[Swiftwater Gazette] A civil war has begun

Ed kroposki kroposki at att.net
Mon Apr 10 18:07:53 EDT 2017

 The following is a complete reprint of a blog posting 
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TheNew Civil Warsultanknish.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-new-civil-war.html
Acivil war has begun.
Thiscivil war is very different than the last one. There are no cannonsor cavalry charges. The left doesn’t want to secede. It wants torule. Political conflicts become civil wars when one side refuses toaccept the existing authority. The left has rejected all forms ofauthority that it doesn’t control.
Theleft has rejected the outcome of the last two presidential electionswon by Republicans. It has rejected the judicial authority of theSupreme Court when it decisions don’t accord with its agenda. Itrejects the legislative authority of Congress when it is notdominated by the left.
Itrejected the Constitution so long ago that it hardly bearsmentioning.
Itwas for total unilateral executive authority under Obama. And nowit’s for states unilaterally deciding what laws they will follow.(As long as that involves defying immigration laws under Trump, notfollowing them under Obama.) It was for the sacrosanct authority ofthe Senate when it held the majority. Then it decried the Senate asan outmoded institution when the Republicans took it over.
Itwas for Obama defying the orders of Federal judges, no matter howwell grounded in existing law, and it is for Federal judgesoverriding any order by Trump on any grounds whatsoever. 
Itwas for Obama penalizing whistleblowers, but now undermining thegovernment from within has become “patriotic”.
Thereis no form of legal authority that the left accepts as a permanentinstitution. It only utilizes forms of authority selectively when itcontrols them. But when government officials refuse the orders of theduly elected government because their allegiance is to an ideology whose agenda is in conflict with the President and Congress, that’snot activism, protest, politics or civil disobedience; it’streason.
Afterlosing Congress, the left consolidated its authority in the WhiteHouse. After losing the White House, theleft shifted its center of authority to Federal judges and unelectedgovernment officials. Each defeat led the radicalizedDemocrats to relocate from more democratic to less democraticinstitutions.
Thisisn’t just hypocrisy. That’s a common political sin. Hypocritesmaneuver within the system. The left has no allegiance to the system.It accepts no laws other than those dictated by its ideology.
Democratshave become radicalized by the left. This doesn’t just mean thatthey pursue all sorts of bad policies. It means that their first andforemost allegiance is to an ideology, not the Constitution, not ourcountry or our system of government. All of those are only to be usedas vehicles for their ideology.
That’swhy compromise has become impossible.
Oursystem of government was designed to allow different groups tonegotiate their differences. But those differences were supposed tobe based around finding shared interests. The most profound of theseshared interests was that of a common country based around certaincivilizational values. The left has replaced these Founding ideaswith radically different notions and principles. It has rejected theprimary importance of the country. As a result it shares little inthe way of interests or values.
Insteadit has retreated to cultural urban and suburban enclaves where it hascentralized tremendous amounts of power while disregarding theinterests and values of most of the country. If it considers them atall, it is convinced that they will shortly disappear to be replacedby compliant immigrants and college indoctrinated leftists who willform a permanent demographic majority for its agenda.
Butit couldn’t wait that long because it is animated by the convictionthat enforcing its ideas is urgent and inevitable. And so it turnedwhat had been a hidden transition into an open break.
Inthe hidden transition, its authority figures had hijacked the law andevery political office they held to pursue their ideological agenda.The left had used its vast cultural power to manufacture a consensusthat was slowly transitioning the country from American values to itsvalues and agendas. The right had proven largely impotent in the faceof a program which corrupted and subverted from within.
Theleft was enormously successful in this regard. It was so successfulthat it lost all sense of proportion and decided to be open about itsviews and to launch a political power struggle after losing anelection.
TheDemocrats were no longer being slowly injected with leftist ideology.Instead the left openly took over and demanded allegiance to openborders, identity politics and environmental fanaticism. The exodusof voters wiped out the Democrats across much of what the left deemed flyover country.
Theleft responded to democratic defeats by retreating deeper intoundemocratic institutions, whether it was the bureaucracy or thecorporate media, while doubling down on its political radicalism. Itis now openly defying the outcome of a national election using acoalition of bureaucrats, corporations, unelected officials,celebrities and reporters that are based out of its cultural andpolitical enclaves.
Ithas responded to a lost election by constructing sanctuary cities andstates thereby turning a cultural and ideological secession into alegal secession. But while secessionists want to be left aloneauthoritarians want everyone to follow their laws. The left is anauthoritarian movement that wants total compliance with its dictateswith severe punishments for those who disobey.
Theleft describes its actions as principled. But more accurately theyare ideological. Officials at various levels of government haverejected the authority of the President of the United States, ofCongress and of the Constitution because those are at odds with theirradical ideology. Judges have cloaked this rejection in law. Mayorsand governors are not even pretending that their actions are lawful.
Thechoices of this civil war are painfully clear.
Wecan have a system of government based around the Constitution withdemocratically elected representatives. Or we can have one based onthe ideological principles of the left in which all laws andprocesses, including elections and the Constitution, are fig leavesfor enforcing social justice.
Butwe cannot have both.
Somecivil wars happen when a political conflict can’t be resolved atthe political level. The really bad ones happen when an irresolvablepolitical conflict combines with an irresolvable cultural conflict.
Thatis what we have now.
Theleft has made it clear that it will not accept the lawful authorityof our system of government. It will not accept theoutcome of elections. It will not accept these things because theyare at odds with its ideology and because they represent the will oflarge portions of the country whom they despise.
Thequestion is what comes next.
Thelast time around growing tensions began to explode in violentconfrontations between extremists on both sides. These extremistswere lauded by moderates who mainstreamed their views. The first Republican president was elected and rejected. The political tensionsled to conflict and then civil war.
Theleft doesn’t believe in secession. It’s an authoritarianpolitical movement that has lost democratic authority. There is now apolitical power struggle underway between the democratically electedofficials and the undemocratic machinery of government aided by ahandful of judges and local elected officials.
Whatthis really means is that there are twocompeting governments; the legal government and a treasonousanti-government of the left. If this political conflict progresses,agencies and individuals at every level of government will be askedto demonstrate their allegiance to these two competing governments.And that can swiftly and explosively transform into an actual civilwar.
Thereis no sign that the left understands or is troubled by theimplications of the conflict it has initiated. And there are fewsigns that Democrats properly understand the dangerous road that theradical left is drawing them toward. The left assumes that thewinners of a democratic election will back down rather than stand ontheir authority. It is unprepared for the possibility that democracywon’t die in darkness.
Civilwars end when one side is forced to accept the authority of theother. The left expects everyone to accept its ideological authority.Conservatives expect the left to accept Constitutional authority. Theconflict is still political and cultural. It’s being fought in themedia and within the government. But if neither side backs down, thenit will go beyond words as both sides give contradictory orders.
Theleft is a treasonous movement. The Democrats became a treasonousorganization when they fell under the sway of a movement that rejectsour system of government, its laws and its elections. Nowtheir treason is coming to a head. They are engaged in a struggle forpower against the government. That’s not protest. It’s notactivism. The old treason of the sixties has come of age. A civil warhas begun.
Thisis a primal conflict between a totalitarian system and a democraticsystem. Its outcome will determine whether we will be a free nationor a nation of slaves.

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