Skip to comments.Dennis Prager: America’s Second Civil War
Posted on 02/25/2019 2:45:39 AM PST by RoosterRedux
It is time for our society to acknowledge a sad truth: America is currently fighting its second Civil War.
In fact, with the obvious and enormous exception of attitudes toward slavery, Americans are more divided morally, ideologically and politically today than they were during the Civil War. For that reason, just as the Great War came to be known as World War I once there was World War II, the Civil War will become known as the First Civil War when more Americans come to regard the current battle as the Second Civil War.
This Second Civil War, fortunately, differs in another critically important way: It has thus far been largely nonviolent. But given increasing left-wing violence, such as riots, the taking over of college presidents offices and the illegal occupation of state capitols, nonviolence is not guaranteed to be a permanent characteristic of the Second Civil War.
There are those on both the left and right who call for American unity. But these calls are either naive or disingenuous. Unity was possible between the right and liberals, but not between the right and the left.
Liberalism which was anti-left, pro-American and deeply committed to the Judeo-Christian foundations of America; and which regarded the melting pot as the American ideal, fought for free speech for its opponents, regarded Western civilization as the greatest moral and artistic human achievement and viewed the celebration of racial identity as racism is now affirmed almost exclusively on the right and among a handful of people who dont call themselves conservative.
The left, however, is opposed to every one of those core principles of liberalism.
Like the left in every other country, the left in America essentially sees America as a racist, xenophobic, colonialist, imperialist, warmongering, money-worshipping, moronically religious nation.
Just as in Western Europe, the left in America seeks to erase Americas Judeo-Christian foundations. The melting pot is regarded as nothing more than an anti-black, anti-Muslim, anti-Hispanic meme. The left suppresses free speech wherever possible for those who oppose it, labeling all non-left speech hate speech. To cite only one example, if you think Shakespeare is the greatest playwright or Bach is the greatest composer, you are a proponent of dead white European males and therefore racist.
Without any important value held in common, how can there be unity between left and non-left? Obviously, there cannot.
There will be unity only when the left vanquishes the right or the right vanquishes the left. Using the First Civil War analogy, American unity was achieved only after the South was vanquished and slavery was abolished.
How are those of us who oppose left-wing nihilism there is no other word for an ideology that holds Western civilization and Americas core values in contempt supposed to unite with educators who instruct elementary school teachers to cease calling their students boys and girls because that implies gender identity? With English departments that dont require reading Shakespeare in order to receive a degree in English? With those who regard virtually every war America has fought as imperialist and immoral? With those who regard the free market as a form of oppression? With those who want the state to control as much of American life as possible? With those who repeatedly tell America and its black minority that the greatest problems afflicting black Americans are caused by white racism, white privilege and systemic racism? With those who think that the nuclear family ideal is inherently misogynistic and homophobic? With those who hold that Israel is the villain in the Middle East? With those who claim that the term Islamic terrorist is an expression of religious bigotry?
The third significant difference between the First and Second Civil Wars is that in the Second Civil war, one side has been doing nearly all the fighting. That is how it has been able to take over schools from elementary schools, to high schools, to universities and indoctrinate Americas young people; how it has taken over nearly all the news media; and how it has taken over entertainment media.
The conservative side has lost on every one of these fronts because it has rarely fought back with anything near the ferocity with which the left fights. Name a Republican politician who has run against the left as opposed to running solely against his or her Democratic opponent. And nearly all American conservatives, people who are proud of America and affirm its basic tenets, readily send their children to schools that indoctrinate their children against everything the parents hold precious. A mere handful protest when their childs teacher ceases calling their son a boy or their daughter a girl, or makes slave owner the defining characteristic of the Founding Fathers.
With the defeat of the left in the last presidential election, the defeat of the left in two-thirds of the gubernatorial elections and the defeat of the left in a majority of House and Senate elections, this is likely the last chance liberals, conservatives and the right have to defeat the American left. But it will not happen until these groups understand that we are fighting for the survival of America no less than the Union troops were in the First Civil War.
the Left doesn’t oppose slavery and they don’t oppose concentration camps, and they don’t oppose unleashing nukes on American citizens either
people need to get this - they are playing for keeps and they operate on the rule of by any means necessary
The Left has been waging it for half a century. Same figures are still driving it.
