THOM NICKELS AMERICA'S NEW CIVIL WAR
Some people say that the political polarization in the country is worse now than it’s been since the American Civil War. It has even been predicted that the country is on the verge of another civil war. That seems a bit of a stretch although it is true that during the Vietnam War many protesters believed that the antiwar movement was the second American Revolution.
But what if the current unrest in the country does lead to a second American Civil War? How would that play out in the modern era? Granted, there wouldn’t be battles like those that were fought in
or Gettysburg ,
but it’s very conceivable that each side would come up with their own flag
design. Signs and symbols, after all, are important. The President’s people
might construct an orange flag, which would stand in stark contrast to the flag
of the Resistance: a pair of big furry pussy ears fixed to a raised fist. Vicksburg
The first shot of the new civil war will not be fired at
but will ring out during one of the many demonstrations
being held throughout the nation. Lulled into a false sense of security by the
relative liberality and “ease” of the Obama years, the Resistance will have
little sense of limits when it comes to protesting President Trump and the GOP,
which they will happily refer to as Grab
Our Pussies. The false sense of security that former President Obama’s
policies would last forever will mislead those in the Resistance to believe
that a slap on the wrist or squirts of pepper spray will be the highest price
to pay for blocking highways and traffic at rush hour. They will have forgotten
about history, namely the Fort Sumter May 4, 1970 killing of antiwar student protesters by the National Guard. The
Resistance will be taken by surprise when after months of engaging in property
destruction, government building invasions and street mayhem, President Trump
declares Marshal Law. Kent State
The Resistance’s worst fears will materialize but only because they worked to push the protest limits into the stratosphere. One might compare this ‘every action has a reaction’ mindset to the closing of Cione Field to the general public because of the irresponsible habits of a few dog walkers who don’t clean up after their animals poop. The Resistance will have created a self-fulfilling prophecy. Like Mary Shelley who created the novel Frankenstein, they will have created Dictator President Trump. The Resistance will pretend to be scandalized at the turn of events but down deep they will be happy because life for them has no purpose if one cannot ...resist.
Driven underground, the Resistance will form collective huddles in basements and community centers. Formerly benign groups like Nuns on the Bus will be renamed Nuns with Guns and the streets of the city will become like an armed camp. At night, armies of pussy eared fem soldiers and their Lone Ranger masked boyfriends will scurry from one back alley to another in defiance of the new curfew laws. The Marshals will catch many of the curfew breakers, remove their knitted hats and then put the ears on the top of stakes that will line major thoroughfares.
Citizens not involved in the new civil war will stay put in their houses after sundown, where they will load up on popcorn and NetFliks. These people will be called ‘The Middles’ because they admire some things about President Trump although they cannot buy his entire agenda. The Middles will support some Resistance ideas although they will continue to have issues with abortion or dressing up their two year old daughters as “walking vaginas” who scream “fuck you” at supporters of the President. The Middles will call for peace and compromise but the nation will have become so polarized that The Middles will be seen as even greater enemies than the enemy that each side is supposed to hate.
Violent skirmishes in the streets of the city will be common, such as gunshots, home made explosions, screams and the sounds of large groups as they charge into buildings or attack limos in the vicinity of the Union League. These will be intensely dark times for the nation, and especially for
, which will see brother against brother, mother
against son, and neighbor against neighbor. The agreed upon boundaries of civil
tolerance will disappear. There will be no discussion, no dialogue. Speakers
with an “incorrect” point of view will be dragged from podiums, hog tied and
gagged. It will make the humble beginnings of political discord and intolerance
on Facebook, when friend “unfriended” friend, seem like innocent child’s
Civil War, after all, is serious business!
Ideological frenzy will be the order of the day. The Resistance will demand the resignation of President Trump and demand that “reality” return to the way it was under President Obama. The Orange Brigade, on the other hand, will be just as immovable, having long ago repealed Obamacare without replacing it with anything except a promise to come up with something better “very soon.” But even President Trump, with all of his mighty Executive Orders, will not be able to slay three giants, the American Medical Association, Big Pharm and the insurance industry when it comes to implementing a sensible health care program for all Americans.
Without national health insurance and with the new Congress’ dismantling of many programs for the poor, like Medicaid, long standing institutions like Health Care Six on
Girard Avenue will close its doors. The poor will now have no
medical care even in hospital emergency rooms where it was once possible to
apply as a charity case patient. Those who cannot pay for hospital treatment
upfront on a credit card, check or cash will be sent back into the streets or
to their homes to die.
The lovely, free Obama phone will disappear from view. Methadone clinics will disappear or be taken over by for profit companies that will demand hours of work in exchange for counseling and treatment. Social Security will not be affected for those already retired but the scale of future benefits will be radically marked down for millennials so that by the time they retire the benefits will be down to almost nothing.
Conversely, there will be plenty of jobs. Factories will make reappearance so that if a new hire doesn’t like one job they can quit and literally walk down the street to another factory and be hired on the spot.
The new Civil War will be long and protracted. It will mostly be a war of banishment and shunning more than a violent conventional war. In the end, it will be The Middles who will work to negotiate a peace treaty. They will find a way to get both sides to sit down and talk and come up with a comprehensive Middle Way to Restore the Nation. Ideological fanatics on both extremes will fight this but in the end they will lose.
The nation, exhausted by strife and unrest, will finally realize that the extreme ideologues on the Right and the Left have to go.