The Next American Civil War?

From Infowars, we read this prediction from radio host Michael Savage:

Millions of Americans will revolt if the globalists remove President Trump from office or render him powerless, radio host Michael Savage warned.

Americans could even “resort to mob violence” because they’ll have nothing to lose once they “are finally aware of the fact that they’ve been tricked by their society, and that no matter how hard they work as middle-class people” they have nothing to gain, the Savage Nation host said Friday.

That is what’s going to happen in this country,” he pointed out. “You have not yet seen mob violence in this country. You’ve seen some mob violence instigated by George Soros’ mobs. But you haven’t seen the thing I’m telling you is coming in this country.

Michael Savage thinks there could be a civil war if Trump is removed from office by Washington DC political shenanigans. He thinks there would be enough people with enough to anger to constitute something like a civil war.

Do I agree with him? Let me answer definitively: No.

There are protests that get violent. Fringe idiots show up to rumble and beat each other up. But the vast majority of Americans are not interested in getting their hands bloody. The cost is too high relative to the perceived benefit.

A true civil war would require the participation of millions of Americans willing to risk their own lives trying to blow up other Americans. But people do not risk their lives unless they have something worth fighting for.

A lot of Trump’s supporters are heavily invested in his presidency, emotionally speaking. But ultimately, so what if Trump were removed? Pence would become President, and he would carry on with Trump’s plans – which are mired in gridlock. Politically, very little would change.

There would be a lot of anger. I strongly suspect a lot of voters would permanently lose faith in the political process. I think that is more key than any possibility of civil war. But I do not think any significant number of Americans would feel the need to kill anyone. There is too much at stake in disrupting their own lives – and not enough to gain.

To the average middle to upper class American, taking up arms in a violent civil war basically means throwing away any semblance of the normal life they had been leading up to that point. I don’t think enough is at stake to encourage any normal Americans to do this.

Here is the bottom line: the major problems in US government are not going to change regardless of who gets into office. The US government is hopelessly in the red, financially – that won’t change. The deficit rises every year without any pause – that won’t change. The bureaucracy produces another 80,000 pages of federal regulations every year – that won’t change. Federal mid-level bureaucrats will hunt for ways to expand their little empires and feather their nests with tenure and pension benefits – that will never change no matter what happens on the face of the earth. Bureaucrats gonna bureaucrat wherever they are, whenever they are.

But this is bipartisan. Voters have never really cared about the increasing deficit, or the relentless increase of federal regulation, or about the expanding bureaucracy. They surely don’t care about the interminable wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – in which over 7,000 American soldiers have died and been forgotten, with the most recent deaths being from last Tuesday. There are token issues which pop up in the news from time to time, but Americans otherwise do not spend much time ruminating on the inner machinations of the US government.

For instance, there has been significant news coverage in recent weeks of intelligence leaks from the Trump White House. Part of the debate is over whether such leakers are doing a noble thing or a traitorous thing. But what nobody debates is the fact that – as Edward Snowden revealed to us – the NSA watches all electronic communications of all Americans at all times and could leak secrets from your private life as they please. Snowden proved this unequivocally nearly 5 years ago, but not many people cared. There were no mass protests outside the NSA. There was no outcry to reduce their multi-billion dollar “black budget”. Things bumped along.

Bottom-line: Most people are interested in their own lives, more than anything else. This is partially why Trump won the election and Hillary did not: He hung his hat on promises relating to jobs, while Hillary hung her hat on wacky liberals causes pertaining to race and gender – a market with narrow appeal.

Generally speaking, voters recognize that Washington DC is it’s own monolith and is uninterested in what anyone wants outside of it’s own pet projects. They go along with it right now, because the checks keep rolling out. The economy bumps along. As long as Granny keeps getting her Social Security and Medicare checks, most voters don’t care.

If there is a severe recession – which I think there will be, and soon – this will shake voter faith in simply bumping along with Washington DC. How long can the Keynesian fools at the Federal Reserve claim to know what they’re doing in spite of economic convulsions? When Social Security and Medicare checks are severely curtailed and eventually ended – as I believe they someday will, although not for a while – I think a lot of voters will seriously begin to ask questions about localism vs. nationalism. The wisdom of blindly allowing a distant cabal of suit-wearing lizards to pull your purse strings will finally come up for debate.

I don’t necessarily mean secession – although I suppose you never know what can happen in extreme circumstances. I refer to issues of state’s rights. I believe an emphasis will return to the independence of states from the federal government. This can move in a libertarian and anti-libertarian direction depending on the state. But last century’s debate of nationalism vs. globalism – a debate in it’s final stages, which globalism is losing – will transform into the debate of localism vs. nationalism.

This is what I like to see. Anything that results in me having more influence over political decisions that affect my life is a good thing. I hope you feel the same way. Let freedom ring.

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