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Post of January: Daniel Greenfield — This Civil War

This is a civil war. There aren’t any soldiers marching on Charleston… or Myrtle Beach. Nobody’s getting shot in the streets. Except in Chicago… and Baltimore, Detroit and Washington D.C.

But that’s not a civil war. It’s just what happens when Democrats run a city into the ground. And then they dig a hole in the ground so they can bury it even deeper.


If you look deep enough into that great big Democrat hole, you might even see where Jimmy Hoffa is buried.

But it’s not guns that make a civil war. It’s politics.

Guns are how a civil war ends. Politics is how it begins.

How do civil wars happen?

Two or more sides disagree on who runs the country. And they can’t settle the question through elections because they don’t even agree that elections are how you decide who’s in charge.

That’s the basic issue here. Who decides who runs the country? When you hate each other but accept the election results, you have a country. When you stop accepting election results, you have a countdown to a civil war.

I know you’re all thinking about President Trump.

He won and the establishment, the media, the democrats, rejected the results. They came up with a whole bunch of conspiracy theories to explain why he didn’t really win. It was the Russians. And the FBI. And sexism, Obama, Bernie Sanders and white people.

It’s easier to make a list of the things that Hillary Clinton doesn’t blame for losing the election. It’s going to be a short list.

A really short list. Herself.

The Mueller investigation is about removing President Trump from office and overturning the results of an election. We all know that. But it’s not the first time they’ve done this.

The first time a Republican president was elected this century, they said he didn’t really win. The Supreme Court gave him the election. There’s a pattern here.

Trump didn’t really win the election. Bush didn’t really win the election. Every time a Republican president won an election this century, the Democrats insist he didn’t really win.

Now say a third Republican president wins an election in say, 2024.

What are the odds that they’ll say that he didn’t really win? Right now, it looks like 100 percent.

What do sure odds of the Dems rejecting the next Republican president really mean? It means they don’t accept the results of any election that they don’t win.

It means they don’t believe that transfers of power in this country are determined by elections.

That’s a civil war.

There’s no shooting. At least not unless you count the attempt to kill a bunch of Republicans at a charity baseball game practice. But the Democrats have rejected our system of government.

This isn’t dissent. It’s not disagreement.

You can hate the other party. You can think they’re the worst thing that ever happened to the country. But then you work harder to win the next election. When you consistently reject the results of elections that you don’t win, what you want is a dictatorship.

Your very own dictatorship.

The only legitimate exercise of power in this country, according to the left, is its own. Whenever Republicans exercise power, it’s inherently illegitimate.

The attacks on Trump show that elections don’t matter to the left.

Republicans can win an election, but they have a major flaw. They’re not leftists.

That’s what the leftist dictatorship looks like.

The left lost Congress. They lost the White House. So what did they do? They began trying to run the country through Federal judges and bureaucrats.

Every time that a Federal judge issues an order saying that the President of the United States can’t scratch his own back without his say so, that’s the civil war.

Our system of government is based on the constitution, but that’s not the system that runs this country.

The left’s system is that any part of government that it runs gets total and unlimited power over the country.

If it’s in the White House, then the president can do anything. And I mean anything. He can have his own amnesty for illegal aliens. He can fine you for not having health insurance. His power is unlimited.

He’s a dictator.

But when Republicans get into the White House, suddenly the President can’t do anything. He isn’t even allowed to undo the illegal alien amnesty that his predecessor illegally invented.

A Democrat in the White House has “discretion” to completely decide every aspect of immigration policy. A Republican doesn’t even have the “discretion” to reverse him.

That’s how the game is played. That’s how our country is run.

When Democrats control the Senate, then Harry Reid and his boys and girls are the sane, wise heads that keep the crazy guys in the House in check.

But when Republicans control the Senate, then it’s an outmoded body inspired by racism.

When Democrats run the Supreme Court, then it has the power to decide everything in the country. But when Republicans control the Supreme Court, it’s a dangerous body that no one should pay attention to.

When a Democrat is in the White House, states aren’t even allowed to enforce immigration law. But when a Republican is in the White House, states can create their own immigration laws.

Under Obama, a state wasn’t allowed to go to the bathroom without asking permission. But under Trump, Jerry Brown can go around saying that California is an independent republic and sign treaties with other countries.

The Constitution has something to say about that.

Whether it’s Federal or State, Executive, Legislative or Judiciary, the left moves power around to run the country. If it controls an institution, then that institution is suddenly the supreme power in the land.

READ THE REST OF THE WHOLE THING AT Sultan Knish: This Civil War – My South Carolina Tea Party Convention Speech

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  • Richard January 30, 2018, 9:07 AM


  • Punditatian January 30, 2018, 9:16 AM

    The War Between the States was a regional war and not a real civil war except perhaps in Missouri – there it was truly a war of neighbor against neighbor, and of bloody skirmishes in the dead of night. People who think America has already been through a “civil war” are not thinking about how horrible a real civil war will be.

