Our Cold Civil War

While there is some violence involved, it’s largely a war of lawyers, and lawfare:

The distinguished political scientist Angelo Codevilla coined the ominous term “cold civil war” to describe America’s precarious condition, adding: “Statesmanship’s first task is to prevent it from turning hot.” The attempted massacre on June 14 of Republican congressmen and their staff by a deranged partisan of Sen. Bernie Sanders turned up the heat a notch, but it would be mistaken to attribute much importance to this dreadful outburst of left-wing rage. The augury of American fracture will not be street violence, but a constitutional crisis implicating virtually the whole of America’s governing caste. The shock troops in the cold civil war are not gunmen but lawyers.

A considerable portion of America’s permanent bureaucracy, including elements of its intelligence community, is engaged in an illegal and unconstitutional mutiny against the elected commander-in-chief, President Donald Trump. Most of the Democratic Party and a fair sampling of the Republican establishment wants to force Trump out of office, and to this end undertook an entrapment scheme to entice the president and his staff into actions which might be construed after the fact as obstruction of justice. By means yet undisclosed, the mutineers forced Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn from office and now seek to bring down the president for allegedly obstructing an investigation of Gen. Flynn that arose in the first place from the entrapment scheme.

One of the Republican Party’s most distinguished statesman recently told a closed gathering that a “cold coup” is underway against the president.

That would certainly appear to be the case.

21 thoughts on “Our Cold Civil War”

  1. The coup will fail. The President is never going to be removed from office because the Republican base views what’s going on as a coup attempt. Any Republican Senator who voted for removal wouldn’t be able to return to their home district without a massive Secret Service escort.

    And given the media and DNC’s rhetoric, they’re not going to be able to keep their activists from turning it into a hot war. When it goes hot, they will lose like losing has never been done before. What good is being a media figure when it’s not safe for you to walk to a deli?

    1. “The coup will fail. The President is never going to be removed from office because the Republican base views what’s going on as a coup attempt.”

      With the main stream news media totally on board? I wish I shared your optimism. From the current manipulated poll no. showing “record low” poll no. for Trump? The attempts after the election to “leak” the home addresses/phone no. of the electoral college electors so they could be “persuaded” to “do the right thing” and vote for Hillary Clinton. I still remember the breathless exclamation from the media right after the election of “5 million undiscovered” votes in California; as if that would somehow change the election results. Definitely a “Cold Civil War” that could easily become hot; and attempted execution of republican representatives by a Bernie Saunders supporter doesn’t bode well. I understand some our blaming Trump for that because he “stirred things up” creating an atmosphere that encouraged the man’s action.

      1. “With the main stream news media totally on board?”

        Who cares what the dinosaur media think?

        If the left want to turn the cold civil war into a hot civil war, forcing Trump out is the fastest way to do so. Many right-wing Americans seem to consider Trump the last chance for peaceful change, and will move on from the ballot box to the bullet box if the swap eats him. Because they will literally have no other option.

        1. “Who cares what the dinosaur media think?”

          Controlling the media (mostly by making sure that most if not all of them are of the “correct” leftist Ideology to start with). gives them enormous power with the public. They can literally frame whatever is going on any way they like; they can reach the masses of people constantly all day long blaring out their version of events. Anything presented by an unapproved source, i.e. Breitbart, Fox News, (& especially the internet) is a crazy radical source not to be taken seriously by all right thinking sane educated folk. James Comey is an objective “boy scout” not someone with extensive ties with the Clintons; Robert Mueller is little better. Hillary Clinton’s crimes aren’t crimes even when they are they just don’t “count”; its all about sexism. The DNC leadership using probably unethical if not illegal tactics stealing the primaries from Bernie Saunders in favor of the anointed one Queen Cackle pants Hillary, nothing no story move on.

          1. “Controlling the media (mostly by making sure that most if not all of them are of the “correct” leftist Ideology to start with). gives them enormous power with the public.”

            Yes. Twenty years ago.

            Today, the dinosaur media have some of the lowest trust ratings in the country, many people get all their news from the Internet, and no sane person takes the media seriously. If they were as powerful as you believe, Clinton would have won the election.

            The Obama years were Peak Media. It’s all downhill from here.

      2. You may have nailed it Edward, except my NY born, 77 y.o. life long democrat mom doesn’t have internet, but is against the media and more pro-Trump than I can even believe.

