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America’s Domestic Cold War: Are We On The Brink?

USS James MadisonMany of us grew up during the Cold War that existed between what was then called the Eastern Bloc, which was the Soviet Union and its allies, and Western Bloc nations, which was the United States and our allies. I remember very well having to crouch beneath my desk in school for nuclear attack drills, just assuming they were a normal fact of life. Before the Cold War ended with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, I served the U.S. Navy aboard nuclear submarines. My first sub was a ballistic missile submarine that was armed with nuclear missiles presumably targeted at the Soviet Union, and later on a fast-attack boat that spent a considerable amount of time shadowing unsuspecting Soviet submarines and surface ships. That Cold War ended without turning into a shooting war because of one inescapable fact, neither side would be able to survive a nuclear exchange, a principle known as ‘mutually assured destruction’.

That Cold War was a very real fact of life for me so I recognize the signs when I see them. America has been engaged in a domestic cold war for decades, but unlike the Cold War with the Soviet Union we do not have the threat of mutually assured destruction to help prevent this one from heating up. Back in those days someone created the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic timepiece intended to represent how close the world was to nuclear war. No such clock exists to illustrate how near we are to open warfare on the streets of America, but I believe we are closer now than we have ever been in my lifetime. Just as we came back from the brink following the Cuban missile crisis, it is not too late to stop this, but it would be foolish to pretend it could not happen.

Do not make the mistake of believing the current divide in this country is racial; it is a division that has been deliberately created by those who seek to segregate us into classes. The prevailing political ideologies in this country, Liberalism and Conservatism, are diametrically opposed to each other and cannot peacefully coexist in one government indefinitely. After the passage of the 17th Amendment, which left state governments with no representative voice in the federal government, the Constitutional balance of power between the federal government and the states that created it shifted to Washington. As it shifted the two ideologies began competing for that power, a competition in which there can be only one winner.

The situation we now face is a product of that competition. Liberalism has gained strength by dividing us into classes and special interests, and made people as dependent upon government as any drug addict. The federal government is rapidly approaching the point that it can no longer function as the two sides struggle to turn it in one direction or the other, and something will have to give.

Our President has clearly been aligned with the radical Left and his election in 2008 gave them momentum, but the loss of control over the Senate has threatened to halt their momentum and to perhaps reverse the progress they have made. If and when the Left reaches the conclusion that they have no other options, I believe many of them are prepared to engage in the revolution they have long dreamed of. If that happens, it would be a mistake to believe Barack Obama would be a reliable ally in the struggle to preserve our Constitution.

Conservatism is rooted in obedience to the Constitution and preserving the freedoms our founding fathers fought to give us, making us indisposed to using violence to achieve our political goals. No such reluctance exists in the minds of those on the radical Left, as they see our Constitution as an obsolete document written by “dead white men” and an impediment to their political goals. The radicals have made it their goal to “fundamentally transform” America, and in their minds that will require the destruction of the America that we have now.

I don’t know what is coming next, but we are living in times that require us to practice ‘situational awareness’ as we go about our normal lives. Ronald Reagan won the Cold War by a policy of Peace through Strength, and I believe that same approach would serve us well. The dividers in this country would like nothing more than to elicit a violent reaction to their provocations from those of us who seek to preserve the Constitution, so we must be careful to not take the bait.

About James P Willis

James P Willis lives with his family in Blacksburg, Virginia. He is a Cold War submarine veteran, political activist, and retired industrial mechanic. James is currently an Editor / Contributor for NewsNinja2012, a freelance writer, and his blog can be found at

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