A timely warning

Victor Davis Hanson sees great danger in the current polarization of American society.

Americans keep dividing into two hostile camps.

It seems the country is back to 1860 on the eve of the Civil War, rather than in 2018, during the greatest age of affluence, leisure and freedom in the history of civilization.

. . .

Americans increasingly are either proud of past U.S. traditions, ongoing reform and current American exceptionalism or they insist that the country was hopelessly flawed at its birth and must be radically reinvented to rectify its original sins.

No sphere of life is immune from the subsequent politicization: not movies, television, professional sports, late-night comedy or colleges. Even hurricanes are typically leveraged to advance political agendas.

. . .

Will America keep dividing and soon resort to open violence, as happened in 1861? Or will Americans reunite and bind up our wounds, as we did following the upheavals of the 1930s Great Depression or after the protests of the 1960s?

The answer lies within each of us.

Every day we will either treat each other as fellow Americans, with far more uniting than dividing us, or we will continue on the present path that eventually ends in something like a hate-filled Iraq, Rwanda or the Balkans.

There’s more at the link.  Recommended reading.

I suggest considering Mr. Hanson’s article in the light of two I wrote a few weeks ago:

He and I are pretty much on the same page, I think.



  1. The Left cannot and will not back down. They can sense victory just around the corner.

    This will end in blood, tears, and piles of skulls. No matter which side wins. And our side needs to win – or they will be the skulls or our children, bleaching in the sun.

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