This says it all – I only wish all Americans felt like this. Photo courtesy of rawstory.com
A FEW BELATED THOUGHTS FROM ME CONCERNING DONALD TRUMP’S ELECTION AND THIS COUNTRY’S DEEP DIVISIONS
The last time these United States of America was divided like this, 600,000 men and boys died.
Killed in a brutal fashion over deeply divided ideologies and how they saw this country.
Now that it has been two weeks since Donald Trump shocked this planet by being elected leader of the free world – I won’t go into how Trump not so much won the election as Hillary Clinton lost it; that has already been well documented – it has amazed me that the racial, political, and ideological divisions that America has been experiencing for the past few years has perhaps grown to the point of no return.
The many anti-Trump protests (I saw one in downtown Los Angeles in which a HUGE sea of folks made themselves heard) and the 400 racist, sexist, homophobic and anti-Muslim incidents in the week following Election Day certainly illustrate this.
So much so that although…
* Despite recent actions, the realistic likelihood of California seceding from the union ala “Calexit” is highly unlikely,
* Despite the various riots and skirmishes, there are no all out battles with armies carrying Confederate and American flags with Robert E. Lee and U.S. Grant-like generals leading them, and…
* There are no plans for the red states to separate from the blue states and form two separate countries, as what happened in 1947 when after independence from Great Britain, Muslims separated from Hindu-dominated India and formed Pakistan, with the two countries subsequently experiencing wars and significant tensions ever since,
I’m going to go ahead and call this period we are going through a name…
The Cold Civil War.
Much like the Cold War in the late 1940s through the 1980s, even though the United States and the then-Soviet Union never fired any nuclear missiles, the tension was so pronounced between those two superpowers that there were wars (namely in Korea and Vietnam) fought over those democracy/communist ideological differences and the fact that those communists’ ultimate goal was to make the world like them.
Not to mention the fact that the world came pretty close to ending during that 1962 missile crisis in Cuba.
This is what I’m fervently praying for in light of this recent election as far as people of color, women, LGBTQs, and all other non-Christians as well as Muslims. Photo courtesy of slate.com
There’s no doubt in my mind and heart – We are now in a Second Civil War.
It is a Cold War, at least for now.
But it is a Civil War.
I don’t how else I can describe it.
And sadly, I honestly don’t know how it can be stopped.
As long as there are millions of people – liberals, conservatives, “Alt-Rights”, or what have you – who feel the way they do on both sides and who are so unwilling to compromise,
Then this Second (Cold) Civil War will be ongoing.
And the way things are, if in about fifty years (or even twenty) the United States does what India and Pakistan did nearly 70 years before and dissolves, with liberals forming one country and conservatives – those who voted for Trump in particular – forming another,
Like it tried to do in the 1860s and very nearly succeeded,
It would not surprise me at all.
One last thought…
About five years ago I wrote on the website Hubpages.com an article called “If The Far Right Ruled America”.
The article offered my view of what this country would be like under far right Republican rule.
For those who are interested in reading it, here’s the link to that piece: http://www.hubpages.com/politics/If-The-Far-Right-Ruled-America
In light of what has happened this month, I believe we are about to find out what this U S of A will be like now that the far right has taken power.
Or officially will on January 20th.
An anti-Trump protest in downtown Los Angeles, which I saw when passing through there. Photo courtesy of nbcnews.com