I witnessed something this last week that has me concerned. I saw a U.S. Congressman on the floor of Congress warning that if “the Democrats” didn’t cease the impeachment investigation they would be risking civil war. Further, there were reports of people tweeting about how they had enough bullets to “take care of” Trumps enemies.
You might think that such talk is coming from a radical fringe—and that may be the case; but you should remember that every civil war I can think of started out as “radical fringe rhetoric”. That would be why governments throughout history have sought to suppress such talk with imprisonment, torture and execution.
However, in this country we have guarantees of free speech in the constitution. So, theoretically a person can say whatever they want. Apparently, some people think threatening a civil war is going to help them get their way. So, let’s talk about what “civil war” means.
It means that you take your assault rifle (that the Constitution guarantees you the right to own) and start murdering people you see as the enemy—neighbors, co-workers, even friends and family. It’s that political argument over Thanksgiving diner on steroids. It starts as chaos, then some organization develops, and the killing starts in earnest. It doesn’t matter which side you take. Chaos and murder play no favorites.
Clearly, this is a time for some clear thinking. I must admit that I spent a certain amount of time wondering what Trump supporters could possibly be thinking. Did they not see the lies, the bigotry, the misogyny? Do they not care about the evidence of crimes? I don’t know. But I do know that if I let that bewilderment and frustration turn into hate, then Trump has already won, and we are living in the last days of America as the land of the free.
So, what do we do? I say that we start by reminding ourselves that these unconditional Trump supporters are still our friends, neighbors and family. We keep our passion in check. We consistently relate the truth—and we patiently wait for the impeachment process to play itself out. Trump will be gone someday—one way or another. Let’s not make things worse by letting our passions take us to places we don’t want to go.