Douglas Andrews / August 19, 2022

Here Come the Left’s ‘Civil War’ Hysterians

The Democrats would love nothing more than a show of violence from the Right.

It’s all they have.

Back in January, on the much-ballyhooed anniversary of the Capitol riot, we noted that J6 was all the Democrats have. We noted that somewhere down deep inside themselves, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and Liz Cheney knew they wouldn’t be able to run on their record and that they’d have to instead keep that sad event and its attendant violence alive if they had any hope of avoiding the midterm freight train off there in the distance. Yep, J6 was all they had.

And it’s still all they have. More than 14,000 hours have passed since those four regrettable hours some 19 months ago, and yet that’s all these people want to talk about.

Has there ever been a more backward-looking bunch as today’s Democrat Party?

Yes, just as surely as events have branded the Party of Joe Biden as the party of open borders, rampant crime, critical race theory, military wokeness, failed foreign policy, bone-crushing inflation, and a moribund economy, it’s trying to brand the Republicans as the party of January 6, as the party of violence. Indeed, as our Mark Alexander wrote in the wake of Scranton Joey Robinette Unitus Biden’s inauguration, these desperate Democrats are just “baiting and begging for more violence.”

As bait goes, last week’s unprecedented FBI raid on former (and perhaps future) President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home was good stuff. If anything could provoke the ire of the normally mild-mannered Right, it’d be just that sort of malign mistreatment of the man behind the America First agenda.

All it did, though, was galvanize support behind Donald Trump and drive the people’s opinion of our once-esteemed FBI even deeper into the ground. Who could’ve imagined a bureau so thoroughly politicized and so utterly corrupt at the top that it now conjures up (admittedly overwrought) comparisons to Hitler’s Gestapo?

Oh, and the Mar-a-Lago raid also brought out the Left’s “civil war” hysterians. By that we mean the leftist Chicken Littles who swear the Right is gearing up to start shelling Fort Sumter. In a column appropriately titled “‘Civil War’ Porn,” author and historian Victor Davis Hanson writes: “As President Joe Biden’s polls stagnate and the midterms approach, we are now serially treated to yet another progressive melodrama about the dangers of a supposed impending radical right-wing violent takeover. This time the alleged threat is a Neanderthal desire for a ‘civil war.’”

“FBI search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago reignites conservative calls for a civil war in the US,” shrieks the headline of a piece written by someone named Camila DeChalus. “Your ‘We Are Headed Toward a Civil War’ Friend Has a Point,” caterwauls another headline. And we suppose congratulations are in order for The Atlantic, whose headline heralds, “The New Era of Political Violence Is Here,” but whose more subdued subhead reads, “The danger is not organized civil war but individual Americans with deep resentments and delusions.”

Ah, yes, delusions — like the one about Hunter Biden’s laptop being legit, and about Trump’s “collusion” with Russia being a hoax, and about Big Tech and Big Media rigging the 2020 election. Those delusions.

Hanson isn’t buying any of it. He continues:

The buffoonish January 6 riot at the Capitol is often cited as proof of the insurrectionary right-wing movement. But the one-day riotous embarrassment never turned up any armed revolutionaries or plots to overthrow the government.

What it did do was give the Left an excuse to weaponize the nation’s capital with barbed wire and thousands of federal troops, in the greatest militarization of Washington D.C. since the Civil War.

In contrast, Antifa and BLM rioters were no one-day buffoons. They systematically organized a series of destructive and deadly riots across the country for over four months in the summer of 2020. The lethal toll of their work was over 35 dead, $2 billion in property losses, and hundreds of police officers injured.

The Democrats are baiting us, begging those of us on the Right to resort to violence between now and the midterms. In doing so, they’re playing with fire, and they’re tipping their hand. “Historic overreach is insurrectionary,” Hanson rightly concludes. “And those who warn most of some mythical civil war are those most likely to incite one.”

Let’s be sure to remember that between now and November 8.

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