A new poll confirms that a significant number of Americans have the health of the Union on their mind.
A national survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports indicates that a full 31% of American voters believe the U.S. "will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years," while 59% of voters see the prospect of a nation-dividing conflict unlikely. Add in the (I assume) 10% of voters who had no opinion on the matter and that's 69% of voters who aren't worried — which is, you know, nice. I'm a glass half full kind of guy.
Here's some more information from the Rasmussen poll to mull over:
The last time Americans were this fearful of a civil war was during the second year of President Barack Obama's first term, when the Tea Party fervor that followed his election delivered Republicans both chambers of Congress.
Rasmussen found that Democrats are most "fearful" of a civil war with 37%, followed by Republicans at 32%, and independent voters with 26%.
It's worth noting that while "most" voters are worried about political violence from "from those opposed to Trump’s policies," a whopping 59% of all voters, regardless of political affiliation, believe that "that those critical of the media’s coverage of Trump will resort to violence." That is pretty insane.
Then there's race: "Forty-four percent (44%) of blacks think a second civil war is likely in the next five years, a view shared by 28% of whites and 36% of other minority voters," Rasmussen reports.
The polling comes on the heels of a political scientist's concern for the United States heading for a "soft civil war" sparked a lively discussion over at The Long March. One of my T&P; colleagues made a salient point to me regarding this type of polling. "I find conversations about a civil war dangerous in themselves," he told me, adding that "the idea is really starting to take hold." Which brings me back to Tom Ricks' question over at The Long March: Why do rational people continue to express such concerns?
Leave your thoughts in the comments. We'd love to hear them, as always.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina.)
A special operations Marine is due in court on March 7 after being arrested last year for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Task & Purpose has learned.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested and charged with assault inflicting serious injury on July 29, 2018, according to Jennifer Dandron, a spokeswoman for police in Wilmington, North Carolina. Evans is currently assigned as a Critical Skills Operator with the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, according to the Marine Corps Personnel Locator.
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Elyse Ping Medvigy conducts a call-for-fire during an artillery shoot south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. Medvigy, a fire support officer assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is the first female company fire support officer to serve in an infantry brigade combat team supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston (Photo by U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston)
Following Trump's inauguration, some supporters of ground combat integration assumed he would quickly move to reinstate a ban on women in jobs like the infantry. When this did not happen, advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief, and hundreds of qualified women charted a course in history by entering the newly opened occupational fields.
So earlier this week when the Wall Street Journal published an editorial against women in ground combat by conservative political commentator Heather Mac Donald, the inclination of many ground combat integration supporters was to dismiss it outright. But given Trump's proclivity to make knee jerk policy decisions in response to falling approval ratings and the court's tradition of deference to the military when it comes to policies affecting good order and discipline, it would be unwise to assume the 2016 lifting of the ban on women in ground combat is a done deal.