revisit that topic and, once more, address a point I made years ago.
Back then I was struck with the interesting similarities between the 2000 and 1860 general elections – namely that both resulted in the nation being divided into two camps. In 1860 it was North and South, in 2000 it was “Republican” and “Democrat.” As a result of the 2000 election, the US Senate was equally divided 50/50, very much resembling the nation. Both Abraham Lincoln and George W. Bush reluctantly became war-time presidents, both hailed and hated by many. In 2000 and beyond, Bush was lampooned by his detractors as a buffoon and considered to be “unintelligent” and “ignorant” by his political enemies. Actually, compared to the names and epithets railed at Lincoln, that was pretty tame.
The point is, both men were castigated and verbally abused by their enemies without restraint and the nation was divided along political lines. In 1861, that political division erupted into bloodshed – the American Civil War. In 2001, I was asking how long before the current division repeated that violent part of the pattern. I suggested then that, if that were to happen, “the distinction will be that, battle lines will not be determined by geographical boundaries but by ideology. Your mortal enemy won’t necessarily be in another region of the country but may be right next door or even in your own home.” Ten years later, I have come to seriously consider that we may well be at the threshold of widespread violence and bloodshed – not on fields like Manassas, Shiloh and Gettysburg but in schools, courthouses and city streets across the country. Allow me to share a few recent events that, I believe, support my concerns and expose the moral collapse and incendiary disposition of our once-great nation.
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