We’re told the Civil War was fought over slavery. That’s not accurate. The Civil War was a culture war, with slavery being one (albeit key) element of the cultural divide. It was a war between advocates of a strong central government and advocates of strong states’ rights. We’re told the Civil War began in 1861 and ended in 1865. That’s not accurate. It never ended. The culture war has been increasing from a simmer to a boil.
Recent proof is easy to find. In 2002, the movie “Sweet Home Alabama”. In 2008, Barak H. Obama’s mockery: “they cling to guns or religion … as a way to explain their frustrations.” In 2016, Hillary Clinton’s mockery: “deplorables”, some of whom are “irredeemable”.
Cancel culture by big media, big tech, Hollywood, and the education industry is such a widely acknowledged fact of life, that “cancel culture” has become part of the English language. And everyone talks about Red States and Blue States, acknowledging a nation of people with two very different cultures. And people with Blue State culture unabashedly cancel people with Red State culture all day every day, in the name of fighting the demon of slavery that they say was not ended by or after the Civil War.
July 13, 2021 was a watershed moment. On July 13, 2021, the President of the United States of America officially declared the beginning of Civil War II. As he criticized voter-integrity legislation in Georgia and Texas (i.e., Southern “Confederate” states), he said: “We’re facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War. It’s not hyperbole, since the Civil War … The Confederates back then, never breached the Capitol, as insurrectionists did on January 6th.” I BEG YOU. PLEASE. STOP. THINK. The President of the United States of America said “The Confederates back then”! There’s only one interpretation. The President of the United States of America viscerally believes present-day Southerners are present-day Confederates— not Americans.
On July 13, 2021, the President of the United States of America also said: “It gives me no pleasure to say this. I never thought my entire career I’d ever have to say. But, I swore an oath to you, to God, to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. That’s an oath that forms a sacred trust, to defend Americans to all threats, both foreign and domestic”. He emphasized “domestic” with a strong voice! I BEG YOU. PLEASE. STOP. THINK. The President of the United States of America viscerally believes present-day Southerners are a “domestic threat” — and he viscerally believes he has a constitutional duty to defend the rest of America against present-day Southerners.
Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Barak H. Obama are seasoned politicians who know that words matter. They even tell us that words matter. Think about their words, and what their words reveal about their visceral beliefs. Think about cancel culture, and about how it gained so much power so fast. Then ask yourself this question: “Do you have any doubt that there is a culture war underway in America — Civil War II?”.