Is The United States of America In A Second Civil War? – The United States is seemingly more polarized than ever since the 19th century.
The days of a united nation rallying together to defeat a common foe are a distant memory of a bygone era.
Both Democrats and Republicans are pointing fingers at each other, accusing the opposition of subverting democracy.
When democracy is at stake – the very pinnacle of the freedoms we cherish – it can be the warning sign of a large-scale conflict.
Of course, human instinct is naturally attracted to bad news, and it’s easier to look back to a more optimistic 2008, where Barack Obama and John McCain offered messages of hope.
That said, it’s hard to look back on a time where the two likely presidential candidates for an upcoming election were such complete polar opposites.
Donald Trump’s Rhetoric
The Republican frontrunner is no stranger to an aggressive approach to win an election.
After all, breaking the accepted norms of political debate was how he won in 2016.
In the dying days of his presidency, Trump gave an impassioned speech to supporters in Washington D.C.
Two hours later, rioters infiltrated the Capitol in what many called an attack on democracy.
The former president’s involvement is disputed, but deemed enough by federal prosecutors to criminally charge him.
The last days of Trump’s tenure in office settled down, and until recently, the former president had as well.
It perhaps would not be as much of an issue if the 77-year-old was a candidate with little chance of winning.
However, Trump leads the Republican primary race by a monumental margin, and recent opinion polls have had him tied with incumbent President Joe Biden. The election, likely to be a rematch of 2020, will be close.
Civil War Coming Soon?
Being honest, it’s hard to see Biden or his supporters responding in a fashion akin to Trump and his loyalists should the Democrat lose next year’s election.
Biden was resigned to the “transition candidate” status long before entering the White House, and was arguably only forced to run again due to the unpopularity of Vice President and natural successor Kamala Harris.
For Trump, this is his last shot. If he wins the election, he is term limited; if he doesn’t, he will be a candidate with a 1-2 record well into his 80s. The chances are that there won’t be a Trump 2028; if he is adamant on returning to the White House, what options would he realistically have other than to resort to drastic measures.
Can one fairly say the U.S. is in the middle of a Second Civil War? No. Can one fairly say the U.S. is on the brink of a Second Civil War? Maybe yes.
Shay Bottomley is a British journalist based in Canada. He has written for the Western Standard, Maidenhead Advertiser, Slough Express, Windsor Express, Berkshire Live and Southend Echo, and has covered notable events including the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
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