Countdown to Civil War

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On January 26, 2018, Daniel Greenfield gave a brilliant speech in South Carolina in which he argued that politics make civil wars – not guns. “Guns are how a civil war ends. Politics is how it begins.” What does that mean?

“Two or more sides disagree on who runs the country. And they can’t settle the question through elections because they don’t even agree that elections are how you decide who’s in charge. That’s the basic issue here. Who decides who runs the country? When you hate each other but accept the election results, you have a country. When you stop accepting election results, you have a countdown to a civil war.”

This is no small thing. The United States of America has distinguished itself by the peaceful transfer of power through elections for 242 years. Opposing parties compete in an election – one side wins and the other loses. The country reunites after the election in support of the office of the President and competes again four years later.

In 2016 Hillary Clinton competed against Donald Trump for the presidency and lost. For the first time in American history, 22 months after a presidential election the losing party still refuses to accept the election outcome. We are in a countdown to civil war. What changed?

The losing party of leftist Democrats began believing their own narrative of political correctness, moral relativism, and historical revisionism. They live in the world of subjective reality where facts do not get in their way. Let me explain.

Subjective reality is a dreamscape where saying is the same as doing, all ideas are equal, and trying is the same as achieving. In the surreal world of subjective reality, FEELINGS are the determining value. So, if you feel like Hillary should have won then in your mind she did win. If you feel that Donald Trump should not have won then he didn’t win – he is not your president.

In the objective world of FACTS, Donald Trump won the election and is now the 45th president of the United States. He is President Donald Trump and is America’s president whether you like him or don’t like him, whether you agree with him or don’t agree with him, and whether you voted for him or didn’t vote for him. That is what it means to accept an election outcome – you accept the fact of it no matter how you feel about it.

As Tiger Woods so concisely pointed out, “He’s the president of the United States and you have to respect the office,” Tiger said. “No matter who’s in the office, you may like, dislike the personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office.”

Thought precedes behavior. If you do not accept the election outcome and behave as if Hillary won and Donald Trump lost, you are not only out of touch with objective reality, you are participating in the breakdown of the established American social order and are part of the countdown to civil war. How did this happen?

During the 1970s parenting and education shifted the focus from preparing children for adulthood to the elusive goal of assuring happiness for children. Happiness was no longer the consequence of competence and achievement – it became the goal itself. A seismic shift in the standards for behavior was launched.

Those of us who had young children in elementary school in the late 70s and 80s witnessed a perplexing change in educational standards. Feelings replaced facts for what determined acceptable and unacceptable behavior. This is how it works.

Competence was abandoned as the mother of self-esteem and replaced with contrived methods of feel-good dialogue. Bolstering children’s self-esteem and protecting their feelings was the metric by which all things were measured.

Trying was equivalent to achieving, all ideas were equal, cooperative learning replaced individual study, participation trophies were awarded, and there was no such thing as winning and losing.

Whatever made your child feel good was acceptable and whatever made the child feel bad was unacceptable. The problem, of course, is that children who are socialized in this artificial way do not develop the necessary coping skills and practice to deal with real loss and real disappointment outside the controlled atmosphere of their surroundings.

The destructive leftist regressive slide from facts to feelings as the determinant for behavior was manifest at home and in the classroom. Parents had abdicated their authority to “experts” and followed their feelings-based advice which inappropriately empowered the children robbing them of the attitudes and impulse control required to cope with loss and disappointment in the adult world of objective reality.

Three decades later the situation was so out of control that satirical films were written to highlight the absurdity of it. In the classic 2012 satirical comedy “Parental Guidance,” Diane (Bette Midler) and Artie Decker (Billy Crystal) play the “other” grandparents who go to their daughter and son-in-law’s home in Atlanta to babysit their three grandchildren so the parents, Alice and Phil, can get away for a business trip.

The old school, straightforward, authoritative parenting style of the grandparents immediately clashes with the parents’ indirect, tentative, over-involved, feel-good style. Alice instructs her parents on the rules for disciplining the children, “We don’t say No – we say think of the consequences. We don’t say quit your whining – we say use your words.” The scenes are hilarious but extremely telling.

In one scene Turner, the middle child is pitching at his little-league baseball game. Artie, a minor-league sportscaster who was fired because of his old school style instinctively starts to call the game. When he calls the batter out after three strikes it causes a ruckus. The umpire walks over and says, “There are no outs in this game.” No outs? Why not? The umpire explains that the kids keep swinging until they get on base and they don’t keep score so every game ends in a tie. WHAT?

The movie is farcical but the social implications are actually quite serious. Kids raised in this contrived manner are not accustomed to winners and losers – so why would they think elections outcomes are any different than baseball games when they are older? The problem is that the subjective reality they were raised with eventually clashes with objective reality – election laws – and there are consequences. When election laws are not respected we are in the countdown to civil war.

What about limits? Children who are raised without limits have great difficulty in abiding by limits including the limitations defined by laws. In an equally hilarious scene the family is at the symphony and Barker, the youngest boy, starts running through the audience chased by Artie completely disrupting the performance.

Eventually, Artie catches Barker and throws the child over his knees and raises his arm in exasperation, the entire audience gasps fearful that Artie will spank him. Artie looks up and gives an impassioned speech mocking the parenting phrases “use your words” and when he finally exclaims, “The only words these kids never hear is NO!” the audience breaks into thunderous applause. Artie’s point highlights the consequences of indirect, tentative, feelings-based parenting.

Ironically, Turner stutters and has great difficulty using his words. He is in therapy with an arrogant condescending young woman with a worthless Ph.D. from Yale who applauds Turner when he circles the room making airplane noises. Artie points out that none of the children are speaking and she smugly explains that the therapy is to make them “feel” safe enough to express themselves – Artie says he thought the point was for them to speak. Why is this important?

Comedy is an extremely effective way to expose the absurdity of behavior – so it is with “Parental Guidance.” The film is a masterpiece of comedy but also a cautionary tale. When feelings and effort are substituted for facts and achievement the consequences are a generation of young people who actually believe that their personal feelings are the metric for determining what is real and what is acceptable behavior.

They live their lives in the alternative world of subjective reality and take advice from “experts” schooled in feelings rather than facts. In the dramatic conclusion of the film, Turner steps up to the microphone and recites the famous play-by-play from Bobby Thompson’s stunning 1951 home run that won the pennant for the Giants. Turner had found his voice with Artie’s old school guidance. Why is this important?

Feelings define identity politics. Identity politics are the foundation of today’s leftist Democrat party. Feeling like a victim defines you as a victim.

The Democrat party is the party of self-defined victimhood that embraces people of every color, age, religion, gender, sexual preference, and socioeconomic status. What they do not tolerate is anyone who thinks differently. What binds these disparate groups together is their hatred for President Trump and refusal to accept the 2016 presidential election outcome. They do not accept President Trump as their president because they don’t like him and since their feelings are more important than facts they behave as if he is not the president. They are participating in the countdown to civil war.

Two generations of Americans have been deliberately indoctrinated toward collectivism in the leftist narrative that prioritizes feelings over facts. The Democrat leaders are deliberately exploiting the compliant and unaware young people that leftist indoctrination has produced.

Anti-American Americans who refuse to accept the election outcome are the social justice warriors that have been duped into supporting the fiction of leftist socialism. Their leaders knowingly created divisiveness to produce the social chaos that will make the United States ungovernable. Why? Social chaos leads to civil war. Politics makes civil wars – not guns.

It is worth repeating, “Two or more sides disagree on who runs the country. And they can’t settle the question through elections because they don’t even agree that elections are how you decide who’s in charge. That’s the basic issue here. Who decides who runs the country? When you hate each other but accept the election results, you have a country. When you stop accepting election results, you have a countdown to a civil war.”

President Donald Trump is demanding a return to the Constitution and rule of law. He is demanding that America honor and accept election outcomes because without acceptance there is only civil war to determine who runs the country.

The leftist Democrat party is the hypocritical party of feelings. They only accept election outcomes if their preferred candidate wins. Only their own feelings matter!

Those of us who did not like or vote for Barack Obama accepted the 2008 and 2012 election outcomes. Because we are Americans first we accepted Obama’s victory regardless of our personal feelings.

We did not “resist” and leaders of the opposition party did not participate in a coup to overthrow him. We waited until 2016 and cast our votes for President Donald J. Trump – the duly elected 45th president of the United States of America.

America is at a tipping point – if we allow the FEELINGS of the left to supersede the rule of law the country will tilt further toward anarchy and there will be civil war. Accepting the FACTS of election outcomes is a far better choice. It’s time to go old school – there are winners and there are losers. Get used to it!

