Is America at War With Itself?

Is America at War With Itself?

( – In the wake of the 2020 election, America is unsettled about the government’s role in the lives of its people. In many ways, America is not moving forward. It’s regressing. The reasons are many, and conservatives have good cause for concern as Americans grow distrustful of one another. The result is the country is at war with itself about the future direction of the country.

Many Democrats believe that potential President-elect Joe Biden has a clear mandate. However, a closer evaluation reveals that may not be accurate. Republicans were expected to lose seats in the House. Instead, they picked up seats and gave Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) the slimmest majority in a century. Down ballot in numerous states Biden won, Republicans picked up seats in state legislatures.

By any rational argument, it’s hard to explain a mandate when considering the down-ballot results. Regardless, Biden has stated he will be the most progressive president in the history of the United States. That’s something conservatives fear, and rightly so. By doubling down, America may be reverting to the 19th century instead of looking forward to the rest of the 21st century.

Americans Once Believed in Government

In the 1950s, Americans fell in love with their government. It wasn’t perfect, but there was a consensus that the government could do good. The Nazis and the Japanese Empire were defeated. President John F. Kennedy created the allure of Camelot, and the space program created a sense of national pride. Today, pride in government is all but gone.

Helping drive the discord is technology — driven by partisans in giant Tech companies who censor the political discourse they disagree with. However, it’s more than that — for decades, the nation asked the government to solve problems it’s not designed or equipped to solve. Cultural and economic issues surrounding poverty and drug abuse can’t be won like the wars against Germany or Japan.

Government service for the country’s good was replaced by career experts who instruct the elected leadership in what to do, creating a deep state of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats who run the country. They exchanged their postwar idealism that the government could do good for comfortable careers instead.

Biden’s Presidency Could Hurt America

Last week, Biden began announcing his nominees to a potential cabinet as well as other appointees. The 78-year-old politician with a half-century in politics is surrounding himself with those who helped bring rise to the socialist movement in the Democratic Party. Granted, his potential nominees aren’t socialist, but Democratic policies alienated the working class since Bill Clinton and gave rise to the movement.

Likely, America isn’t going to return to the progressive idea of normal. In many ways, America is reverting to the 19th century. It was a time of populism when support grew for the plight of ordinary citizens, it called for the redistribution of wealth, witnessed an extreme partisan media, culture wars and mid-level politicians use government powers weaponizing regulations to achieve political ends. The 19th century saw people’s trust in government plummet, and faith in government institutions declined at both state and local levels.

Thomas Jefferson defined good government this way: “A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”

By that definition, Biden and the progressive movement are at war with the American revolution’s ideals. So too, are some Republicans. So too, are some Republicans.

The next four years may test America’s resolve.

Hold on tight. It’s about to get interesting.

Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst

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