It’s popular these days to talk about the potential outbreak of a second Civil War. I’ve not been immune to that sentiment – I’ve probably used that language in the past. When you’re passionately involved in politics, it’s easy to get caught up in the urgency of the problems emerging before the country. It’s even easier to spot in every headline the possibility of underlying ugly trends breaking out into something far uglier.

But the truth is that our constant talk about a second Civil War is making a second Civil War more likely.

Yesterday, Victor Davis Hanson, an author I greatly admire, wrote a piece at National Review talking about the outbreak of a second Civil War.