I’ve commented on this before, but the idea of Civil War 2.0 is being floated again, this time by Rep. Steve King of my old stomping grounds in Iowa. Excerpt:
The beginning of America’s bloody Civil War is generally remembered as the opening shot on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor on April 12, 1861.
And Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, fears another Fort Sumter is in our near future.
“America is heading in the direction of another Harpers Ferry,” the controversial conservative tweeted Sunday. “After that comes Ft. Sumter.”
King’s tweet linked to an article from the conservative online news site PJ Media about a group of protesters who were staging an “occupy”-style campout in front of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement holding facility in Portland, Ore.
American Thinker has weighed in on the topic as well:
Organized lawlessness is spreading to cities across the United States but the news is almost totally ignored and blacked out by the mainstream media.
These ominous uprisings are taking various forms but the most visible and aggressive ones involve Antifa-style “occupy” socialist and anarchist street mobs dedicated to taking down ICE – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal government policing agency that is part of the Department of Homeland Security. The impetus for these actions has been the anti-President Trump Fake News psy-op meme that claims minor children of illegal immigrants arrested for crashing the U.S./Mexico border are being separated from their parents, sent to “Nazi”-like “concentration camps,” and systematically mistreated.
As I’ve said before, color me skeptical, mainly for my assessment of the testicular fortitude of these protestors; I highly doubt that any of them will be taking up arms and seizing Imperial installations in the manner of John Brown. They shout, wave signs and block entrances, but open violence? Nah. They don’t have the stones. There are exceptions, but as a rule, protesters won’t do much more than make noise.
But if King and American Thinker’s worst nightmares come true and Civil War 2.0 becomes a reality, it won’t be anything like the first example. It won’t be an attempt to break one nation into two; it will be the end of America as we know it.
Now, many of the protestors out there on the Left may see that as a desirable outcome. They should be careful what they wish for; it’s pretty apparent who has all the guns in this country, and it’s also a matter of record that most of the military and many local police won’t support attempts to overthrow established government.
But, as I’ve written before, regardless of outcome, the country would never again be the same.