The state of politics in the United States has reached appalling levels, and the level of economic disparity between the richest and the poorest has rarely seen such a margin. All of these factors led to a civil war back in 1861, and this also means that there could be a civil war in 2014. We may be 153 years further down the line than the beginning of the last civil war, but history tends to repeat itself and we may not have learned from our mistakes. Perhaps it is already too late to avoid this from happening, or perhaps there are not enough people in the right places willing to do something to stop it.
There Could Be A Civil War In 2014
You may have learned in grade school that the American Civil War was fought admirably over the issue of slavery in the United States. But you have probably also heard that the victors write the history books. It would seem like such a civil cause would be a valiant one to win a war on, and justify the bloodiest engagements in US history. But in reality there was a lot more that went into the beginning of the Civil War, and it most certainly had little-to-nothing to do with Slavery.
From a Socio-Economic standpoint, there was a great disparity in the economic wealth of the people in the Northern States versus the Southern States. Most people in the Southern States lived in poorer rural areas on farms, and had a much more antiquated way of life when compared to the Urban Sprawl in the North. This can be compared to the Wealth and Social Influence of the top 2%, or however you classify the wealthy and affluent in our country this day. There is definitely a perceived disparity today amongst these classes.
Now for the biggest kicker, and something that seems to be at the heart of current legislation changes. The debate between Whether States should have their own rights, or whether the Federal Government has the right to pass laws affecting states against their will. Back in 1860, there were states that still felt that they were empowered to decide which Federally enacted laws would apply to their state. The other part of the country (mostly Northern States) felt that the Federal Government should have the right to pass a law, and the states would be required to abide by it. This is happening today in many different instances.
First we have a Federally mandated Health Care Bill that was not overly popular nicknamed Obamacare. Second we have the Federally proposed ban on certain types of firearms, that which should be an ingrained right given to US Citizens by the Second Amendment to the US Constitution. There were even recent reports that President Obama endorsed the UN Gun Ban. Many citizens feel that there should never be any changes to the first 10 Constitutional Amendments, known as the Bill of Rights. We also have states passing laws that contradict Federal Laws, such as Washington State and Colorado passing laws legalizing the recreational use of Marijuana. Such law directly contradicts Federal Laws that all states must enforce regarding drugs and narcotics.
These were the biggest factors that lead to states feeling the need to band together and reject the authority of the Federal Government in Washington D.C. What we got were states that formally submitted their withdrawal from the Union and then they formed the Confederate States of America, it’s own official country and government. For 4 long years, there were two different powers in play. The Northern States, lead by the authority of Washington D.C. lead attacks against the Confederate States and their military. There wasn’t a violent withdraw from the United States like some would assume, the States that formed the Confederate States withdrew politely and politically, but they knew that the Federal Government would not want to allow it. They formed their own army in order to protect themselves from the United States to defend what they thought was their Constitutionally given write to secede from the Union should such differences occur.
The final nail in the coffin for the American Civil War was the election of President Abraham Lincoln. He won a very hot ticket to become President of the United States, despite most Southerners not supporting his cause. The Southern States who relied on an agricultural economy saw Lincoln’s proposed politics as being contradictory to what would be best for the South’s livelihood and economic prosperity. We have seen a lot of Republican and Democratic hostility in Washington since the November re-election of Obama last year.
We recently had Senator Harkin stand in front of Congress and say that he felt that the climate of politics in the United States have reached pre-Civil War levels. His speech was delivered this morning, September 27 2013, at around 10am Eastern Time on the Congressional floor. Harkin was quoted as saying the following:
“It’s dangerous. It’s very dangerous. I believe, Mr. President, we are at one of the most dangerous points in our history right now. Every bit as dangerous as the break-up of the Union before the Civil War.”
Similar sentiments are shared not only with other politicians in this country, but also with many social groups, activist groups, and individuals. There have been a lot of people trying get their voice heard about dire situations across our country.
Official Portrait of Senator Harkin from Wikipedia Profile.
There Could Be A Civil War In 2014.