Progressives Are Calling for Civil Insurrection – Do They Want a Civil War?

Not since Abraham Lincoln’s election has an incoming president faced the vitriol the left is currently directing toward Donald Trump. As threatening to the peaceful transition of power as the hateful, divisive rhetoric is, what is worse is the apparent decision by those on the left to directly challenge the new administration by refusing to obey the law of the land. To understand just how dangerous this is to the future of our country it is necessary to recognize some hard truths about the progressive movement that that has taken over the Democrat party and is now instigating this confrontation.

The progressive movement is not a rational or logical political philosophy. In many ways it is more akin to a cult. Its followers are as irrational as any fanatic jihadist. As such, progressives cannot be reasoned with, nor will they compromise on what they view as the TRUTH. What sensible world view could have as many contradictions as you see on the left? The death penalty for heinous criminals is wrong but the abortion, including the late-term abortion of the innocent unborn is fine. Christian bakers and pizza shop owners are so awful they need to be driven out of business, but Muslims, whose religious tenets are contrary to every principle progressives claim to support, are to be welcomed with open arms. Freedom of expression is everyone’s right, but conservatives shouldn’t be allowed to speak on college campuses. The list is endless.

This makes the current Democrat party controlled by the progressive movement dangerous to our country’s future. In their view the end justifies almost any means. They will not accept anything less than their vision of a progressive utopia for America. And they don’t mind breaking a few eggs to cook that omelet. If you disagree with their vision you are not just wrong, you are evil. Therefore anything goes. This is what we see in their efforts to undermine the upcoming Trump Administration.

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We already have the lockstep progressive game plan being put into operation. They may shy away from direct armed confrontation for practical reasons, but they are definitely fine with civil insurrection. Sanctuary cities are already vowing to resist the new administration every way they can.  Dozens of cities have pledged to spend tax payer dollars to pay for legal help for illegals. The bankrupt state of California is promising to legally challenge anything the Trump administration wants to do, going so far as hiring former Attorney General, Eric Holder, and his law firm at tax payer expense to do so.

While it was detrimental enough that progressives ignored the law of the land when the government in charge looked the other way, it will be much worse for the principle that we are a nation of laws if these sanctuary cities actively oppose the government. Along with this the progressives are willing to divide the nation even further by attempting to demonize the incoming president. Since their giddy days during the first two years of the Obama Administration progressives don’t have the political power to stop Trump outright. So instead, their strategy is to depict Trump an illegitimate president and a despicable person in the hopes that they can win back political power in the future. Representative John Lewis, someone who swore an oath to uphold the Constitution that mandates a peaceful transition of power, dares to say, “I don’t see this President-elect as a legitimate president.”

We told again and again how it was the Russian hacking that enabled Trump’s election. The Washington Post ran a story without listed sources in which they wrote, “The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.”

Politico recently released a story that began, “Members of Congress made clear Tuesday they’re increasingly willing to broach a taboo topic: possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.” How much more illegitimate can you get? And there is the IG decision to investigate James Comey for the way he handled the Clinton email scandal. If this isn’t a political ploy by progressives, why is AG Loretta Lynch not included in the investigation?  It’s all a part of the Democrat strategy to oppose the Trump agenda.

This is coupled with constant claims of Trump’s evil character. Donald Trump has certainly made some intemperate comments, but there is no real evidence he is a racist, a sexist, an anti-Semite, a homophobic, an an xenophobic, or Islamaphobic. These allegations are based on extremely flimsy evidence, wild supposition, or outright lies, but it doesn’t matter to the progressives. If they can undermine the Trump administration and regain political control that end justifies just about any means. Lying about Donald Trump is justified in their eyes. That these tactics hurt the country and will almost certainly lead to violence doesn’t matter to them. What they are initiating is the modern American equivalent of civil war, and they don’t care.

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Nicholas Wishek

Nicholas Wishek. Retired teacher. 40 years classroom experience. Served in California National Guard 6 years. BA in history, MA in education. Married 35 years. Two sons. Many columns published in OC Register 2009-2014.

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