I see Civil War II on the horizon.
It’s not what I want, but it’ll happen. Increasing physical conflict.
See, both sides attack differently, and neither understands what the other is doing. If combatants can’t even agree about who’s winning and losing, how do hostilities ever cease?
“Don’t Tread on Me” Americans wage rational war, statists wage emotional war.
Tea Partyers’ rational arguments–government spending is unsustainable, centrally-planned economies invariably get worse–are “countered” with social pressure–you’re racist Nazis, you hate women and minorities. The emotional attacks are seen as rational arguments–which they are not–and refuted on rational terms. These, of course, also fail to be recognized. Which “failure” gives progressives cause to redouble the emotional attacks.
Progressives don’t fight in the arena of ideas. Tea Partyers aren’t waging social war.
Until somebody changes tactics, the “conflict” will both intensify and remain meaningless. That’s not a stable configuration. So tactics will change. But neither “dog” seems capable of learning a new trick. So things will change when enough people want resolution. And it’s found at the intersection between reason and emotion:
The physical body.
Rational arguments can’t be countered with emotions, nor vice versa. But both can be silenced by killing their champions. The dead aren’t known for arguing.
Thus, physical war. It’s the only thing both sides understand. Unless one group meets the other on its own terms, war will someday come. It must.
There’s no other way to keep score.