Tuesday, November 8, 2022

A Cold Civil War? - Stay Tuned

By Rhonda Williams

Many readers of my blog may not remember or know of the Cold War of 1947-1991. Here is the Wikipedia historical narrative:

The Cold War In America 1950's
The Cold War is a term commonly used to refer to a period of geopolitical tension between the United States and the Soviet Union and their respective allies, the Western Bloc and the Eastern Bloc. Historians do not fully agree on its starting and ending points, but the period is generally considered to span from the announcement of the Truman Doctrine on 12 March 1947 to the dissolution of the Soviet Union on 26 December 1991. The term cold war is used because there was no large-scale fighting directly between the two superpowers, but they each supported major regional conflicts known as "proxy wars [battles]".

During that period of my childhood, there were constant threats from both the United States and the Soviet Union. There was the ever present preparation for war. The Cuban missile crisis of 1962 almost turned the cold war, hot.  The true mark of a cold war is mutual distrust, thus opposing sides must be ready at any moment to be mobilized and fight. 

January 6 - Breaching the Capital
A Trump organized proxy battle
of the new Cold Civil War

A Cold Civil War would be where a nation is so divided that neither side trusts the other to govern in the nation’s best interest. This occurred historically preceding the Civil War of 1861 to 1865 with the war killing some 10% of military-age American men. The "cold" part of the conflict loomed for 30 years because Northerners and Southerners wanted to impose their views about slavery, the tariff, and much else on the other. By 1858, America had become a “house divided” by a cold civil war. Lincoln predicted the divide would eventually lead to war; it did. The Cold Civil War – Clairmen Review of Books  

Elections are the fundamental foundation of a democracy, thus leading to a peaceful transfer of power dictated by the majority outcome.

A poll conducted by Redfield & Wilton Strategies on behalf of Newsweek found:

Some 40 percent of Americans believe that the 2020 presidential election, won by President Joe Biden, was rigged or stolen. Some 36 percent of respondents disagreed that the election was stolen. Among this group of respondents who believe in the legitimacy of the 2020 election, some 45 percent said they don't think it's understandable why some may have doubts about its integrity. 

That is a huge divide on a fundamental issue.  

Today's toxic atmosphere makes it difficult to negotiate on important issues, which makes people angry with the federal government. This has created a winner-take-all approach to politics with no compromise; each blaming the other. When the stakes are so high, people are willing to consider extraordinary means to achieve their partisan / cult objectives.   A "Cold War" of mutual distrust with opposing sides ready at any moment to be mobilized and fight!

Let us see how the election plays out tonight - Stay Tuned. 

A Proxy Skirmish
 Fire bombing a donut shop
that hosted a Drag Queen Art Show

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