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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 government.

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.