MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

If You Vote For Trump, You’re the Bad Guy

March 7th, 2019 Viewed 285 times, 1 so far today

We’re currently living in a country where there are two extremes that are under the impression that they are the true America, representing true American values and that the other side is anti-American or destroying America.

The Cold Civil War and the Future of America

June 7th, 2018 Viewed 1140 times, 2 so far today

In an article in the Federalist, Ryan Williams suggests that we are currently in a cold civil war in America.

Both elites and the public have expressed much recent anxiety about increasing political “polarization.” The moderate “center” that used to be the basis for compromise on all manner of policy has been disappearing for at least the last three decades, as the distance between the most liberal Republican in Congress and the most conservative Democrat continues to grow.

The two parties trade national congressional majorities and the presidency, but gridlock is the rule rather than the exception. Even the occasional policy victory, like Obamacare or the recent tax cut, is passed on strictly partisan lines and subject to reversal after the next narrow electoral victory by the other side.

Our political divisions and policy instability are symptoms of a growing conflict of visions over America’s past and future. At both elite and popular levels, Americans have become partisans of one or the other of what my colleague Charles Kesler calls our “two constitutions.” The stakes could not be higher: this is a fight over what kind of national political life we will choose for ourselves and the next generation. So we find ourselves in the midst of what another colleague, Angelo Codevilla, has labeled a “cold civil war.”

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.