By Brenson Stivitch. Is America on the verge of a second Civil War? To answer the question, you must understand the reason for the first Civil War. While slavery was the subject of the war, the cause of the war was “states’ rights.” The southern states, less than eighty years earlier, entered a compact with the northern states to form a unified country with one very large stipulation…the northern states would leave slavery alone.
For the most part, the south dominated the leadership of the United States in the early years. But as the Industrial Revolution found the nation’s economy, the importance of the southern agrarian economy took a back seat to the expanding industrial might of the north. Slavery increasingly became hostage to the growing Abolitionist movement in the north not to mention an economic impediment to economic growth in the north. The election of Abraham Lincoln was a bridge too far as the South suffered a fatal political loss in the 1860 election. A fractured Democratic Party coupled with Lincoln’s name not even appearing on the ballot in most southern states spelled the death knell of whatever remained of the original compact between the North and the South.
The South decided it was time to withdraw from the compact and move on. Slavery was the subject of the dispute, but the Civil War was fought over the very nature of the union itself. Was the compact entered just eighty years earlier permanent…or could it be dissolved? We learned the answer in Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Take time to read it again. The answer is self-evident.
The South lost the war. The Union was saved. Since that time the trend has been for an increasingly powerful Federal government needed to allow the economy to flourish in the Industrial Age.
The comparisons then to now are startling. Two views of America have become increasingly polarized not only in political philosophy, but geography. The Progressive coastal regions of the country are pitted against the more conservative south and center. That concentration of two different views in two different regions of the nation is aggravated by an electoral college system which was designed by intent to equal out geography and population. Not only is Progressivism concentrated in states bordering both coasts…but Progressive voters within those states are concentrated in the large urban areas. The issue at hand manifests itself with Progressives winning the popular vote and the centrist/conservative deplorable masses winning the electoral vote in Presidential elections.
Look at the numbers in the 1860 presidential election. It is an eye-opener. Lincoln, the President that led this nation into the bloodiest war in its history, was a minority President only receiving 39.65% of the popular vote but 59.4% of the electoral vote.
Today…as in the 1840’s and 1850’s, America is in the middle of a second economic revolution…the Digital revolution. Our economy has changed dramatically over the past 40 years. Corporations have grown to become global behemoths, controlling commerce, data and information at a level not thought possible just twenty years ago.
The centers of the economic revolution are found in the coastal Progressive states primarily on the west coast…California, Oregon, and Washington…and on the east coast in New York City and Washington DC. and its suburbs within the surrounding states.
Out of the 50 states, there are only 15 states with Democratic governors…but those states are among the most economically powerful state in the Union. Their minority status has been amplified by the election of a President whom they find anathema to their core beliefs. Within those states, defiant governors and legislatures have decided to re-examine the compact that was re-determined in the Civil War and defy the federal government. This isn’t the first time this has happened since the Civil War. The deep South tried the same thing a second time resisting integration in the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Beginning with Dwight Eisenhower, a succession of Presidents mobilized the National Guard to enforce federal laws in those defiant states.
History is now repeating itself as those 15 states pass laws ordering their law enforcement officials not cooperate with the federal government…acting in open defiance to the laws of the United States. California is openly discussing secession. They have a propaganda arm in the media. They have an enforcement arm in Antifa. And they are extremely organized and unified.
Like the Civil War, there is a “subject” of the dispute which is illegal immigration. But the core of the dispute is globalism and the need for nation-states. It is the economic interests of those large supra-national companies rooted in the digital economy and located in those 15 states that fund and fuel this belief system. Borders are impediments to their dominance in the world…not only economically, but politically.
Their mission is above and beyond the scope of an archaic political and economic structure such as the United States governed by documents written in the age of horse and buggies by a bunch of bigoted white old men. If only those structures weren’t there, we could do wondrous things!!
The danger of armed insurrection is probably larger now than any time in the past 40 years. The Progressives are stirring the pot. How far these 15 states are willing to go has yet to be determined. How far the federal government will go to bring them in line is open to question. As you read this, the Progressives are attempting to bring down the duly elected President of the United States from within. It may or may not work. What happens after that will be problematic.