When society descends into tribalism, most anything can happen. Rwanda … South Sudan … Pinochet’s Chile … Castro’s Cuba … can happen. Currently, we see a Balkanization unfolding among America’s politicians, media and voting public, in a documented trend that shows no sign of lessening soon.
Democrat members of Congress (e.g. Maxine Waters, Al Green) repeatedly call for Donald Trump’s impeachment, with no grounds for their rhetoric beyond a personal loathing of a duly elected President of the United States. Democrats caustically oppose, as a matter of course, any legislative or administrative initiatives of President Trump’s tenure. Such conduct by politicians is not just commonplace, but encouraged by a Liberal Media Complex and a political elite seeking to humiliate the President, to overturn his election victory, and to publicly shame those who support him.
This behavior, in turn, encourages resentment and distrust among voters, as we see the ‘center right’ and ‘center left’ move increasingly toward irreconcilability. As divides deepen, the commonalities that bind our society and culture diminish. Eventually, people regroup themselves around more primitive loyalties, sown of fear and mistrust of the ‘other.’
In an unsettling trend, left-wing activists such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa drive America toward an increasingly tribal mentality; while the Liberal Media Complex promotes their twin narratives that American police officers routinely target young Black men for death, and that being White in America is inherently a “privilege” of ongoing, institutionalized racism.
When Antifa activists insist that those who disagree with them are racists and fascists; when they label dissenting voices as “hate speech” that must be denied access to the public square; when they use violence, as a first resort, to silence such voices; and when their tactics are not roundly condemned, but often encouraged, by political elites, we have a glimpse of one possible future.
If trends continue along such a course, it is not hyperbole to suggest a bloodletting awaits, beyond the horizon. What that portends for the American experiment is troubling indeed.Follow @PolitiQuick