John Kerry, Bernie Sanders, NOW, Black Panthers, Bill Ayers, straight line to the top of government, academia, media, and now corporations.
Bill Ayers in the Weather Underground estimated that they’d have to kill off 25,000,000 Americans who couldn’t be politically indoctrinated (”re-educated”).
Bernie Sanders just stood up for Field Catro’s Cuba as a Communist “success”.
They are pro-despotic dictatorship and anti-liberty.
And the Occupy Democrats type, New Democrats, Democratic Socialists, and antifa types use Facebook to post memes saying that when the (violent) revolution comes, they will not show “restraint” in attacking their targets.
And Fakebook doesn’t delete their pages or ban them.
What most on the right refuse to understand, much less believe, is that the left actually means everything it says. The left is not simply casting aspersions when they call us names, not just using inflammatory language to provoke us ... they believe all the labels they routinely call us on the right, they mean it, and should they ever achieve sufficient power they fully intend to punish us for our “evil” beliefs.
Stalinists lie. Always
The Black Panthers had a tract in the 1960s using Maoist Marxist rhetoric to “kill your parents”. The young Chi-Coms and Cambodians did just that in the 1970s.
Such extremist hate and violence is NEVER discussed in PureBullShat (PBS) discussions of the Black Panthers. They still service the far left with praise.
The Democratic Party split allowed Lincoln to win, and caused the civil war.
A new split between the socialist and Regan dems brought us regan, bush1, bush2, and now trump.
This time we have to figure out how to fight an ideological enemy on abstract battle fields unless and until we can force the battle out onto physical terrain.
This renders a traditional military approach useless initially.
It is a psyops war and, as yet, our side has no army except the ragtag string of conservative websites and speakers/thinkers.
We haven't even developed or considered the development of a command structure or how we will fight this war.
Bernie has stood up for Venezuela’s Maduro in the last week.
No they didn't.
It was Bill Ayers describing the Weathermen/Weather Underground program.
I wish the Left had kept Bush I and II. They were disasters for this country and waited like snakes in the grass to get in power so they could shed the skin of conservatism that they had to put on while Reagan was in office and when they campaigned for president. Neither of them would ever have been elected but for Reagan and the conservative base and look what they threw back. I don’t miss either Bush; didn’t vote for the older one the second time (chose Perot and never regretted it) and as crazy as Algore was, we might have been better off with him in 2000.
Although I admire Dennis Prager, I have to vehemently disagree with him on the point he makes in the above paragraph. Throughout my entire 72 years, "liberal" and "liberalism" were the terms many communists and socialists used to hide behind. If Prager means the classical liberalism that grew out of the Enlightenment and which characterized the views of our Founders, then I could agree. But he clearly doesn't mean that.
I don't think there has ever been a period in their history when Democrats and those we today call "the Left" have ever been classical liberals. They have always been one flavor or another of Marxist. Today they are out of the closet probably because the self-avowed Marxist, Barack Obama, won the presidency twice.
Re: “We haven’t even developed or considered the development of a command structure or how we will fight this war.”
That’s because Conservatives have had no consequential national leadership since we allowed the Democrats to destroy Newt Gingrich in 1995.
Bill Ayers’ wife, whom I proudly helped keep out of the Illinois bar when she sought admission on the basis that she was unfit for the legal profession, was accused of participating in a bombing which blinded a police officer. She gladly introduced some Weatherunderground function with praise for the Manson gang killers, saying “Dig it” when she laughed about the creeps killing the LaBiancas, sticking forks in their stomachs, then eating sandwiches out of their refrigerator. Ayers wrote an intro to one of Alinsky’s books praising RFK’s killer, Sirhan. This is the type of trash that has made such progress in destroying American culture in our schools, the media and Hollywood.
In reality they are not after the president they are after you. He is just in the way. 2 years and 4 months I have been somewhat quite no more. Basta
The word conservative has lost it's meaning. Line 10 of us up and we'd have 10 different definitions.
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