Yvonne Rowan on the second American Civil War

June 6, 2021

I hate writing depressing missives, but right now, I think it’s all I’m capable of. To do otherwise would require a mask far heavier than I have the strength for. My heart is breaking. I’m constantly on the edge of tears. (You’re free to stop reading now, if you wish.)

Trump is embarking on a tour consisting of what he calls “presidential appearances” or some such thing, claiming that he’s still the president and will be reinstated by August. It would be laughable were it not for the rumors about his “army” of militia supporters planning another coup attempt. And, yes, some are actually calling it a “coup.” I don’t think at this point that it would be much of an exaggeration to say that we’re openly engaged in a civil war, even if most people aren’t paying attention yet.

If he hasn’t managed to force his way back into the White House by then, plans are already underway for Trump to run for president again in 2024. He’s also reportedly toying with the idea of running for a House seat next year, then becoming Speaker of the House and impeaching Biden and Harris—which would then put him back in the White House since House Speaker is next in line. All of these things are possible, and we’d be foolish to arrogantly dismiss them.

And this morning, news has sent me into mourning for my country. Senator Joe Manchin has announced via an op-ed that he will not be voting for the “For the People Act” nor will he vote to kill the filibuster (which allows any single senator to stop everything — literally). To borrow a line from “Star Wars,” he was our last hope. This leaves the Democrats short one vote of passing either item. What this means is Republicans will filibuster the hell out of the entire Democratic agenda (they’ve already pledged to do so after leaving a long track record of doing exactly that) and will sweep into power in next year’s elections (thanks to all the voter suppression and “election reform” bills they’re currently flooding their state legislatures with and no “For the People Act” to make it fair).

Whatever path Trump chooses, the Republicans — no, let’s call them what they really are, call them by the flag they carry and the slogans they shout — the Fascists — will take over our country, and we will likely never get it back. Where my imagination takes me after that — based on what I’ve seen of their policies and inclinations to date — is the dystopia from hell, and it feels like only a miracle or a superhero could save us now.

I’m a pessimist, you say? Nah. I don’t see only the dark side of things. But sticking your head in the sand leaves your ass exposed and keeps you from seeing what’s coming. I’ve lived long enough to know that if you ignore what is real, it will come up and slap the shit out of you. I’m not a pessimist. I’m a realist. And this stuff is real. This stuff will determine how it’s all going to end. For real.

At times like this, I’m grateful to be old and in poor health. I’m grateful to be unlikely to suffer the worst of the consequences to come. But my heart goes out to the ones I’ll be leaving behind. So when I die, do not mourn for me; be glad for me. Save your sorrow for the survivors.



About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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13 Responses to Yvonne Rowan on the second American Civil War

  1. Yvonne Rowan says:

    This article was posted a couple of hours ago, is very relevant to this discussion, and offers some hope. So I’m sharing it here. “So What The Hell Do We Do Now?” https://indivisibleteam.medium.com/so-what-the-hell-do-we-do-now-joe-manchin-edition-2fd15d63870d


  2. Dr Bob Rich says:

    This new article is relevant to my discussion with Cathy:


  3. pendantry says:

    Trump is deranged. And Manchin should be honest and admit that he’s no ‘democrat’. The US is in serious danger of becoming an autocracy, or worse… and yet the residents there seem oblivious to the danger. So much for ‘the great experiment’.

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  4. Cathy says:

    Mr. Trump is not a politician. He is a businessman. What I saw under his administration was positive growth in the economy, people finding unity because they finally were recognized as more than taxpayers to provide money to pay for whatever the powers that be feel is necessary and votes to get people elected, and the rest of the time they want nothing to do with you. Mr. Trump worked for 4 years without taking a paycheck. When he was told he couldn’t refuse the paycheck each month his paycheck was $1 for him and the rest to some charity. A lot of people benefitted from those paychecks.

    As for being Fascist, well I am a registered Republican. Sorry. I am not a fascist. I don’t think the Republicans are. We are Americans who are tired of footing the bills, being lied to and being manipulated by politicians with personal agendas. That isn’t limited to just the Republicans. Democrats are just as guilty. They all are politicians.

    I , too, am concerned about what my children and grandchildren will have to deal with in the future.

    You know, only in America are you able to voice your strong opinions, protected by the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights which we must protect and defend. I’m pretty sure that’s what Mr. Trump was doing. And putting Americans first for a change. You might want to fact check what I’m saying because I am expressing my opinions.