  • pbird January 30, 2018, 9:46 AM

    That notcivil war was pretty terrible. We still feel it. Horrible loss of life. True, there was not a total breakdown of all the processes of normal life everywhere, but come on..

  • ghostsniper January 30, 2018, 9:58 AM

    “But the Democrats have rejected our system of government.”
    As do I and it has nothing to do with democrats.
    It has to do with immorality and criminality, which is rampant with both d’s and r’s.
    I reject both and both.

  • EP January 30, 2018, 11:06 AM

    While reading this I kept thinking “wow this sounds exactly like something Daniel Greenfield would say!”

  • Cutris January 30, 2018, 11:49 AM

    Very well done Daniel as usual.
    This can only end in civil war. Lets be smart about it and just agree to divide the country peacefully.
    The Union will be restored in 25-50 years after the Socialist States are poor, destitute and starving.

    I think I know how they feel as I have no desire to live in a country dominated in perpetuity by these hacks.

  • Punditarian January 30, 2018, 12:38 PM
  • Vermont Woodchuck January 30, 2018, 1:48 PM

    Civil War? Not a chance. It will be an uncivil was an the end won’t be when one side calls “Uncle”. Not this time. This one won’t be about who is right, just who is left. Put the whiners, hand wringers and pacifists out front as shock troops. Leave no live enemy behind.

    We’ll see who have the guts to see it through to the end. “There can be only ONE”!

  • Monty James January 30, 2018, 2:35 PM

    There isn’t going to be any rallying to the colors, no splendid ranks in gallant array, just something like the Argentine Dirty War of the Seventies. Ambushes, assassinations, bombings. Kidnappings, family pets killed, family homes set afire at 3 o’clock in the morning. It will be gravely important to know the political alignments of all of the neighbors up and down your block, your co-workers, even family. Nothing for it, this is what the Left has been working towards for half a century at least.

    I don’t think anyone who frequents this place needs help doing hard thinking on the subject, but I think these articles are useful:

    Days Of Rage

    Skull Stomping Sacred Cows

    The Centralized Left

    Biological Leninism

  • D S Craft January 30, 2018, 2:38 PM

    Ghost – I reject the corruption that exists within our government, but that has nothing to do with the system that was set up by the founders and everything to do with the fact that it’s run by human beings. The system we have is a pretty good *system* but leave it to people to fuck it up. It’s impossible to set up a system that can’t be abused by people looking for a way around it.

  • TJ January 30, 2018, 2:48 PM

    Tastes Great!
    Less Filling!

    I don’t know, man. Sometimes this Left vs Right stagecraft just smells like we’re all being played.

  • anon January 30, 2018, 4:18 PM

    The Left is not going to give up its 40 Year March through The Institutions without a fight.
    Podesta’s call for resistance, and HRCs official joining of The Resistance was the obvious tell, and since they dont have the good common sense to go out to flyover country and see what people are saying (IOW, why HRC lost), and like all Elites, see themselves as smarter than, and therefore entitled to tell the Little People what to do, they will follow the same path as every other socialist organization- a long slow decline that falls apart suddenly at the end – See Venezueala, the USSR, Cambodia under Pol Pot, Nazi Germany, etc etc.

  • ghostsniper January 30, 2018, 6:49 PM

    @DS Craft, this gov’t is based on criminality and you are OK with that?

  • Terry January 30, 2018, 7:53 PM

    I agree with V Woodchuck. This once ‘Nation’ is divided into many, many factions. When the fighting starts the various factions will turn on every other faction just as happened during the French revolution. Total slaughter.

  • ghostsniper January 31, 2018, 6:50 AM

    The after-read from trumps speech is hilarious, adolescent, and pitiful.
    What’s it called when say, you’re eating vanilla pudding and a communist calls you a racist for NOT eating chocolate pudding? And what’s it called when you say eating vanilla pudding is a good thing and the american communists say that’s a silent dig at people that eat chocolate pudding?

    It’s called cowardly lying.
    Lying has many forms and that all the rotten communists have.
    They are befuddled because THEY do not get to set the agenda, so what do they do?
    They lie and make up bullshit agendas then claim trump failed the agenda.
    Amazingly bereft and pathetic.
    Even worse, entry level communists eat that shit up with a big watermelon spoon.
    Oops, I said watermelon, and you know what that means.
    Watermelon and fried chicken are danger words these days.
    To the boneheads.

    Never been and never will be a “fan” of trumps but I do respect his business savvy and I certainly harbor an attraction to a good bare knuckled draw even if all the participants are wearing neckties and I can fully appreciate the odds he’s up against.

