The first presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump reflected the state of America in 2020.
Chaotic, confusing and hopelessly divided.
Past debates, while heated, contained at least a moment of congeniality and even humor. Who could forget when Ronald Reagan, fending off charges that he was too old to be president, grinned and stated that he would not hold his opponent Walter Mondale’s “youth and inexperience” against him. Mondale could be seen chuckling at Reagan’s deft handling of the pin-prick attack.
The majority of Americans still have no idea that they are living in the midst of a low-boil civil war.
They sit back on comfy couches, watching on TV or computer screens little snippets of the “new normal.” They see chaos enveloping large cities – Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, Baltimore, Chicago, New York and D.C. – but don’t believe it will come to their small city or suburb.
Unless his current team finds their wartime footing, and fast, he will find himself increasingly surrounded by more aggressive and radical opponents who simply overwhelm his administration and the country. Radical progressives, which is liberal code for Marxists, can smell weakness 100 miles away. This emboldens them and fuels their fury, like fire ants running out of a nest. It doesn’t matter if their views represent only a tiny minority of American voters, because voting essentially becomes irrelevant when a Marxist revolution reaches its final stage.
The politicization of facemasks is growing more acute by the day, squeezing non-mask wearers out of stores and offices and casting them aside like collateral damage destined for the societal Dumpster. We should not be surprised. Bill Gates informed us early on in the pandemic that we would not be allowed to “return to normal until the entire world is vaccinated.” Adoring news reporters quoted him saying this as though they were talking to God himself.
Clearly we are living through dark times in America, unrest that feels different from anything we’ve previously known. The battle lines are more clearly drawn, the mobs more angry, the demands more audacious, the fear more palpable. Guns are flying off store shelves and ammunition is becoming an expense outside the reach of many average citizens.
What we have been watching play out on the streets of America's cities the last two weeks are textbook revolutionary tactics. Problem is, too few Americans have read the textbook. It's important to understand: The scenes playing on stage number one, the streets of Seattle, Minneapolis, Portland, Atlanta and many other cities, as ugly as they may be, are only the first phase of the revolution.