    Have a wonderful day.

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Cathy, I am approving your comment, however much I disagree with it. Discussion is fruitful. I will do you the courtesy of point by point reply.
      1. Mr. Trump is not a politician. He is a businessman.
      It’s in the public record. He has gone bankrupt 6 times. He has lots of money he inherited, then, again in the public record, he has engaged in several, let us generously call them, questionable actions. A single example: just before the 2016 elections, there was a class action against his College that was settled out of court in order to stifle discussion about it.
      He has indeed run the US as a private business for 4 years, for example renting out hotel rooms to his fans at exorbitant prices, and making huge profits using his golf club for public events. Compare this with, say, Eisenhower or Carter.
      2. positive growth in the economy.
      Who benefited from growth in the GDP (until COVID hit?) The rich got richer and the poor got poorer. Tax breaks for billionaires and economic strangulation for ordinary working people.
      3. people finding unity.
      From outside the USA, I have never seen such divisiveness and mutual hatred and fear in America as during the past few years. Gun sales have soared, because people feel they need to ability to protect themselves. Black lives matter… Entire cities being shut down by conflicting groups of rioters for weeks at a time… Hate crimes including places of worship defiled… On and on. I don’t know where you get this illusion. I am immensely glad I don’t live in the USA.
      4. As for being Fascist, well I am a registered Republican.
      That’s fair enough. This was an overgeneralisation on Yvonne’s part, but you do need to look at what some of your elected representatives and party officials have been publicly saying. A significant proportion of Republicans have attacked democracy. Again, it’s in the public record.
      5. We are Americans who are tired of footing the bills, being lied to and being manipulated by politicians with personal agendas.
      Hooray, we have a point of agreement. Number 1 among those liars is Trump, however.
      6. Democrats are just as guilty.
      Yes. I have no sympathy for the mainstream Democratic party, which is just as much owned by Big Money as the Republican party. My admiration is for Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and the “Squad.”
      7. You know, only in America are you able to voice your strong opinions.
      Hahaha, while you’re on my blog, you are in Australia. One commenter before you is from Britain.

      I am glad you have expressed your opinions, but it would be important for you to fact check on more than your usual sources. I read from both sides, then make up my own mind, but modern media puts us in silos. You get presented with information that supports the beliefs you have exposed by past reading.

      Have a good life,

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      • Yvonne Rowan says:

        I have only two points I’d like to make here.
        1) While, as Bob points out, my “Republicans are Fascists” statement is an overgeneralization, if you are silent, you are complicit. The loudest in the party proudly proclaim their allegiance to that hateful ideology. If you are a Republican but do not consider yourself to be a Fascist, how can you not expect to be lumped in with that group if you are not objecting just as loudly to their attempt to redefine you and what you stand for?
        If you’re a Republican and find Fascism to be repugnant, then for God’s sake, SPEAK UP!
        2) “Democrats are just as guilty.” This is a mixed bag. I spend a lot of time angry and frustrated with Democrats. True, they’re far from innocent, but to imply they’re no different from Republicans is downright incredulous. In spite of their commonalities, there are vast differences between many their policies and ideologies. In those regards, they are not always but quite often on opposite ends of the spectrum. Otherwise, it really wouldn’t matter who we vote for. But it does matter. It matters enough to fight for it.

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  5. jenran72 says:

    I’m not qualified to comment on the situation in the USA, but in common with Yvonne I am not sorry that I won’t be around for many more years. Around the world the problems are increasing by the day, and I fear the good days of my own youth are never likely to return. It is the younger generations that cause me the greatest concern – what are their lives going to be like, with massive problems at home and abroad?

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  6. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Yes, Florence, Yvonne, you and I are siblings of the spirit.

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  7. Florence Weinberg says:

    She sees it as I see it. I’m going to read this letter on the air tomorrow on my show with Frank Mackay (Frank Mackay Media). Americans need to wake up! I wonder how many millions of $$$ Manchin was paid.

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    • Yvonne Rowan says:

      Thank you, Florence. I, too, hope people wake up soon–though my expectations are rather low. Inspired by Mother Teresa’s “Do It Anyway” verses (among other things), I keep trying to awaken as many as possible, however futile the task seems at times. It’s reassuring to know I’m not alone. There are many of us; I hope we are enough. Thank you for your contributions to the cause! Stay safe and stay well.

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