by Shelton Bumgarner
While conservative nutjobs appear to be waiting with baited breath to let slip the dogs of civil war so they can finally have excuse to murder “libtards” in coldblooded rage, I suspect it’s not going to go down quite like that.
The reason I say this is simple: the American Military.
The thing people miss whenever they start stroking it over all the murder and mayhem a civil war will allow them to do, is the American Military is not only the lone institution most people respect, it’s also extremely apolitical. It sees itself as the guardian of the “American way” and I find it extremely doubtful that they would sit back and let the homeland descend into chaos. The thing about the first Civil War people forget is that the notion of “the United States” hadn’t even come into being yet. People often said “these United States.” As such, when the South left the Union, they took all their best generals with them.
This is unlikely to happen in the Second American Civil War.
What’s more likely to happen is the already tenuous — in real terms — connection between the civilian government and the military will completely evaporate and should the Federal government go completely nuts in the context of an impending civil war, it’s likely the military would step in, establish some sort of temporary junta, and then go back to minding its own world-domination business after a few months.
Also, all the Red State people who want to rise up and murder everyone who disagrees with them forget that it’s far more likely that Blue States would actually be the ones to leave the Union. And, as such, they would face an interesting conundrum — do they hate Blue States enough to say, “wayward sisters, part in peace,” or would they crave the economic power of the Blue States enough to kill the goose that laid the golden egg. All of this ignores the obvious likelihood of Purple States like Virginia which probably would devolve into bloody chaos as the population liberal portions of the state went at it with the rural MAGA parts.
But, in general, we’re fighting the last civil war, as it were. Yes, MAGA will likely have a window of opportunity to murder all the “libtards” on Twitter they hate so much, but in the end the military will likely step in now and again going forward (for the next 20 years) until the youngest of the Baby Boomers start to drop dead and the browning of America finally reaches a tipping point.
Of course, don’t get me started about how dystopian the Federal Judiciary is going to be for the next 40 years. I’m of the opinion that while conservatives will have a sold 20 years of making life hell for liberals, there might come a point when their macro gaming of the constitutional system might come back to bite them in the ass.