  • ghostsniper January 31, 2018, 6:52 AM

    brawl not draw sheesh

  • Old Codger January 31, 2018, 8:20 AM

    The American Revolution was a civil war as well. Check out how the Patriot militias, in Connecticut, Virginia and the Carolinas, dealt with Loyalists and vice versa, who were often members of their own extended family ! Father vs. son, brother vs. brother, cousins on opposite sides: skirmishes, raids, hangings, houses torched in the night….a true civil war!

    The Left thinks it can win one. Not happening!

  • Casey Klahn January 31, 2018, 8:34 AM

    Very true about the Revolutionary War; my wife is digging into her pilgrim and RevWar roots. One ancestor’s father went back to England, tail between legs, after the war and his offspring had fought for independence.

  • D S Craft January 31, 2018, 11:06 AM

    Ghost – please explain. The form of government set up after the Revolution is based on criminality? I genuinely do not understand. And, if you believe that it is, what would you change? I agree that our federal government has drifted from its original form and intent through amendments and just plain human corruption and greed, but I think what the founders set up is a pretty good form of government without equal anywhere in the world (at least that I”m aware of). I think it’s important to distinguish the actions of people from the belief systems they claim to represent. People are good at fucking things up.

  • Punditarian January 31, 2018, 11:17 AM

    Thank you Old Codger for reminding us that the War for Independence was in fact a true civil war in many places.

    And I would agree with DS Craft that the structure of the Federal government as specified in the Constitution is what makes the Bill of Rights work – in contrast to many other Constitutions around the world that have wonderful enumerations of Rights, but lack the governmental structure that prevents those rights from being trampled on routinely.

  • tim January 31, 2018, 1:41 PM

    Putting aside silly semantics and blaming a system instead of the people running it, as far as what to expect regarding a “civil war”, plainly put – nothing. Well, more precisely, more of the same. As Mr. Greenfield laid out the Left will do what they always have, will continue to do, and most likely will increase their “resistance”.

    And conversely, those of us on the other side will continue to carry on, as we always have. People forget that the Left was actually quite violent just a few decades ago, they bombed, killed and maimed. All was tolerated.

    That tolerance level hasn’t gone away, if anything it’s increased. Analyzing it does little, it won’t get better. Look at Trump supporters getting punched and stomped, see a few dozen Lefty thugs hold back thousands of inauguration attendees, see a young white guy attacked a by a pack of Blacks and stripped of his clothes, and on and on…and what happened, what uprising occurred? Not a damn thing. Now, imagine if the roles were reversed and what the response would be.

    Tolerance, to a detrimental level, is inherent for those on the Right, we just want to be left alone. We just want to go to work, pay our mortgage, buy nice things and have a happy live. And we should be able to do that. We believe good wins over evil. Which it usually does. But it’s that mindset that is also our undoing.

    Look what happened just in the last few of years, the IRS weaponized against political opponents, trading terrorists for a deserter, giving the world’s biggest terrorist state billions… to say nothing what is looking more and more everyday like a sitting president trying to rig an election using tools originally setup to fight terrorists. And what do “we” do…??? Other than yawn? Again, imagine if the roles were reversed and what the response would be.

    Besides, how exactly would this all go down when President Liberal Fuckface is elected in 2020 and that terrible scenario of unimaginable oppression happens? Facebook, Twitter, etc? Wrong, they’ll shut it down. Blogs, texts, phone calls…??? Shut down. Oh sure you and your brother in law can keep your mouths shut but what about your friend’s sister’s husband, Dale? Dale’s an asshole…your whole group is done because Dale can’t keep his piehole shut.

    And besides, what exactly would it take for you, me…”us” to get that excited to do something? Mass shootings? Cars plowing into people? Planes flying into buildings? If candle light vigils and prayer circles is the answer when lunatics from half a world away bring war to our streets then nothing will happen when our fellow Americans piss on us.

    “…all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

  • Rob De Witt January 31, 2018, 2:29 PM

    ghostsniper January 31, 2018, 6:50 AM


    I am a fan of Trump’s and for just the reasons you cite. Trump ignores it when somebody lies about him, and then takes it right to them on the end of a manure fork.

    And mostly, just like Morgan Freeberg put it about Sarah Palin 10 years ago: He pisses off all the right people.

    And that’s good enough for me.

  • ghostsniper January 31, 2018, 2:42 PM

    @Rob, @DS Craft, the day he stops ALL the stealing he’ll get my seal of approval.
    When that happens you’ll see 99% of all gov’t problems vanish instantly.
    Theft is the fuel for corruption.

