We recently wrote an article about how civil unrest is threatening the country. In that article, we mentioned the upcoming election and a few of our readers wanted an elaboration. The 2016 election is one of the most heated in anyone’s memory. Both sides are deeply entrenched in their ideologies so much so that it may not end at the election. On one side, supporters begging for a reduction in the size of the federal government and a balanced budget. While the other is determined to see equality reign and empower the government to deliver it however they see fit. So could this election really lead to a much deeper divide in the United States?
Before we get into it, a short disclaimer; this isn’t a political website and this isn’t meant to sway the votes of our readers. Our focus is, and always will be, surviving any scenario and preparing for the worst. Although it is impossible for us to be truly and completely unbiased (we’re voters too), we’ve done our best to remove our bias for the sake of this article.
You can’t really understand the root of the political divide without first understanding what both sides are fighting for. On one side, you have the Republicans, typically more conservative by nature. They tend towards smaller federal government, state autonomy and basically keeping the state out of the day to day affairs of the people. On the other sit the Democrats, the liberals, who would rather see the federal government as a universal safety net.
The two sides have basically morphed into polar opposites where years ago, they had some basic overlap. A short history lesson, the civil war was fought over these exact principles. When you boil it down to the heart of the matter, the civil war was fought between those in favor of small federal government and those in favor of big federal government. That is, almost to the t, what we are facing this election. There are those on both sides threatening civil disobedience if the other candidate is elected. Another thing we seen leading into the civil war.
Could it Really Lead to Civil War?
Yes! I’m quite sure that if you asked the common person before the confederates fired on Fort Sumter if the election would result in civil war, they would have baulked at you. There are really those out there who feel the other side is irreversibly destroying the nation and the only way to stop them is by force. These extremists are on both sides, it’s not a matter of “elect this one to avoid war”. Supporters on both sides feel they have a moral obligation to further their agenda by any means necessary. Let’s take a moment to point out, that is not how democracy works.
The political Right see’s this election as necessary to undo all the damage done by the Left over the past eight years. Whether right or wrong, they see it as essential to pull the country back from the abyss of socialism and government overreach. There is a strong possibility that if the Left wins this election, that extremists on the Right will actually go to those extraordinary lengths.
The Left, on the other hand, sees this election as necessary to keep the, in their eyes, morally inferior and deficient Right from taking the reins. They look at the Right as bigoted, sexist, racists because it is the narrative their party leaders have pushed. This narrative was originally just started to gain votes, but it may have gained unintended consequences. It has a very emotional message and emotions are the five-ton elephant to logics five-pound kitten. Extremists on the left feel they are acting on a morally superior platform of tolerant intolerance.
The extremists on both sides are driven by a feeling of moral responsibility. The Left feels responsible to empower the government to protect the disenfranchised. While the Right feels responsible to protect those disenfranchised by the government. In their own minds, they are both fighting for what they see to be morally righteous. Simple as that. Unfortunately, these strong feelings tend to cloud judgement, which is why it is all the more likely with this election that emotions will spill over.