I've recently come to the conclusion that a "Civil War" in the U.S. is inevitable, and imminent. We are 10 years out, MAXIMUM. Definition: "Civil War" in this case covers a lot of territory and it could unfold in a lot of ways. It could be spontaneous insurrections nation wide by one group or another fighting against the government. It could be different factions start ambushing each other on the streets, particularly at protests or gatherings. It will definitely be chaos, and it will definitely NOT be two clearly defined sides marching around in organized armies, defending clearly defined territories. At least, not unless it goes on for quite a while. Why: This came to me reading the comments on a news article. A conservative told a Marxist, "if you like Marxisim so much, you should be dragged through the street, the way Marxists handle things." At which point the Marxist started talking about how violent Conservatives are, and how everything they believe is above violence. Reading this exchange I just started putting a whole lot of things I've been reading and thinking together. The facts as I see them, are these: Leftists are determined to impose their way of thinking on everyone else. (Like always.) They have defined "speech is violence" and use this to shut down any opposing views. Anybody not adhering to their thought police, is "canceled" and punished, even other leftists if they don't toe the ever-leftward-moving line. Conservatives and libertarians are mostly NOT violent people. They just want to be left alone to live their lives in relative peace and freedom. The oppressive social culture the left is creating in this country is increasingly stirring deep anger and resentment on the right. Pushing them out of their normal, laid back ways. More and more are starting to feel that "something has to be done" and don't feel confident in the government or the ballot box to correct the situation. The result is that: The normal methods for pushing back on political ideas are unavailable. Debates and discussions are off the table. The left has shown that any concessions for appeasement only invite more demands. Leftists in government are increasingly lawless. Ignoring subpoenas, ignoring higher court orders to dismiss cases, ignoring laws to push their agenda, manipulating the justice system to further their goals, often in ways that are illegal. Government/the legal system are powerless to correct leftist abuse of power. The election system is rife with fraud. Even if reformers were elected, it wouldn't matter, because leftists will just marginalize, oust, or hamstring reformers ability to bring reform. Acting illegally to do so, and justifying their own actions as "opposing fascism" when they themselves are actually instituting fascism. Americans think fascism/totalitarian control by government can’t happen here. It absolutely can. Already a small minority controls what you are allowed to say in public. It’s only going to get worse without pushback. With no legal, governmental, or social discussion/social pressure recourse remaining on the table, I think more and more people on the right are going to feel that the only remaining reasonable means of resisting leftist oppression is violence. I just hope that if we get to the point of open hostilities, that once it starts, people don't forget the leftist politicians, media figures, celebrities and others who caused this situation, so that they are held to account. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe Trump will be reelected, and another reformer after him. Maybe they will be able to turn back the clock on the last 5 to 10 years. Maybe the Dems will lose and repudiate and expel the radicals within their own party to become more centrist. Time will tell. But if I had to put money on it, none of the ways we could avoid bloodshed in the next 10 years will come to pass, and the shooting will start at some point. .... at that point, nobody will care about CoVid-19 anymore.