  • Donald Sensing January 31, 2018, 2:51 PM

    In fact, the was of 1861-1865 was not a civil war at all. It was a war of secession, an attempted revolution, and it failed. A civil war is a war not for that, but to determine which side shall control the entire nation afterward. The southern secessionists never dreamed of controlling the entire United States as a war aim; they just wanted out.

    So Greenfield is right, but I am vain enough to say that I called it two Novembers ago in my essay, “America’s low-intensity civil war.”

  • Howard Nelson January 31, 2018, 3:10 PM

    Tim, in the case you make in your comments and closing quotation resides the path to be followed.
    1. Like Olaf we must decide how much shit we will
    eat before we resist being self-fed or force-fed.
    2. Then, learning from our current enemies and patriots of yore, we need to organize and act.
    What to do? Start with deep vetting of immigrant candidates and non-citizen residents:
    Simultaneously, locally, parents’ organizations should insist on adequate instruction of students in principles and applications of the foundational American ideas of governance and citizen responsibilities. Our enemies have accomplished this for their adherents, in their system — can we not do as well or better in our society?
    If push comes to shove in street demonstrations, will we have the balls and necessary bats to defend our rights and offend the rioting thugs?
    3. As always, teach your children why and well, for as the saying goes, “If a man has his ‘why’ he’ll find his ‘way’.

  • Casey Klahn January 31, 2018, 3:27 PM

    Except for the dire content, I enjoyed your post, Don. I agree on the narrow definition of a civil war, however the broadest application of the term is a war within one’s own borders, with native participants. More interesting is your hypothesis of a soft war, which is quit obvious is happening here, given the violence, abuse and aggression of the Left. It seems that Obama was tipping his hand when he called for a force greater than the military. At the time, I felt my kind to be the target of his threat, and hallelujah! Looks like I was right.
    Here is where I admit that I was partially wrong when I said that BLM riots would cease after the elections. They did, but the general headquarters is still issuing march orders to different insurgent groups and using different tactics. Statues. Special prosecutors. Antifa. Newsrooms. Sosh media. Football games. The California government.
    Andrew Breitbart, mouthing the word: “w a r.”

  • D S Craft February 1, 2018, 10:12 AM

    Civil war
    See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
    1. a war between political factions or regions within the same country.

    civil war
    A civil war is a war which is fought between different groups of people who live in the same country.
    …the American Civil War.

    Definition of civil war in English:
    civil war
    A war between citizens of the same country.
    ‘they signed a peace accord ending the country’s 12-year civil war’
    mass noun ‘the country is on the brink of civil war’

    The American Civil War was exactly that: a civil war whose goal was the formation of a new country.
    Ghost, I like our system; I buy into it and I participate. I vote. Are there bad people running our governments, be it local, state or federal? Yep. Lots of ’em, but that’s in spite of our system, not because of it. Hang in there, because the next 7 years should be interesting. Who know, maybe we can actually get our government back.

  • tim February 1, 2018, 11:04 AM


    Of course what you state about immigration vetting is correct. But even if Trump gets that done it can, and most probably will, be undone by our next Lib president in 4/8 yrs.

    As far as citizen participation, again you’re correct. Obviously that would be accomplished by those Americans who hold those beliefs and put the work in necessary to pass it on. But what percentage of the population is that? For the sake of keeping it simple, it’s very low.

    I realize I’m coming off as pessimistic. Personally, I’ve been involved with conservative groups, pushed the agenda (especially the education of the youth), attended the meetings, I’ve even marched on D.C. so I’m down with the cause. But at the end of the day…we’re but a very small damn against a huge tsunami.

    Regarding “will we have the balls and necessary bats”, again our demographic -older, working class, conservative – doesn’t lend itself favorably in that scenario. Plenty of recent examples that we’ve all witnessed supports this. Conversely, the Left is naturally predisposed for confrontation especially if it’s protracted. They’re young, have plenty of free time and have the one thing that not only do we not possess but what lends itself nicely to violence – anger.

    Again, personally I’m probably better off than the average Joe for getting jiggy with the hippies – Marine vet, in decent shape, workout – lift heavy, tread mill work, recent Krav Maga training, concealed carry/own various weapons, etc. But so what. I’m one person, how many of “us” are there? Not enough.

    I’m not saying all this because I think it’s a lost cause, I’m doing my part, but when you see what is happening recently with the FBI, etc. combined with the realization that the Left will never rest and will only ratchet up their subversion…the “war” is happening now, as the article states, I’m just afraid that nothing will be done about it. (Besides debating the definition of ‘civil war’.)

  • ghostsniper February 2, 2018, 4:38 AM

    “…maybe we can actually get our government back.”
    Hopefully the most repulsive idea I’ll encounter today.
    I will never accept such a collection of criminals and I hold faith that it exists only as long as ignorance prevails.