by Shelt Garner
If you have any hope at this point that America is going to avoid the existential choice of autocracy or civil war in late 2024, early 2025 you’re a fool. You probably call yourself a “resister’ on Twitter and wait with baited breath for Mueller, She Wrote’s next breathless, earnest tweet about how this or that thing will be the thing that finally brings Trump down politically.
This is just not going to happen. Trump has successfully gamed both our legal and political system to the point that he is above the law. What’s worse, if we do finally hold him accountable he could personally start a civil war. Or if we miraculously did end his political career, then Ron DeSantis will step in and be America’s first autocrat.
The point is — the democratic America that we’ve all come to assume will always be there is in its twilight. Trump has already served his political and historical purpose. He’s shown the way for people like Ron DeSantis. Now, DeSantis knows he can get away with political bloody murder because the center-Left is so busy bitching about the proper pronouns to use that they simply do not know how to successfully address the rise of fascism in the United States.
I’m working on a six novel project, but every day now I find myself dwelling on how bad things are going to get in late 2024, early 2025 when we’re faced with the stark choice of bending a knee to MAGA Republican fascism or — gulp — having a National Divorce and, as such a civil war.
It definitely sounds very hysterical at the moment to think the wealthiest, most powerful nation in the world could have a civil war. And, yet that definitely seems like a potential endgame at the moment. At the moment, it seems that if such a National Divorce happened, the papers would be served by Blues as they realize their only other choice is a fascist, autocratic state.
At the moment, of course, I think even if Trump gets a second term that we’re just going to shrug and let him — or his fascist successor — turn us in to a political clone of Russia. The Great Reset will happen then because the United States pull out of NATO, not because we have a civil war.
But, as I keep saying, Trump could, unto himself, cause a civil war one way or another. What I’m trying to say is — the United States is far less stable than you might think. Anything that adds additional pressure to our political system could be enough to cause states to begin the process of leaving the Union. The most logical way for such a thing to happen is Trump either demands Red States leave the Union or Blue States leave the Union….because of Trump.
All I can say is — there is no hope. America as we’ve known it since at least the end of the Civil War is in its twilight. Good luck. You’ll need it.