The Second Civil War Is Now in Progress and the Jury Is Still Out!!

By Donald A. Collins | 8 December 2022
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No, I am not referring to the likely decline and fall of Donald Trump so vigorously being discussed now by GOP leaders.

His performance as President was so devastatingly and dangerously bad, but the most surprising fact is that his base supporters apparently can’t hear anything that will make them leave his side.

In fact, Trump still could be the GOP nominee in 2024 as multiple candidates could splinter the votes so anyone of Trump’s opponents couldn’t match Trump’s 20 to 30% MAGA voters.

Trump’s growing troubles will likely get the GOP to rise to back a single candidate to overcome Trump since he would almost certainly lose again to Biden who seems sure to run again.

At 91 my view of Biden’s age is biased in his favor assuming no health issues surface.

Read my earlier aging piece again here.

The Donald is history, yes, sad, bad, and increasingly mad! But not over by any means. His latest suggestion is to abandon the Constitution.

Read here.

And the history that Trump instigated and orchestrated the January 6th insurrection for which he is more and more likely to be indicted.

It is the aftermath of his Presidential acts that creates a new Civil War which could if not corrected could turn our democracy into an oligarchy of undemocratic forces each buying influence and controlling progress for most Americans, many of which are poor and minorities.

Leonard Leo had a billion dollars in his war chest to influence such actions.

Read here.

Oh, you say, “Isn’t that the case now, since the wealth gap is at an all-time peak?” To which I reply, “Yes, but not irretrievably.”

Since the murder of George Floyd so dramatically brought bright focus on racism against African Americans as well as other racial minorities it became more and abhorrent to some white Americans that the fast-arriving new demographic minority numbers will lead to political changes they fear.

And some are fearful about growing miscegenation and rights now still only partially given to members of the LBGTQ community but certainly improved by the recently passed right to marriage law.

Read here.

Fully giving full rights is an issue will be harder as these quotes from the above article indicate:

Many Republicans still were not persuaded.

Senator Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, dismissed the bill as a response to a “fantasy” and an “imagined threat” that the right to same-sex marriage could be overturned by the Supreme Court.

“It is and will remain legal nationwide regardless of the outcome of this legislation before us,” Mr. Lee said. “On the other hand, we have current, real, sustained, ongoing assaults on religious freedom.”

Mr. Lee tried and failed to attach changes to the bill that he said would more strongly protect religious freedoms.

Ms. Collins pushed back, noting that the bill had received strong backing from faith-based groups, including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which historically has aggressively opposed gay rights. And she said that an amendment to the bill already included strong religious and conscience protections.

“We are talking about our family members, our neighbors, our co-workers, our friends,” said Ms. Collins. “It advances the rights of couples, same-sex and interracial couples, who are married to one another, and it advances religious liberty.”

That obviously is the heart of too many white concerns—one might call it the new Civil War, but at heart just a racism-based continuation of the original Civil War.

Then add long standing hatred against Jews, Asians or any one not yet perceived arises in many surprising places where minorities aren’t supposed to belong.

This relatively new aspect to this current Civil War is the use of right-wing religious ideology for political power. The major example was the killing of Roe and the dramatic and serious loss of credibility of the Supreme Court in a nation which was on abortion choice a now outrageous form of religious extremism.

Christen nationalists want us all to harken to their God as the only true deity worth worshipping! But as the article on this website so eloquently expressed there is no “Divine Plan”.

Don’t miss the additional post on this article featuring the late George Carlin’s take on the “Divine Plan”!

The falloff of belief in religions is well documented but has surfaced as a source of partially hidden controversy.

Finally, in an apparently desperate effort by Trump to regain his falling control of the GOP, Peter Baker explains, his fall into utter extremism here.

It seems from what I have hear so far that the GOP top officials in the new House majority such as Jim Jordan have as their main plans for governance will be to attack Biden with hearings about his son Hunter’s improprieties. Another issue immigration: Will the GOP offer to try for bi-partisan solutions to a decades old problem at a time when we need qualified workers as the nearly 300,000 Chinese students are already studying here in the US.

On the 12/4/22 Meet the Press program on NBC two knowledgeable commentators’ still felt Trump could be the nominee in 2024. Hard to believe.

But the echo of the original Civil War in the 1860’s which was fought over racism and cotton now are about racism, culture, religion, and the white right’s fear of replacement by minorities who have profoundly added immensely to our progress and welfare.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?” and “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”.

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