Are We on the Verge of a New Kind of Civil War?

Guest essay by Donald S. McAlvany

It has been suggested by a few observers that we are on the verge of a kind of Civil War. That is when two or more sides disagree on who runs the country. And they can’t settle the question through elections because they don’t even agree that elections are how you decide who’s in charge. That’s the basic issue here. Who decides who runs the country? When you hate each other, but accept the election results, you have a country. When you stop accepting election results, you have a countdown to a civil war.

The Mueller investigation is about removing President Trump from office and overturning the results of an election. We all know that. What do the sure odds of the Democrats rejecting the next Republican president really mean? It means they don’t accept the results of any election that they don’t win. It means they don’t believe that transfers of power in this country are determined by elections. That’s a civil war. There’s no shooting. At least not unless you count the attempt to kill a bunch of Republicans at a charity baseball game practice. But the Democrats have rejected our system of government.

This isn’t dissent. It’s not disagreement. You can hate the other party. You can think they’re the worst thing that ever happened to the country. But then you work harder to win the next election. When you consistently reject the results of elections that you don’t win, what you want is a dictatorship. Your very own dictatorship.

The only legitimate exercise of power in this country, according to Democrats, is their own. Whenever Republicans exercise power, it’s “inherently illegitimate.” The Democrats lost Congress. They lost the White House. So what did they do? They began trying to run the country through Federal judges and bureaucrats. Every time that a Federal judge issues an order saying that the President of the United States can’t scratch his own back without his say so, that’s the civil war.

Our system of government was based on the US Constitution, but that’s not the system that runs this country today. The Democrats’ system is that any part of government that it runs gets total and unlimited power over the country. If the Democrats are in the White House, then the president can do anything. He can have his own amnesty for illegal aliens. He can fine you for not having health insurance. His power is unlimited. He’s a dictator.

But when Republicans get into the White House, suddenly the President can’t do anything. He isn’t even allowed to undo the illegal alien amnesty that his predecessor illegally invented. A Democrat in the White House has “discretion” to completely decide every aspect of immigration policy. A Republican doesn’t even have the “discretion” to reverse him. That’s how the game is played. That’s how our country is run. Sad but true, although the left hasn’t totally won the fight – at least not yet.

When a Democrat is in the White House, states aren’t even allowed to enforce immigration law. But when a Republican is in the White House, states can create their own immigration laws. Under Obama, a state wasn’t allowed to go to the bathroom without asking permission. But under Trump, Jerry Brown can go around saying that California is an independent republic and sign treaties with other countries. The Constitution has something to say about that.

Whether it’s Federal or State, Executive, Legislative or Judiciary, the left moves power around to run the country. If it controls an institution, then that institution is suddenly the supreme power in the land. This is what we call a moving dictatorship.

Donald Trump has caused the Shadow Government to come out of hiding (i.e., consider the present leftist-controlled anti-Trump media feeding frenzy): Professional government is a guild. Like medieval guilds. You can’t serve in it if you’re not a member. If you haven’t been indoctrinated into its arcane rituals, you aren’t in the club. And Trump isn’t in the club. He brought in a bunch of people who aren’t in the club with him. (Sadly, some of them are now gone and replaced by Deep State types.) Now we’re seeing what the pros do when amateurs try to walk in on them. They spy on them, they investigate them, and they send them to jail. They use the tools of power to bring them down. That’s not a free country.

It’s not a free country when FBI agents who support Hillary take out an “insurance policy” against Trump winning the election. It’s not a free country when Obama officials engage in massive destruction of the opposition. It’s not a free country when the media responds to the other guy winning by trying to ban the conservative media that supported him from social media. It’s not a free country when all of the above collude together to overturn an election because the guy who wasn’t supposed to win did.

Have no doubt, we’re in a civil war between conservative volunteer government and a leftist Democrat professional government. And have no doubt, the 21st century Democrat Party is now the equivalent of the 20th century Communist Party and has declared war (albeit a civil war) against freedom in America. What are we who still love and believe in freedom going to do about it? A good question worth pondering!

The original of this article, was published by the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, in their circular newsletter dated August 2018.

Don McAlvany is the editor of the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, a monthly geopolitical/financial intelligence newsletter.

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4 Responses to Are We on the Verge of a New Kind of Civil War?

  1. Karl Priest August 30, 2018 at 8:35 pm #

    This “civil war” is the Culture War that was launched in 1974. See

    We are in a war for the hearts, minds, and souls of the precious children of America. No sane military force sends raw recruits to be trained (and mentally maimed) in the boot-camp of the bad guys. Please see “Call to Dunkirk” at

    Please also see IndoctriNation at

    Additionally, please see

  2. Howard Tarr August 31, 2018 at 12:00 am #

    Well stated.

    Hang on to you hats.

  3. David Pressey September 1, 2018 at 4:44 pm #

    This is a good analysis of what has happened but it started years ago when the radical left started undermining the church, the schools and the media. Unfortunately, the leftist supporters were from middle and upper middle class backgrounds who were using the marginal classes as the point of the spear to destroy our value system. I saw this happen in the Episcopal Church. I saw it in the school system. It is difficult for a conservative voice to be published in most newspapers and electronic media.

    But as with all communist and fascist systems, the advocates for radical change will be liquidated in any real civil war. Not even radicals will keep the anarchist and leftist professors around once they seize power. As in the waning days of Rome naked power ruled over the common good as chaos, hunger, and anarchy destroyed Rome. Ideology is not the ultimate vehicle for leftist goals. It is all about power and control, not the common good.

    • JOHN WALTERS September 28, 2018 at 10:08 pm #


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