The Only Peace is on the Other Side of War
Seaborn Hall, 12/19/20
“If you want peace, prepare for war” is adapted from a Latin author of the 4th to 5th century A.D. It is the motto of various military units around world and is usually taken to mean that if you are prepared and strong enough to fight well, then maybe your enemy will choose peace as a necessary option.
Unfortunately, Republicans and traditional Americans have done nothing to present that face to their enemy of the last fifty years. As a result a fight is definitely coming. The only real question is when and how long it will last.
2020 has been difficult for everyone and with the vaccine beginning to be administered everyone assumes that 2021 will be different – and better. Many economic and stock market forecasters are predicting a good year with as high or higher than 10% returns – regardless of who becomes President.
But, this assumes certain things and ignores certain things. What we’ve assumed may turn out not to be true, and what we’ve ignored could become an issue.
We assume that the Coronavirus crisis will become less and less of an issue due to the rollout of the vaccine globally by April/May.
We largely ignore the grave possibility of national conflict – or even Civil War this year or in the next few years – due to increasing U.S. ideological and political divide. Such an option is too extreme and scary for most Americans to face seriously.
The last US election similar to the current one – with dueling electors, a Congressional fight for the Presidency in January, and a possible election reversal – occurred in 1876. The result was violence, threats against Supreme Court justices, and an assassination attempt in the White House against the eventual President, Rutherford B. Hayes.
In our opinion, the present ideological divide in the US is insurmountable – even with another Great Awakening. The first Great Awakening in the 1700’s united the colonies for eventual war against England. The Second Great Awakening in the mid-1800’s did not go deep enough to prevent the US Civil War. We believe any Third Great Awakening will be the same – it will unite a remnant, but it will not stop an approaching US Civil War (for more on this, see George Washington’s Vision on the Common Sense Interpretation website).
There are two idealogical views of America. One side, about a third, sees themselves as crusaders for a new revolution of ‘righteousness’ founded in defense of the marginalized. It is a ‘righteousness’ that advocates and uplifts the murder of children as a defense of women’s rights, the affirmation of perverted behavior as normal and equal with traditional views of sex and marriage, and exalts climate change and environmental protection to the status of religion. Its views lead to an ‘end justifies the means’ philosophy that can easily be seen in the violence in the streets – or the recent election fraud and multiple Constitutional violations – that it justifies. It will be seen even more clearly in the coming policies of a Biden-Harris administration.
The other side, another third, believes that life is God-given and precious, that this nation was founded on Judeo-Christian ideals with a purpose to be a refuge for people who believe in the Biblical God, and that the US Constitution is unique among the nations and in history and founded on Biblical principles. It is worth defending with blood and life. Its enemies are both foreign and domestic.
In the middle are a third who are either ignorant, confused, or asleep – and are still trying to figure it all out.
In great literature there is something known as the ‘unity of opposites.’ It is when a protagonist and an antagonist want the same thing, only one can have it, and both are willing to give their lives to get it. It is the great set-up of conflict in a great story. Think Ben-Hur (the 1959 version), or The Matrix. In America, we are now in a ‘unity of opposites.’
Conflict is inevitable, the only question is timing. This year? Next? Five years from now? I don’t know. But, I no longer believe that it is twenty years away. Gold, guns, good water, and a plan for survival are more important than ever. There will likely be no peace in America except through war. Real war.
It is too late to say, “Si vis pacem, para bellum.” The only real peace now is on the other side of war.