Everyone knows about the Civil War.
Eleven Southern states threw a temper tantrum because Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States and decided that they wanted to form their own country. Over half a million Americans lost their during the course of this tantrum. In fact, this war remains to be the bloodiest war in American history.
For all of his faults (racism being among them!), President Lincoln firmly established federal rule over states rights once and for all, and most people forget that four slave states remained loyal to the Union.
The South has continued to resist Federal control, even to this day, as we see Confederate battleflags as part of a Southern state's flag and as we continue to hear conservatives continue to wage the lost argument of the rights of the states.
When one engages in this argument in favour of the losing side, one mocks every American who shed his blood over the course of those four years, but we will just skip that part since today's issues are a little more pressing.
Yes, there are still the fools who want to transplant the former Soviet Union's failed experiment called the Commonwealth of Independent States to the United States, as they refuse to admit that the United States of America is one nation and not fifty. They also fail to acknowledge that the Articles of Confederation were a complete failure-and for the same reason-no sense of unity. However, there are also deeper issues.
On one side we have those who believe that health care is a right, while on the other we have those who say that every baby has a right to life, but if the parents cannot afford an open heart transplant, that child has no right to live because it is they who oppose the idea that all Americans have a right to health care coverage without being penalized for "pre-existing conditions."
On one side, we have a those who believe that Earth is only 6,000 years old and that Adam and Eve walked with T-Rex, while on the other side we have those who see evidence of evolution of species over a course of millions and not thousands of years. In case you might be wonder why this is a big deal, wait for the next local school board election.
On one side, we still see voter suppression of minorities, while on the other we have ACLU attorneys.
On one side, we see religion being used as a weapon on an unsuspecting population while on the other side there are those who say that Americans have a right to be free from religion.
On one side, we have those who believe that government should only work for the bankers while on the other side, we have those who believe that the government should work for everyone as it puts people back to work by funding public works projects similar to those undertaken in the 1930's.
Finally, on one side, we have those who would destroy America's credit rating by trying to make the black president look bad while the other side wants a repeal of the Bush tax cuts which caused the deficit to spiral out of control in the first place. Keep in mind that the first group once said that deficits don't matter. I suppose that is only the case when conservatives are in power and waging quagmires with borrowed money from a nation who doesn't like us.
This is only a cold civil war at the present time. Although blood has ocassionally been shed, it is mostly a civil war with rhetoric used as the weapon of choice. However, there are those who want to water the tree of liberty with raw sewage, and they can be found at your local Tea Party chapter.