Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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RE: Is a civil war imminent?
If one was to read Bruce Catton's books on the American Civil War, one would probably agree that civil wars happen when societial systems develop inherent contradictions that become insolvable due to the special interests involved, who put up road blocks to there solution for their own reasons. In 1776, we created a society with an inherent contradiction, a Declaration of Independence that said all men are created equal, and a Constitution that said that if a person was black, he was three-fifths of a man. Dealing with that contradiction became insolvable for everyone involved. In the end, war was the only solution. What are the current contradictions in our own society?
We now have an estimated 12 million people from Mexico living and working in this country, a number I think is a ridiculously low estimate - how long can we maintain a wage slave system, with millions living within in our borders that have no say in our democracy? My view is they must either all be in, meaning union with Mexico, or all of them must be out, so they can build their own democracy. Special interests once again put their own interest ahead of national interest, and we now have created another class of slaves.
The US Constitution claims in the 14th Amendment, that all are equal before the law. Yet we have a religious segment of society that has now gained political power, that wishes this not to be so. The courthouses must be adorned with religious dogma, the children must chant a jingoistic pledge "under God", and women must surrender their natural rights to the religous precepts of a few.
But most explosive of all is the new economic system being imposed on this country by corporatists who wish us to be a two-class society like the rest of the world. Little by little they are driving the American middle class out of existence with crooked elections, government-financed propaganda, tax systems rigged to favor the very rich, and policies that guarantee the loss of our technological base. Above all the others, this is the most explosive brew we are mixing.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address