Civil War Watch: Two More Signs Of Strains On The American System

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The city council of Sloviansk, Ukraine, under control of armed forces on April 14, 2014. The masked men are holding Kalashnikov assault rifles (AK-74) and having rocket launchers on their backs

The city council of Sloviansk, Ukraine, under control of armed forces on April 14, 2014. The masked men are holding Kalashnikov assault rifles (AK-74) and having rocket launchers on their backs

No, not Grant vs. Lee war between the states. But signs that the ties that bind us are fraying.

For newcomers, when we say “civil war” here, we are not talking about set-piece battles, but levels of anti-federal actions, such as attacks on federal judges, states taking anti-federal positions, or coordinated efforts that use violence or the threat of it to disobey or nullify federal authority in certain areas. More armed standoffs, more bombings of federal buildings, and such.

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