A civil war is an ugly endeavor. It splits families and friends and destroys the fabric of life and results in the deaths of many people. When we think of a civil war, most of us have two perceptions; the first is the historical knowledge of the America Civil war of 1861-1865 and the second comes by way of video clips of modern, foreign nations tearing themselves apart. Fires burning in the streets, wanton violence, looting, desperation for food and the pain of fleeing refugees.

These two examples differ only in the relevance they have to our lives. The first example, The American Civil war of 1861, has taken on an academic covering. The concepts and battles of this epoch of our history, the personalities that drove the events and the individual stories of heroics, sacrifice and ultimately the outcome of the war are alive only in the books we can read about the struggle. 

No one alive today fought in the war and over the years it has taken on the “Dim” of history; important, but nothing most of us can really relate to. There are societies and clubs that conduct re-enactments, study the strategies and find seemingly endless fascination with those days. But, on the ground, in our everyday life, the grit and suffering of that war doesn’t hold much sway over how we live. 

On the other hand, when we see a contemporary civil war breaking out in another part of the world, complete with heart wrenching pictures of death and destruction, children crying, soldiers marching and ordinary citizens running for their lives, we see real life drama in the events. 

Because of the contemporary nature of the modern, TV based civil wars we can all be moved by the carnage, but if it gets too difficult to see we just turn off the TV or the news feed and it goes away. Neither the American Civil War of history or the modern raging civil war on our living room TV’s or computer screens really affects us; it is either too far away in time or too far away in geography for it to really have any meaning for us in our lives.

As a result, we disregard the reality and suffering of a civil war and never consider the possibility that America can suffer such a fate again. 

Wrong and dangerous.       

In fact, I am convinced the Second American Civil war has already begun and the only thing missing is a modern version of the “Shot heard round the world” at Fort Sumpter in 1861; in other words, the cold civil war, the lead up to the hot civil war, the one with the violence and killing is well under way and has been since 2008.  

I see 2008 as the actual start of the Second Civil War because of the shift from traditional American political foundations to the acceptance of socialism evidenced by the election of Barrack Obama and his policies.

While most Americans who voted for Mr. Obama didn’t do so consciously because he was a socialist, this fact was obscured by the media and the attacks on anyone who tried to truly look at his positions and their meanings, but they did vote for him for the historic nature of an African-American president. Along with that historic nature came his policies, which, if you took the time to review honestly, the socialism was evident for anyone to see.

This election also signaled the victory of the indoctrination system of education we have in many parts of our country. Kids do not study politics free courses on economics, the constitution, or history. Instead they study the enlightened version of those topics, where the post-traditional American, progressive (left wing), re-writing of those topics complete with a good dose of liberal editorial fluffing, are presented as the curriculum with no other point of view included.            

This re-writing of educational material has been a long time coming, but it is now completely ensconced in our schools. When you add the thought draining pressure of political correctness to the equation, the results are predictable, as many of us have said for a long, long time.

It is this perfect storm that came together in 2008 and allowed a disguised socialist, supported by the big media, to ascend to the White House and changed the direction of our country forever.  

That was the start of the actual cold phase of the Second Civil War. 

The obvious next question then is clear: will there be a phase 2, the hot Civil War, the one with the violence and killing?

I could pontificate on this point and try to give vague predictions of when we might see this violence, but, unfortunately vague predictions are not necessary, the real life and death examples are already easy to see:

Antifa, riots, violent protest, police murdered openly almost every day, gang violence unchecked, lawlessness at the borders, sanctuary cities where Americans are at risk, the open “resistance” movement and the call for violence and attacks on individuals and groups by some of our politicians are just some of the undeniable examples of the hot war in progress.

Gone are the days of verbal disagreement settled by elections and debate. Now we use the power of government to force a result the mob demands. The blatant disregard of the law breaking by the Dept. of Justice under President Obama, the law breaking by the Clintons, the cover up of the 2016 election fraud by the left and the abuse of the courts. These are not one-off incidents; they are the realities we now live with as normal. One half of our people think those things are perfectly fine as long as the corruption serves their purposes; the danger is that corruption is not a demon that goes away after it is used, it lingers permanently. 

Where do we go from here? 

Will our children live in a free country or one that is made equal? I don’t know. Right now, it doesn’t look good.

Do we think we can reverse these current trends?

Are we strong enough to fight another civil war?          

The idea is not a pleasant one, but like many major problems, ignoring what is right in front of us does not make it go away. We survived a horrific Civil War in the 1860’s, but we had men and women of decency, with respect for liberty and freedom, informed by the exceptional knowledge of what our country represented for humanity and guided by the belief in God and the constitution. Today…. Not so much.          

The future is not stagnant, we can make changes, we can avoid reliving the pain of the past, we can correct our course, but that is up to all of us.

In America, we will get the future we earn. 

Joseph Pangaro is a retired Police Lieutenant from the Township of Ocean, Monmouth County, NJ. During his 27 year career, Lieutenant Pangaro served in many capacities. After nine years as a patrol officer, he was transferred to the detective bureau where he served for 12 years. During that time, Lt. Pangaro prepared and executed hundreds of search warrants, testified in numerous high profile criminal court cases and excelled in the area of criminal investigations including; homicides, sexual assaults, drug crimes, fraud, burglary, juvenile investigations, economic crimes, vice crimes, quality of life crimes and other crimes of violence. He has acted in undercover capacities and worked with numerous local, county, state, and federal agencies. Joseph Pangaro served as a sergeant in the detective bureau, supervising a group of highly motivated and active officers in the unit as well as the “Quality of Life” unit.