In 1998, a prominent former Russian KGB officer and Professor predicted that the United States would splinter and become balkanized based on a host of cultural factors. He even made a nice map. His timing is off, and his ultimate prediction is likely incorrect. However, a new American Civil War is remarkably close. Americans are expediting our own downfall with political self-segregation.
Americans are already at war with each other. It’s an uncivil or in-civil war.
Innumerable factors are contributing to this great calamity. Ironically, the American split is being driven by political parties, cultural leftism, and personal choices that have Americans choosing to self-segregate rather than integrate and acculturate.
We have no common culture.
The great diversity scam that sought to separate Americans by their identity set America on this path in the early 70’s. The rise of cable TV broke the glue of American society, offering what lefty Rock Star Bruce Springsteen once sang of … 57 Channels and Nothing On. Now, we have thousands of channels and millions of websites, all with little substance.
By the 90’s, American media empires began to try to capture segments of American attention by changing to politically based, infotainment … eschewing traditional journalism. On the airwaves, talk radio rose to new heights further dividing the country politically.
Innovations from I-tunes to streaming music and video gave the apathetic and the politically disinterested, nearly 60% of the country, new avenues to tune out completely.
The rise of social media platforms gave the average person the ability to accrue thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of “followers.” High-speed connections took these platforms and provided their respective audiences with not merely the news … but the news and facts as they want it.
At the same time, cultural leftism has created an academic and higher education system that is feelings based, rather than reason and logic based. American civics were driven from K-12 schools shortly after God left the building.
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America has now devolved into three distinct groups. The political left, the political right, and the politically, culturally, and educationally ignorant or disinterested. In many cases, those groups overlap.
The real danger in this new America is that the so-called “educated” among us are tuning out those with whom they disagree. People are un-friending lifelong friends and family members who are on the wrong team.
Minority groups are retreating into identity-based enclaves and safe-zones loosely affiliated with one party, but primarily organizing around an identity-based political theology that puts race, gender, or orientation first, politics second, and America, at best, third.
For the first time in modern American history, scores of young people are marching in the streets advocating and demanding that the Bill of Rights be limited, reduced, and in some radical cases repealed.
The hard-left marches in the streets burning US flags, waving foreign flags, and advocating for people who are not Americans. The Democratic Party shut down the US government this year on behalf of foreign citizens here illegally, and to the detriment of 300 million Americans.
The rise of the hard left has given rise to a hard right, not surprisingly. Likewise, the radical leftward lurch of the Democratic Party from its pro-military, pro-civil rights, pro-life years of JFK to its present alt-left, pro-socialism stance is shocking. If not for corruption and a rigged election, the Democrats would have put up a true socialist for President.
The Republican Party disintegrated, choosing a nationalist billionaire Democrat from NYC, while throwing overboard conservatism and character in the most public display possible.
Reagan conservatives are in the minority and aligned against a GOP president. Democrats won’t work with the president, and instead, the last president and the losing Democratic candidate he supported are funding an open resistance to the legitimate government of the United States.
There is a leftist jihad against America.
One state has a movement to secede. Innumerable cities are openly defying the federal government and giving shelter, in the form of de facto amnesty, to illegal aliens.
Federal judges are trying to give everyone in the world US constitutional rights.
The President can’t break free of an administrative deep state that is fighting for the big government status quo. Large portions of our country do not work and pay taxes. Other portions are grossly under-skilled and gripped in an opioid crisis that is killing off Americans in frightening numbers.
An entire generation of college grads is being turned into debtors, all marching in the streets for social justice because they have no other salable, marketable skills.
The government and corporations care more about your color, gender, and orientation than your skills. One wrong political word and you are blackballed by the thought police.
Civil discourse is nearly dead, and our entire culture thrives on public outings, public and online lynchings, and outrageous behavior for the sake of outrageousness. The Kardashian culture has left us naked and afraid.
The real pain in the system is that while we become increasingly balkanized, we become increasingly weaponized with words of hate and anger. We have no common cause, and love of country is no longer a unifying basis for the republic.
The American left as it now exists cannot co-exist with the American right.
America … as it was founded and intended, based on limited government and individual liberty, cannot possibly co-exist with the American left. In fact, there is nothing American about the left. They don’t even like America.
So … why is this war going to go from insults and sporadic violent protests to a shooting war in 2021? Here’s how it might happen.
- In 2018, the Democrats and their media will swamp the Mid-term elections, taking the House and narrowly squeaking out a win in the Senate.
- The House will immediately re-open a series of investigations against the President.
- The House’s radical groups will bring impeachment articles.