Linda Goudsmit is a writer at Pundicity.com.

A graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (B.A. in English literature), Linda has a lifelong commitment to learning and is an avid reader and observer of life. She is the author of Dear America: Who’s Driving the Bus? as well as a children’s series in development, Mimi’s STRATEGY.

It is with pride and humility that she is sharing her thoughts, observations, and philosophy of behavior in the many articles she has written that are featured on Pundicity.

23 COMMENTS

  1. Over the past SEVERAL years I have maintained, the day the American people realize, because of the massive & GROWING use of Voter Fraud by Democrats, they can no longer peacefully take their gripes to the polls, THAT is the day ALL HELL will break loose.

    Over the past two years, the fact is America has had QUITE the education
    We have watched the Left engage in THE most scandal ridden, fraudulent, ILLEGAL and shockingly corrupt behaviors. They have committed MOUNTAINS of felonies including but not limited to extreme obstruction, fraud, RICO violations, and various forms of TREASON. There can BE no doubt, the next two elections WILL be RIFT WITH FRAUD.

    What the have learned, there IS no low, TOO low for Democrats to sink in their unwavering objective to SEIZE POWER, “BY ANY MEANS.”

    Yes indeed, there are very turbulent days ahead. IMHO, (mine and mine alone here), the sooner the better.
    Get it over with, it’s the ONLY way we can return to peace and normalcy.

  2. Excellent article. It begs the question: Were the societal changes of the 70s and beyond part of a long range strategy? Clearly the progressive ideologues have almost complete control of universities and the news media, broadcast and print. They are shameless in their disregard, or disdain of historical fact.

  3. Heather MacDonald has a new book which goes into detail about Universities–‘The Diversity Delusion’ ‘How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture’.

    • I heard her on talk radio this week, but missed her full name and title of the book. Thank you, Herbert, for mentioning it on this site..

  4. Ms. Goudsmit remained (or became) an objective person even after studying at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor??? Wow! I would not have believed it possible. Great article!

    • The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor was a very different place in the 60s – there was freedom of speech on campus and no political correctness. It was a lively place where students were free to speak their minds and free to argue their positions on paper regardless of the professor’s personal or political opinions. The angry protesting students at the University of Michigan who I went to school with did not go quietly into the night when they graduated. They became the teachers, professors, politicians, textbook writers, social workers, psychologists, doctors, lawyers etc etc etc – the leaders and “experts” in society who teach our children and grandchildren the Marxism that we rejected in the 60s. The comparison of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in the 60s to UM today is a microcosm of the transformation in society from noisy and tolerant to noisy and intolerant. Instead of objectively examining collapsed countries like Venezuela and Cuba, these arrogant credentialed “experts” live in subjective reality where they continue to extol the virtues of collectivism and demand conformity – the inmates are running the asylum and trying to overthrow the government. Make sure you vote Republican in the midterm elections.

      • The University of Illinois, where #44 gave a speech this last weekend, has gone the same way. If you look at Red-Blue map of the 2016 Presidential map you will see in downstate all Red except St. Clair next to St. Louis and Champaign County, home of the U of I.

  5. Ignorant and deceived, immoral and wicked, hypocritical bigoted, totalitarian Marxists like the Democrats we see in the world today are wholly incapable of demonstrating integrity. So, it’s no surprise they will never accept the election results of moral people who want to reform their country away from leftardology. If civil war comes, it will be because of the ignorant and deceived, immoral and wicked, hypocritical bigoted, totalitarian Marxist Democrats.

    • and when it does come there will be no survivors of the democratic party there party of Marxism and communism, they will all be lying dead along with there demon possessed leaders, the deep state, the media, the university moron professors, and the judges who ruled by edict and not law. all of these people will be gone. They want anarchy , anarchy is what they will get and when it begins the faces of the masked Marxist Russian paid for democratic protestors will be toast. if such a war was to begin and i believe it will there will be millions of deaths and casualties on the lunatics side, but with one caveat, it will be a breath of fresh on the nation with a new beginning without these lunatic demon possessed pieces of human garbage sucking our system dry with all sorts of evil ideas they have dreamed up in there warped minds..

  6. Everything – EVERYTHING – the Left does makes sense when you realize they’re MISSIONARIES committed to their “science” that predicts they can create a Socialist Utopia on earth. They believe (can I get a ‘Hallelujah brother!’?) in it. They’ve committed their lives to it.

