Wars and rumors of wars

The United States has enjoyed a century and a half with no broad-scale combat taking place within its borders.  That said, I’m far from being the only one who sees those days may be coming to a tragic end:

Sinisa also pointed out that most civil wars start after a loss of trust in the government, particularly law enforcement: “One of the defining features of any state is a legitimate monopoly on the use of violence.” In other words, if we trust the police to handle bad guys better than armed groups of vigilantes, we’ll probably trust the government more than armed groups of insurgents.

“And if police are not seen as doing their job … I think that certainly has an impact.”

Colonel David Couvillon, a Marine Reserve officer who governed the Wasit province of Iraq after the start of the occupation, pointed out that insurgents can win without convincing anyone that they’re “right.” It’d be enough to push most Americans into the “both sides are evil” camp, which … isn’t an unfamiliar place for most of us to be…

And that no doubt feeds the fact that Americans bought enough guns on Black Friday this year to arm the entire United States Marine Corps.

I’m increasingly of the opinion the United States will not survive my lifetime in its present form.   When it breaks up, it’s going to be a bloody, confusing mess of various factions.  Over the past 10 years, I’ve been taking steps to prepare my family for this eventuality.

You need to be doing the same, because we may not have another 10 years.

I wonder why that is?

Ohio State University seems to be the scene of the latest outbreak of Sudden Jihad Syndrome:

An Ohio State University student posted a rant shortly before he plowed a car into a campus crowd and stabbed people with a butcher knife in an ambush that ended when a police officer shot him dead, a law enforcement official said.

Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, wrote on what appears to be his Facebook page that he had reached a “boiling point,” made a reference to “lone wolf attacks” and cited radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

Naturally, there was no way to anticipate such action.  After all, Artan had come from Somalia to America by way of Pakistan, like all good peaceful immigrants do.

Even with such a distinguished travel record, Artan claimed in the student newspaper to be concerned over how students might react to him praying during the Muslim prayer times.

I wonder why?

After all, for the life of me, I can’t think of a single reason why Americans would be concerned about Muslim immigrants…

To invert Ronald Reagan’s challenge to Gorbachev, “Mr Trump, build up the wall!” And roll up the welcome mat for a while.

Casting off Castro

Fidel Castro has died.  It’s informative to compare the statements made by our current president, versus our future president on this event:

Trump: “Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades.  Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.

While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.

Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannnot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty.  I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association that endorsed me, with the hope of one day seeing a free Cuba.”

That is how you mark the passing of a totalitarian thug.  I truly hope that this message about Castro’s real legacy burrows in until there’s no more chic in Che shirts.

If Trump can be on message consistently like this during his administration, foreign policy is going to be interesting to watch.  Maybe our nation will stop being taken in so easily.

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Reason #3,728

… why I will never willingly live in a congested urban area:

ABC7 Eyewitness News captured incredible footage of what might just be the world’s worst car jam in southern California, bringing traffic to a crawl.

The news channel’s helicopter captured the “complete gridlock” on the 405 motorway, one of the busiest and most congested routes in the United States.

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As the kids say today, “ain’t nobody got time for that!”  Just looking at the picture raises my blood pressure a few points.  I drove that corridor round-trip one time more than 20 years ago, and it wasn’t much better then…

Playing with fire

One of the most insightful quotes I’ve read online today is this:

Many people voted for Trump reluctantly and with a tinge of regret.  What (the Left is) doing right now simply confirms they made the right choice.

Forget “Red States vs. Blue States,” or “rural vs. urban.”  The greatest divide in America today is “adults vs. juvenile delinquents.”  When you have colleges(!!) offering pet therapy and Play-Doh to calm the fragile snowflakes traumatized by the election of Donald Trump, that’s a clue why there’s a large swath of the population that simply doesn’t know what to do with defeat.  So they act out, as any two-year-old would.

This isn’t limited to college kids, either.  Lots of employees at the Environment Protection Agency are so distraught they’re taking sick days.  They don’t seem to understand that doing so reinforces the impression taxpayers already have of most of the bloated Federal bureaucracy — an impression that caused them to look for an outsider to shake things up.

They’re shaking, all right.  And Trump has yet to do anything.

Somebody needs to inform these infantile idiots that large crowds engaging in smashing random cars, lobbing Molotov cocktails and generally tearing their own city down around them tend to make enemies real fast.

I can remember during the Los Angeles riots in 1992 when Korean store owners stood guard with weapons on top of their shops to ‘encourage’ the rioters to go elsewhere.  Those riots left more than 50 people dead.

And that was one city.  Right now, literal anarchists are spreading their temper tantrum to as many cities as possible.  If this keeps up, sooner or later they’re going to meet armed resistance.  Since the police departments seem tamed by the threat of being called nasty names, that resistance is increasingly likely to come from prepared citizens who aren’t afraid to defend their “life, liberty and property.”

God only knows what will happen then.

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