A Secret Civil War
By Rick Hoar
July 8, 2015
Is a second American Civil War
already underway? Perhaps not a war yet characterized by open conflict,
but consider this peculiar combination of current events that only a
crackpot conspiracy theorist could rationalize as interconnected …right?
From CBS News, June 17, 2015 (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/texas-law-first-state-gold-bullion-depository-federal-reserve/):
“Texas wants its gold back from the feds,” reads the headline
of this report on Governor Abbott’s ratification of a “law
creating what is likely the first-ever state-level gold bullion and
precious metal depository.”
From the Washington Post, April 29, 2015 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2015/04/29/as-conspiracy-theories-persist-governor-asks-texas-state-guard-to-monitor-militarys-operation-jade-helm-15/):
Headlined, “Texas State Guard ordered to monitor military’s
Operation Jade Helm 15,” the article notes an official state response
to the highly controversial training operation happening now throughout
the Southwestern United States.
From the Dallas Morning News, July 7, 2015 (http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20150707-state-department-orders-tarrant-county-to-stop-issuing-passports.ece):
This report describes the confused local reaction by county officials,
as the “State Department orders Tarrant County to stop issuing
passports” in a “highly unusual move” by the federal
To be sure, there are back-stories
and contextual facts that put these individual news items in a far less
alarmist light. This is certainly the case with the recent national
call to ban the existence of the Confederate “rebel” flag
in all media and in society. At a time when racial and police tensions
are at a fever pitch, this seemingly multilateral decision to ban the
central symbol of hate from our national history makes perfect sense.
However, as the symbol for so much more than slavery and racism, and
as the only such divisive symbol from our past to be so universally
targeted in the massive social response, it does add to the mystique
surrounding this case for stealth secession and suppression in transit.
Is this indeed exactly how a Second Civil War might be expected to unfold
in a digital society still scarred from the tragedy of a First one hundred
years passed? Wouldn’t a country with such highly evolved intelligence
gathering resources not detect and preemptively resist any attempts
to diverge from the collective? And wouldn’t state actors intending
such a departure take measures to prevent public acknowledgement in
order to avoid tangible threats such as subversion and economic instability?
While both sides would likely embrace the fact that a violent divorce
could not be survived twice, both would presumably remain committed
to their own causes: either amicable separation or continued amalgamation.