Before America warred brother on brother, violence broke out in the territories as people chose freedom for all or to spread slavery. In the election of Trump, I fear we are stepping closer to a return. In an op-ed on how to resist Trump there is a proposal for the left to become a new Tea Party. Stating the righteousness of the left creates a mandate for another four years of a dysfunctional Washington. Even if their ideas are right, they ignore the same claims made by the Tea Party. We are becoming two subtribes within a democracy that disregards the validity of the other’s right to rule.
Just because Gingrich started the war in 1996 doesn’t mean attrition is the path to peace. Attacking every policy especially when it is a reasonable course just not your preference will just lead to more Trumps. In selective resistance that betters the lives of all Americans, the American heartland can be rewon. 2018 has about ten blue senate seats in Trumpland and no beltway insider or New York snark will save them from midterm reckoning. Unless there are real local grassroots efforts Trump will gain power. The Tea Party managed to turn Mondale voters red. Perhaps a blue transfusion via geographical relocation is required.