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Powder keg party

There’s a new book out called The Next Civil War by Stephen Marche, in which he imagines a number of scenarios in which this country could wobble its way into a hot war with itself. Coupled with a WaPo op-ed piece by retired generals who worry about the military’s allegiance in a constitutional crisis, this is making me extremely nervous.

I haven’t read the book yet, but I can imagine a few things that could cause the novum bellum. Sadly, these seem within the realm of possibility because this is America in 2022.

Any event that renders Donald Trump a martyr (i.e., he’s not alive to run in 2024, and he didn’t die of an acute ego rupture, if you catch my drift) will ignite millions of MAGA warriors, who will now go ahead and “start using the guns.” I guess that’s why Trump is currently still alive. The alternative strikes too many Deep State pros as unacceptably dangerous.

The Democrats manage to hang onto the House and Senate in 2022. This will be seen by half the country as “the fix was in” and will ignite millions of MAGA warriors to go ahead and “start using the guns.”

An attempt by the Dems to “stack” the Supreme Court by adding four justices won’t go over well. Instead it will ignite millions of MAGA warriors to go ahead and “start using the guns.”

An international incident that forces Joe Biden to select a military option (say to assist Ukraine after a Russian invasion) will reveal a number of high-level officers who aren’t willing to obey the orders of a man who was “illegitimately installed as president.” Their refusals will be praised by Republican legislators, and the lines of future conflict will be drawn.

Covid deaths due to a new, highly dangerous variant skyrocket, but any attempts to put another lockdown in place and impose mask and vaccine mandates will provoke violent protests that soon result in attacks on symbols of government overreach, such as state houses and AOC’s boyfriend. This will ignite millions of MAGA warriors to go ahead and “start using the guns.”

Secession movements will spring up in most red states, but when people realize they won’t be receiving emergency federal assistance after catastrophes caused by climate change if they secede, they decide they need to overturn the federal government instead. (Incidentally, most red states receive more federal money than they contribute to the treasury.)

Actually, now that I think of it, so many different scenarios are possible that could start the next civil war that there’s really no point in trying to guess at them. If they do “start using the guns” in your area, however, just remember to keep your head down, try not to provoke any armed men you might come across, zip your lips, and live to fly your freak flags another day.

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5 comments on “Powder keg party

  1. kingmidget
    January 17, 2022

    Over on PowerLine, one of the blog’s hosts wrote a post recently about how the “civil war” noise is all coming from the left. I replied and pointed out that apparently, the host doesn’t read the comments section of his own blog because there are many, many commenters pushing for secession and an all out war for America. It’s pretty disgusting and disappointing.

    • Kevin Brennan
      January 17, 2022

      This is the “two realities” problem yet again. Like Kevin Drum’s post said, the “other reality” is coming from Fox News and other radical right wing outlets, and their viewers believe it. They also are very good at believing two or more contradictory things at the same time.

      • kingmidget
        January 17, 2022

        Yep. How do we get back to one reality that is generally accepted except for the fringes?

      • Kevin Brennan
        January 17, 2022

        Not sure it’s possible …

      • kingmidget
        January 17, 2022

        I know.

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