Whatever Happens this November Will Change our Nation.

This is a reblog from Danmillerinpanama. It is not an easy post to read but, it is critically important that all Americans begin thinking about what may happen in the next few months. As we have come to expect from Dan it is superbly written and reasoned. This like some I have written lately comes freighted with a lifetime of experience and filled with foreboding for America.

 Regardless of the electoral outcome, the possibility of civil unrest
should not be discounted.

Our societal divide has become a widening and deepening chasm to the point that regardless of who wins the presidential election civil unrest seems increasingly likely.

I wrote here about the Civil War of 1861 – 65 and here about the constitutional implications and causes of that war.  Should  violence follow the November election, the conflagration and its context will be very different. It will have less to do with North versus South or with our few remaining States’ rights. It may be influenced by the increasing misery brought on by persistent and worsening economic conditions and the tendency of governmental efforts “unexpectedly” to exacerbate rather than to ameliorate them.

There may be no discernible focus at all. Big riots can easily spring from circumstances ignited by minor displeasures, celebrations or for no apparent reason. “Flash robs” assemble to rob stores of luxury goods or just for the Hell of it. An unfortunate incident can be turned into a cause celebre by race or other agitators abetted by sensationalist media pleased to invent what they then report as facts.  A White candidate defeating an incumbent Black President — who has himself been historically effective in fomenting racial, economic and social hatred — might easily be the catalyst for an already unstable chemical mixture to explode. If the race is too close to call on election day, the chances are probably greater. Conversely, a victory by President Obama could be transformed from a celebration into demands for revenge against perceived perpetrators of perceived past wrongs.  In either event,  individual and apparently unrelated mobs seem likely to expand, multiply and coalesce as focused leaders take charge and shape mob positions to suit their own ambitions. Violence and threats of more can be useful tools for shaping revolutions. They also provide great opportunities for attacks by terrorists and other external enemies to become quite troublesome. The ultimate consequences are now difficult to imagine; in three months it may be easier to figure out at least the direction(s) in which things are heading.

My guess is that in the event of a major coalescing conflagration the ultimate focus will be on the form the Dependency Plantation is to take as it evolves and expands before entering a death spiral, as it ultimately will: such a plantation can not remain viable indefinitely as fewer and fewer do the work and pay the taxes for the benefit of more and more.

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Some of you seem to have the idea that I have accumulated  a small share of wisdom over the years, that’s as it may be. But if your asking what I will do, the clearest answer came from Robert E. Lee, and I will do my best to emulate him.

Duty is the most sublime word in our language.

Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more.

You should never wish to do less.

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10 Responses to Whatever Happens this November Will Change our Nation.

  1. Thanks for the re-blog and for posting one of my very favorite quotes from General Lee. Here’s another, from a letter to his son:

    Never do a wrong thing to make a friend or keep one; the man who requires you to do so is dearly purchased at a sacrifice.

    Dan

    • And that one was my second choice to end this post. No man is worth that.

  2. giliar says:

    Great blog post! If people think “oh….this could never happen” just think back 4 short years ago. What has happened during that time that you thought was “impossible”?

    • Indeed, Giliar. A very good question.

      I think there are dark days ahead, very dark but, then with perseverance and courage there will be, perchance, a glorious new dawn, of liberty.

  3. JessicaHof says:

    Good to read. This is one of those times which tries men’s souls. If we turn from the plough now in disgust or discouragement, the weeds will prosper and the field will be choked. It would be easier that way – but in the long run, much worse. I am sure that Washington at Valley Forge, shivering in the snow, must have had moment of doubt – but he rallied his men and won through. Oh for such a man now!

    • Yes, the storm clouds gather, just above the horizon, when it will break none know. Will it bring the nourishing rain to make the crops grow, or the EF-5 whirlwind that ends it all, we cannot know.

      One of the most famous portraits of GEN Washington is of him, on one knee in the snow, praying. Now is the time for praying, for deliverance which we must win for ourself, and for the knowledge of, and the strength to do, our duty, even as he did.

      We dare not wait for the man on the white horse though, we must, each and every one of us, make this decision, and stake our very lives on it.

      • JessicaHof says:

        True that :)

        • Yes, maam. :-)

  4. Needs to be said. Another reason to pray for a landslide Romney victory.

    • Yes, it is.

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