We love stories because they have a beginning, a middle, and an end. We love the climax of the plot. We love to see our stories resolve any questions or mysteries.
If a story has an evil, oppressive society, we want to see that story turn violent. We want to see the destruction of that evil society, even if sympathetic characters die.
Life resembles a story, but unlike a story, life is not obligated to make sense.
Lots of folks hate their lives. They feel that life is not just meaningless, it’s downright incomprehensible. They want life to be a simple story – such as a story of civil war. They dream about witnessing the death of the society that alienates them.
Maybe they will get lucky and get their civil war, but I suspect that they are going to be very disappointed when the sun rises tomorrow and they still have to deal with their dreary, boring lives, plus they are also a little bit older and a little bit uglier.
The following are some stories of a possible civil war in the USA. Warning: don’t get your hopes up.
Civil War is not very likely
The beginning of America’s bloody Civil War is generally remembered as the opening shot on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor on April 12, 1861.
And Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, fears another Fort Sumter is in our near future.
“America is heading in the direction of another Harpers Ferry,” the controversial conservative tweeted Sunday. “After that comes Ft. Sumter.”
King’s tweet linked to an article from the conservative online news site PJ Media about a group of protesters who were staging an “occupy”-style campout in front of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement holding facility in Portland, Ore.
It feels as though another political Rubicon was crossed.
“I think we’re at the beginning of a soft civil war,” political scientist Thomas Schaller said in a telephone interview. “I don’t know if the country gets out of it whole.”
The heightened conflict of recent weeks led to more ominous rhetoric — anyone else notice the abundance of Nazi references from sane people? — and more definitive, unequivocal acts. Former Republican strategist Steve Schmidt renounced his party of 29 years this week and pledged to vote for Democrats until decency returns to the GOP.
A war may be brewing within the United States, almost a third of voters say in a poll released Wednesday.
Amid widespread political polarization on issues like immigration and recent public confrontations of Trump administration officials, 31 percent of probable U.S. voters surveyed said they think “it’s likely that the United States will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years.”
Democrats at 37 percent were slightly more fearful of a second civil war than Republicans at 32 percent, the poll from Rasmussen Reports found.
While more than half thought it was unlikely the USA would see a second civil war soon, 59 percent of voters were still concerned that opponents of President Donald Trump’s policies would resort to violence.
During former President Barack Obama’s second year in office, a similar 53% of voters thought those who did not support his policies would turn to violence, according to Rasmussen.
Wednesday’s poll also found 53 percent of voters were worried that those critical of the news media’s Trump coverage would become violent.