Greenfield: The New Civil War

By David Greenfield:

A civil war has begun.

This civil war is very different than the last one. There are no cannons or cavalry charges. The left doesn’t want to secede. It wants to rule. Political conflicts become civil wars when one side refuses to accept the existing authority. The left has rejected all forms of authority that it doesn’t control.

The left has rejected the outcome of the last two presidential elections won by Republicans. It has rejected the judicial authority of the Supreme Court when it decisions don’t accord with its agenda. It rejects the legislative authority of Congress when it is not dominated by the left.

It rejected the Constitution so long ago that it hardly bears mentioning.

It was for total unilateral executive authority under Obama. And now it’s for states unilaterally deciding what laws they will follow. (As long as that involves defying immigration laws under Trump, not following them under Obama.) It was for the sacrosanct authority of the Senate when it held the majority. Then it decried the Senate as an outmoded institution when the Republicans took it over.

It was for Obama defying the orders of Federal judges, no matter how well grounded in existing law, and it is for Federal judges overriding any order by Trump on any grounds whatsoever. It was for Obama penalizing whistleblowers, but now undermining the government from within has become “patriotic”.

There is no form of legal authority that the left accepts as a permanent institution. It only utilizes forms of authority selectively when it controls them. But when government officials refuse the orders of the duly elected government because their allegiance is to an ideology whose agenda is in conflict with the President and Congress, that’s not activism, protest, politics or civil disobedience; it’s treason.

After losing Congress, the left consolidated its authority in the White House. After losing the White House, the left shifted its center of authority to Federal judges and unelected government officials. Each defeat led the radicalized Democrats to relocate from more democratic to less democratic institutions.

This isn’t just hypocrisy. That’s a common political sin. Hypocrites maneuver within the system. The left has no allegiance to the system. It accepts no laws other than those dictated by its ideology.

Democrats have become radicalized by the left. This doesn’t just mean that they pursue all sorts of bad policies. It means that their first and foremost allegiance is to an ideology, not the Constitution, not our country or our system of government. All of those are only to be used as vehicles for their ideology.

That’s why compromise has become impossible.

Our system of government was designed to allow different groups to negotiate their differences. But those differences were supposed to be based around finding shared interests. The most profound of these shared interests was that of a common country based around certain civilizational values. The left has replaced these Founding ideas with radically different notions and principles. It has rejected the primary importance of the country. As a result it shares little in the way of interests or values.

Instead it has retreated to cultural urban and suburban enclaves where it has centralized tremendous amounts of power while disregarding the interests and values of most of the country. If it considers them at all, it is convinced that they will shortly disappear to be replaced by compliant immigrants and college indoctrinated leftists who will form a permanent demographic majority for its agenda.

But it couldn’t wait that long because it is animated by the conviction that enforcing its ideas is urgent and inevitable. And so it turned what had been a hidden transition into an open break.

In the hidden transition, its authority figures had hijacked the law and every political office they held to pursue their ideological agenda. The left had used its vast cultural power to manufacture a consensus that was slowly transitioning the country from American values to its values and agendas. The right had proven largely impotent in the face of a program which corrupted and subverted from within.

The left was enormously successful in this regard. It was so successful that it lost all sense of proportion and decided to be open about its views and to launch a political power struggle after losing an election.

The Democrats were no longer being slowly injected with leftist ideology. Instead the left openly took over and demanded allegiance to open borders, identity politics and environmental fanaticism. The exodus of voters wiped out the Democrats across much of what the left deemed flyover country.

The left responded to democratic defeats by retreating deeper into undemocratic institutions, whether it was the bureaucracy or the corporate media, while doubling down on its political radicalism. It is now openly defying the outcome of a national election using a coalition of bureaucrats, corporations, unelected officials, celebrities and reporters that are based out of its cultural and political enclaves.

It has responded to a lost election by constructing sanctuary cities and states thereby turning a cultural and ideological secession into a legal secession. But while secessionists want to be left alone authoritarians want everyone to follow their laws. The left is an authoritarian movement that wants total compliance with its dictates with severe punishments for those who disobey.

The left describes its actions as principled. But more accurately they are ideological. Officials at various levels of government have rejected the authority of the President of the United States, of Congress and of the Constitution because those are at odds with their radical ideology. Judges have cloaked this rejection in law. Mayors and governors are not even pretending that their actions are lawful.

The choices of this civil war are painfully clear.

We can have a system of government based around the Constitution with democratically elected representatives. Or we can have one based on the ideological principles of the left in which all laws and processes, including elections and the Constitution, are fig leaves for enforcing social justice.

But we cannot have both.

Some civil wars happen when a political conflict can’t be resolved at the political level. The really bad ones happen when an irresolvable political conflict combines with an irresolvable cultural conflict.

That is what we have now.

