Today’s Civil War: Simple and Complex

THE SHINBONE STAR

Civil war. That’s what many are calling the political battles tearing apart our country in the immediate aftermath of the recent ballpark shooting of congressional Republicans and staffers in Alexandria, Va.

It’s more than political engagements, however, on today’s domestic battlefield. It’s the haves against the have nots. Fundamentalist Christians against all other religions, but particularly radical Muslims. Gun toters against anti-gun advocates. Global-warming deniers against environmentalists.

The list of engagements, real and imagined, is long and growing every day. Much like The War Between the States fought with great bloodshed from 1861 until 1865, today’s political and cultural civil war pits fathers against sons and daughters; mothers against sons and daughters; brother against brother ; sister against sister.

We are a nation extremely divided, and as Abraham Lincoln famously said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

Unfortunately, we are not blessed at the moment with a national leader with Lincoln’s strength and wisdom…

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