Political violence became normal right before our eyes

In recent years, there has also been a lot of talk about America possibly having another civil war. One wonders how a modern civil war might look. Red America and Blue America are not evenly divided along state lines. But as the writer Matt Yglesias suggests, “A wave of political assassinations would be pretty bad and seems much more plausible than a ‘civil war’ or what have you.”

Advertisement

What is amazing is how close we have already come to this. The congressional softball shooting could have been a massacre. Jan. 6 could have turned out much worse. Mike Pence and/or other elected officials—might well have been harmed or killed. Likewise, there’s no telling how close we came to having a Supreme Court justice assassinated this week.

Between the access to weapons, the irresponsible rhetoric bandied about by our elites, and the sense that our adversaries are irredeemable enemies, what is amazing is that we have dodged these bullets for this long.

It can’t last forever. If we’re not careful, our luck will eventually run out. I don’t want to think about what happens next.

Join the conversation as a VIP Member

Trending on HotAir Videos

Sponsored

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement