Funny Papers Again Column | A House Divided… You Know the Rest – The King City Rustler
Most historians cite the 1924 Battle of Bear Valley, a clash between the US Army and Apache warriors, as the last battle fought on US soil. Our nation was born during the Revolutionary War and has withstood wars of varying duration: the War of 1812, the American Civil War or Civil War and the Indian Wars. All have brought death and destruction to the land, as all wars do.
We were lucky as a nation because we didn’t see the devastation that other nations often suffer on a recurring basis. But given the world situation as it exists today, how much longer can we consider ourselves, our families, our friends and all Americans safe from conflicts such as those unfolding in places like the Middle East and Ukraine?
For a nation to resist the global pressures of expansionism, there must be strong economic and cultural ties between the other nations of the world. Negotiations and associations, agreements, pacts and treaties established in foreign policies by tens of thousands of government officials are essential to keep the balance of power intact. Such policies often do not succeed and, as in the case of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, war with all its inherent savagery is unleashed. The outcome of such wars depends on the determination of a nation’s military and civilian populations to unite to defeat the enemy.
Reading the story of America’s response to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the impetus to enter World War II, one receives the message of a people uniting to build not only military , but also to build capacity for global action. war. I wonder if it is possible today in America?
Let’s conjecture the following: Russia and China both get tired of US intervention in Ukraine and Taiwan and decide to expand their territories and invade the northwestern region of the United States; at the same time, Mexico grows tired of the miasma of immigration and sends troops all along the border and begins to arm Mexicans seeking to regain the land they lost when the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed. ending the Mexican War of 1846.
These upheavals cause Aryans and other white supremacist groups to band together in a race war against those of color, Jews and Muslims. The reaction to this is that blacks and Latinos are arming themselves for protection and revenge and that all Muslims are forced to confront Christians. The left and right are taking opposing sides in the fray with the hope that when the dust finally settles, and if the nation continues to come out, their party will be the one in control.
Pretty weird, huh? But no more bizarre than America’s endemic gun violence (more innocent people were killed in the Uvalde and Las Vegas mass shootings than fighters in Bear Valley, our so-called last stand in America). No weirder than a man chasing Muslims in Albuquerque or Muslims bombing the Boston Marathon. No more bizarre than thousands of insurgents attacking the heart of American democracy both physically and orally because they are following a lie and the man who spread the lie. No more bizarre than American cities torn apart because the ugly head of racism cannot be separated from the body politic.
And let’s not look at foreign influences but just look at the situation that now exists within our borders. In the aftermath of a global pandemic, economists, all with sound theories, give their interpretations of what the economy is doing, why, and what the results will be. The result is that we the people are left with an ever-diminishing bag of resources to keep us afloat.
The political scene is awash with individuals in positions of immense power over a vast array of issues who are locked into one wild conspiracy theory after another, and seemingly intelligent people are jumping down rabbit holes of great depth. Half the country is convinced that the party of the other half is responsible for America’s impending downfall, and the defendants are equally sure that they are the only ones capable of saving us from destruction.
Since the spitting of the Big Lie regarding the 2020 presidential election, there is now distrust, if not outright distrust, of our electoral system without considering that for over 240 years the system has been considered the bedrock of the democratic way of life and without taking into account the fact that every challenge to the irregularity of this election has been deemed unfounded. Now candidates can run with the ace up their sleeve of rigged elections and don’t hesitate to tell voters that if they lose, it’s because the election was tampered with; a surefire way to dodge the sting of defeat.
With all this distrust of our society, it is no wonder that many young people today find themselves lost in a world gone mad with conspiracy and seek to find a way out of their disenchantment; some find life so unbearable that they end their lives after getting their hands on a gun and killing others first.
How long can a society continue to “promote the general welfare, secure the common defence, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our prosperity” with the divisions that now stand between us? If we are attacked from without, will we as a nation be able to pull ourselves together as previous generations have done, or will we fall easy prey because we are scattered and can be eliminated from one segment of society at a time?
If we are attacked from within, as we saw on January 6, will we unite as a people and denounce acts of treason, or unite against the government? Is it possible that America is destroying itself from within, can we see brother against brother again, family against family in a fight to the death? I know we would all like to think that none of this could happen; but are we sure.
Take care of yourself. Peace.