The war is inevitable and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.
~ Patrick Henry, 23 March, 1775
I’m not as enthused about the prospect as Patrick Henry was, two hundred and forty-one years ago, but that war is inevitable, more or less soon, seems to me very likely at this point. If it doesn’t begin from the right, the day after tomorrow, with a Hillary win by early Wednesday, which is to say, if she loses, it will begin in a few years or eight, and maybe from the left. Since it won’t be like the last one, with large but discrete armies maneuvering across the countryside, but a matter of small violence, bombings and kidnappings and assassinations, round-ups and gun-downs, everywhere, then one shouldn’t assume that that the left cannot learn to be effective enough.1
But why is war inevitable? There are, I think, at least four reasons. One is that we’ve come to just flat hate each other so much. Another is that there are elements of our patrimony, especially navigable rivers, the Intra-coastal Waterway, and our rail net, that cannot be fully separated. A third is that upstate New York and some parts of Massachusetts have a great deal more in common with rural Alabama and Mississippi than the latter do with Jackson and Birmingham or the former with Boston, Albany, and New York City. Will a southern or midwestern Christian stand by idly when northeastern Christians are being rounded up for politically incorrect thought / thoughtcrime2 and ask for help?3 One doubts. Finally, there is the insuperable problem; this country, or these countries, if it got that far, cannot tolerate the existence of a hostile peer competitor, nor even a friendly one whose feelings may change, in this hemisphere. One or the other will have to go.
So get out of your mind that whole 1861-1865 thing, the preposterous notion that separation is possible. If we go with the program I’ve thinly outlined in the last two columns, whereby the federal government is stymied and blocked and a shadow government is begun for the red state, 100% USA, AFYC4, and it works beyond my wildest dreams, it changes nothing. The objective must be the extinguishing of globalism, leftism, progressivism, and social justice whining that have taken over academia, the media, and our politics, turning them all to corruption in every possible sense.
So, to the particulars of fighting that war, Part 1:
I can’t quite shake the feeling that the side that wins any new civil war, to the extent that anyone can be said to “win” such a frightfulness, will be the side that a) engages in as humanitarian a form of ethnic and political cleansing as possible, first, and b) shoots second. I say “as humanitarian…as possible” because, as previously discussed,5 we are not a nation of red and blue states. Rather, instead of red and blue states, we are, as discussed a couple of years ago, “counties and neighborhoods and streets and the couch versus the bedroom after an argument with a spouse or significant other over political matters.” In short, anyone who engages in really harsh internal security measures will tend to drive people who should be its friends over to the other side. Since I’m writing this on behalf of the more or less anti-bolshevik, anti-progressive, anti-SJW6 half of the country, let me emphasize that, when the northeast, the left coast, “Yes, we old retired farts can be bribed by robbing the future” Florida, “Under the Fairfax County Bootheel” Virginia, “Cannot control Baltimore” Maryland, and CorruptionRus Illinois, unchained from the restraints we’ve imposed on them, go full lunatic lefty, let them turn into Beirut of the 80s while we try to maintain something approaching civilization as long as we can. Yes, that means I think it would be easier for us to conquer or reconquer a California devolved into its own civil war if we can avoid the same in our areas.
Note that it’s a fine line we’ll have to try to walk, rounding up those who would turn us into Beirut, without rounding up those whose rounding up will cause their friends and family to turn us into Beirut. My suggestion would be using extreme measures for those who are certain enemies, but safe and comfortable lagering or exile for those about whom there might be some doubts.
Though I may find it distasteful, honesty compels that I not shy away from that other aspect of securing the base areas, ethnic cleansing. If this nightmare comes to pass then ethnic cleansing is going to happen, I am certain, to at least three groups – Moslems, Blacks, and Hispanics. Some of it will probably come in the form of self-exile, but I would be very surprised if more of it isn’t forced. So let me throw a little damper on the KKK/alt-white-wing of my readership, if any; Trump is leading by comfortable margins in Louisiana (over a third Black and Hispanic), Mississippi (close to 40% Black and Hispanic), and Alabama (over a quarter). He’s not leading in those places by the kinds of margins he is without a more than fair sprinkling of Blacks and Hispanics, who will not be much like the rioting for fun and profit thugs of Black Lives Matter (and White Lives Don’t). Those people are us as much as anyone can be. It would be a grievous and perhaps unhealable wound to your alleged souls if you don’t treat them that way.
Next week, my Thanksgiving Prayer, 2.0. The week after that I’ll get back to the war.
1 Witness the almost incredible incompetence of Professor Bill Ayers’ terrorist group in the early 70s. Still, it would be safer to assume that he and his crowd were outliers, future academics, arrogant and foolish, coddled as children and never quite grown up. Expect a better performance when things get serious, rather than being a kind of theater intended to entertain Ayers and his wife and justify their unfortunate existence.
3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpLYfjJvCQI. Yes, go ahead and watch it. Yes, I believe that’s the ultimate logical end of “social justice,” so called, should it triumph. I also think it’s incontestable that, as a matter of self-defense, you can do unto them to prevent them doing unto you. They don’t think about that aspect, usually, but that’s because they’re generally speaking idiots.
4 The America; Fuck Yeah! Coalition
6 SJW stands for social justice warrior. Unlike many such epithets, this one was coined by the people to whom it applies. Think of idiot PhDs who call canoeing “racist,” the universe of the trigglypuffs, and those who consider eating a taco to be a crime against Mexicans, if not even a crime against humanity, which latter classification expressly excludes whites.
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Tom Kratman is a retired infantry lieutenant colonel, recovering attorney, and science fiction and military fiction writer. His latest novel, The Rods and the Axe, is available from Amazon.com for $9.99 for the Kindle version, or $25 for the hardback. A political refugee and defector from the People’s Republic of Massachusetts, he makes his home in Blacksburg, Virginia. He holds the non-exclusive military and foreign affairs portfolio for EveryJoe. Tom’s books can be ordered through baen.com.
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