Think back to what happened on January 6, 2021. Do you recall the horror and disgust you felt as you watched thousands of pro-Trump rioters storm the U.S. Capitol and demand that then-Vice President Mike Pence be hanged from the nearest noose?
Now think forward to an ordinary day — say sometime around the dog days of summer, between mid-July and August — and imagine the Capitol insurrection times a thousand.
That’s exactly what many of the MAGA faithful are currently plotting, according to American journalist Michelangelo Signorile, who served as editor-at-large for HuffPost from 2011 to 2019.
Signorile warns that the signs are everywhere, and he cites a letter he received from someone describing a book entitled How To Win The Second Civil War. Here’s how the book and the movement it details are explained:
“This is not a joke. This is not a myth. This is not a drill. According to a survey last year, a majority of Republicans agreed with the statement: ‘The traditional American way of life is disappearing so fast that we may have to use force to save it.’”—From Michael Gerson’s Opinion piece last week in the Washington Post.
“This is a significant number of people and they are not all conspiracy theorists,” says Jim Hanson, U.S. Army Special Forces veteran.
There are millions of Americans who still support Trump and the extremists who currently control the GOP, and they’re insisting that we give into their demands — or else:
“He’s saying that, yes, the majority of Republicans believe the American way of life may need to be saved ‘by force’ and that Democrats had better bow to Republicans — no matter how insane and fraudulent their claims are — if they want to ‘survive.’ There’s really no other way to interpret it.”
Or consider it this way: A man with a cache of explosives arrives at your house and demands you sign the property over to him or he’ll turn your home to rubble. Do you reason with him, or do you dare him to do his worst?
The rise of Trump and the way it has metastasized inside the Republican party is a clear and present danger to the entire country. It’s a threat to the very ideals we hold so dear, which are spelled out in the Constitution: Freedom, justice, equality, and representative democracy.
What can be done? Signorile believes it’s time those of us who don’t want to see the country devolve into warring camps and fascism get busy and fight against the threat we face:
“So the talk of a ‘Second Civil War,’ as red states are passing more laws allowing access to guns, and as GOP officials do all they can to protect the violent insurrectionists who beat and stomped police, is clearly a signal that there is more to come.
“Democrats must understand the gravity of this — and progressives should be turning up the heat if they’re not.”
Who’s that you see down near the end of the street you live on? What’s that he’s carrying? He’s talking to one of your neighbors, and then both of them begin marching toward your house. Do you wait until they’re on your front porch, or do you and your like-minded neighbors run them off and warn them to never return?
We have to be certain and have the right answers before it’s too late and what we cherish about this country is gone forever.