We have warned about it for years, but now the signs — the tocsins — grow louder.
The United States is cleft, split at the seems, with hardcore “liberal” factions hardening (and aggressive, for they are currently in power) and hardcore “conservative” factions hardening, vowing as never before to resist the progressive agenda.
If you don’t think there can be an armed rebellion, consider the transpiring of January 6 and the fact that there are nearly four hundred million guns in the U.S. in private hands.
Consider also the proclivity for riots and looting, as occurred after George Floyd.
Religious freedom. Gun rights. Racism. Big Tech. Income inequality. Homosexual “rights.”
Once more, however, there is a central, sharply defined, and seemingly irreconcilable issue.
Just as slavery was the cleave during the First Civil War, abortion is the cutting edge, the Mason-Dickson line, of a second one.
A recent poll conducted by the Center for Politics found that “significant numbers of both Trump and Biden voters show a willingness to consider violating democratic tendencies and norms if needed to serve their priorities. Roughly two in ten Trump and Biden voters strongly agree it would be better if a ‘President could take needed actions without being constrained by Congress or courts,’ and roughly four in ten (41%) of Biden and half (52%) of Trump voters at least somewhat agree that it’s time to split the country, favoring blue/red states seceding from the union.”
There are other issues. There is the border. There’s education. There is alleged police brutality. There is euthanasia — which is every bit as evil as abortion (as is genetic manipulation and cloning). There are pandemic mandates and the vaccine issue. There is the widening gap between rich and poor (in New York there are about 8,300 people “worth” more than $30 million, and a million “worth” more than $1,000,000). (Watch for an uprising against the rich.)
Every single turn in national events has two opposing — and sometimes alternate — realities. We don’t even live in the same news cycle any longer….
But the single most defining issue remains abortion, and here, like slavery, there is no middle ground: one is either okay with its legality or morally repulsed by it.
A shame this is: that abortion has been so fervently embraced as a human “right,” when it has nothing to do with rights or freedom in any way whatsoever.
So it is that the killing of unborn is the new “slavery,” bringing to mind President Abraham Lincoln, who, signing a declaration on —- in 18 proclaiming a national day and repentance and fasting, used the word “chastisement” (now verboten) in describing the cause of the North-South war.
According to data from two national surveys, two years ago, “15% of self-identifying Republicans and 20% of self-identifying Democrats think the country would be better if members of the opposing party ‘just died.’” How Christian.
“We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God,” this proclamation said.
Lincoln discussed slavery throughout his second inaugural address, depicting it not only as the cause of the Civil War, but that slavery considered as an offence to God, drew God’s righteous judgement against the entire country.
The same is now true of America and abortion.
And once again, there can be roughly drawn a line between north and south (though in our time are those in both camps in all parts of the nation).
So how would a divide happen? How would secession play out? Will it be more various encampments in all parts of the nation that are on one side or another, with cyber-geography: each of the two sides coalescing over the internet (and God-forbid, social media)?
An interesting question, with as yet no ready answer.
See also Emma Green, “The Conservatives Dreading — and Preparing for — Civil War,” The Atlantic, October 1, 2021.