        Even without any blog to guide her she is completely on to 99% of the medias tricks (I try to discover the remaining 1% to share with her.) She has the ability to read people that I’ve never had.

        She does say, “I wish Trump didn’t say it like that” a lot, but then clearly expresses what’s going on. She’s never been so interested in politics in her life. …except for the Kennedy assassination.

  2. Someone earlier took exception to my use of the word eradicate which they correctly identified as pretty specific: if you eradicate the Left, you are effectively driving them out of the polity (either by killing, imprisoning, disenfranchising, or exiling them.)

    We clearly are in a cold civil war. When you look at the left’s tactics it is clear that eradicate is the only reasonable option. It’s not a case of, “they just have different ideas.” They aren’t interested in either debate or facts. They are only interested in destruction and the only appropriate response is in kind.

    Breitbart tried to engage in debate with mobs that had no idea why they were out there. Thinking this is about who’s got the better idea is BS. This isn’t Marquis of Queensbury rules. This is intent to destroy with no need for actual ammunition.

    Those that believe in civilization better get a clue fast. Their intent is to destabilize with results that can not be predicted except we know the direction they are pushing.

    Eradicate may be saying it with too much kindness.

    1. It is impossible to eradicate the left because there will always be people who realize leftist tactics and ideology is a great way to gain power and shallow thinking people to go along with it.

      1. The leftist elite get their power from the mob. We can’t get rid of them, but we can take away their power.

        The key is that the mob isn’t reasoning. They’re the puppy that pees all over because they aren’t house broken and will bite not because they are fierce but because they are cowards.

        It’s time to roll up the newspaper and whack them on the nose as often as required until they choose to obey the norms of civilization.

        Penalties are for a purpose. It doesn’t stop criminals. It stops others from becoming criminals.

          1. That would be a good start. The left works by putting cadre in key positions.

            We need to identify everyone of them (party affiliation is NOT a criteria) and neuter them. With focus on the courts.

      2. We’ll never completely eliminate leftist thought. It’s too easy to fall into by being lazy and “high minded”. But the threat from the left is not a few individuals (unless they sneak their way into a position of power that should not exist in a free nation), but in masses who can press their will. We need to impress more people on both the immorality and pragmatic failing of leftism, which means recapturing the institutions that impress young people’s minds.

  3. America will not be allowed the luxury of another civil war. Too many loose nukes to chance it. Better to nuke as much as possible in a counterforce first strike then seize what can be had and offer whatever is on the other side peace or annihilation. A decapitation strike is unnecessary when C&C is already lost.

    Not taking sides here just pointing out that America shares the planet with those of a more pragmatic view….

    1. Those pragmatists are used to dems that roll over for them. They are going to have to get used to a new pragmatism.

      Predictability is for losers.

  4. “The Obama years were Peak Media. It’s all downhill from here.”

    Let us hope so….I concede that their obvious hatred of Trump that they don’t even try to hide anymore is causing them to show their blatant biases for all to see.

    “If they were as powerful as you believe, Clinton would have won the election.”

    This from the other side sums it up nicely why Trump won; (that and Hillary Clinton’s characteristically incompetently run campaign):

    Trump’s election will be the biggest “F—ck You” in human history – Michael Moore


    1. Peak media or not, who knows? The DNC media is still very effective propaganda for a lot of people and especially people with power.

  5. I think the word they were looking for is eradicate.

    I feel like a Dalek! Yeah, I know they say “Exterminate.” Perhaps I’m using the wrong word? Could they be a new mascot for an effective political campaign?

  6. The Master Plan for the DNC, MSM, Progs and Socialists is to flood the Airwaves and Trump administration with lawsuits, protests, fake news accusations, demands for investigations, calls for impeachment, and threats of impeachment if Trump does thus and such.

    in this way they hope to create an atmosphere of mistrust of Trump, paint him as a crook, stop him from pursuing his agenda, delegitimize, Trump hopefully uncover some pretext to criminalize him etc.

    Problem is, they unleashed – indeed exacerbated – raging emotions which have driven socialist/prog/anarchist nut cases. Emotions ran high on that side to begin with when they lost the election.

    This resulted in the baseball shooting, in a Prog pulling up alongside a truck with a Trump flag on it, pulling out a gun and shooting (lousy shot), and other violence.

    If the Dems and the DNC do not want violence and civil war, they will forego their attempts to de-legitimize Trump and try to compete in the arena of ideas.

    I predict they will not do this. I hope I’m wrong.

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