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Is America On The Brink Of Civil War?

by United States Grant (Principles: Peace Through Strength) - 1 year ago

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America currently has two opposing sides, deeply mistrustful of each other, and willing to fight for their cause. That is a prescription for violence and maybe even war.

The only way to look at the news that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has reached a plea deal arrangement with prosecutor Robert Mueller is that America has moved a step closer to the precipice. The fact that Mueller is willing to drop a plethora of charges against Flynn and his son shows that Mueller believes that there was criminal activity at a level higher than Flynn. There is little doubt, therefore, that his target is the President and his family.  

Many of those who oppose the President already believe that Mr. Trump has committed impeachable offenses.  Some believe impeachment proceedings should begin immediately but most are willing to wait for Mueller and his crack team of money laundering experts to complete their investigation. The Paul Manafort indictment provided a clear sign that Mueller’s team is "following the money" on a trail that could easily end at Trump Tower. The Flynn plea bargain is the latest example of Mueller providing incentive to individuals who may have damaging information about Trump and his family. Expectations run high among those who oppose Trump that Mueller will produce a report showing that Trump has committed "impeachable" offenses.  

But what would happen if the President decided to fire Mueller and shut down the investigation before a report could be completed? Such a decision would be seen by the more than 50% of the country who oppose Trump as an admission of guilt combined with an attempt to overthrow the rule of law.  People would take to the streets in the millions to protest – and some of those protests will be violent. 

On the other side, though, there remains a sizeable minority of Americans who believe that the political elites will stoop to anything to oust President Trump. If Trump could be found guilty of something easy to prove like stealing or even bribery, Trump’s supporters would have to reluctantly accept it. However, crimes involving conspiracy and money laundering involve long winding roads that don't easily translate into Tweets or even Facebook posts.  That is why Mueller has hired many of the most knowledgeable and experienced lawyers in the country.

If Congress were to move forward with impeachment based on a dense report filled with hard-to-follow legal language, many of Trump’s supporters would see the impeachment hearings as a power grab by the establishment against a sitting President elected by the American people. Trump supporters would take to the streets in the millions to protest – and some of those protests will be violent. 

If either of things occur, what would happen next? Would there be violent clashes between the two sides on the streets of America? Will Trump call out the National Guard to “restore order?” And if he does, which side will the National Guard take – especially in blue states like California and New York? Could there be a red vs. blue civil war – with live ammunition?  I fear the answer is yes.   

There are, of course, still a few ways out. First would be if Mueller finishes his investigation and clears the President of any wrongdoing. Second would be if Mueller finds a smoking gun proving Trump’s guilt to even his hard-core supporters. Third would be if Trump himself accepted a clemency deal, cited health concerns, and quietly resigned. 

My personal view, however, is that none of these 3 happier scenarios are very likely and a very dark time is coming. 

I’m hoping you can make me feel better.

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By  Cool Calvin - 1 year ago
Happy to oblige. While I can't speak for Democrats, I can say that the Republicans in Congress are not going to impeach a President who hasn't done' anything wrong. They're also not going to impeach a President who has given them a historic victory on tax reform and is now moving on to lead them to other great victories, You are getting yourself into a tizzy on the mistaken belief that Mueller is going to find some terrible things in the President's closet and Republicans are going to go off their rockers and impeach him. Neither of those things will happen so you can relax. Feel better?
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Discussion Leader's Explanation : No. Republicans secretly, and not so secretly, despise the President. They blame him for the failure to pass a repeal and replace bill and they're still not sure that he's not going to torpedo the tax "reform" bill. They also fear for his mental state. Furthermore, to say that the President has done nothing wrong is purely wishful thinking. I also hope he's done nothing wrong but all available evidence, including the Flynn plea deal, points the other way. Sadly, I remain convinced that if Trump doesn't shut down the investigation, it will produce a report showing criminal activity. Either way, we're in a lot of trouble.
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By  Facebook Commenter - 1 year ago
I don't believe the President has done anything but good for the country. If there are grounds for impeachment, Obana certainly should have been many times. I find it interesting? We all accepted that Obama was president for 8 long years...none of this impeachment talk. Yet, the progressives and liberals will not accept our President. Fair is fair. Get over it and move on.
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By  Facebook Commenter - 1 year ago
It appears as if America is becoming a plutocracy. We rebelled against taxation without representation before. Legal and political options are preferred. But if the enablers of this despicable regime are not stopped, we must do what we have to.
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