Friday, October 2, 2020

Survey: I Am Not Paranoid, Or At Least No More Than Normal

 10/1/20 Washington Examiner:

A majority of Americans are bracing for the possibility of a politically-fired civil war, and more than half are already stockpiling food and other essential items to survive and fight back, according to a new survey shared with Secrets.

In the survey, 61% said that the United States is nearing a second civil war, including a shocking 41% who “strongly agree” with that assessment.

And 52% are so convinced that it is just around the corner, or after Election Day, that they are putting away food and other essentials, an historic expansion of the prepper movement that has been brewing for years, now driven by fear and coronavirus-induced shortages.

I can see several possible triggers:  

1. Trump scores such a powerful victory that the left burns down their cities, then comes looking for food.  Trump invokes Insurrection Act and sends Army out.

2. Trump scores a marginal victory, and the Democrats delay counting until they have "found" enough votes to call it into question.  They then ask the Army to intervene.  This might result in a "Yeltsin in a tank" moment, where Trump calls National Guard and unorganized militia to DC.  I think the Regular Army would suffer so many mid-level officer and enlisted changes as to make war unavoidable.

3. Biden wins and the Democrats celebrate by encouraging racist and classist attacks on the suburbs and rural areas.

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