Cyberspace was all abuzz a few years ago when a certain self-described time traveler by the name of John Titor began to post on several sites. Although he was careful not to predict the future, he did reveal why he was here: to retrieve a certain IBM computer that was needed in the future.
Perhaps wittingly or unwittingly, he revealed a few other things that we will have the opportunity to confirm over time.
One of those things was his insistence that this country will embroil itself in a civil war:
"The civil war in the United States will start in 2004. I would describe it as having a Waco type event every month that steadily gets worse. The conflict will consume everyone in the US by 2012 and end in 2015 with a very short WWIII."
He said other things that were born out, but we're still waiting to see if Titor's civil war prediction will become a reality.
Now, I'm not saying that I believe Titor's predictions of a civil war, as it might have occurred on his worldline, instead of ours, if you believe him at all.
I bring up Titor because of the current hint of a civil war in the air since Obama became president. The volume on it is slowly increasing, and at the rate it's growing, especially with the recession and the possibility that we might descend into the quicksand of a depression, Titor's prediction is beginning to take on the brilliant sharpness of reality.
Certain people are peddling some rather dangerous language. Consider the following:
"Controversial Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said this weekend that she wants residents of her state "armed and dangerous" over President Barack Obama's plan to reduce global warming 'because we need to fight back.'
"Asked about the White House-backed cap-and-trade proposal to reduce carbon emissions, Bachmann told WWTC 1280 AM, "I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us 'having a revolution every now and then is a good thing,' and the people -- we the people -- are going to have to fight back hard if we're not going to lose our country. And I think this has the potential of changing the dynamic of freedom forever in the United States."
FoxNews, and in particular Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck, are seemingly operating as vanguards for this civil war, and, by so doing, are doing the country a disservice and possibly stirring a pot of discontent that could spill over into something that could be dangerous for the democracy that we have carefully crafted in this country. More here.
Even the actor, Chuck Norris, has gotten in on the act:
"How much more will Americans take? When will enough be enough? And, when that time comes, will our leaders finally listen or will history need to record a second American Revolution? We the people have the authority according to America's Declaration of Independence...."
Glenn Greenwald has written for salon.com an intriguing article looking at this new American phenomenon.
Now whether republicans wish to have a real civil war is immaterial. That they would bring up the possibility at all speaks volumes. Are they telling us that a two-party system is bad for America? Are they saying that only conservatives should be in charge of the government?
Why are they using such inflammatory and un-American rhetoric as a "civil war" in their talking points regarding their proposed take back of the country?
For many these are scary times. And scared people can be talked into doing some rather desperate things.
What is needed is calm, not talk of "civil war," nor talk of not following the leadership of the commander-in-chief, and other such self-destructive and divisive talk.
Obama ran his presidential campaign on the theme of One America. Some republicans are seeking to destroy this new-found American unity--racially, and socially--by exploiting what divides us, and throwing in the ultimate act of civil disobedience, which we call a civil war, or a coup.
When historians look back on these times, they will undoubtedly speak glowingly of a country that grew up enough to elect a black president, and not so glowingly of a certain segment of the country that chooses to meet that adult progress with juvenile behavior--if we can't win by using the rules in place (the U.S. Constitution, and the rule of law), let's do away with the rules, and take by force what we can't take through fair play.
John Titor may or may not be real. He may or may not have seen a civil war for this country. But a war of the magnitude he predicted is still being waged in the hearts and minds of many in our midst and that's a shame.
Let's hope that the war remains in the realm of fantasy, and not in the alleyways of our nation.
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