[Rushtalk] Impending Civil War

John Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Tue Feb 13 18:24:22 MST 2018


  The Civil War is Here


      The left doesn’t want to secede. It wants to rule.

March 27, 2017
Daniel Greenfield <https://www.frontpagemag.com/author/daniel-greenfield>
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<https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/266197/civil-war-here-daniel-greenfield#disqus_thread> 


/Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, 
is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam./

A civil war has begun.

This civil war is very different than the last one. There are no cannons 
or cavalry charges. The left doesn’t want to secede. It wants to rule. 
Political conflicts become civil wars when one side refuses to accept 
the existing authority. The left has rejected all forms of authority 
that it doesn’t control.

The left has rejected the outcome of the last two presidential elections 
won by Republicans. It has rejected the judicial authority of the 
Supreme Court when it decisions don’t accord with its agenda. It rejects 
the legislative authority of Congress when it is not dominated by the left.

It rejected the Constitution so long ago that it hardly bears mentioning.

It was for total unilateral executive authority under Obama. And now 
it’s for states unilaterally deciding what laws they will follow. (As 
long as that involves defying immigration laws under Trump, not 
following them under Obama.) It was for the sacrosanct authority of the 
Senate when it held the majority. Then it decried the Senate as an 
outmoded institution when the Republicans took it over.

It was for Obama defying the orders of Federal judges, no matter how 
well grounded in existing law, and it is for Federal judges overriding 
any order by Trump on any grounds whatsoever. It was for Obama 
penalizing whistleblowers, but now undermining the government from 
within has become “patriotic”.

There is no form of legal authority that the left accepts as a permanent 
institution. It only utilizes forms of authority selectively when it 
controls them. But when government officials refuse the orders of the 
duly elected government because their allegiance is to an ideology whose 
agenda is in conflict with the President and Congress, that’s not 
activism, protest, politics or civil disobedience; it’s treason.

After losing Congress, the left consolidated its authority in the White 
House. After losing the White House, the left shifted its center of 
authority to Federal judges and unelected government officials. Each 
defeat led the radicalized Democrats to relocate from more democratic to 
less democratic institutions.

This isn’t just hypocrisy. That’s a common political sin. Hypocrites 
maneuver within the system. The left has no allegiance to the system. It 
accepts no laws other than those dictated by its ideology.

Democrats have become radicalized by the left. This doesn’t just mean 
that they pursue all sorts of bad policies. It means that their first 
and foremost allegiance is to an ideology, not the Constitution, not our 
country or our system of government. All of those are only to be used as 
vehicles for their ideology.

  That’s why compromise has become impossible.

Our system of government was designed to allow different groups to 
negotiate their differences. But those differences were supposed to be 
based around finding shared interests. The most profound of these shared 
interests was that of a common country based around certain 
civilizational values. The left has replaced these Founding ideas with 
radically different notions and principles. It has rejected the primary 
importance of the country. As a result it shares little in the way of 
interests or values.

Instead it has retreated to cultural urban and suburban enclaves where 
it has centralized tremendous amounts of power while disregarding the 
interests and values of most of the country. If it considers them at 
all, it is convinced that they will shortly disappear to be replaced by 
compliant immigrants and college indoctrinated leftists who will form a 
permanent demographic majority for its agenda.

But it couldn’t wait that long because it is animated by the conviction 
that enforcing its ideas is urgent and inevitable. And so it turned what 
had been a hidden transition into an open break.

In the hidden transition, its authority figures had hijacked the law and 
every political office they held to pursue their ideological agenda. The 
left had used its vast cultural power to manufacture a consensus that 
was slowly transitioning the country from American values to its values 
and agendas. The right had proven largely impotent in the face of a 
program which corrupted and subverted from within.

The left was enormously successful in this regard. It was so successful 
that it lost all sense of proportion and decided to be open about its 
views and to launch a political power struggle after losing an election.

The Democrats were no longer being slowly injected with leftist 
ideology. Instead the left openly took over and demanded allegiance to 
open borders, identity politics and environmental fanaticism. The exodus 
of voters wiped out the Democrats across much of what the left deemed 
flyover country.

The left responded to democratic defeats by retreating deeper into 
undemocratic institutions, whether it was the bureaucracy or the 
corporate media, while doubling down on its political radicalism. It is 
now openly defying the outcome of a national election using a coalition 
of bureaucrats, corporations, unelected officials, celebrities and 
reporters that are based out of its cultural and political enclaves.

It has responded to a lost election by constructing sanctuary cities and 
states thereby turning a cultural and ideological secession into a legal 
secession. But while secessionists want to be left alone authoritarians 
want everyone to follow their laws. The left is an authoritarian 
movement that wants total compliance with its dictates with severe 
punishments for those who disobey.

The left describes its actions as principled. But more accurately they 
are ideological. Officials at various levels of government have rejected 
the authority of the President of the United States, of Congress and of 
the Constitution because those are at odds with their radical ideology. 
Judges have cloaked this rejection in law. Mayors and governors are not 
even pretending that their actions are lawful.

The choices of this civil war are painfully clear.

We can have a system of government based around the Constitution with 
democratically elected representatives. Or we can have one based on the 
ideological principles of the left in which all laws and processes, 
including elections and the Constitution, are fig leaves for enforcing 
social justice.

But we cannot have both.

Some civil wars happen when a political conflict can’t be resolved at 
the political level. The really bad ones happen when an irresolvable 
political conflict combines with an irresolvable cultural conflict.

That is what we have now.

The left has made it clear that it will not accept the lawful authority 
of our system of government. It will not accept the outcome of 
elections. It will not accept these things because they are at odds with 
its ideology and because they represent the will of large portions of 
the country whom they despise.

The question is what comes next.

The last time around growing tensions began to explode in violent 
confrontations between extremists on both sides. These extremists were 
lauded by moderates who mainstreamed their views. The first Republican 
president was elected and rejected. The political tensions led to 
conflict and then civil war.

The left doesn’t believe in secession. It’s an authoritarian political 
movement that has lost democratic authority. There is now a political 
power struggle underway between the democratically elected officials and 
the undemocratic machinery of government aided by a handful of judges 
and local elected officials.

What this really means is that there are two competing governments; the 
legal government and a treasonous anti-government of the left. If this 
political conflict progresses, agencies and individuals at every level 
of government will be asked to demonstrate their allegiance to these two 
competing governments. And that can swiftly and explosively transform 
into an actual civil war.

There is no sign that the left understands or is troubled by the 
implications of the conflict it has initiated. And there are few signs 
that Democrats properly understand the dangerous road that the radical 
left is drawing them toward. The left assumes that the winners of a 
democratic election will back down rather than stand on their authority. 
It is unprepared for the possibility that democracy won’t die in darkness.

Civil wars end when one side is forced to accept the authority of the 
other. The left expects everyone to accept its ideological authority. 
Conservatives expect the left to accept Constitutional authority. The 
conflict is still political and cultural. It’s being fought in the media 
and within the government. But if neither side backs down, then it will 
go beyond words as both sides give contradictory orders.

The left is a treasonous movement. The Democrats became a treasonous 
organization when they fell under the sway of a movement that rejects 
our system of government, its laws and its elections. Now their treason 
is coming to a head. They are engaged in a struggle for power against 
the government. That’s not protest. It’s not activism. The old treason 
of the sixties has come of age. A civil war has begun.

This is a primal conflict between a totalitarian system and a democratic 
system. Its outcome will determine whether we will be a free nation or a 
nation of slaves.


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