MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
As I was thinking of a follow up to last night’s show, I was thinking about the irony of all of the fighting and political division as we approach our day of independence. The Fourth of July is always touted as some sort of special day where we tell lies to ourselves about some intangible freedom that we cherish.
Now forgive me for being negative about our situation, and I know there are people that still know the reason why we observe the Fourth of July but as the holiday approaches, we need to know what we are up against. I think it is important to impart the truth about how we are facing some very precarious territory as extremism is now pushing us into what is termed a civil conflict which is usually a precursor to civil war.
I did some reading about definitions that can be applied to various stages of civil upheaval leading to civil war and what is most disconcerting is that in America we are being targeted for death in many ways and if we are not killing ourselves, there are organized groups that are plotting to harm or kill other Americans for political reasons.
War is defined by the severity of violence and the body count. Technically, the experts say a civil war is defined as any armed conflict that involves; a military action internal to the parent state or state system members. It requires the active participation of the national government; there has to be an effective resistance by the warring parties, and there has to be a total of at least 1,000 battle-deaths during each year of the war.
Now a civil conflict is defined in the same way except the death count has to be 25 deaths per year. Some say that this is where the country is now with many factors involved including police brutality against minority groups, mass death incidents where military type firearms are used, suicide deaths, and deaths due to starvation and bad medical care.
U.S. suicide rates are at the highest level since World War II, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.
Material well-being, emotional distress in the U.S. has reached “crisis levels,” according to the CDC.
The national mental health epidemic stems from various causes, including “genetic, social, and environmental factors.”
Scarcity in the United States is starving families to death and children are dying because of it.
More than 12 million children in the United States live in “food insecure” homes. That phrase may sound mild, but it means that those households don’t have enough food for every family member to lead a healthy life.
Children are becoming a casualty in a war for food.
US police kill black people at disproportionate rates: Black people accounted for 31 percent of police killing victims in 2012, even though they made up just 13 percent of the US population. Although the data is incomplete because it’s based on voluntary reports from police agencies around the country, it highlights the vast disparities in how police use force.
The disparities appear to be even starker for unarmed suspects, according to an analysis of 2015 police killings, racial minorities made up about 37.4 percent of the general population in the US and 46.6 percent of armed and unarmed victims, but they made up 62.7 percent of unarmed people killed by police.
And finally, the body count increases the likely hood of civil war especially when we speak of fatalities due to mass shootings. The problem, however, is there is no standard definition of what constitutes a mass shooting. Media outlets, academic researchers, and law enforcement agencies frequently use different definitions when discussing mass shootings, leading to different assessments of how frequently mass shootings occur and whether they are more common now than they were a decade or two ago.
Some claim that a shooting involving as little as 4 or 5 victims makes up a mass shooting.
Now put this into perspective as a civil conflict only requires 25 deaths a year to be at a crisis level—we are definitely pushing ourselves towards a civil war.
Many chalk up the hyperbolic talk of civil war to the country’s hyperpartisan atmosphere and a cable news arms race in which commentators feel compelled to ramp up the rhetoric to be heard when everyone, including the president and Congress, seems to be shouting all the time. The talk has drawn particular derision from some military-veteran groups, whose members have experienced actual warfare.
But the rhetoric also has origins in some real-world problems, such as a crumbling of confidence in the country’s democratic institutions and its paralyzed federal government. With Congress largely deadlocked, governance on the most controversial issues has been left to the Supreme Court or has come through executive or emergency actions from President Trump.
All the doom, gloom and divisiveness in the United States has caught the attention of experts who evaluate the strength of governments around the world. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index, a measure widely cited by political scientists, demoted the United States from “full democracy” to “flawed democracy” in January 2017, citing a big drop in Americans’ trust in their political institutions.
According to Newsweek magazine’s polling, a third of all Americans think that a civil war could break out within the next five years, with 10% thinking it “very likely to happen.”
The predominantly left-leaning US media has just entered its third consecutive year of open warfare against Donald Trump. This non-stop assault risks aggravating political passions to the point where ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’ snowballs into something completely beyond our ability to control—like full-blown Civil War.
In the past, many left-leaning newspapers and television networks have taken on the charge of being part of the resistance and have gone out of their way to ignore the problem of extremist left-leaning views.
Groups like Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer are called extreme white supremacist operations while Antifa are considered counter protesters whose manical supermen are out to bring justice through intimidation and violence.
Violent and extreme ideologies bring ratings to the networks by way of guerilla and pack journalism where commentators peak from political boas instead of objectivity.
The media stands accused of painting a picture of a very dark America that needs to revolt and carry out whatever means necessary to secure a left vote or administration. We have seen violent protests which have been ignored liberal media outlets and have been spotlighted by conservative groups as threat to our national security.
This imbalance is actually affecting Americans that feel that their way of life is being threatened. The continued onslaught of this activity will not stand with most Americans and backlash is inevitable.
By definition, any extreme right or left wing group that uses violence for a political goal are considered domestic terrorists.
