Is a new American civil war a possibility, given the political climate and social inequalities?
There IS already a civil war among sociopolitical & sociocultural lines. These have been predicted two decades ago in the book, Generations: The History of American's Future, 1584 to 2069 by Neil Howe & William Strauss. Howe & Strauss predicted that in the early part of the 21th century, there will be a widening division between Conservatives & Liberals, mainly upon key social issues which include abortion. Howe & Strauss further indicated that this widening chasm will lead to a civil war.
There is a verbal civil war between Conservative & Liberal elements based upon same sex marriage, liberalization of gender roles, the issue of multiculturalism/diversity, & the issue of abortion. In addition to the war between Conservatives & Liberals, there is a verbal war between Caucasians & non-Caucasians over the sociopolitical & socioeconomic injustices in the United States.
Unfortunately, too many of those with extreme bents are now in Congress.
The authoritarian left, SJWs that say agree with me or I'll physically hurt you and I want to outlaw you and your friends expressing different views, are creating the impossible divide. People who can't speak are left with only violence.
Every presidential election is basically a civil war except it is civil. If meant will there be a violent and bloody civil war I sincerely doubt it. Even though this civil war will be settled by the final vote the aftermath may drag on for years no matter the result. There will be carpet baggers jumping in seeking gains across varying economic factors - capital, interest, workforce, taxes, management, and policy. Whether there will be spotted civil unrest remains to be seen, however that is ongoing isn't?
I believe the Conservative VS Liberal battle that has long been at the heart of the Democrat VS Republican elections is no longer valid.
We are seeing this shift clearly for the first time this year... in the Bernie and Trump support. Both of those candidates had more support than the "establishment" politicians.
I don't bring this up to argue the validity of the Democrat Candidate or the GOP Candidate. What I am trying to point out, is that the Washington "elite" politicians are not in favor, the people rejected Bush resoundingly in the Republican Primary, and tried like heck to reject Clinton.
People are not clinging to the "script" this election.
While this election may be won by Clinton primarily because they pulled out the "woman" card, and they went to extremes to give air time to anyone willing to accuse Trump of the slightest offense... if he insulted their body, or if he saw them naked in a dressing room, or if someone said that someone said that he didn't like their type... it was given headline news.
Put that aside, and this was clearly an anti-establishment wave... not liberal... not conservative... ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT... anti-corporate owned politicians... anti-NWO globalism... anti-same-old corrupt political families.
What will happen if Clinton wins (and she will win the electoral college) is this will not go away, this will fester... and most likely Clinton will involve us in a serious war in the Middle East (Sunni - Shiite proxy) ... the economy will flounder if not fall entirely during her tenure, and with TPP going into full swing, tens of thousands of jobs will be lost while H1-B and H2-B visa immigrants continue to flood in and take jobs from Americans, doing them for half the American salaries.
So we will see this anti-establishment wave tenfold after Clinton's first four years... that's almost as sure as the Sun coming up in the east.
There will be no more hated a political figure in America four years from now, than Clinton.
Just before reading this question I was thinking about how families are divided during this election cycle and it hit me immediately about father against son in our Civil War.
Then I thought about how so many people swear they will leave the country if the other candidate wins. Well the South was trying to leave the country also. But I do not think that scenario plays out here.
Then I look at churches in the west. They just do not practice crusades any more.
The news and the media paint a much more divided nation picture than what is true. And that meshes with crazy emotional reasoning that so many people seem to be using and speaking.
Civil Unrest? - Yes. War? No.
I agree with you, Eric. Both sides have their extreme elements, but most of us are in the middle. Unfortunately, to many of those with extreme bents are now in Congress. Hopefully what comes out of this election will be a move to moderation.
I do think that both candidates while ramping up their rhetoric against each other are seemingly taking the other's views a little bit. They both seem to be moving toward the middle. Interesting how that will play out post election.
In the previous American civil war the U.S. Military didn't have nuclear bombs, fighter jets, submarines, Aircraft carriers, Amphibious warfare ships, and cyber technology at it's disposal and yet Lincoln was to keep the south from seceding.
The majority of people want government to work better not blow it up. As much as people love to point to a president the reality is (congress and the senate) determine whether or not the president is able to make good on their agenda.
The opposition party doesn't quietly just go along.
Historically both parties did look at common ground and having bipartisan legislation wasn't political suicide or viewed as party treason. It was seen as a win-win for both parties and the people.
Each generation is more liberal/progressive than the previous generation. Thus far I have yet to see U.S. turn the clock backwards despite unrest. Growing pains are always tough to endure.
Our goals are pretty much the same when it comes to having good paying jobs, safe neighborhoods, clean drinking water, safe food supplies, quality educational system, good healthcare, safe roads & bridges, and a strong military to protect us.
Both parties are guilty of firing up their base to focus our differences.
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