- Ultimately, the Senate will not reach 67 votes, and the President won’t resign. But he will be even further damaged.
- Democrats will ramp up policies and protections for illegal immigrants.
- The Trump judicial appointments will all be halted, and liberal activist judges on the federal bench will continue to unwind presidential initiatives until the left can run out the clock on President Trump.
- The Supreme Court, behind turncoat Roberts and Kennedy (in his final act), will create judicial rules to “prevent” political gerrymandering. The effect, much like majority-minority districts created by the courts, will be a massive swing and redistricting creating a nearly impenetrable Democratic majority in the House after the next census.
- With the election of an alt-left-friendly president in 2020, possibly Eric Holder or Chuck Schumer, the left will lead an all-out movement to grant amnesty, reinstate socialized medicine, and limit or repeal the Second Amendment.
- Speech codes, already on the rise on leftist campuses, will become the norm.
- The Obama War on Police will be back in full swing.
The trigger for open warfare will be the coming illegal grant of amnesty to 20-30 million illegal aliens in the country. This will also result in a European-style mad dash across our southern border, essentially creating an open border and further destabilizing the country.
Republican enclaves will attempt to consolidate state power and combat federal initiatives that open borders, take in refugees, and grant amnesty.
Pro-American groups will march and organize, and they will be met by brown-shirt style paid and professional agitators like those turned loose on the Trump campaign or during the fake Confederate monument protests and organized alt-left riots.
Massive tax increases, particularly on corporations, with more punitive taxes on certain industries will exacerbate a market correction and a deep recession. Job loss and continued displacement will further aggravate the tense situation where America is being transformed from a constitutional republic to a quasi-socialist, open-borders European-style state.
Much of this will unfold quickly, and 2021 is a likely strong guess for the first open clash that will pit armed Americans, and perhaps one or more states at odds with the dominant deep-state and prevailing democratic power in the federal government.
By 2025, some form of open warfare will transpire among loosely affiliated militia groups, while certain conservative states and the federal government will reach a standoff over new programs and federal power. American cities will be unsafe, and police will be unable to control them and will be disarmed compared to roving gangs of criminals employing third-world style tactics of kidnapping, terrorism, and assassination with non-compliant politicians and police forces.
US militias will form, the most radical of which may run an open guerrilla warfare campaign against federal targets and officials. Mass shootings will continue to spiral, particularly among those from radical, disaffected, left-leaning groups and self-segregated political identities.
The political self-segregation will have each side watching, believing, and promoting its news and analysis that will further drive the separation and fuel the fight.
Will the US military be involved? It’s unlikely.
But events can spiral, and it is possible that a desperate alt-left President may attempt to use the military in some limited way to take down militia units. If that is permitted, the war might spread, or it may become a culminating event that brings closure.
The problem the US will have is that it will be too disconnected culturally and politically, buried in the new political tribalism, to unite. The final resolution could involve continued war and terrorism until states re-align.
Meanwhile, Communist China will use force to take back Taiwan. Its authoritarian brand of communism and state-sponsored capitalism will catapult it to the global power, economically and militarily as its sphere of influence will become dominant across Europe, Asia, and the entire Pacific.
The new modern war is already underway, online and in our streets … funded and promoted by our enemies. The only question is When it will turn into a more recognized, traditional, “civil war.” We will not emerge from the ’20s without a fight, re-alignment, or significant remake of the current structure of government and law.
Rome is burning … and the modern Romans are pouring gas on the fire.
Author: Richard Kelsey
Richard Kelsey is the Editor-in-Chief of Committed Conservative.
He is a trial Attorney and author of the new book on higher education, “Of Serfs and Lords: Why College Tuition is Creating a Debtor Class”
Rich is a former Assistant Law School Dean and Law Professor. At Mason Law Kelsey conceived of, planned, and brought to fruition Mason’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, known as CPIP, drawing on his expertise as a former CEO of a technology company specializing in combating cyber-fraud.
Before returning to private practice, Rich taught legal writing and analysis and an advanced litigation seminar. In 2014 he was elected by the graduating class as the faculty speaker at their graduation.
He is a regular commentator on legal and political issues in print, radio and on TV. Rich has appeared on hundreds of stations as a legal expert or political commentator. He provided the legal analysis for all stages of the Bob McDonnell trial and appeal for numerous outlets including NPR and WMAL.
Rich also writes on occasion for the American Spectator and CNSNews.com.
In his free time, Rich is part of the baseball mafia of Northern Virginia, serving on numerous boards and as a little league and travel baseball coach.
His Twitter handle is @richkelsey.