As attacks domestically increase so does the body count and the outright insurrection of liberal leaders against conservative ones deepen the divide and eventually, there may be an all-out assault in many communities across the United States.
As many knowledgeable Americans will openly admit, battle lines have been drawn across the political and cultural frontier. This division is perhaps most conspicuous on social media, where friends and family who disagree with your political worldview get the ‘nuke option’ and are effortlessly unfriended with the push of a button.
This is a worrying development.
The real danger will come when Americans from both sides of the political divide stop talking and start erecting extremely dangerous barriers around their political belief systems.
When organized armed assaults become more common and it is evident that the assailants are doing so to make America great again or because those who wish to truly make America great are gunned down because someone deems them fascist- we will know that America is about to have a curtain call.
Not even family members are spared from the turmoil; just because people share the same bloodline does not automatically mean they share the same political views.
It can be said that what has triggered the current civil conflict was the hypocritical guarantee in 2016 that there would be a peaceful and smooth transition of power when President Trump took office.
This never happened and this is why the civil combatant operations are now being fed and the monster that will come from it may cause American Omnicide.
If the word Omnicide sounds ominous, it is because it is.
Loosely defined, Omnicide is the total extinction of a civilization through a major catastrophe brought on by war or ecological disaster.
No President, pundit or religious authority can prevent a stroke of extinction and the idea of finger pointing and blame is hollow as we are responsible for our own demise.
Donald Trump is certainly not above criticism. Far from it. But for the mainstream media to place all of the blame for the current political malaise at the Republican’s door is about as responsible as lighting up a cigarette in a fireworks factory.
If the mainstream media continues to slavishly serve just one political master over another, it will only have itself to blame for what comes next. Its prejudiced and agenda-based reporting is a disgrace and really nothing short of a bona fide national security threat.
The America we loved is lost, perhaps forever. That is the meaning of this conflict. The republic that bound its rulers with the chains of the Constitution and freed the rest of us to live in peace is no more.
The Constitution along with our Declaration of Independence was a guarantee etched in stone of the freedoms and sovereignty need to establish a strong republic.
The Constitution now is cherry-picked in order to justify extremist speech, a corrupt press, and to justify other acts of malfeasance that bend or even break the rules regarding civil liberty.
Are we able to pause and reflect seriously on the dire consequences of our collective behavior – or passivity when it comes to an American’s right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
At some point, for whatever reason, you have to come to the realization that the consensus narratives in our society about what’s going on are false. The tools that people are taught to use to inform themselves about their government, their nation, and their world are not just full of inaccuracies, but deliberate distortions, ranging from the reasons that were given for why wars are started, to the way our political systems work, to where real power and authority actually lies, to the way nations and governments actually behave in the world.
This awareness has come with a degree of alienation. Not buying into the same consensus narratives about the world as your friends, loved ones and peers comes with an inability to relate to them on some levels, which can cause you to feel a lack of intimacy in those areas.
You may have also found yourself the odd one out in conversations about politics or other controversial issues, maybe even lost old friends over it.
Many of you who take the time to listen to alternative views are shunned. Many of us are told to pick a side and the sides we are told to choose are extremist.
Centrism is now a major sin politically and when one states that this is their affiliation they are told that they have no place in this war of ideologies.
What is most disconcerting is that people don’t use the strength of their numbers to force an end to the oppressive, homicidal status quo, because they aren’t interested in doing so. Many have not felt enough pain to do something about it. They see suffering as an inevitability or they see it as the new normal.
All of mankind’s biggest dilemmas are ultimately due to the fact that propaganda is far more ubiquitous and far more advanced than most people realize. Social media is effective in shaping views and now those who control it have become aware of the power and now wish to take control of all information and now they even want to be your banker.
Nobody teaches you in school that throughout your entire life that behind the scenes an organized plutocracy will be working to control the thoughts in your head using a highly sophisticated arsenal of psychological operations funneled into your mind via their near-total control of the media.
Nobody warns you as a kid that if you ever really want to grow up, you’ll first have to extricate the vast network of lies which have been deliberately sewn into your consciousness since birth.
This is why Americans do not value their freedoms enough to fight for them.
Younger generations have now been manipulated on a mass scale by the same people who have been granted immense power and wealth by the existence of that status quo.
However, the responsibility of the older generations has not been greater.
It is our responsibility to share information which counters the disinformation, doing our best to throw sand in the gears of the propaganda machine and show people the little gaps in the code of the matrix in the hope that some light sleeper might spot it and begin waking up from the dream.
You should never concede to knowing everything – you should be teachable and impart your wisdom whenever possible.
It is imperative to keep learning and gaining a better and better understanding of how the oppression machine operates so that you can describe it more lucidly to others.
This is the real tool to end the fomenting war – solid and objective information.
Never let anyone shame you into silence or make you believe that your efforts are in vain. Never doubt that you’re on the right path.
Your edge is your agility and your access to inspiration. No amount of social engineering can kill the truth – as they say, solid ideas can withstand bullets and bombs.
May God continue to bless America and guide us away from a civil war.