As the attacks on police and the Constitution escalate, many wonder: Are we in the last days of America?

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Where Will We Draw the Line This Time?

“Lifeless forms surround me,
The men from my hometown
How brave they fought the last three days
To hold this piece of ground.

Gettysburg, they call this place
Where I watched my brothers die,
Three days of hell we suffered here
In a blazing hot July.

~From Gettysburg Morning, by Paul Harris

We have all read the op-eds, essays, articles and accounts…Civil War is coming.

Although we have yet to experience a full-blown Fort Sumter moment, in cities all across America the probing missions are under way and the initial skirmishes are being fought.

America is at an impasse; two wholly incompatible versions of what our future should be.

Are we still a nation of people dedicated to the concept and promise of E Pluribus Unum…Out Of Many, One?  Or, as Tom Kawczinski warns in his 2018 book The Coming Civil War:

Will we stand for our traditional beliefs, values, liberty, and sovereign government as free citizens as our Founders did or will we become [some] diverse beacon of tolerance where we forget our past and embrace socialism and political correctness?

Between these two paths, it becomes clearer each day no happy compromise exists to be reached, and as the arguments become more heated and the fights spill into the street, this battle to define America for generations to come is just beginning.

I repeat…PUBLISHED IN 2018.

Consider how much closer to the edge of the abyss our Republic has lurched in only two short years. In truth, things are deteriorating with frightening rapidity.

There are those who snort and laugh derisively, waving away the warnings as nothing more than right wing doomsday, alarmist claptrap; after all it can’t happen here!

I remind those people of the chillingly prescient words of the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky:

You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.”

The Agents of Change, the Revolutionaries, the Anarchists are running rampant in Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, New York…nearly every democrat run metropolitan area.

Call them what you will; Snowflakes, Spoiled Brats, Cannon Fodder, Useful Idiots but make no mistake, they are indoctrinated, they are committed, they are organized, they are well funded, they are violent.

AND they are interested in YOU and everything you hold dear.

They are also aided by a repugnant mainstream media and the morally bereft far left progressive elite class who apparently have little concern as to what this monster they have abetted is capable of.

History’s greatest military strategists from Sun Tzu to Hannibal to General George S. Patton have warned us of the dangers of underestimating an opponent. Now would be a good time to heed their advice.

If, indeed, we are on the brink of our nation’s second civil war – a fundamental transformation of our country of gargantuan proportions and unspeakable consequences – we must examine the first Civil War. We need to compare and contrast the conditions and events that ultimately led to Brother against Brother.

The Antebellum South was largely an agrarian society. Other than New Orleans and Baltimore there were no major cities. 

A very small percentage of the population were land owners.

While the scourge of slavery was ubiquitous, the vast majority of whites were simple merchants or dirt poor sharecroppers. The population of the southern states in 1860 was approximately nine million.

In the North the overall population rose from about 5 million to 21 million in the first 50 years of the 19th century. Part of this increase was due to massive immigration.

Between 1830 and 1850 alone, over 2 million Irish, German and other northern Europeans arrived in the United States.

Most of them settled in the North. Cities in the North thrived as centers of manufacturing and commerce.

For nearly a century, the people and politicians of the Southern as well as Northern states had been clashing over the issues that finally led to war: economic interests, cultural values, the power of the federal government to control the states’ rights, and, most importantly, the existence of slavery in American society.

For all their differences the citizens of North and South shared many common characteristics. They were overwhelmingly white, overwhelmingly poor and uneducated but they adhered fiercely to Judeo-Christian values and the importance of the nuclear family.

Sentiments for and against slavery, abolition, states’ rights, secession and ultimately war were indisputably regional, hence North versus South with the border being the Mason Dixon line.

To reiterate the provocative question that is the title of this piece: Where do we draw our line?

Of course, we’re all familiar with the over-used terms Red States/Blue States but it’s so much more complex than that.

What about “Purple” states? What about Red states with deep blue enclaves such as exist in Austin, Texas for example?

What fresh hell do we uncover when we drill down even further to counties, cities and towns, even individual neighborhoods?  You may not like the political beliefs of the guy up the street with the virtue-signaling “Hate Has No Home Here” lawn sign but if and when this madness finally goes sideways are you willing to train your laser sight on his chest when he’s wheeling his garbage can out to the street?

Maybe the more salient question is will he be willing to do it to you?

The Irish statesman and philosopher, Edmund Burke was reputed to famously opine that:

“If a man is not a liberal at age 20 he has no heart, but if he is not a conservative by age 40 he has no brain.”

Whether prejudicial or not it is a widely held belief that liberals tend to make emotion-based decisions at a far greater rate than conservatives. To paraphrase Emily Dickenson:

“Emotions can be like loaded guns.”

In a 2014 study the Society for Personality and Social Psychology reported that:

“Researchers have studied the interaction between emotion and political ideology, showing that the motivating power of emotions is not the same for those on different ends of the ideological spectrum.”

Hell…most of you reading this already knew that.

This is why so many on the left march and chant and carry signs and wear pink hats and ‘peacefully protest’ (and riot and loot and burn and generally act like savages) while the rest of us pretty much just want to be left alone to go to work, raise our families, worship our God, and live our lives unencumbered by government overreach and the exhaustingly intrusive scolding of other people’s agenda-driven expectations of us.

The great American Patriot, Dr. Thomas Sowell tells us that:

“Activism is a way for useless people to feel important, even if the consequences of their activism are counterproductive for those they claim to be helping and damaging to the fabric of society as a whole.”

It is difficult at best – impossible at worst – to find compromise with such rabid true believers. Even those of us who want to stay out of the mix are chided with the infantile but inflammatory:

“Silence is Violence.”

The left has a choke hold on the institutions; media, sports and entertainment, academy and, as evidenced by the inarguable existence of the Deep State, most of government and its agencies on federal, state and local levels.

Many of us find it appalling how few (if any) voices of reason and moderation can be found on the other side of the aisle.

It has been said that if the likes of John F. Kennedy or Henry ‘Scoop’ Jackson were around today they would be tarred, feathered and ridden on a rail out of the increasingly radical Democrat party, a party hijacked by an unhinged far-left progressive agenda and its voraciously power hungry leaders, Machiavellian secular nihilists who will stop at nothing to achieve their stated goals and attain total control.

This all brings us back to the words of old Trotsky (who, parenthetically, got an ice ax driven into his brain as thanks for his contributions to the cause of revolution).

Whether or not we want what is on the horizon is immaterial. There are few if any scenarios where this current madness can end quietly and amicably.

Stay informed, be prepared, and trust in His providence.

“People who are anxious to bring on war don’t know what they are bargaining for; they don’t see all the horrors that must accompany such an event.”~General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson

-Chris Walsh for Law Enforcement Today

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