Ordinarily, I don’t engage or indulge topics such as this: The prospects of another civil war in the United States. Such things seem too far-fetched, speculative, even ridiculous to bother with, unworthy of 900 words. But the prospect of civil war — an actual split in the country and violent confrontations between red and blue — is exactly the topic of my Oct. 10 column in The Baltimore Sun. Perhaps I’ve been overexposed to dire warnings. Perhaps I’ve read too many news accounts, opinion polls and fact-based commentary about the prospects of a Trump comeback and the deep divisions within the country. I came of age during the Vietnam War era, when Americans at home split and fought bitterly over the U.S. military operation in Southeast Asia. But that was nothing compared to what we’re seeing now. That was mere disagreement over policy. We are at a different place, where the Republican Party is fully aligned with a man and a movement that disregards democracy and the Constitution and works against the general interests of the country for the sake of power. There’s not much more to it than that. Given all that’s happened in the last five years — and, specifically, what happened on Jan. 6 — is civil war (or at least violent clashes, chaos and an unstable, ungovernable country) really inconceivable?
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Dan Rodricks is a long-time columnist for The Baltimore Sun, winner of numerous national and regional journalism awards, a radio and TV personality, podcaster and fly angler. His narrative memoir, "Father's Day Creek," was published in May 2019 by Apprentice House at Loyola University Maryland. View all posts by Dan Rodricks
3 thoughts on “Civil war sounds crazy, but so did a Trump presidency”
We’re already smack-dab in the middle of a civil war; we just haven’t started shooting… yet.
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I don’t think this is impossible. In fact many are predicting it. I hope we won’t pretend it cannot happen and will get prepared for it. He is a madman and the Republican party is following him as their best chance for staying in power and maintaining their financial interests. Same in Germany. Hitler was propped up by business powers
Trump power base is white men over the age of 55. Everyday their power base gets smaller and smaller at the same time young people are registering to vote. There will be a Tipping Point when they realize the cannot win at the voting booth. That’s why they are focused changing the voting laws now.
That will be the Tipping Point when they will respond with violence. We already got a taste of it on January 6th.
The idea of stepping aside for the good of the country does not exist for them.
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