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Civil War Watch, Live Fire Edition

June 15th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

Our long national vacation from history came closer to ending yesterday morning on a baseball diamond.  An older white man with no history of mental illness asked if it were Republicans hitting the ball around out there.  Yes, he was told.  And he took out a long rifle and shot them.  They were Republican Congressmen and their aides and friends and a couple of cops pulling security.

It was early in the morning.  Cool and still.  The calm before the heat and clamor of the day.  if there were a few clouds, they may have turned rosy from the pre-dawn light.  And any Christians on the field may have looked up and briefly and idly remembered the Savior comparing morning red skies to the signs of the times.

When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.

And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring.

O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

Shooting down Republican officeholders is a sign of the times.  It is not the Ft. Sumter for a second outpouring of blood on this continent.  It is not even a precursor like his attack on Harpers’ Ferry.  But it is the Pottawatomie Massacre.

 

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James Hodgkinson was not a frustrated teenager listening to nihilist music.  He was not, as far as is known, a schizophrenic.  He was a surprisingly solid citizen.  In his 60s, small businessman.  Some history of law enforcement trouble but no major convictions or even major charges.  What he was was a consumer of the media and a Sanders campaign volunteer.  He brooded about and shared the rage and frustration of CNN, Vox.com, Kausfiles, etc.

The best case scenario is that he was on anti-depressants and was in fact mentally ill.  I think it likely.  But that too is a sign of the times.  Society doesn’t cause mental illness, but it causes the way that the mental illness expresses.  Our hatred for each other has reached the point where the mentally ill express themselves in political violence, and the merely unstable and unsettled cheer them on.

Civil Wars do not break out in a day.  They happen one little incident at a time.  Next–may God forbid–will be someone who is clearly a solid citizen on the Left who is not mentally ill doing the same thing, assuming Hodgkinson isn’t.  Then the unstable and semi-mentally ill on the Republican side.  Then frustrated solid citizens on the Republican side.  Lone wolves, sporadic violence.  But building to something horrible.

This is how it grows.  But how does it stop?

 

 

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June 15th, 2017 06:27:02
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Ppcc
June 15, 2017

It ends like this: among the wicked, that, every man that will not take his sword against his neighbor must needs flee unto Zion for safety.

Notice that didn’t say that Zion will not be armed, but that those among the wicked who don’t want to fight will flee to Zion for protection.

You know the rest…And it shall be said among the wicked: Let us not go up to battle against Zion, for the inhabitants of Zion are terrible; wherefore we cannot stand.

Of course, there’s only one way they’ll find out not to go against Zion. First they will have to try and fail terribly.


Ask a Liberal Mormon
June 15, 2017

Some of us have already said for a long time that the inhabitants of Zion are terrible and that’s why no one can stand them.


Bruce Charlton
June 16, 2017

It is – on the surface – strange that the demonic Left should apparently be triggering an actual breakdown; since they continue to be winning.

Or are they in fact desparate (knowing more than appears), and fear a real spiritual backlash – invisible as yet?

Presumably the idea is to have a limited conflict which will so terrify people that they will demand and welcome a full-on totalitarian (atheist Left) system…

Because a full-out civil war would almost surely provoke a significant Christian revival… Temporally a disaster, but spiritually better than sleep-walking into damnation, which is where things seem to be going up to now.


G.
June 16, 2017

I sometimes find myself wincing when I pray for a renewal. His wooing can be rough.


St. John the Divine
June 16, 2017

“Or are they in fact desparate (knowing more than appears), and fear a real spiritual backlash – invisible as yet? ”

Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.


Vader
June 16, 2017

Hodgkinson was not exactly a solid citizen. Repeated abuse of foster children, other crimes of violence that he escaped conviction for largely because the witnesses against him were also losers who missed the court date, a failed business, a failed marriage.

Nevertheless, and while Hodgkinson remains responsible for his crimes, he saw that those he accepted as authority figures were calling for violence, failed to recognize metaphor or hyperbole (if it was either of those), and took it as permission to rid the world of those he saw as the cause of all his troubles.


Ivan Wolfe
June 16, 2017

Doesn’t matter. On social media, the progressives have assured me this is actually the Republicans fault for creating a climate of hate; they should expect blowback after all (and most of these progressives are at least nominally LDS – I at least expect that sort of crazy rhetoric from my professors and classmates from grad school).


Bookslinger
June 16, 2017

Listen to the podcast I link to in “Myth of Martydom” post. John Batchelor interviews the author.

Suicide bombers and rampage shooters are suiciders first, and idealogues second. Their primary goal is suicide, and the shooting/bombing/stabbing is “something useful” to do on the way out so their life wasn’t totally wasted.

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