The first shots of the American Civil War rang out across the southern landscape not far from the water’s edge in the early morning hours that fateful spring day.
No, it wasn’t Fort Sumter near Charlestown, South Carolina, in April of 1861. It was on a ball field in Alexandria, Virginia earlier today. The shooting phase of the Second American Civil War has begun. In this case, the assassin, James T. Hodgkinson from Belleville, Illinois, was killed by Capitol police after injuring five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, when he opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball practice. Hodgkinson was a Trump-hating Democrat and ardent Bernie Sanders supporter who had threatened to “destroy” the president and his administration on social media. He was a member of the FaceBook group, “Terminate the Republican Party.” He chose the day of the president’s 71st birthday to launch his attack. The 66-year-old would-be mass-murderer, who had a history of domestic violence, including punching a woman in the face, apparently fired nearly 100 rounds from his assault rifle in his attempt to kill as many Republicans as possible. Representative Scalise was shot in the hip, two Capitol police officers accompanying him were shot as they returned fire, and a lobbyist and congressional staffer were also shot. Rep. Scalise and Matt Mika, the lobbyist, are still in critical condition. Thankfully, the others are expected to make a full recovery.
Hodgkinson asked one of the lawmakers, prior to opening fire, if they were Republicans or Democrats.
It is a depraved new world.
There are Islamic terrorists asking people if they are Christians before killing them. And now we have left-wing fascists asking people if they are Republicans before attacking them, as well. Innocent people are being maimed and slaughtered for the religious or political beliefs they hold.
The attacks are no longer figurative. They are no longer just faux beheadings in a “photoshoot,” or portrayals of assassination in a dumb-ass play by deranged thespians. They are real. Democrats constantly used to bemoan the “coarsening” of language in our political “debates.” They pompously tut-tutted about the “politics of personal destruction.” And now their unending engagement in- or tolerance of- every form of hatred and every vile act directed against the Trump administration, and Republicans or conservatives in general, has reached its logical culmination. The media, academia and Hollywood are also directly complicit in fostering an atmosphere of outright hatred and intolerance towards those who possess views differing from their own.
They have all come down with Hodgkinson’s Disease.
According to reports, shortly after the shooter opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for an annual charity baseball game, the office of Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) received an email with the subject line, “One down, 216 to go…”
If a second Civil War transpires, it won’t be the Blue versus the Gray. It will be the Blue States vs. the Red States. And it will occur because one side, the leftists/progressives/socialists, will not recognize or accept election results, differing viewpoints, or even the rule of law in its mad quest for control.
[Tragically, this attack occurred just hours after I wrote and posted: “…if any group needs and deserves taxpayer-funded safe spaces going forward it is conservatives.” (See my post, “Muslim Group Demands Taxpayer-Funded Safe Spaces;” June 13th, 2017). I do not claim to be Nostradamus, nor would I want to be, but events I’ve foreseen in my blog posts seem to happen far too frequently and far too quickly].