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The Next Civil War is About to Begin

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We don't yet know exactly what forms of violence will emerge first. We don't know if there will be a number of "lone wolf" actions, or if there will be a coordinated series of attacks in the tradition of their hero, Timothy McVeigh. But, given the depth of the racism, and the twisted minds at work, it won't be surprising if a wave of killings of black people sets off the race war that many of these lunatics are hoping for, believing that a race war will trigger a civil war and that that will settle things, once and for all. And in their favor. Indeed, if a war against people of color begins (you can be sure that if the killing starts, it won't be just African Americans who are targeted), the killers fully expect that the militias will flock to the cause, the KKK will join in, and the lunatics with itchy fingers will all take to the streets for the revolution they're all hoping for. They're not terribly concerned about Martial Law, because they're convinced that since so many in our military are from the south and rural areas, they wouldn't fire upon them. Instead, they believe that a large portion of the military would actually join them.

Such insanity might be easily dismissed, were it not for the facts and unbridled extremism before our very eyes. And too many in the media and among "average" people will still dismiss it, preferring instead to believe that it's nothing but a lot of bluster and nothing more. But that is the kind of naivete that endangers our country, and opens the way for a bloody and catastrophic time in America. A time that could well result in the destruction of our republic as we know it, and the end of the "great experiment" known as the United States of America.

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