The left has made it clear that it will not accept the lawful authority of our system of government. It will not accept the outcome of elections. It will not accept these things because they are at odds with its ideology and because they represent the will of large portions of the country whom they despise.

The question is what comes next.

The last time around growing tensions began to explode in violent confrontations between extremists on both sides. These extremists were lauded by moderates who mainstreamed their views. The first Republican president was elected and rejected. The political tensions led to conflict and then civil war.

The left doesn’t believe in secession. It’s an authoritarian political movement that has lost democratic authority. There is now a political power struggle underway between the democratically elected officials and the undemocratic machinery of government aided by a handful of judges and local elected officials.

What this really means is that there are two competing governments; the legal government and a treasonous anti-government of the left. If this political conflict progresses, agencies and individuals at every level of government will be asked to demonstrate their allegiance to these two competing governments. And that can swiftly and explosively transform into an actual civil war.

There is no sign that the left understands or is troubled by the implications of the conflict it has initiated. And there are few signs that Democrats properly understand the dangerous road that the radical left is drawing them toward. The left assumes that the winners of a democratic election will back down rather than stand on their authority. It is unprepared for the possibility that democracy won’t die in darkness.

Civil wars end when one side is forced to accept the authority of the other. The left expects everyone to accept its ideological authority. Conservatives expect the left to accept Constitutional authority. The conflict is still political and cultural. It’s being fought in the media and within the government. But if neither side backs down, then it will go beyond words as both sides give contradictory orders.

The left is a treasonous movement. The Democrats became a treasonous organization when they fell under the sway of a movement that rejects our system of government, its laws and its elections. Now their treason is coming to a head. They are engaged in a struggle for power against the government. That’s not protest. It’s not activism. The old treason of the sixties has come of age. A civil war has begun.

This is a primal conflict between a totalitarian system and a democratic system. Its outcome will determine whether we will be a free nation or a nation of slaves.


Well stated.  Kudos Mr. Greenfield.  In my opinion, this is the best article that I have read to date that succinctly summarizes the Left’s treasonous actions and philosophy.

The Left is practicing Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” to a tee.  Obama taught it at Columbia.  Hillary wrote her Wellesley thesis on it.  Both are die-hard disciples of Alinsky.  Sadly, the Left was largely successful for 8 long years despite losing 2,000 seats around the country.  Fortunately, America woke up and got off the couch and voted much to the surprise of the Left who had convinced themselves that Hillary would win.

The Left’s narrative is crumbling before our eyes, everyday.  Trump has been proven correct time and time again despite protestations from the left and the RINO shills who want Trump neutered.  This Syria thing has me worried as does the UniParty working behind the scenes.

Now is not the time to rest.  The Left never rests.

I refuse to be a slave.

~ Hardnox

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12 Responses to Greenfield: The New Civil War

  1. Shar says:

    Good article and comments. I worry about Syria too. Who influenced his decision? Does Kushner have too much power? Not sure I trust him. Understand he is a lefty.
    Is the WH in a power struggle? They are snitching on each other. Congress went home to find their Easter eggs and left healthcare swinging in the breeze when time is of the essence to move forward with taxes before next break. Who the hell gets this much time off and gets paid so well? I’m tired of my tax dollars going to pomp and theatre.

    • Hardnox says:

      Thanks. I doubt DJT will suffer bad advice for any amount of time no matter where it comes from… family or not.

      Congress is run by pussies that are most interested with getting reelected while appearing to do the right thing.

  2. GunnyG says:

    Good post. I’m simply waiting for the fall to come and it is on the way. When the EBT cards don’t get refilled, that’ll do it.

  3. There are far too many entrenched lefties in various government institutions.
    Trump’s OMB guy said yesterday that we need to seriously trim the size of the federal workforce and cut back or eliminate unnecessary agencies. Of course congress has the final say in that plan. We better start putting pressure on them or we will never see the debt clock run backwards.
    Things are coming to a head on many fronts and I expect this to be either a watershed year or a bloodshed one.

    • Hardnox says:

      Amen. The problem are all those special interest groups that profit from all this who in turn funnel money to our legislators residing in “the swamp”. A reckoning is coming.

  4. Peppermint says:

    Really good article and comments. I agree that the left is committing treason. I do believe this is coming to a head and we had better stand up and fight back. The job that was started by Trump is not over.

    • Hardnox says:

      Thanks Pepp. As you know, the problems we have are huge. Hence the pushback from the left and the enemy within our own ranks.

  5. Dean says:

    There is conflict due to the Left’s flight from reality and from the Constitution, but civil war? They are outgunned, outnumbered and too spoiled to endure war. They have their false ideology and that’s about it. They are spoiled children. Ignore them and/or tell them to grow up.

    • Hardnox says:

      Thanks for the visit Dean. True with what you said but we’ve ignored them for decades and look now. It’s them that want that war. They won’t like the reply.