    • You are spot on. For some time now, I have called it the Cult of Liberalism. Spot on with the missionary call as that is how they act with great fanaticism.

    • what they really want to attain but the idiots don’t know they have attained , its there cultural Marxism and indoctrination from grade schools from K-12, and 4 years of useless continuing college indoctrination, its done they are already there and they reached thee nirvana and now they will be on the downside along with the rest of the democratic Marxist pond scum.

  7. Maybe it’s time for Civil War II. Maybe that’s the only to defeat the ultra-extreme left in this country once and for all. Because millennial SJW brats and their indoctrinators have as much chance of prevailing in actual conflict as the Hildebeest has of becoming an American patriot.

  8. i’m gonna call bs on this. these people WANT anarchy and chaos. they want absolute power and thought it was a done deal. civil war is a FEATURE of communism…not a bug

    • BS?? The article is a warning to those people who don’t realize that rejecting the presidential election outcome is a deliberate strategy to destabilize the country with anarchy to create social chaos. The left’s unAmerican “resistance” movement is fomenting civil war!

  9. It’s called “Racing!!!!!” Whether it be with Horses, Cars, Boats, Airplanes or your very own “FEET!!!” There can only be one “Winner!!” Today, however, we seem to have more “Whiners” than “Winners” Let’s see now, how about the game of “POKER!!!” good ol’ “5 Card Stud!!!” Remember the movie with Ed G. and Steve,,,,, The “Kid” LOST!!!!! END OF GAME!! He did not walk away with a participation trophy!!
    Today, Sunday the 9th of September, you will find an Airport “Stead Field” just north of RENO that is getting ready for a couple of days of some “Serious Airplane Racing!!!!!!!!” Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are time trials for each “Class!!” Friday, Saturday and Sunday is when everyone puts their medal to the test… “RUN WHAT YA’ BRUNG!!!” About 3:30PM on Sunday the Titans amass for the “GOLD RACE!!” 10 Laps and the first Prop Spinner to cross the finish line is the “W-I-N-N-E-R-!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Yes there is a second and third place but the Glory only lasts for about a minute….. really only a “NANO SECOND!!” Because, now it’s back to the Pits and start getting ready for Next Year’s RACE!!!!” …That includes “First Place WINNER!!”
    Don’t ask anyone who races if they think the rules are unfair and everyone should be recognized as a “winner’…. don’t do it!!! You may get “SHOT!!!!!!

    SO!!, now we have a RACE! The winner was declared to be Don Trump. But the losers because of their “COGNITIVE DISSONANCE” are peeing in their pampers, having screaming, panty crapping, hissyfits in their “safe space” Play pens while America is moving forward…. Unfortunately there seems to be a significant number of them who are doing a fine job of because of their un-acceptance an cooperation with rationality have us on the brink of a “CIVIL WAR!!!!!!”

    BRING IT BITCHES!!!!!’

    While you were shitting your diapers,
    I was going to the “Range!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Audentes, Fortuna, Ivat,
    III%,
    GOT GUNZ>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>OUTLAW!!!!!!,
    skybill-out

  10. Prophets To Ahab And Evangelicals To Trump: “Go Up! Attack Syria!”
    Just yesterday, the Zionist puppet Donald Trump threatened Syrian President Assad to not drive the last remnant of terrorists (U.S.-backed terrorists) from his country. With the help of Russia and Iran, Assad has all but totally expunged western-sponsored terror groups (ISIS, al-Nusra, etc.) from Syria. The terrorists are now concentrated in the province of Idlib, which has been somewhat of a U.S.-protected terrorist safe zone.

    Can you imagine anyone telling the president of a country (any country) that he cannot drive out terrorists from his own country? That is exactly what Trump did. Furthermore, what the heck is the U.S. military doing invading a sovereign country and setting up military bases for the express purpose of protecting TERRORISTS (which is exactly what the U.S. military is doing in Syria)?

    There is a nationwide purge underway . . . blacklisting and banning politically incorrect speakers and history books under the rubric of “hate speech” accusations, initiated in part by two Zionist organizations, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). It’s a flimsy pretext for censoring controversial scholarly books that cannot be refuted in debate, so they must be banned.
    https://chuckbaldwinlive.com/Articles/tabid/109/ID/3783/Prophets-To-Ahab-And-Evangelicals-To-Trump-Go-Up-Attack-Syria.aspx

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