Culture Wars/Current Controversies

In America, talk turns to something not spoken of for 150 years: Civil war

By Greg Jaffe and Jenna Johnson

Washington Post

At a moment when the country has never seemed angrier, two political commentators from opposite sides of the divide concurred recently on one point that was once nearly unthinkable: The country is on the verge of “civil war.”

First came former U.S. attorney Joseph diGenova, a Fox News regular and ally of President Trump’s. “We are in a civil war,” he said. “The suggestion that there’s ever going to be civil discourse in this country for the foreseeable future is over. . . . It’s going to be total war.”

The next day, Nicolle Wallace, a former Republican operative turned MSNBC commentator and Trump critic, played a clip of di­Genova’s commentary on her show and agreed with him — although she placed the blame squarely on the president.

Trump, she said, “greenlit a war in this country around race. And if you think about the most dangerous thing he’s done, that might be it.”

With the investigative report from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III said to be nearly complete, and with impeachment talk in the air and the 2020 presidential election campaign ramping up, fears that once existed only in fiction or in the fevered dreams of conspiracy theorists have become a regular part of the political debate. These days, there is talk of violence, mayhem and, increasingly, civil war.


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  1. “…in the fevered dreams of conspiracy theorists…”

    From the failed Russiagaters’ crowd, these words look like an unwilling and unwitting compliment. Unlike these Red Scare 2.0 types, “fringe” conspiracy analysts like me do have some actual evidence (sometimes a lot of it) to support their claims!

  2. Farcical. The only people fatter, lazier, and dumber than the average American are their beuracratic superiors. Total war is not something any of them are capable of. But the neoliberals will use this sort of rhetoric to justify more crackdowns while the right slips into political oblivion.

    • You think total war ever ended? Germany was raped, desecrated, and salt was sowed on it’s soil. In total war, the aim is not to kill soldiers or waste cities. At a certain point our human capabilities become demonic, and we are poisoned generation unto generation, age to age.
      What better path to annihilation than giving us what we want? It wasn’t the holocaust. Total war is the long run my brother. Everyone dies. The true terror is not bloodshed, but the futility of ever having lived at all. It was the little death, the orgasm, that brings total annihilation.
      Mgla: “Every empire… Every nation… Every tribe thought it would end In a bit more decent way.”
      You insinuate that a bloodless demise would be indecent Issac. I agree. Who is the happy warrior? Who is he, whom all men at arms would wish to be?

  3. Maybe all those phoney issues have been seeded into the public discourse with the purpose of bringing on division and hatred as an end in itself. Perfect for a divide-and-rule scenario. Now, who would want that I wonder……

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